Luxury Holidays in Greece: An Overview

Greece is the ultimate Euro highlight with its archaic mainland peppered with beautiful beaches and a handful of picture-perfect islands cropping out of the crystal clear Mediterranean waters.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Crystal clear and warm seawater. In Sani, the white sandy beach will have you pinching yourself to make sure you didn't somehow board the flight to the Maldives instead
  • The clutch of recently-opened small hotels in wonderfully rustic locations - but with 5-star service
  • More ancient history than you can throw a stick at. Amphitheatres, columns, statues, archaeological remains abound in the crucible of the world's first European superpower so you can inject some culture into your luxury holiday

Luxury Greece Holidays: The Detail

One of the great summer destinations, with everything from historic ruins to some of Europe's hottest nightclubs, our luxury holidays to Greece offer a combination of hedonism and culture that is hard to beat.

Did you know

  • Greece is the world's third leading producer of olive oil
  • Nearly 80% of Greece is mountainous
  • Greeks wave with their palm closed because it is considered an insult to show the palm of you hands with the fingers extended
  • Greek is one of the oldest languages in Europe - it has been spoken for over 3,000 years
  • Greece's national cheese is 'Feta', which is made from goats' milk
  • Greece has the world's 10th longest coastline

On the mainland, the three-pronged peninsula of Halkidiki may not be that trendy, but it is home to white sand beaches and some excellent hotels for families, making it a fantastic destination for a luxury Greek holiday. The bewitching Peloponnese peninsula to the west of Athens is back on the map in a major way thanks to a slew of new hotel openings. This is the place where our favourite explorer - Patrick Leigh Fermor - eventually laid his hat. It's possible to choose from immaculate new family-friendly resorts, romantic retreats for couples and even a new Aman. Throw in a host of the finest sites in antiquity and it's a winning luxury holiday formula.

Of the thousand-odd islands scattered around the Aegean, the Cyclades are perhaps the most evocative. So named because they encircled the sacred island of Delos (once central to Greek mythology) these days the most famous islands of the group - Santorini and Mykonos - draw a different kind of worshipper, with the ancient gods and goddesses replaced by models and DJs.

Über-chic Mykonos is the Ibiza of the eastern Mediterranean, a summer playground where Europe's hip young things party till dawn beneath the island's iconic windmills. Crescent-shaped Santorini is one of the most scenic islands in the world (it was formerly known as Kalliste, meaning 'the most beautiful one'). Thought by some to be the site of the legendary Atlantis, it is hard to imagine the force of the cataclysmic volcanic eruption that created its giant, sea-filled caldera and towering, 300-metre cliffs.

We at Original Travel have a bit of a soft spot for Greece with its romantic vistas, delicious food, buzzing night life, chic retreats, pristine beaches… I think you get the idea. Our super Europe team are passionate about the destinations they sell and they use their personal experience of Greece to create a unique and individual luxury Greece holiday, complete with a manicured tailor-made itinerary. Tempted?


Top picks for Greece

Villa Vager evening view

Villa Vager

Peloponnese

Lying in the foothills of Mount Mainalon and surrounded by the striking natural beauty of the Peloponnese, is the family-run boutique Villa Vager hotel. Found in the traditional Greek village of Levidi, this charming, stone-clad villa has been renovated from crumbling 19th century ruins.

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Epirus & Meteora

Epirus & Meteora

Greece

Explore a wilder side of Greece in the twin regions of Epirus and Meteora, home to dramatic gorges, ancient temples and monasteries clinging to vertiginous cliffs.

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Argentous Superyacht Greece

Argentous Superyacht Greece

Greece

Hotels are so 2015. For the ultimate luxury holiday experience, why not explore the coast and islands of Greece for a week in European summer on a crewed and totally private superyacht? Honeymoons in particular don’t get much more original, or Original.

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A Crescent of Beach in Greece

Corfu

Greece

Best of the Hellenic hotspots has to be Corfu.

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Halkidiki

Halkidiki

Greece

Halkidiki is instantly recognisable on a map as the trident-like peninsulas that jut out into the sea in Northern Greece.

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Hillside Windmills in Crete

Crete

Greece

Crete has great diversity and offers everything from dramatic mountain scenery, golden beaches and secluded coves to ancient Minoan ruins and remote rural villages.

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Eagles Palace aerial

Eagles Palace

Halkidiki

Surrounded by golden beaches and lush olive groves, Eagles Palace is a family-run spa hotel, lying just 2.5 miles from the village of Ouranoupolis in Halkidiki, Greece. This five star hotel offers guests a luxury retreat in a beautiful setting, dominated by the majestic Mount Athos.

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FUSCO Restaurant, Ikos Olivia

Ikos Olivia Resort

Halkidiki

Ikos Olivia is a contemporary masterpiece located in the Gulf of Toroneos that extends across 22 acres of land. The luscious green gardens of the resort, peppered with olive trees, roll gently towards the sea where they meet the relaxing white sands of the beach and as such provide a picturesque escape.

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Porto Heli destination aerial view

Nikki Beach Porto Heli

Peloponnese

Nikki Beach was, until recently, purely associated with trendy beach clubs, but with the opening of the Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli, the brand made the logical next step into hotels. Nikki Beach Porto Heli is now the only 5* boutique property on the waterfront in Porto Heli, the summer haunt for Greek jetsetters, many of whom park their megayachts in the harbour in front of the hotel.

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Peloponnese

Peloponnese

Greece

Few, if any, destinations have had as significant an impact on the Western psyche and vocabulary as the Peloponnese peninsula in south-western Greece.

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Danai Beach Resort & Villas

Danai Beach Resort & Villas

Halkidiki

A member of ‘The Leading Hotels of the World’ group, The Danai Beach Resort & Villas is a luxurious boutique hotel on Sithonia - the middle prong of the trident that makes up Halkidiki. Surrounded by beautiful gardens, pine forests, white sand beaches and turquoise sea, this part of the world is Greece at its very best.

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Camvillia Restaurant

Camvillia Resort

Peloponnese

Camvillia Resort is a five star boutique hotel in the south-west region of Messenia that offers unobstructed views of the Messenian Gulf, perfect for families and friends alike.

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