Increasingly, we find ourselves living in a time-poor society. We live our lives at a fast pace, rushing from one place to another, searching for the next challenge and permanently connected to mobile technology. For many, myself included, finding a work-life balance that allows quality time to be spent with your partner can prove elusive and as such any time together is evermore cherished.
The following five villas are the ideal choice for a relaxing retreat for two. They are perfect for honeymoon couples and for those celebrating a special occasion, be it a break from the daily grind, an anniversary or a birthday.
Olive Press, Paxos:
‘Quiet’, ‘charming’ and ‘romantic’ are just some of the words our team has used to describe Olive Press on the island of Paxos. I would also add ‘characterful’ and ‘convenient’ with a gentle stroll through the olive groves leading to a popular taverna and the harbour town of Gaios just 5-minutes drive away. What more could you ask for?
Villa Zakaroula, Skiathos:
Suggested by Lynne, our local representative and our dedicated reservations team in the UK, Villa Zakaroula on Skiathos is a well-designed property that takes full advantage of its elevated position. It is the views here that impress and take centre stage. From your bedroom, veranda and private swimming pool, you can see for miles around. It is easy to see why it is difficult to tear yourself away.
Another popular choice with the team is Paparouna on the island of Alonissos. Recently renovated to a high standard, the property offers privacy and exquisite views. There is a canopy bed, a panoramic swimming pool and a terrace from which you can watch the sun setting over nearby Patitiri harbour at the end of the day.
Villa Noctiluca, Kefalonia:
It may not have its own private swimming pool but with the beach of Makris Yalos bordering your garden, the turquoise sea is your swimming pool. Almost wherever you are in the property, you can hear the waves lapping at the shoreline and see the sunlight twinkling off the Ionian. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
Hilltop House, Ithaca
If you want to feel at home, away from home, there is no better choice than Hilltop House on Ithaca. This traditional island property has a rustic charm and a cosy atmosphere. It is not a luxurious villa but it is comfortable, private and tranquil, and the views from the large, private veranda over Kioni Bay, toward the islands of Atokos, Arkoudi, Meganissi and Lefkas and the Greek mainland, are outstanding.