WITH stylish boutiques, indulgent food and breathtaking sunsets, the Greek islands can be a blissful holiday destination.
But with so many islands to choose from, we take a look at some of the highlights of two popular options – Corfu and Crete.
Writer Georgie Lane-Godfrey checks in to an adults-only retreat off Greece’s north-west coast.
THE PAD: Built into the hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea, Marbella Nido is super-luxe. Expect plush rooms in this suite-only hotel, each with a private terrace and Jacuzzi or plunge pool.
Take a stroll through Corfu’s old town with its distinctly British feel[/caption]
Dial a ride for a private golf buggy down to the infinity pool bar for cocktails, £8 each, then dig into beef fillet in wine sauce, £25, at garden restaurant Apaggio.
EXPLORE: Corfu Town is a 40 minute drive up the coast and has a distinctly British feel (think pretty Busy Lizzie gardens and a Victorian pavilion).
Visit the old fortress and Church of St Spyridon, then shop in the cobbled back streets at stylish boutiques such as Mezzo Mezzo (Mezzomezzofashion.com). Afterwards, enjoy a coffee on the Paris-inspired Liston promenade.
REFUEL: Treat yourself to the tasty Power of the Moon menu, £60, a romantic beachside five-course feast at Marbella Corfu hotel next door – the chocolate dessert is to die for.
Georgie-Lane Godfrey recommends buying some local olive oil on the island before you leave[/caption]
In town, head to Corfu Sailing Club for fresh seafood pasta, £11, overlooking the marina (Corfu-sailing-restaurant.com). Then nab a sunlounger and drink cocktails at super-glam Imabari beach bar.
DON’T MISS: Buy local olive oil from delicatessen Nomh before heading home (Nomeefoods.gr).
BOOK IT: Classic Collection Holidays offers seven nights at Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, from £1,398 per person, including return flights and transfers (Classic-collection.co.uk).
Sub-Editor Kayley Loveridge finds paradise at Minos Beach Art Hotel on Greece’s largest island.
THE PAD: Enjoy a touch of Greek chic at this resort, with impressive art, three restaurants, a pool and spa. The decor is all soothing earthy tones – think wood, dark metals and wicker set against white walls.
Sip your morning coffee on your private veranda looking out over the glittering Mirabello Bay.
EXPLORE: Stroll five minutes out of the hotel to the bustling town for souvenir stores and Cretan eateries. Or drive 15 minutes to Plaka and catch a boat, £8, to Spinalonga Island, entry £8. This beautiful island was a leper colony until 1957 (Explorecrete.com).
REFUEL: The hotel’s restaurants serve up delicious local delights and wine from nearby vineyards. For lunch head to Terpsis for chicken souvlaki, £17. Wash it down with a glass of rosé or ask manager Stratos for his recommendation.
Go buffet-style for dinner at Bacchus, with everything from juicy roast pork to soft spinach pancakes.
Kayley Loveridge suggests indulging in a body massage at the resort’s spa[/caption]
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For afters, stock up on sweet baklava treats. Finish the eve under the stars by the Dionyssos Lobby Bar’s fire pit with a citrusy Sinfonia cocktail, £8.50.
DON’T MISS: Melt away aches with a lush range of body massages in the resort’s tranquil spa, from £40.
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