A Journey of Memories in Greece with The Luxury Collection – Part II
Having just left Costa Navarino, we decided to start our expedition with the largest of the Greek islands, Crete.
Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, nestled in Elounda’s hillside in Crete, can provide to sports fanatics a wide range of activities, managing to fulfil the most special requests. One of the most characteristic attributes of Blue Palace Resort is its unique structure, made of terraces built on a hill that lead down to a pebble beach with crystal clear water.
I loved the architecture, but more importantly, I was fascinated by the glass funicular that takes guests down to the Isola Beach Club. When we found ourselves there, we tried doing SUP and managed paddling towards the historical island of Spinalonga. Apart from some of the most luxurious amenities you could imagine of and the fresh traditional Cretan cuisine, the Resort offers traditional caique trips, where you can discover private spots to dive into the Aegean and enjoy unspoiled moments.
Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort & Villas in Mykonos offered the ultimate luxurious lifestyle, an authentic Mykonian jewel to discover. A resort of typical Cycladic style, with whitewashed buildings, located on a hillside, offering panoramic views over Ornos bay and its own private beach, ensuring peace and seclusion.
Mykonos is known as the cosmopolitan capital of Greece, but Santa Marina Resort is offering the perfect hideaway to relax and recharge in a private cabana or have a taste of the best sushi on the island at Buddha Bar Beach, before enjoying a night out in Chora. If you are lucky enough to fall in love at first sight on a night out, you can have your perfect wedding at the Resort’s Greek Orthodox Chapel. Now that’s some pretty unique service…
Last but not least, was our visit to the pearl of the Mediterranean. I am talking about the island of Santorini, the island where couples come to admire magnificent sunsets on terraces while drinking local wine. But this is not just what the island has to offer. I had the opportunity to wander through Megalohori village, with its cave houses, surrounded by beautiful vineyards.
In Megalohori, we stayed at the intimate Vedema, a Luxury Collection, Resort, which was built in a 400 years old wine cellar and kept the design and aesthetic. It is beautifully integrated into one side of the village and includes the enchanting fine-dining restaurant Alati, where we tasted Greek seafood, in a candle-lit wine cellar. The peaceful and secluded environment of Vedema is, truly, my cup of tea, however I must admit that sometimes I felt like wanting to dive into an infinity pool overlooking the Aegean, while sipping a freshly made smoothie and there is no better place to do that, than the romantic Mystique Resort in Oia.
When in Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, I had my lunch accompanied by a delicious glass of white wine, on the main resort terrace, which is overlooking the caldera, while gazing at the many catamaran boats sailing through and having the sea breeze caressing my face. Whether it was Santorini, the heat, the wine or a combination of them, the romantic experience at Mystique Resort is unparalleled.
At the end of this journey, I tried to figure out in which hotel or destination I had the most memorable experience. It was impossible to choose, but the only certain thing is that Greece is one of the few places in the world that will never cease to leave me with lovely memories.
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By Oliver Astrologo