Beautiful Destinations in Greece with The Luxury Collection™

By Journey to Greece on April 6, 2017

The Luxury Collection™ Hotels & Resorts teamed up with Instagram photography force Beautiful Destinations to send four notable global explorers on a dream trip to Greece. From their accommodations in three Luxury Collection™ hotels – Vedema, Mystique and Blue Palace – they roamed the islands of Santorini and Crete, delighting in both ancient marvels and modern amenities.

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The first stop was Santorini, also known as Thera, where the travelers resolved to make the most of their stay by seeing and doing as much as they could. They toured traditional villages where Santorini tomatoes, local grapes and other delicacies are painstakingly grown. Wine tastings afforded a thirst-quenching opportunity to sample the efforts of the island’s vineyards.

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Visually interesting volcanic hotspots at Oia, Fira, Firostefani, Megalochori, Pyrgos and Red Beach served as the perfect venue for some impromptu photography. The shutterbugs captured images of Mother Nature’s handiwork, which combines stunning natural scenery with latent destructive potential just beneath the surface. Indeed, Santorini itself was created as the result of a cataclysmic eruption thousands of years ago, the details of which are still being debated by geologists and historians today.

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Next on the itinerary was the world-famous Crete, home of the archaic Minoan civilization. The team couldn’t wait to step outside and trek over to the archeological sites at Knossos, legendary home of the Minotaur and other storied characters. After examining the exotic vestiges and ruins of this early kingdom, the adventurers took a short jaunt by boat to Spinalonga, an artificial island formed more than 500 years ago by the Venetians as a defensive fortification.

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Somehow, in the midst of this jam-packed schedule, the party found time to unwind at Voulisma Beach, participate in marine sports like water skiing and diving, and go on off-road joyrides in ATVs.

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The overall experience was a winning blend of activity and recreation, leaving the lucky excursionists deeply satisfied yet eager to return for more.

Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Crete

Overlooking cerulean waters and featuring 142 private pools, Blue Palace Resort, elegantly blends Greek culture with outstanding service and grace. Escape to the wild beauty and unrivaled island style of a luxe resort, where time seems to stand still.

Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini

Tucked away within the medieval village of Megalohori, the enchanting Vedema, A Luxury Collection Resort, has evolved from a 400-year-old wine cellar and a 100-year-old mansion into an authentic, Cycladic-styled property.

Captivating Pools Around Greece

Steeped in natural beauty that extends from breathtaking mountains to unique sandy beaches and awash with ancient history, Greece is home to many unique and unexpected Hotels and Resorts, with captivating infinity pools and scenic views.

Ginkgo Spa at Santa Marina Resort & Villas, Mykonos

A memorable holiday experience, complete with stimulating spa treatments that indulge your senses and revitalize the mind and body awaits at the alluring Ginkgo at Santa Marina Resort, Mykonos.

A Quick Guide to Santorini

With some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world and pretty clifftop villages perched above the Aegean Sea, Santorini is for many people heaven on earth.