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Luxury travel: Idyllic Greek Island Escape

Luxury Travel: Idyllic Greek Island Escape

Thinking back to our wonderful long luxury weekend escape to the beautiful islands of Mykonos and Paros, staying in The Greek Villas’ www.thegreekvillas.com excellent Villa Lopez and Villa Sienna.

Ocean views for days, cicada song, hummingbird moths’ lavender dancing and the heady evening scent of sun-baked native herbs – balm to sooth any work-weary soul.  Remembering blissful times relaxing with a glass or two of excellent Greek wine on the terrace of my old-stone but all-luxury villa perched high on a headland in Mykonos, watching the sun rise and set in a daily blaze of amber glory.

Gorgeous relaxation area with views to the infinity pool and sea beyond at Villa Sienna, Paros
Gorgeous relaxation area with views to the infinity pool and sea beyond at Villa Sienna, Paros

Luxury private villas in Mykonos and Paros

Villa Lopez, from The Greek Villas collection, is everything you’d wish for – luxurious, perfectly positioned away from the Mykonos tourist and party-going crowds, yet still within reach of the many excellent beaches, quite coves and best restaurants. More of an estate – it actually has one large central house, with several satellite villas each offering privacy yet proximity – perfect for extended family stays or special celebration beak with friends.

The main villa is stunning – boasts its own cinema, gym and basketball court, plus a stunning outdoor dining, relaxing and pool area with spectacular views across the headland to the sparkling teal-blue sea beyond. The main guest villa is super stylish, spacious and has its own lovely private terrace.  All villas are perched on the gentle slopes of a hillside with uninterrupted sea views.

Pretty lounge area at Villa Sienna on Paros
Pretty lounge area at Villa Sienna on Paros

We enjoyed wonderful dining experiences thanks to a private chef coming in to the villa to create delicious breakfasts and memorably special authentic Greek island dinners – using the freshest local produce paired with fantastic wines.

Boat trip and picnic lunches

During our days there, we took a fantastic boat trip out to explore the nearby islands of Delos and Rhenia, walking amongst incredible ancient ruins and cooling down with dips from our boat into the sea in a turquoise and crystal clear sheltered cove. With an amazing picnic lunch of course! We also enjoyed excellent lunches and dinners at a couple of the best seafood restaurants back on Mykonos.

Sunset views from Villa Lopez, Mykonos
Sunset views from Villa Lopez, Mykonos

Greek Island Hopping – From Mykonos to Paros

Reluctant to leave Mykonos but excited for the next part of our journey, we took the ferry to the quieter island of Paros. Here we stayed at another wonderful The Greek Villas’ property – Villa Sienna – a white-washed very pretty property nestled in olive groves above a small cove.  

With a dining terrace to die for, and infinity pool with views out across the small valley to the sea beyond, it’s such an enchanting place to stay. There are numerous bedrooms making it ideal for a group of friends or family breaks. Again we were treated to private chefs to create incredible meals and had fun learning how to cook some Greek favourites ourselves too. 

Wonderful meals at Villa Lopez, Mykonos
Wonderful meals at Villa Lopez, Mykonos

Lazy days and dreams of returning

Lazy, days spent exploring, swimming, and relaxing by the pool were the perfect antidote to hectic city life. Can’t wait to stay in another villa or three from The Greek Villas collection as having experienced first-hand how fantastic their properties and hosts out there are, and how professional the company is, I know I can absolutely trust any villa I book with them would be first class. The only challenge is which from their expansive collection to choose?

Being a Gerald Durrell fan since a child, Corfu is beckoning… so maybe the spectacularly-positioned Villa Adriana with its huge infinity pool, or Villa Donatella nestled amongst lush greenery just metres away from a pretty cove…. Decisions.. decisions.. Visit www.thegreekvillas.com

Lisa Curtiss