Greece: Made for Matchmaking!
From our friends at Hidden Doorways, a look at one of the most romantic countries on the planet. If you're getting engaged, planning your honeymoon or just looking for love... Greece is a destination worth considering!
By Laura Fishman Courtesy Hidden Doorways
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There’s something special about the Greek Isles that transports you to another world-one filled with infinite blue seas, languid sun-kissed afternoons, fresh seafood, and rich local culture. Learn all about our stunning Greek properties in Crete, Mykonos, Santorini, and Zakynthos and discover the perfect match for your clients.
For The Adventurous Soul Seeking an Ionian Gem
Lesante Cape & Lesante Blu | Zakynthos, Greece
Discover the untouched beauty of the Ionian Islands in Zakynthos. This hidden gem is teeming with rich culture and natural beauty, and it feels worlds apart from other more crowded Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. The Venetians, who once ruled the island in the Middle Ages, coined it as the “Flower of the East.”
Lesante Cape is the newest property on the island, designed as a traditional Greek village and located in a serene setting that welcomes both adults and families. It offers 55 suites and 10 one-two and three-bedroom villas ranging from one-two-and three-bedrooms.
The hotel’s sleek and Italian-inspired modern aesthetic draws on white-stone facades with impressive Venetian archways, direct sea views, and soaring olive trees planted throughout the property, which feels both luxurious and intimate at the same time.
Dining at Lesante Cape is a feast for the senses. Savor traditional and contemporary Greek cuisine at its three bespoke restaurants and enjoy refreshing drinks with incredible sunset views at two intimate bars. Don’t miss the contemporary twist on their Greek salad, savory grilled octopus, or decadent burrata and more served at the Novita restaurant. The property has a garden, which is growing local ingredients for their restaurants.
Days can be spent at three multi-level pools, all with incredible sea views, comfortable daybeds, and chaises for adults and families to enjoy.
Head to the charming Kafeneio Café for a taste of traditional Greek coffee heated over sand. Next door, there is a shopping area and a Greek folklore museum. Next summer, guests will be able to make cold pressed olive oil and help press grapes to make wine on property.
Opening soon, the Armonia Wellness Spa is designed as an oasis for relaxation and tranquility offering a heated indoor pool, four massage treatment rooms, a sauna, hammam, indoor heated jacuzzi, and a fully equipped fitness center.
A day trip to Navagio (Shipwreck) Beach is a must. (If you can pull yourself away from your lounge chaise or private pool). This famous cove will leave you awestruck with its clear, turquoise waters juxtaposed by soaring white cliffs and lush flora. On the way back to the hotel, stop by Aristeon for a workshop on Zakynthos olive oil and a tasting.
Lesante Blu is perfect for those seeking an adults-only option with traditional five-star resort amenities. This 92-suite hotel offers a luxurious pool with sweeping views of Kefalonia and the Peloponnese, private beach access, a jetty for boat transfers, water sports, spa, fully equipped fitness center, five restaurants, in-suite dining, and more.
It also offers a stunning backdrop for destination weddings, being perfectly situated amongst secluded Grecian beaches and beautiful, unique topography. Guests will discover for themselves just what makes Zakynthos one of the Greek Isles’ most-loved hidden gems.
For Families: Lesante Cape’s laid-back, relaxed island style and multitude of cuisine and activity options is a perfect fit families with young children or multi-gen getaways. There is a sprawling pool designed just for children in mind to enjoy.
For Those Seeking A Luxurious Family Holiday or an Ultimate Wellness Retreat
Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas | Crete, Greece
A destination unto its own, Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas is a chic hideaway tucked along a secluded bay on the northern coastline of Crete near Agios Nikolaos. Sculpted from a hillside rock, the property has truly sublime views from every angle, from the infinite turquoise Aegean Sea to the spectacular verdant slopes surrounding the cove.
Daios Cove offers something for everyone with its 210 guest rooms, 41 suites, and 39 villas. Accommodations vary from spacious standard rooms to suites and villas with their own private pools. For guests who are looking for ultimate privacy, the Mansion is the property’s premier villa. This elegant three-bedroom presidential villa spans approximately 6,458 square feet. Guests will enjoy all the charms of a contemporary space filled with lavish touches like a fully equipped kitchen, a private spa with an indoor heated pool, steam bath and vision sauna, and Technogym workout equipment. A personal fitness trainer and a range of in-suite spa treatments are also available upon request.
Carve out plenty of time to fully experience their brand-new 28,200 sq ft. KĒPOS by GOCO spa, which specializes in holistic and advanced healing treatments, signature spa journeys, yoga, and optimal fitness by London’s famed BXR studio. Designed to optimize your wellbeing is a vitality pool, cell wellbeing epigenetic testing, cryotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen chamber, Styku body scanner, PNOĒ biometrics, IV vitamin infusions, and private consultations with KĒPOS’ physicians to name a few.
Dine around the Cove at six gastronomic restaurants, stylish cocktail bars and lounges with Athenian award-winning mixologists, The Clumsies. Sharpen your knife skills and learn new recipes at their Culinary School. Daios Cove’s Visiting Artist programfeatures renowned international DJs that lend a vibrant energy and an air of luxury to those balmy Mediterranean summer nights. During the summer, Daios Cove hosts award-winning international and Michelin-starred chefs for their bespoke culinary journeys. Indulge in traditional Greek dishes at Taverna, Mediterranean fare at Beach House, international food at Pangea, and exquisite Cretan-influenced dishes by the Ducasse Conseil team at the Ocean Restaurant.
Guests can venture out on a RIB boat to explore Cretan landmarks such as Spinalonga Island or marvel at the cobalt waters of Kyro Bay. Daios Cove also offers an array of water sports plus diving certifications.
For Families: For those traveling with babies or toddlers, Daios Cove offers families everything from car seats for airport transfers, cribs, bumpers for beds and bathtubs for children. There is a kid’s club and an array of water sports activities. Children can also get certified for diving while on property. Daios Cove also has a Residents Club all-inclusive dining option, which alleviates any stress when planning meals.
For Those Seeking an Elevated and Serene Experience in Mykonos
Kālesma | Mykonos, Greece
Celebrating a revived Mykonian spirit, Kālesma invites guests into a tranquil setting that was once a sacred place where Greek Gods Apollo and Artemis kept their horse stables. Set on tranquil Ornos Bay, the property is perfect for those seeking a serene place to recharge after partying. Kālesma offers two distinct views overlooking the soaring hills of Naxos Island that show off the glorious sunrises and peaceful sunsets, with Delos and Rineia Island dotting the horizon in the distance.
Kālesma is a design aficionado’s dream; a tranquil world made up of white-stone Cycladic buildings with sleek and minimal interiors that draw on an earthy palette of carved wood, stone, and marble. The 13 one-bedroom suites offer ultimate privacy and sweeping views of Ornos Bay. The suites and villas truly feel like you are at home. Days are easily spent lounging by the private pool while sipping a glass of chilled Greek wine in the Mediterranean sun.
Their 12 one-bedroom villas offer sprawling terraces with oval, round dining tables and an outdoor kitchen where a private chef can arrange a bbq, lunch, and dinner (at an additional cost). For those seeking more space, Kālesma offers a two interconnecting three-and-four-bedroom villas, Apollon and Artemis, which overlook breathtaking sunsets, Delos Island, and the Aegean Sea.
Pere Ubu Mykonos Restaurant | Photo Courtesy of Paterakis via Kālesma Mykonos
Dining at Kālesma is a true Dionysian feast at the chic al fresco restaurant Pere Ubu Mykonos Restaurant helmed by their Executive Chef Costas Tsingas. Breakfast serves traditional egg favorites, grain bowls and Greek dishes, like Kayianas and Bougasta, all with a contemporary flair. Their truffle pancakes are not to be missed! Lunch and dinner offer a wide range of Greek and Mediterranean fare with classic Greek dips, fresh grilled fish, and tender meats.
Enjoy cocktails mixed, shaken, and stirred by gifted mixologists and in the evenings, gather around a bonfire at Aloni Sunset Lounge to sip night caps and watch the sunset. Don’t miss their weekly BBQ’s on Thursdays serving delectable grilled meats (with vegetarian and vegan options) and lively DJ parties on Fridays and Saturdays.
Kālesma’s Concierge is your key to enjoying Mykonos’ most sought-out beach clubs, live music, and private afternoon sailing excursions to nearby Renia Island. There is also an intimate chapel onsite adorned with stunning Byzantine hand-drawn sketches that guests can use for weddings or special ceremonies.
For Families: Kālesma offers a three-and-four-bedroom villa option for families and multi-gen gatherings seeking more space. Both Apollo and Artemis villas can interconnect to create a seven-bedroom villa called Leto.
For The Quintessential Romantic Getaway and VIP Access in Santorini
Andronis | Santorini Greece
Santorini has a mystical beauty that takes your breath away and is considered one of the most sought-out islands in Greece. Known for its dramatic topography and cascading hilltop white-washed villages, the island’s slender serpent-like shape offers two distinct views of the Ionian Sea and its famed volcanic Caldera.
Andronis truly opens the doors of Santorini by providing its guests prime views, securing them the best tables at any restaurants, organizing boating excursions and trips to sought-out vineyards, and offering a romantic ambiance that makes Santorini a treasured jewel.
Located in the village of Imerovigli, Andronis Concept is the best kept secret in Santorini. Designed with incredible sea views, each of the 28 suites and villas across four categories is extremely private and intimate, boasting private balconies and infinity pools where you feel like you can touch the Caldera and see its rugged, natural rock formations.
Plan to end your stay here because it is the best place to catch the romantic sunsets that Santorini is known for.
Designed as a wellness retreat, Andronis Concept’s Kallos Spa offers an array of holistic treatments. They have visiting practitioners that range from Acupuncturists to renowned Wellness Analyst Dr. Zulia Frost.
For those who want to wake-up in the heart of Oía, consider Andronis Luxury Suites (offering 33 suites and villas) or the 24-suite Andronis Boutique. Both properties offer unique vantage points from which to take the perfect postcard photo of Oía’s blue-domed churches and mystical Caldera. Each hotel’s dreamy cave-designed accommodations come equipped with their own private heated plunge pools.
Considered as the best restaurant in Santorini, Lycabettus has cliff-side balcony seating that offers unbeatable views. Lauda restaurant also has sweeping views of the Caldera and uses local ingredients grown in the volcanic soil of Santorini. Due to popular demand, it is best to make your dining reservations as soon as possible for both spots. During the summer, Andronis also hosts a Gastronomy Festival that features a variety of world-renowned chefs.
Just steps away from Oía, Andronis Arcadia is making a name for itself as the most vibrant and boho-chic boutique hotels on the island. It offers the best of both worlds for guests who want to be close to Oía yet desire a more traditional resort setting. Each of the 52 open-plan suites and two-to-four-bedroom villas includes a private heated plunge pool. For those seeking more space, the six-bedroom Eden villa spans over three floors and offers the most privacy with six bedrooms and bathrooms, two private pools, a fitness center and spa room.
The property’s Evexia Spa is a haven of relaxation that offers guests a wide range of holistic, Eastern and Western treatments. The resort offers two pools where guest can unwind, the larger with plush day beds and a swim-up bar.
At Pacman Sunset Restaurant, breakfast serves a rolling Greek yogurt cart where guests can choose their own fresh toppings and the lunch and dinner menus offer sushi and contemporary Mediterranean fare. Enjoy a contemporary Mediterranean fare and sushi for lunch and dinner. In the evening, Pacman is the best night life in Oìa. It turns into a buzzing lounge with lively music from local DJ’s. Helmed by Chef Stefanos Koliadis, Opson Restaurant celebrate contemporary Greek cuisine with a menu that experiments with new textures and bold once enjoyed by Greek philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato, and Omirs.
For Families: Andronis Arcadia offers the most spacious accommodations for families. For those seeking more space, there is a six-bedroom Eden Villa with its own pool and private chef, available upon request. Andronis Arcadia’s new sprawling pool dotted with plush lounge chairs is perfect for families who want some relaxation time after a full day of island touring. At Andronis Concept, there are spacious two-to-four-bedroom villas that can accommodate four to eight guests.
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