The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
At once striking and serene, The Retreat at Blue Lagoon in Iceland emerges from the surrounding moss-enveloped Illahraun lava field in a way suggesting it’s always been part of the landscape. The luxurious and intimately sized hotel comprises part of the complex associated with Iceland’s famous and well-loved Blue Lagoon thermal pools. Designed and built with the simple objective of “harmony, not contrast,” the 62-suite hotel is a model of sustainability, utilizing geothermal energy for 100 percent of its heating, electricity and hot water needs. Lighting elements employ the concept of human -entric lighting, which seeks to enhance feelings of balance and wellbeing through lighting calibrated to address the biological process of the body’s natural circadian rhythm.