Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
From cosmopolitan cities, like Athens and Thessaloniki, to the indescribable beauty of the Greek isles, travelers seeking luxury can find it across Greece, with destinations ready to offer personalized services and itineraries, privacy and access for helicopters, private planes, boats and yachts.
Unbeatable beauty can be found alongside luxury in Mykonos, Crete, Santorini, Rhodes, Corfu, Kefalonia, Chalkidiki, Peloponnese, Hydra, Spetses, Kea and throughout Greece. Charter a yacht and embark on a luxury sailing excursion. Nearby Athens, the Saronic Gulf boasts Hydra’s stone mansions and natural beauty, while the fine beaches of Spetses beckon. The glamorous and stylish Cyclades include Mykonos, Paros and Santorini, with the luxurious and aristocratic touch of Rhodes and Patmos in the Dodecanese Islands. For grandiose architecture, the Ionian islands of Corfu, Kefalonia and Lefkada don’t disappoint. Unspoiled nature is luxury for the senses in the Sporades chain, including the islands of Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonnisos and Skyros.
If retail therapy is your luxury, look no further than Thessaloniki. Its Tsimiski and Egnatia streets boast elegant shopfronts and bespoke fashion ateliers and designers. Shopping malls entice across the city, while the Modiano and Kapani covered markets blend tradition with shopping sprees. Vintage lovers will find plenty of reasons to open their wallet on Dimitriou Gounari Street and museum shops satiate art lovers’ needs.
Luxury and spas go hand in hand, and Greece is rich with natural spa towns catering to the wellness-seeking luxury traveler. The oldest spa in Greece can be found at Edipsos, Evia; Vouliagmeni Lake, Attica, outside Athens, is a natural phenomenon. In the Pella region, Loutra Pozar’s thermal baths are fed by waterfalls, and Lagkada, near Thessaloniki, has the first balneotherapy facilities in the area. That’s only a taste of what’s on offer. Whatever solace you seek, Greece offers a spa destination to answer your needs.
Luxury awaits among Greece’s unbelievable wealth of riches. Plan your trip today.
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