As a country, Greece is many things to many people. Visitors flock here for abundant culture, millennia-spanning history and fascinating sights. Others simply choose to escape from it all; hauling up on some idyllic island for a week or two with nothing other than the lulling lap of the sparkling Mediterranean to break the silence.
Understandably, the country remains a favourite among Europeans from colder climes, who descend during the summertime. But while many destinations can become overwhelmingly crowded as a result, checking in to your own luxury villa means escaping the droves and finding peace and tranquillity in an opulent home from home. Sound tempting? Take a look at our top luxury villas in Greece...
Villa Cobalt, Mykonos
A three bedroomed marvel, Villa Cobalt sits overlooking a tranquil cove on the Cyclades island of Mykonos- a popular choice for discerning travellers. Think private infinity pools that blend harmoniously with the horizon, luxurious Balinese furniture and a huge terrace ideal for entertaining or simply sitting and contemplating paradise.
Villa Nephos, Mykonos
In keeping with classic Cycladic style, while the interior of Villa Nephos is unarguably impressive the emphasis here is on enjoying the outdoors. Whether taking a dip in the pool overlooking the Aegean or sitting down to dine in the covered outside seating area, this elegant whitewashed property has everything you need to escape from the world.
Villa Naoussa, Paros
Combining traditional architecture with contemporary design, Villa Naoussa certainly boasts the wow factor. Surrounded by almost eight acres of land in the north of Paros, you’re five minutes from Kolibithres Beach with views out to neighbouring islands Paxos and Mykonos. A huge living area complete with fireplace, separate dining space, individual verandas for each bedroom and an independent guesthouse are just some of the high points.
Alepou Mansion, Corfu
A 19th Century country pile that has been restored by a local doctor, Alepou Mansion boasts stunning interior details, from murals adorning the hallways to the full-sized billiards table, grand piano and elegant outdoor courtyard. A real family destination, you’re within easy striking distance of historic Corfu Town and its staggering historic landmarks.
Villa Kleopatra, Santorini
For many people, Santorini is the ultimate Greek getaway. The volcanic island may not be able to match big hitters like Crete in terms of history, but it makes up for that in pure unadulterated relaxation. Due to the landscape, many properties here are built directly into the rock, but few are as stunning as Kleopatra. Relax on a hammock by the pool as the sun goes down, before retiring inside to find a house packed with character and antique furniture, yet boasting every modern amenity imaginable.