Athens, Spetses & Porto Heli: A Luxury Escape to the Aegean

Greece is one of those locations we never tire of and nor will you. It’s the perfect combination of old meets new, beach meets city. We’ve found the best locations for you to satiate your lust for culture and longing for endless beaches by leaving behind the stresses of home in this eight-night unforgettable escape. Stopping off in three dazzling locations, you’ll return home feeling completely refreshed and full to the brim with unforgettable memories.

Sunset at the Temple of Poseidon and Sunrise from the Acropolis

Touching down in Athens you’ll spend three days and two nights exploring this ancient city, the home of democracy. We scoured the city and found you somewhere right in the heart to stay: New Hotel. Imaginatively designed by the Campana brothers, you are perfectly placed to stroll through the remains of the agora and right up to the top of the Acropolis – in fact, we’ll take you on a guided hike up to it early tomorrow morning. Right in the hubbub of things, you’ll have plenty of bars and restaurants nearby to tickle your taste buds. For now though, we’ll arrange for you to ring in the vacation in style as you head to the Temple of Poseidon just in time to catch the sunset.

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Culinary Delights and Untouched Islands

After a food tour of Greek’s culinary delights the next afternoon, we’ll transport you the next morning 54 nautical miles by private water taxi to the glamorous island of Spetses. A bit of a secret and rarely frequented by British tourists, you’ll be resting your head at Spetses’ Poseidonion hotel for three nights. Established 100 years ago, this elegantly decorated hotel has long been a destination for high society, royalty and the wealthy alike. Rest up in the spa, then head out to Spetses’ Old Harbor. The area is a rabbit warren of mansions, built in the island’s heyday, the grandest of which is now the state museum and covers 5000 years of the island’s history. There are no cars on this heavenly island, and so the best way to reach the Old Harbor is by horse buggy.

Tomorrow, you’ll head out to discover by private boat to one of our favorite Greek islands in the form of Hydra. A hotbed for the arts, it’s the island that everyone has heard of – but no one has been to. Spend some time wandering the quaint cobbled streets, strolling the harbor and enjoying a glass of ouzo with the locals before returning back to Spetses. The next day takes things up a gear where, for the more adventurous, you can take to the mountains for a day hiking or biking or for those who prefer jumping in and out of the seas all day (who could blame you?), we can arrange a private boat to be at your disposal for the day. If you’re here in June, we definitely recommend catching the Spetses Classic Yacht Regatta for a day as the well-heeled Greeks do.

From civilisation to sanctuary

For the final stretch of your vacation, you’ll stay in the most luxurious pavilion for three nights. Our little secret, it’s set in a stone walled courtyard on the east coast of the Peloponnese. Part of Amanzoe, your pavilion has its own pool and access to the resort’s private beach. With 360-degree awe-inspiring views of sea and olive groves, it’s impossible not to completely let go after your previous adventures.

The Aman spa is a tranquil sanctuary which combines Asian health techniques with Greece’s beauty rituals. The massages, facials, scrubs and wraps take advantage of the natural powers of the local olive groves, leaving you feeling as beautiful as Aphrodite. With an onsite art gallery, horse riding facilities, helicopter trips, yoga classes, water skiing and wine tasting all offered by the resort, there’s no need to leave. But we’d recommend completing your trip with a final dose of the local history at the ancient sanctuary of Asklepios at Epidaurus, just a short drive away.