Greece: A perfect destination for a break all year round

by Sylvia Pownall

Greece is not just for the Summer – there is lots to see, do and enjoy all year round.

For starters, did you know you can ski in Greece?

Then there are the countless islands beyond the tourist hotspots of Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Mykonos and Santorini.

If you fancy getting to grips with the Greeks but don’t want to travel in high season then here are some suggestions on where to go and what to do…

New hotel opening

Villa Vager Mani, Peloponnese – – is the newest boutique hotel opening in the southern Peloponnese, Greece.

Owners Marina and Nikolas Vager have put the emphasis on style and luxury and the hotel has four suites – all individually decorated reflecting Marina’s individual style which developed through her travels and her work as an interior designer.

Choose one of the suites which can sleep up to four this summer and autumn from €275 per night which includes homemade breakfast, complimentary mini bar, apperitivos on the courtyard terrace and all taxes. Book at

Discover a new island

Astypalaia – Chrysallis Boutique Hotel From £65 per night – Astypalaia is not as well-known as its more famous neighbours like Santorini, Paros or even Mykonos, and that is key to its charm.

This is a place where you can truly connect with the local culture: festivals are celebrated with traditional music and dance.

The local cuisine – the freshest of fish, exotic local specialties like biscuits of local saffron – is a delight, sophisticated in its simplicity.

This gorgeous butterfly-shaped island offers over 120km of gorgeous coastline just made for exploring. Boutique accommodations with a sense of local style give your stay a sense of elegance and authenticity.

Stay at the newly renovated Chrysalis Boutique Hotel for adults only from €80 per night for a superior room including breakfast (available from May 15 to June 10,

Discover Mt Mainalo

The Peloponnese is one of those areas in Greece that are easily accessible.

Villa Vager is just a short drive from Athens International Airport.

It’s a listed building with only nine suites with working fireplaces adding to the whole ambience of the place.

It is open all year round as it can combine a variety of different types of holidays, from exploring the ancient sites of Epidaurus, Mycenae and Olympia to skiing at Mainalo Mountain Ski Resort which is only 10 km away.

Mainalon has eight ski runs and four lifts.

Prices at Villa Vager start from €140 per room per night to include homecooked breakfast and all relevant taxes.

Visit a turtle resort

Lesante Blu in Zakynthos offers a seven night break from €1,008 per person ( This is an adults-only hotel with its own private stretch on the beach.

May is a great month to visit Zakynthos as you can visit the turtle sanctuary, take a boat trip to the Navagio and generally explore the island.

Alternatively, Sovereign Luxury Travel has a seven-night holiday to The Lesante Beach Resort on a half-board basis from just over €3,000 per family, based on departures on 26 May.

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