With sunshine pretty much guaranteed in the southern Mediterranean and the Pound so strong against the Euro, Greece and her islands are quite the draw to holidaymakers this year.
This stunning and varied country is popular for good reason, or should we say good reasons? Mouth-watering local cuisine; beautiful sandy coves; breathtaking mountain ranges; archaeological treasures; a rich and fascinating history; it's no wonder that Greece is such a hot destination for summer 2015.
But just because a destination is popular, doesn't mean a holiday there has to be crowded or predictable. At the Inspiring Travel Company we are committed to making every holiday special and each hotel and destination we offer has something that sets it apart. Not only this, but between them our experienced Travel Specialists have visited every destination we offer, so our knowledge is second to none. This means we can create a bespoke trip to suit your needs and interests, whatever they may be.
So, if you're thinking of a luxury Greek holiday this summer, but want something more than a 'one-size-fits-all' package deal, let us introduce you to a few of our favourite places and a Grecian summer holiday as you've never known it...
Dine local, stay all-inclusive in Halkidiki
Chic, modern and bursting with amenities to suit young and old, Ikos Olivia is an exclusive resort on the Halkidiki Peninsula. With it's own beach and 22 acres of luscious grounds, you'll find Ikos Olivia pleasingly spacious, even in high season.
The generous all-inclusive package here is a real pull to discerning guests. Dining à la carte at the resort's exquisite restaurants, some of which boast Michelin starred head chefs, comes at no extra charge (and our concierge service at the Inspiring Travel Company can book you a table before you even get on the plane!). Not only this but, quite uniquely, Ikos Olivia works with local eateries to create 'dine out' options, meaning you can sample local cuisine in the nearby town as part of your all-inclusive package!
Adults-only serenity in Santorini
Nowhere does romance and cliff-top chic quite like Santorini. This exclusive Greek island is a favourite with honeymooners, due to its stunning natural beauty and elegant boutique hotels. Katikies, a flawless whitewashed hotel whose simplicity is matched by its commitment to luxury, offers jaw-dropping views of the Aegean Caldera from each of its rooms and suites, not to mention from the spacious infinity pool and rooftop restaurant.
An added bonus for those seeking romance and tranquillity is that Katikies is a year-round adults-only resort. So even in the heights of summer this place is a haven of serenity. A perfect choice for couples, or teachers who long for a summer holiday without a child in sight!
Near the city, on the beach in Athens
Many of us would love to experience Athens. Exploring the remains of an ancient civilisation, as well as soaking up the cosmopolitan culture of modern day Greece are attractive prospects, but that kind of thing can feel more like a city break than a summer holiday.
Well, a stay at The Margi Hotel, located on the Athenian Riviera and not far from the bustle of the Greek capital, can give you the best of both worlds. You can spend one day lazing on the beach and the next exploring the Acropolis. Plus, right now The Margi are offering one free night when you stay for five; another reason to get booking!
Or for a real treat, ask your Travel Specialist about a twin-centre Greek holiday. Stay at The Margi Hotel or even the majestic Hotel Grande Bretagne to explore Athens for a few days, before jetting off to an island for a more laid-back holiday experience.
High-end luxury in Crete
If Crete seems like a 'predictable' holiday choice to you, you've obviously never visited with the Inspiring Travel Company! Our partners on this beautiful island are committed to the ultimate in short-haul luxury, and we are proud to recommend them.
Blue Palace, A Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, effortlessly combines impressive classical architecture with contemporary chic. Ask our Travel Specialists about staying in a bungalow with a private infinity pool for that extra dose of glamour. And with the resort boasting its own helipad, it is the perfect choice for a twin-centre break, or simply a speedy transfer from the international airport, all of which we can arrange for you!
Off the beaten track in Peloponnese
This stunning Greek region is not part of the traditional tourist trail, making it all the more inviting in the peak season of summer! Steeped in mythology and boasting luscious internal landscapes as well as pristine sandy beaches, Peloponnese is a fantastic choice for your next luxury Greek holiday.
A stay at The Romanos A Luxury Collection Resort will not disappoint, with its picturesque location, beautifully appointed accommodation and many enticing dining options. If you book by 15th June, The Romanos are offering 15% off accommodation rates for this summer. What are you waiting for?
So, there you have it, five extra-special ways to spend a luxury summer holiday in Greece this year. At the Inspiring Travel Company we aim to inspire, so inquire now or call 01244 355 600 to speak to a Travel Specialist and begin planning your bespoke booking!