Having travelled extensively throughout Europe over the past few years, I’m no stranger to the wonders of Greece. With its sun-bleached shores, dependably blue skies, warm culture and thousands of islands to explore… I just keep getting pulled back.
On a recent trip, I had the good fortune of visiting the glamorous Daios Cove and I was utterly blown away by what’s on offer.
To begin with, the resort itself was just beautiful. Unlike a lot of beachside resorts in the region, there aren’t any towering skyscrapers at Daios Cove. Instead, the resort is made up of a series of contemporary house-like residences built into the lush, olive-tree hillside that rises up from the central private cove. This means that wherever you stay, you’ll be able to look out at the ocean from the privacy of your own room, suite or villa.
I stayed in a Waterfront One-Bedroom Villa, which was set about mid-way up the hillside and could be reached either by a casual stroll up the hill or by simply hopping onto the resort’s funicular. Aside from phenomenal views and the deliciously comfortable king-sized bed (dressed in cooling Egyptian linen, no less), I was really won over by the heated swimming pool that was on my private terrace. A refreshing dip into the pool every morning before I’d even had breakfast felt like the epitome of luxury.
Then, there was the food. With six different dining venues to choose from, I felt spoilt for choice. From the irresistible pastries at Pangea, to the fun ‘Magic Monday’ beachside dinner and the sophisticated fine cuisine at the Ocean Restaurant, there’s a little something for everyone.
My favourite was probably the Taverna, a contemporary al fresco restaurant which serves authentic yet refined Greek cuisine. For a romantic meal, it doesn’t get much better than sitting beneath a vine-draped pergola overlooking the cove and dining on delicious lamb kebabs, Greek salads, fresh seafood, and sipping on an ice cold glass of white wine.
For me, this trip was about a tranquil escape, so I was really excited to experience the GOCO Spa. I’d already heard really great things about the spa, but I wasn’t really prepared for just how big it was. At over 2,500 sq m, it’s truly expansive and offered an incredible range of different treatments to boot. I was also surprised to learn that throughout the year, GOCO Spa also have a range of guest health, nutrition and wellness specialists that visit for limited periods. If you’re interested in trying something new or working with a specialist, I’d definitely recommend looking out for who is going to be there during your visit.
Between luxurious spa treatments, I found relaxation in spades elsewhere in the resort: basking on the sand at the private cove, stretching out during a yoga class, lazing in the huge beachside infinity pool and indulging in a desert (or two) at The Beach House bar every day. One night, I even went on a wine-tasting session within the resort, which was an ideal way to top off a calming day spent luxuriating in the Grecian sun.
But, for those looking for more excitement or for families with some energy to burn, there’s loads of options too. From water-skiing and pedalos to excursions to the surrounding areas, and even live music events that extend long into the evening – each day, there were plenty of different activities going on without it once feeling like the resort was anything but peaceful.
Overall, perhaps the most standout feature of the resort is the staff. No request was too much, and wherever I was in the resort, the friendly, approachable staff were there to help with whatever I needed. From the moment I arrived, to my reluctant departure, the hotel staff and the hotel’s GM Mr Panos made me feel like part of the family and ensured that I’ll be back again.
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