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					                                                                                                                                                            Mykonos Grace




   The Art
   of Living
                                                                              Argentikon

                             The year 2004 was a landmark: hosting the Olympics was the start, rather than end, of a new course for Greece. One
                             example is the hotels sector. The acquisition, post-2004, of a prime property like the former Astir Palace by a major
                             international corporation, Starwood, and multi-million-euro investments in developing golf resorts on Crete and
                             the southwestern Peloponnese suggest broader confidence in Greek tourism’s durability. Add the entry into the
                             market of a new breed of hoteliers whose zest and fresh vision has brought change to a sector that has lacked
                             oomph. All this has made the annual task of compiling Odyssey’s list of Greece’s best hotels more challenging as
                             the list seeks a balance between resort facilities and boutique style.
                                                                                                                                                                Semiramis




                                                                                  Introduction by Diane Shugart; list compiled by Catherina Mytilineou and Chryssa Veneti.
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                                                                                                                                                                                             are designed as low one- or two-story villa-style buildings rather than   by Starwood. It’s an investment from which Greece stands to benefit
                                                                                                                                                                                             massive multi-story structures. Temes is also working with local au-      as the presence of a prominent international brand enhances the
                                                                                                                                                                                             thorities and business chambers to devise a comprehensive develop-        country’s image as a destination. Also, a resort of that size cannot be
                                                                                                                                                                                             ment plan for the area.                                                   economically viable if it only operates half the yearor less. This re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  “We will try to minimize bad intervention. The good thing about      quires further investment by Starwood in developing its business
                                                                                                                                                                                             new destinations is that you get to set the [development] pace,” says     which, again, will have a beneficial ripple effect on Greece as a des-
                                                                                                                                                                                             Konstantakopoulos.                                                        tination.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Navarino Resorts is one of the new elements in the Greek                  “Our goal is to operate the resort on the year round basis, utiliz-
Photos courtesy of Temes




                                                                                                                                                                                             tourism picture. Another is a more dynamic presence in the Greek          ing the strength and diversity of our brand client base, Starwood’s
                                                                                                                                                                                             market of a large, prestigious chain like Starwood. A major player in     reservation system as well as increasing the meeting and conference
                                                                                                                                                                                             the global hospitality industry, Starwood emerged a decade ago from       market taking advantage of the unique location of the resort. Quite
                                                                                                                                                                                             the joining of the Westin and Sheraton brands. Until recently, their      frankly this is the only way an urban resort could survive, no resort
                                                                                                                                                                                             presence in Greece has been limited to the Grande Bretagne Hotel          the size of Astir in a urban setting could by economically viable op-
                                                                                                      Navarino Bay and the town of Pylos at the far left; two-hundred-year-old olive trees   and franchises on Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete. Starwood’s low           erating predominantly the summer months,” Ananiadis adds.
                                                                                                      being removed to a nursery to be replanted after construction is completed.
                                                                                                                                                                                             profile in Greece has changed with the acquisition of the Astir                Development projects like Navarino Resorts and the entry of
                                                                                                                                                                                             Palace in Vouliagmeni, a complex of three hotels and bungalow on a        large international players into the Greek market are two types of




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                                                                                                                                                                                             gorgeous location.                                                        driving forces behind Greece’s tourism policy. Another is small, in-
                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Astir Palace is a Resort Complex with history and exciting lo-     dependent, boutique-style properties that appeal to a different type of
                                     otis Karabatsos hops out of his four-wheel-drive, steps          nation too. This is the challenge developers Tourism Enterprises                       cation. When we did our initial investigation and projections, we         up market traveler.
                                 through some shrubbery to the edge of low, blunt cliff, and          Messenia (Temes SA) welcome.                                                           saw that each building had each own architectural uniqueness. As a             “I don’t think that what’s happening at the policy level necessar-
                                 throws open his arms. His grin is as wide as the viewa spectacu-          “The area is almost undeveloped,“ says Achilleas Konstanta-                       result we felt the each hotel could comfortably carry each own iden-      ily reflects what’s happening in terms of tourism trends,” says Ange-
                           lar panorama of olive trees sloping down to a sapphire-blue sea, from      kopoulos, managing director of Tourism Enterprises of Messenia                         tity while being part of a destination resort,” says Tim Ananiadis,       los Seferiades, a Cornell graduate and partner in Kihli Hotel Enter-
                           the red-roofed town of Pylos on the south to the Gialova lagoon in         (Temes SA), which is developing the project. “I think it’s easier to                   Starwood area manager for Greece, Turkey, and Cyprus. “The Arion          prises. “For example, the policy [encouraging] golf development is, in
                           the north. “There,” he says, pointing past the lagoon. “That’s Ro-         develop [an area for tourism] when there’s a large project that jump-                  fit our Luxury Collection Brand due to its classic look and feel of the   my opinion, influenced by the need to spur large investment and be-
                           manou. There,“ he says, as his arm sweeps over the area below, “that’s     starts the destination.”                                                               building and the proximity to the bungalows. The Nafsika fit the          cause of the more ‘professional’ approach to financing and imple-
                           Pylos. But here,“ he adds, gesturing at the land he’s standing on, “this       Despite a range of tourism assetsa gorgeous setting, long stretch-                 family orientation of the Westin Brand with large rooms and bal-          menting such large-scale projects.”
                           is Kinigou. This is the best.“                                             es of pristine sand beaches, a massive castle, archaeological sites, and               conies, the pool and beach area and modern design. The Afroditi was            Kihli Hotel Enterprises doesn’t own hotels but operates them for
                                Karabatsos, a local realtor and member of the Pylos municipal         easy access to the international airport at Kalamata and the Patras                    chosen to be transformed into the W Brand a lifestyle experience in       their owners. The properties they manage are exquisite but
                           council, has reason to boast about Kinigou: it’s his natal village. But    portsouthwestern Messenia has been spared the sort of unchecked                        unique design surroundings, geared to a younger clientele.”               smallIkies, on Santorini, has just eleven rooms. Each one has a dis-
                           all three sites are part of an ambitious development project,              tourist development that has scarred other parts of Greece. And                             The Arion and Westin are already open, and the W will open           tinctive character yet the underlying concept is the same: stylish ac-
                           Navarino Resorts, four independent complexes extending over a              though locals are mostly excited about the Navarino Resorts project,                   next year. All three have raised the profile of Greek hotel offerings,    commodations with personalized service.
                           10,000-square-meter area with eleven hotels, holiday villas, and           some fear its impact on an important wetlands, the Gialova lagoon,                     especially in the luxury or five-star categories.                              “Greece’s competitive edge is quality, not quantity or price,” says
                           seven golf courses plus facilities like conference centers and spas        between the Pylos and Romanou sites. But Konstantakopoulos says                             “I would designate our properties as luxury/upscale rather than      Seferiades.
                           when the project is completed in 2020. Construction has already            integrated development can protect an area from being spoiled the                      using the five-star designation,” says Ananiadis. “What really makes           For some industry observers, the combined effect of large projects
                           begun on Navarino Dunes at Romanou and is expected to begin at             ugliness of haphazard building.                                                        a luxury or upscale product? First of all the building itselfwhether      like Navarino Resorts, a higher-profile presence of global brands like
                           the Pylos site, Navarino Bay, this summer, with a scheduled open-              “In a new destination, it’s usually the new player who sets the                    modern or traditionalhas to have the trademarks of a landmark, in a       Starwood, and young entrepreneurs and managers will gradually re-
                           ing date in 2009.                                                          rules,” he says. “And the most important way to influence someone is                   preferred location. Secondly, the level of service and product. This      structure the Greek hotel sector. The mix of large and small proper-
                                Aside from being the life’s dream of Vassilis Konstantakopoulos,      by setting a good example.”                                                            can vary quite a bit as each company has its own definition of five-      ties, sprawling resorts and boutique hotels, also increases the diversi-
                           a local sea captain who made his fortune in freight and container              The good example includes a very low building coefficientjust                      star service or product. For our company, we have set a certain stan-     ty of Greece’s tourism product.
                           shipping, Navarino Resorts is Greece’s first integrated destination re-    eight percent of the property will be builtand initiatives like transfer-              dard for each of our brands based largely on the service culture and           “What’s nice about large resorts is the facilities they can offer,"
                           sort development. The project goes a step beyond the usual resort          ring more than three thousand olive and orange trees removed from                      client base of each brand.”                                               says Seferiades. "And what’s nice about small properties is the inti-
                           construction as it entails developing not just the resort but the desti-   a reservoir site to groves framing around the grounds. Also, the hotels                     The Astir Palace acquisition represents a substantial investment     macy, the personalization of the services.”

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athens & environs
                                                                                                                                                                        Ochre and Brown
  Hotel Grande Bretagne                                                                                                                                                 7 Leokoriou Street., Psiri, 105 54 Athens,
  Constitution Square, 105 63 Athens, tel.: +30 210 333 0000, fax +30 210 322 8034, email: info@grandebretagne.gr ñ www.grandebretagne.gr ñ ★★★★★ deluxe                tel.: +30 210 331 2950, fax +30 210 331 2942,
                                                                                                                                                                        email: info@ochreandbrown.com
  Located in the very center of Athens, dominating                                                                                                                      ñ www.ochreandbrown.com ñ stylish urban ñ ★★★★
  Constitution Square, stands the Hotel Grande
  Bretagne. One of Europe’s most prestigious
  hotels, it is perfectly located for easy access to all
  major sights in Athens and within walking
  distance of the city's favorite shopping areas such
  as fashionable Kolonaki district.
        Since 1874, the Hotel Grand Bretagne has
  welcomed Athens’s most illustrious guests. It’s a
  hotel that has always boasted touches of palatial
  class. It reopened its doors, following a
  sumptuous refurbishment to restore its former
  splendor in every detail, just a few years ago. The                                                                                                                                                                                                      Periscope Hotel
  Hotel Grande Bretagne has 321 rooms and suites
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          22 Haritos Street, Kolonaki, 106 75 Athens, tel.: +30 210 729 7200, fax +30 210 729
  offering spectacular views to the Acropolis and to
  the city of Athens. Luxurious fabrics and restored                                                                                                                                                                                                      7206, email: info@periscope.gr ñ www.periscope.gr ñ ★★★★
  antiques personalize all rooms including the                                                                                                                                                                                                             The combination of this hotel’s urban philosophy and its location–in the city’s fashionable
  impressive 400-square-meter Royal Suite and                                                                                                                                                                                                              Kolonaki district–landed Periscope Hotel on Conde Nast’s list of hot hotels for 2006-20007. An
  160-square-meter Presidential Suite.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     added perk: a rooftop periscope through which guests can survey Athens.
        This city landmark offers its rich historical                                                                                                                                                                                                           Designed by the Deca Group of Architects, Periscope combines ergonomics with an urban
  heritage plus new facilities to stun the senses:                                                                                                                                                                                                         aesthetic that’s perfectly in tune with the needs of the demanding twenty-first-century traveler.
  indoor heated pool, roof-top open-air swimming                                                                                                                                                                                                           Rooms have a modern vibe, with all the attendant comforts and conveniences–satellite TV, CD
  pool, three restaurants including one roof-top                                                                                                                                                                                                           and DVD players, free internet access, wireless phones, automatic blinds, electronic safety
  restaurant with the best city views, a luxurious                                                                                                                                                                                                         deposit boxes, mini bar, complimentary slippers and bathrobes, laundry and dry cleaning
  spa, Grand Ballroom, meeting and conference                                                                                                                                                                                                              services, and room service. For a view over the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill, book a Junior or
  rooms, butler service for suites and an array of                                                                                                                                                                                                         Penthouse Suite.
  unique amenities one would expect of a modern,                                                                                                                                                                                                                Periscope’s draw is its location amid Kolonaki’s boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and bars.
  twenty-first-century five-star hotel.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But you can also dine in–the lounge bar and restaurant are a popular venue among locals too.



                                                                                                                                                                        It says quite a bit about Ochre and Brown’s vibe that its bar has
  Athenaeum InterContinental                                                                                                                                            established itself as one of the hottest nightspots in Psiri, an edgy
                                                                                                                                                                        district of the city’s old quarter known for its clubs, bars, and
  89-93 Syngrou Avenue, 117 45 Athens, tel.: +30 210 920 6000, fax +30 210 920 6500, email: athha.hotel@ichotelsgroup.com ñ www.intercontinental.com/athens ñ ★★★★★     restaurants. In-room massages and personalized voice mail are
                                                                                                                                                                        the types of standard amenities and services that illustrate this
  Ideally positioned between the business and financial                                                                                                                 small hotel’s vision of hospitality as a truly personalized service.
  districts of Athens and Piraeus, the Athenaeum                                                                                                                              All ten rooms are luxurious and stylish, with sleek matte
  InterContinental boasts 543 luxury guestrooms–the most                                                                                                                lacquered furniture and natural fabrics in shades of ochre and
  spacious in Athens. Sixty suites, including eighteen on two                                                                                                           brown set off by accents of bright, solid primary colors like orange.
  Club InterContinental floors, offer a range of room choices. A                                                                                                        Guests are pampered with down quilts and custom-ordered bed
  fully-equipped business center and high-speed wireless                                                                                                                linens of 300-count Egyptian cotton as well as private phone
  internet connections and voice mail in all rooms have made                                                                                                            numbers that dial direct into the room. The knowledgeable staff will
  the hotel the choice of discerning executives.                                                                                                                        happily steer you to the hippest clubs, best shows, and city
         The Athenaeum Ballroom accommodates up to 2,500                                                                                                                sights–many of which are within walking distance
  and the 3,500-square-meter Athenaeum Conference Center
  offers 35 breakout rooms with a total capacity of 3,500.
  Dining options include the all-day Cafezoe and Café Vienna                                                                                                          Life Gallery
  Tea Lounge at lobby level and the Premiere Restaurant on                                                                                                            103 Thisseos Avenue, Ekali, 145 78 Athens, tel.: +30 210 626 0400, fax: +30 210 622 9353, email: info-lifegallery@bluegr.com ñ www.bluegr.com ñ ★★★★★
  the 10th floor where, along with stunning views of the
                                                                                                                                                                      Life Gallery, a luxury boutique Hotel located in the affluent       room offers 105 sqm of multifunctional space for meetings or
  Acropolis, guests can enjoy award-winning Mediterranean
                                                                                                                                                                      Ekali suburb, north of Athens, is a member of The Leading           other activities with natural light. The Avaton board room
  cuisine. Playzoe by the pool and Tobar in the lobby are
                                                                                                                                                                      Hotels of the World and Design Hotels collections. Its thirty       provides the perfect setting for meetings for up to 15
  excellent meeting points. There’s also a shopping arcade,
                                                                                                                                                                      executive rooms feature distinctive design and                      executives. Both are equipped with state-of-the art audiovisual
  hair salon, open-air swimming pool, 24-hour gym, and
                                                                                                                                                                      aesthetics–branded furniture, stylish decor in earth tones,         equipment. For relaxation, there’s the fully-equipped Ananea
  renovated fitness center with spa.
                                                                                                                                                                      atmospheric lighting, balconies enclosed within spectacular         Spa–a luxurious setting of blue window panels and Serena
        The Athenaeum InterContinental is within walking
                                                                                                                                                                      glass panels.                                                       marble that offers face and body treatments, Thai and Thai
  distance of the city’s tram and metro lines, while a
                                                                                                                                                                            Wine Gallery, the hotel’s popular restaurant, offers          Herbal massage, and hot stones massage. The spa features
  complimentary hotel shuttle makes downtown runs from
                                                                                                                                                                      gourmet Mediterranean flavors as well as a choice of ethnic         vitality pool, rasul, shower labyrinth hydrotherapy, mud
  8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
                                                                                                                                                                      dishes prepared using fresh ingredients. The Agora conference       treatments, steam room, sauna and a mini-gym.

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athens & environs
                                                                                                                                                                    Arion Resort & Spa                                                                                   Metropolitan Hotel
   King George Palace                                                                                                                                               40 Apollonos Street, Vouliagmeni, Athens, tel.: +30 210 890 2000,                                    385 Syngrou Avenue, 175 64 Athens, tel.: +30 210 947 1000,
                                                                                                                                                                    fax +30 210 896 2582 ñ www.luxurycollection.com/arion ñ Deluxe                                       fax +30 210 9471010, email: metropolitan@chandris.gr
   3 Vasileos Georgiou A’ Str, 105 64 Athens, tel.: +30 210 322 2210, fax +30 210 325 0504, email: kgpalace@classicalhotels.com ñ www.classicalhotels.com ñ ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                                                    The 123-room Arion Astir Palace Hotel and its 76 adjacent bungalows makes its debut this             ñ www.chandris.gr ñ ★★★★★
   The King George Palace combines the                                                                                                                              season as the Arion Resort & Spa, The Luxury Collection, member of Starwood Hotels & Resorts.
   grace and statue of a historic landmark–it                                                                                                                       The first world-class luxury and award winning hotel of the Astir Palace Complex–which
   was originally built as an urban palais and                                                                                                                      includes the newly reopened The Westin Athens Beach Resort and W Athens, to open in
   annex to the palace–with ultra-modern                                                                                                                            2008–honors a 40-year tradition of five-star hospitality and superior service. This prime location
   comforts and conveniences, plus an                                                                                                                               in the heart of the Athenian Riviera is just 25 kilometers from the international airport and the
   attention to detail that puts guests’ comfort                                                                                                                    cosmopolitan city centre of Athens.
   above all.                                                                                                                                                             The legendary beauty of Arion Resort & Spa reflects breathtaking views to the Saronic Gulf,
         Ideally located on Constitution Square,                                                                                                                    elegant and sophisticated décor in all rooms and suites, original paintings, private swimming
   the King George Palace features a                                                                                                                                pools and beaches, gourmet restaurants and unique modern luxuries at every turn. Guest rooms
   collection of 78 guest rooms and 24 suites,                                                                                                                      and suites delight the senses with
   all with individually controlled heating and                                                                                                                     creative touches. Elegant and
   cooling, hypoallergenic foam pillows,                                                                                                                            sophisticated décor allow for comfort
   twice-daily housekeeping service,                                                                                                                                and ease. The most distinctive feature,
   electronic safe, multi-line phone, and high-                                                                                                                     the Excelsior Club Floor, offers the
   speed internet. The King George Suite                                                                                                                            ultimate in privacy and privileged
   occupies the entire penthouse and boasts                                                                                                                         services for its guests.
   its own steam room, whirlpool, and private                                                                                                                             Arion Resort & Spa is the favorite
   terrace with drop-edge swimming pool                                                                                                                             venue for Athens artistic elite,
   with hand-laid mosaic tiles. Guests can                                                                                                                          statesmen and International VIPs. It is
   enjoy the same Acropolis view from the                                                                                                                           the hotel of choice for celebrities and
   Tudor Bar or the Tudor Hall, the hotel’s                                                                                                                         business people to reside in during
   gourmet restaurant whose menu was                                                                                                                                their stay in Athens.
   inspired by Alain Ducasse Formation. Guest
   amenities include an indoor swimming
   pool and The Palace Spa.

                                                                                                                                                                    Divani Apollon Palace & Spa
                                                                                                                                                                    10 Agiou Nikolaou & Iliou str., 166 71, Vouliagmeni, tel.: +30 210 891 1100,
    Saint George Lycabettus Hotel                                                                                                                                   fax +30 210 965 8010, email: divanis@divaniapollon.gr ñ www.divanis.com ñ ★★★★★ deluxe
   2 Kleomenous Street, 106 75 Athens, tel.: +30 210 729 0711, fax +30 210 729 0439, email: info@sglycabettus.gr ñ www.sglycabettus.gr ñ Boutique Hotel

    St. George Lycabettus Hotel is one
    of the few independent hotel that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    With a view to both the Acropolis and the Saronic Gulf–and located by
    has managed to establish its as a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the Faliron Olympic Coastal Park–the newly-renovated Metropolitan
    brand. Located in the lively,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Hotel is ideally situated for both leisure and business travelers. Just a
    fashionable Kolonaki district, it                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    15-minute ride from downtown Athens and Piraeus, it also offers easy
    offers fine views of the Acropolis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   access to sights and beaches.
    and Lycabettus Hill from all its                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           All 374 rooms have been completely refurbished to the highest
    floors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              international five-star standards and include the latest four-pipe
          For dining, Le Grand Balcon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    individual air conditioning system, advanced fire safety sprinklers,
    restaurant offers a fusion of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        conveniently placed modem ports for high-speed internet access, 24-
    French-Greek cuisine that has                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hour room service, and multi channel satellite TV. Spacious executive
    attracted celebrities like Princess                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  rooms and suites feature separate dressing rooms and comfortable
    Michael of Kent herself, Jeremy                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      living areas plus amenities like electric trouser presses and LCD
    Irons, Daniel Day Lewis, Vanessa                                                                                                                                The Divani Apollon Palace & Spa is a luxury resort hotel situated in the exclusive area of           television-entertainment centers.
    May, and Irene Pappas (who lived in                                                                                                                             Vouliagmeni on the Athens Riviera. Enjoying a spectacular beachfront location, just 18 km from             Le Trocadero serves offers sumptuous breakfast and lunch buffets
    the Presidential Suite for a few                                                                                                                                Athens city centre, the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa was the first hotel in Athens to become a        as well as candlelight dinners overlooking its own garden. Light meals
    years). Frame, a fashionable                                                                                                                                    member of the Leading Hotels of the World.                                                           are served indoors and outdoors in the light-bathed Atrium Café, while
    lounge-bar and restaurant on the                                                                                                                                      The Divani Apollon Palace & Spa is the ideal place for business or leisure travelers to        guests can enjoy refined Mediterranean cuisine in the rooftop La
    ground floor is the stomping ground                                                                                                                             experience the best Greece has to offer. All rooms are luxurious and feature furnished balconies     Veranda restaurant.
    of the city’s hip young professionals                                                                                                                           that offer a panoramic view of the sea.                                                                    The sun deck is ideal for relaxing beside the heated rooftop pool
    with the occasional glitter of rock                                                                                                                                   The Divani Apollon Palace & Spa boasts more than 2,500 sqm of available space for              while the fitness centre offers a wide array of cardiovascular and weight
    stars performing at Lykavittos like                                                                                                                             conferences & events, and an experienced attentive staff who can make even the most complex          training equipment under the supervision of qualified staff.
    Moby or Carlos Santana.                                                                                                                                         event a total success. The resort’s restaurants feature Mediterranean cuisine that blends local            The Metropolitan Hotel is the ideal venue for high-powered
          Hotel amenities include a                                                                                                                                 specialty dishes with the freshest seafood, combined with an exceptional atmosphere.                 business conventions, elite conferences and glamorous weddings for
    rooftop swimming pool, the Sensia                                                                                                                                     The Divani Athens Spa & Thalasso Centre, a member of the Leading Spas, is the only facility    up to 500 guests. The ten conference and meeting rooms offer advanced
    Spa and Gym, and a library with a                                                                                                                               offering Thalassotherapy in the Athens area and one of Europe's most recent and luxurious            technological equipment and plenty of natural daylight.
    range of volumes on Greek                                                                                                                                       Thalassotherapy centers. It is equipped with the most sophisticated treatment equipment, employed          The Hotel’s shuttle bus offers complimentary transportation
    subjects.                                                                                                                                                       by the most knowledgeable, well trained staff and meets the strictest care quality criteria.         from/to Athens city centre.

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athens & environs                                                                                                                           mainland
  Grecotel Cape Sounio                                                                                                                       Makedonia Palace
  67th km Athens-Sounio Road, Sounio,                                                                                                        2 M. Alexandrou Avenue, 546 40, Thessaloniki, tel.: +30 2310 897197, fax +30 2310 897211, email: mkp@classicalhotels.com ñ www.classicalhotels.com ñ ★★★★★
  tel.: +30 22920 69700, fax +30 22920 69770,
                                                                                                                                             Ideally located on Thessaloniki’s waterfront promenade and within walking distance of the
  email: reserve–so@grecotel.gr ñ www.grecotel.com ñ ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                             city center, international trade fair grounds, and concert hall, the Makedonia Palace is a
                                                                                                                                             veritable city landmark. It’s long been the choice of discerning travelers who, along with a
  Greece’s mythical cape, where the wonders of ancient Greece                                                                                premium address and breathtaking views of the city and bay, expect top-notch service and
  embrace the glorious sea, drawing it towards a cosmopolitan                                                                                amenities. Each of the 284 guestrooms and suites have the ambience of a luxurious pied a
  coastline dotted with lavish villas: this is Cape Sounio, not just                                                                         terre with 24-hour rooms service and amenities like marble bathrooms, sound-proofing,
  a resort but an experience. Here, beneath the imposing                                                                                     mini bar, voice mail, working desk.
  Temple of Poseidon, an alluring sanctuary with impressive                                                                                        A range of dining options–Sushi Club, The Restaurant, Cloud Level bar, and Salonica
  Doric columns, private villas rise along shaded, stone-paved                                                                               Lounge–are perfect for private or business meetings. Conference and meeting rooms
  paths framed by olive trees and pines.                                                                                                     range from 20 sqm to 585 sqm each, and are equipped with state-of-the-art audiovisual
        Grecotel Cape Sounio is life at its finest. This is a place of                                                                       equipment.
  magic, where the Aegean starts and where history stands the                                                                                      For relaxation, the Makedonia Palace has a fully equipped fitness area with sauna and
  test of time. Fragrant pines bending over private pools whose                                                                              massage rooms.
  waters reflect glittering skies heighten the sense of pleasure
  and peace. The octagon-shaped glass-walled Elixir Spa is set
  among a pine grove on a blunt cliff over the sea. Juice bar,
  restaurant, and beauty salon are added amenities for a
  complete spa experience.
        Arranged amphitheatrically around the main swimming
  pool, terracotta-colored bungalows blend into the unspoiled
  landscape. Inside, these singular guest rooms are decorated
  in a palette inspired by the glorious setting. Weathered-
  bronze doors and tables finished with the delicate skin of
  snowfish from the Indian Ocean infuse the resort’s
  understated elegance with a touch of the exotic.




    Semiramis
     48 Charilaou Trikoupi Street, Kefalari, 145 62 Athens, tel.: +30 210 628 4400, fax +30 210 628 4499, email: info@semiramisathens.com
     ñ www.semiramisathens.com ñ Luxury Design

     Kefalari, an exclusive northern suburb of
     Athens, was once the summer resort of
     wealthy Athenian families. The Semiramis
     preserves this aura of privacy in an intimate
     property that focuses on positive energy and
     a heightened sensual experience that
                                                                                                                                            Villa Galini
                                                                                                                                            Porto Carras Grand Resort, Sithonia 630 81 Halkidiki, tel.: +30 23750 77000, fax +30 23750 71229,
     embraces culture, design, and art–precisely
     the result Karim Rashid was commissioned                                                                                               email: info@portocarras.com ñ www.portocarras.com ñ Luxury Guesthouse
     to produce when he designed the hotel.                                                                                                 ‘Galini’ is Greek for serenity, which is what some of the world’s most
           Each of the 51 guestrooms, pool                                                                                                  brilliant minds–Salvador Dali, Francois Mitterrand, to name two–have
     bungalows, and suites–including a                                                                                                      come here to seek. Designed like a miniature version of one of the
     spectacular penthouse suite–is itself a work                                                                                           smaller monasteries on the Mount Athos peninsula, Villa Galini is the
     of art, with post-modern furnishings, sleek                                                                                            most exclusive property on the Porto Carras Grand Resort, an earthly
     surfaces, and bold color combinations.                                                                                                 paradise that includes the Domaine Porto Carras vineyards, a 45,000-
     Selected for function as much as form,                                                                                                 tree olive grove, yacht marina, casino, three resort hotels, conference
     furnishings and amenities offer the comforts                                                                                           center, and thalassotherapy spa.
     discerning travelers expect, from plasma                                                                                                      Originally a private residence, Villa Galini was converted to a
     screen TVs and maxi bars to complete                                                                                                   deluxe guesthouse featuring seventeen suites with butler service. The
     sound-proofing, electronic blinds, cordless                                                                                            table in the main dining room is a genuine antique–it dates from the
     phones, plushx complimentary bath robe                                                                                                 Byzantine Empire–and the furnishings were hand-selected to reflect
     and balconies.                                                                                                                         guests’ discriminating tastes. Dali, a frequent guest, designed one of
           The Semiramis Bar & Restaurant                                                                                                   the bathrooms, while there are also mosaics signed by the designer
     delivers the same high standards–in                                                                                                    Yves Saint Laurent.
     ambience, service, and food–in this unique                                                                                                    Two private helipads and round-the-clock security are among
     space which seamlessly accommodates                                                                                                    the services that complement the unmatched surroundings and
     laid-back lounge, spirited cocktail-hour                                                                                               breathtaking view.
     mingling, and refined dining.


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                                                                                                                                                                                        Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas
  Mandola Rosa Suites & Villas                                                                                                                                                          Akronafplia, 211 00 Nafplion, tel.: +30 27520 70800, fax +30 27520 28783, email: reservations@nafplionhotels.gr ñ www.nafpliapalace.gr ñ Luxury
  Kastro Kyllinis, 270 50 Peloponnese, tel.: +30 26230 64400, fax +30 26230 64455, email: sales–mr@grecotel.gr ñ www.grecotel.com ñ ★★★★★                                               Ancient history embraces modern
                                                                                                                                                                                        luxury in this distinctive property with
                                                                                                                                                                                        gorgeous views across the Bay of
                                                                                                                                                                                        Argolis. Ideally positioned as a base for
                                                                                                                                                                                        exploring the Peloponnese’s renowned
                                                                                                                                                                                        ancient sites like Mycenae or attending
                                                                                                                                                                                        a performance of ancient drama at
                                                                                                                                                                                        Epidaurus, Nafplion is itself a prime
                                                                                                                                                                                        year-round destination. The charming
                                                                                                                                                                                        old town–the first capital of the modern
                                                                                                                                                                                        Greek state–nestles beneath the
                                                                                                                                                                                        imposing Palamidi fortress with its
                                                                                                                                                                                        stunning view over the entire Argolid.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Nafplia Palace Hotel & Villas,
                                                                                                                                                                                        a member of the Helios Hotels &
                                                                                                                                                                                        Resorts group, offers 51 guestrooms
                                                                                                                                                                                        and 33 individually-designed villas,
                                                                                                                                                                                        most with private heated pools. Wood,
                                                                                                                                                                                        stone, and other natural materials
                                                                                                                                                                                        combine to create a contemporary
                                                                                                                                                                                        aesthetic, with metal accents that
                                                                                                                                                                                        suggest all the modern comforts
                                                                                                                                                                                        guests demand from deluxe
                                                                                                                                                                                        accommodations.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Amimoni Restaurant offers
                                                                                                                                                                                        Italian gourmet cuisine–perfect after a
                                                                                                                                                                                        day of touring sights or soaking up the
                                                                                                                                                                                        sun.



  Mandola Rosa is the jewel in Grecotel’s crown property–the Olympia Riviera Resort, a          terrazzo and white balustrades overlooking the seawater infinity pool. Pink and white   Country Club Hellenikon
  sprawling estate with three hotels, independent spa, conference center with dedicated         accents are found throughout Mandola Rosa, a subtle allusion to the flowering almond    Elliniko Gortinias, 222 02 Arkadia, tel.: +30 27910 31700, +30 210 688 9249, fax +30 27910 31703, email: info@countryclub.gr ñ www.countryclub.gr ñ B Category
  hotel along a kilometer-long beachfront.                                                      trees at nearby Ancient Olympia that inspired the hotel’s name.
       Stepping through Mandola Rosa’s columned portico is like stepping into another                Mandola Rosa’s collection of 33 one-bedroom suites and two-bedroom villas are
  world. Inspired by the Belle Époque, this gorgeous boutique hotel evokes the glamour          the ultimate in graceful living. Designed for supreme comfort, all combine elegant,
  and grace of the Mediterranean seaside resorts of 1920s Europe. The main building             bespoke furnishings with modern conveniences and discreet, intuitive service. Dining
  stands on a low, naturally fortified mound at the edge of a two-kilometer stretch of thick,   options include the beachfront Le Cap Voyage, with its inspired menu developed around
  sandy beach. The reception area and main lounge spill onto a broad terrace with               organic produce flown from the traditional Agreco Farm on Crete.




   Imaret Hotel
   6 Th. Poulidou Street, 651 10, Kavala, tel.: +30 2510 620151,
   fax +30 2510 620156, email: info@imaret.gr
   ñ www.imaret.gr ñ Luxury Boutique
   Originally built in 1817 by Mohamed Ali Pasha, Imaret is a luxurious
   hospitality property located overlooking the city of Kavala in northern
   Greece. The original building has been carefully restored into a hotel
   featuring 26 deluxe rooms and suites, each unique in design and decor, a
   gourmet restaurant, a conference room, a reception hall, an indoor
   heated pool under the original domes, an oriental hammam, a courtyard
   pool and a special area for massage and relaxation.
         High standards of service match the elegant accommodations. Dining
   is an example: most of the salads, vegetables, fruits, and herbs used to
   prepare dishes are from the hotel’s own organic garden. Enjoy a candlelit
   dinner on the terrace of the Imaret Restaurant or its private dining area–an                                                                                                         Country Club Hellenikon lives up to its gorgeous natural surroundings: a pretty valley along the   rustic chests and velvet fabrics, all offer modern amenities like mini bar and direct dial phone.
   open-air water garden in summer and the haremlik (women’s quarters) in                                                                                                               Lousios River in the heart of Arcadia, at the foot Stemnitsa and Dimitsana. Its nine guestrooms    The suite features separate sleeping and living quarters–highlighted by a plump red sofa.
   winter. There’s also a bar, tea room, and the Mohamed Ali Pasha House–a                                                                                                              and one suite are on located on the upper floor of this country manor with views from the                The ground floor embraces five separate lounge areas arrayed around the main
   second gourmet restaurant only open in winter.                                                                                                                                       balcony over the mountains or the traditional village of Hellenikon. Individually furnished with   fireplace. There’s also a breakfast room, bar, small conference area, and games room.


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  Santa Marina Arachova Resort & Spa                                                                                                                                                          Mykonos Grace
  Kalanaki, Arachova, 320 04, Viotia, tel.: +30 22670 31954, fax +30 22670 31955, email: ArachovaResort@santa-marina.gr ñ www.santa-marina.gr ñ Boutique retreat                              Agios Stefanos, 846 00 Mykonos, tel.: +30 22890 26690, fax +30 22890 26689, email: info@mykonosgrace.com ñ www.mykonosgrace.com ñ Boutique

                                                                                                                                                                                              Located north of Mykonos Town, on the sandy and
                                                                                                                                                                                              sheltered beach of Agios Stefanos, Mykonos Grace
                                                                                                                                                                                              is an intimate and supremely elegant boutique
                                                                                                                                                                                              hotel that combines ideal setting, luxurious
                                                                                                                                                                                              surroundings, and truly personalized hospitality.
                                                                                                                                                                                              The Odyssey Choice for "Best New Entry,"
                                                                                                                                                                                              Mykonos Grace perfectly captures the essence of
                                                                                                                                                                                              twenty-first century travel–a property that
                                                                                                                                                                                              complements and enhances the experience of a
                                                                                                                                                                                              destination.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    The graceful coexistence of traditional
                                                                                                                                                                                              architectural elements and local craftsmanship
                                                                                                                                                                                              with modern facilities and chic design is apparent
                                                                                                                                                                                              throughout the property. The hip reception area
                                                                                                                                                                                              with nuances of the Aegean big blue, the elegant
                                                                                                                                                                                              pool-side area adjacent to the State of Grace bar
                                                                                                                                                                                              and restaurant, the revitalizing Grace Boutique
                                                                                                                                                                                              Spa and the vibrant With Good Grace fitness room
                                                                                                                                                                                              pamper the senses.
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mykonos Grace offers six class of
                                                                                                                                                                                              accommodations, from double rooms with
                                                                                                                                                                                              balconies and views to the ancient island-
                                                                                                                                                                                              sanctuary of Delos to the three types of special
                                                                                                                                                                                              suites–honeymoon suites with private terrace and
  Located in a serene natural area, with unobstructed mountain views, Santa Marina             that accommodates up to five. The private villa has three bedrooms, each with double bed       hot tub, poolside VIP suites, and The Grace Suite,
  Arachova Resort & Spa is a stylish boutique hotel ideally situated for Mt Parnassos’s        and private bath–one is a cozy attic with vaulted wood ceiling–spacious lounge and dining      which is exclusively serviced by an elevator from
  slopes in winter and touring sights like Delphi year-round.                                  area, fireplace, and fully equipped kitchen.                                                   the ground floor.
       Built from wood and stone, the hotel’s design preserves the aesthetic of traditional          The resort’s facilities include a spa, offering a range of facial and body treatments
  mountain-village architecture. Twenty luxury suites and one private village are elegantly    plus hammam, sauna, Jacuzzi, spa jets, heated indoor pool and fitness center with indoor
  furnished with rich fabrics, with private balconies and flat screen TVs, entertainment       tennis court. There are also two bars and two cozy restaurants with menus ranging from
  centers and other comforts. Several suites also have fireplaces. There’s also a maisonette   fondue to traditional local cuisine.
                                                                                                                                                                                              Marnei Mare
                                                                                                                                                                                              Marnei, Karlovasi, 832 00 Samos, tel.: +30 22730 30830, fax +30 22730 38005 email: info@marneimare.gr ñ www.marneimare.gr ñ Luxury Private Villas

                                                                                                                                                                                              Set atop a tree-shaded peninsula framed by
  Divani Meteora                                                                                                                                                                              two sandy covers, Marnei Mare is a private
  Trikala–Ioannina National Road, 422 00, Kalambaka, tel.: +30 24320 23330, fax +30 24320 23638, email: divanis@divanimeteora.gr ñ www.divanis.gr                                             estate comprised of three villas, a reception
                                                                                                                                                                                              and staff cottage, and fourteen acres of
   The Divani Meteora Hotel sits in the charming village of                                                                                                                                   organically-farmed olive groves and vegetable
   Kalambaka at the foot of the famed Meteora rock                                                                                                                                            gardens. Footpaths over the peninsula, linking
   formations dotted with medieval monasteries. The hotel’s                                                                                                                                   pristine beaches to tranquil wooded areas,
   has a modern look but was designed to blend                                                                                                                                                make Marnei Mare an exquisite private haven.
   harmoniously with the environment. Its 165 deluxe rooms                                                                                                                                    Villas are furnished for comfort–two offer
   and spacious lounges are decorated with fabrics by                                                                                                                                         three double bedrooms and one offers four, all
   designer Andre Warwick, stylish oak furnishings, and rich                                                                                                                                  with en suite bathrooms. Stone-laid terraces
   wooden floors. All rooms are equipped with the latest in                                                                                                                                   shaded by bamboo pergolas are perfect for a
   modern amenities.                                                                                                                                                                          leisurely breakfast or sipping cocktails while
        Divani Meteora offers the ideal venue for all types of                                                                                                                                reveling in the heart-stopping beauty of an
   meetings and conferences. Its facilities can accommodate                                                                                                                                   Aegean sunset.
   from 10 to 1,000 persons. The new 2,000-sqm conference                                                                                                                                           Samos, an evergreen island with over 100
   wing can be flexibly divided into 7 different areas. It is fully                                                                                                                           beaches, is known around the world for its
   equipped with the latest audio visual facilities and                                                                                                                                       Muscat vineyards and wild orchids–as well as
   incorporates a spacious foyer and patio with impressive                                                                                                                                    for being the island of Pythagoras. Its beautiful
   views of the surroundings–perfect for coffee breaks,                                                                                                                                       scenery creates the perfect backdrop for
   cocktails, or gala dinners.                                                                                                                                                                Marnei Mare’s special holistic retreat
        Guests can relax in the complete tranquility of the                                                                                                                                   programs that combine special
   hotel’s spa, which offers sauna, steam bath, Jacuzzi, and                                                                                                                                  treatments–Japanese facial massage, barefoot
   pools. Divani Meteora’s restaurant and bar offer gourmet                                                                                                                                   Shiatsu, Reiki, Thai yoga–with macrobiotic
   meals and refreshing drinks in a setting that features a                                                                                                                                   menus based on fresh organic produce in
   stunning view of the Meteora rocks.                                                                                                                                                        season grown on the estate.


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                                                                                                                                          Capsis Resort Crete
   Grecotel Mykonos Blu                                                                                                                   Ayia Pelayia, 751 00 Crete ñ tel.: +30 210 614 9563, fax +30 210 614 2072,
   Psarou, 846 00 Mykonos, tel.: +30 22890 27900, fax +30 22890 27783, email: sales–mb@grecotel.gr ñ www.grecotel.gr ñ ★★★★★              email: capsis-crete@capsis.gr ñ www.capsis.gr ñ ★★★★★

   Imagine a place where the sea and
   sky hypnotize adventuring souls. A
   blue oasis where the sun wraps each
   day in brilliant white and the ancient
   moon charms every starry night.
   Nestled in the cosmopolitan island
   discovered by jet setters are the
   bungalows of Mykonos Blu, designed
   to mirror the cubist lines of the
   Cyclades.
         Relax in sumptuous lounges with
   spectacular new décor and outdoor                                                                                                                                                                                              Elounda Peninsula All-Suite Hotel
   fireplaces; enjoy island food in the new
   poolside brasserie and the Aegean                                                                                                                                                                                              Elounda, 720 53 Crete, tel.: +30 28410 68012, fax +30 28410 41889,
   Poets, one of the country’s finest                                                                                                                                                                                             email: eloundapeninsula@elounda-sa.com
   restaurants, and rejuvenate in the                                                                                                                                                                                             ñ www.elounda-sa.com ñ ★★★★★★
   Elixir designer Fitness Gallery and the
   exquisite infinity pool.                                                                                                                                                                                                       Situated on an elevated peninsula and surrounded on all sides by the azure
         The 100 whitewashed and stone                                                                                                                                                                                            waters of the Aegean Sea, the Elounda Peninsula All-Suite Hotel enjoys
   bungalows and suites, some with                                                                                                                                                                                                magnificent views and the utmost privacy
   private pool, are adorned with natural                                                                                                                                                                                               Unique for being the only all-suite seaside hotel in Greece, it has a private
   fabrics in absolute white and blue.                                                                                                                                                                                            nine-hole golf course, a private cinema theatre, and a private spa with Six
   Stunning view from custom-appointed                                                                                                                                                                                            Senses Spa treatments. It also offers some of Greece’s finest dining in the
   rooms are breathtaking–and a source                                                                                                                                                                                            Kalypso restaurant, noted for its fabulous wine cellar. A new waterfront
   of inspiration. Prepare to be dazzled by                                                                                                                                                                                       bar–literally over the waves–is absolutely stunning.
   the new spacious, ultra luxurious villas                                                                                                                                                                                             Suites at the Elounda Peninsula range from the Collection Suites on two
   with private pools & gym, which will be                                                                                                                                                                                        levels with terrace-accessed swimming pools to seafront bungalow-suites with
   ready for jet-set arrivals in 2007.                                                                                                                                                                                            private swimming pools. The ultimate accommodations are three enormous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suites: the Royal Grande Suite, the Peninsula Residence Suite, and the Palace
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Suite, each with private indoor and outdoor swimming pools, private spa, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  their own jetties on the seafront.
   Mare e Vista                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The Elounda Peninsula is founded on an unparalleled tradition of excellence
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  in service that ensures its guests receive the utmost attention of every staff
   Batsi, 845 03 Andros, tel.: + 30 22820 41682, fax +30 22820 41681, email : stendor@otenet.gr ñ www.mare-vista.com ñ Hotel-Apartments                                                                                           member, whether catering to private buffet dining, personal gym training, en-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  suite spa treatments, private movie screenings, or children's dedicated 24-hour
   Andros remains a favorite                                                                                                                                                                                                      care and recreation.
   destination for families, combining
   good beaches, sights, easy access
   to Athens and other islands in the
   Cyclades group and–above all–a
   more relaxed atmosphere created
   by the familiarity between its large
   number of returning visitors.
   Indeed, Andros claims among its
   visitors many who have been
   visiting the island for a decade or
   more. Batsi, a picturesque fishing
   village six kilometers from the port                                                                                                   The 5-star deluxe resort hotel complex, has undergone a major renovation and
   of Gavrio, is a favorite resort, with                                                                                                  transformation during the winter of 2006/7 and is opening up its private gates on
   two sandy beaches.                                                                                                                     May 2007, featuring 2 main hotel buildings, 3 private neighbourhoods with
         Mare e Vista Epaminondas                                                                                                         bungalows, suites, maisonettes and villas, an Exclusive All-Suite hotel with more
   commands an excellent view over                                                                                                        than 50 private pool maisonettes and villas and the unique Capsis Minoan
   the bay. Just 200 meters from the                                                                                                      Amusement Park of 4.000 sq. m. for children from 4 to 14 years of age.
   main beach, it is built                                                                                                                     This 5-star, newly renovated, resort is located on a private peninsula, 20
   amphitheatrically on a gentle slope                                                                                                    minutes from the City and the International Airport of Heraklion and next to the
   with spacious verandas                                                                                                                 traditional fishing village of Aghia Pelaghia. The property is outstretched over this
   overlooking the swimming pool                                                                                                          unique peninsula resembling a Cretan Village and is surrounded by a Botanical
   above the bay.                                                                                                                         Park of 167.000 sq. m. / 1.796.920 sq. ft. with beautiful Aegean views, extensive
         Guest facilities include pool                                                                                                    gardens, green pathways, ponds, cascades, a small river, 3 beaches and a
   bar, play room, table tennis room,                                                                                                     private zoo.
   and private parking.


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                                                                                                                                                                                            Anemomilos Apartments
  Grecotel Corfu Imperial                                                                                                                                                                   Hora, 840 11 Folegandros, tel.: +30 22860 41309, fax +30 22860 41407, email: info@AnemomilosApartments.com ñ www.AnemomilosApartments.com ñ B Category
  Kommeno, 491 00 Corfu, tel.: +30 26610 88400, fax +30 26610 91881, email: Sales–ci@grecotel.gr ñ www.grecotel.com ñ ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                                                                            Anemomilos
  The favored retreat of jetsetters and European                                                                                                                                            Apartments–16 fully-
  royalty, the Grecotel Corfu Imperial is an island                                                                                                                                         equipped studios and one
  hideaway on the island’s most exclusive peninsula.                                                                                                                                        suite– takes its name
  The resort brings back to life the glorious summers                                                                                                                                       from the island’s sole
  of Queen Victoria and Empress Sissy, who both                                                                                                                                             windmill that once graced
  summered on Corfu, with legendary service for an                                                                                                                                          this very location of Hora,
  experience unparalleled in Greece.                                                                                                                                                        the picturesque main
        The most stunning resort of the Ionian islands,                                                                                                                                     village.
  the Grecotel Corfu Imperial reflects the peninsula’s                                                                                                                                            Perched on the edge
  gorgeous natural setting, with luxuriant, splendid                                                                                                                                        of a sheer cliff over the
  gardens, bungalows snugly embraced by pine                                                                                                                                                sea, Anemomilos offers
  groves, and pastel-colored villas in the colors of the                                                                                                                                    breathtaking views of the
  flaming Ionian sunsets. Twinkling chandeliers and                                                                                                                                         Aegean. Accommodations
  large, colorful murals in the lounges hint at the                                                                                                                                         are simply decorated, but
  opulence of the rooms that open onto magnificent                                                                                                                                          infused with the warmth
  verandas with sculpted balustrades and balconies                                                                                                                                          of personalized hospitality
  with wrought-iron railings. Just below, coves with                                                                                                                                        that starts with the
  sand or pebble beaches and a large pool set on an                                                                                                                                         delicious home-made
  expansive terrace beckon.                                                                                                                                                                 breakfast cakes and ends
        Positioned near the peninsula’s tip, the main                                                                                                                                       with nightcaps on the
  building is surrounded by extravagant, Italianate                                                                                                                                         bamboo-shaded pool
  gardens that conceal luxurious bungalows and                                                                                                                                              terrace.
  villas–some enclosed within greenery and some
  perched along the shore’s edge. Short wooden
  piers, tiered groves, and footpaths wind between
  these deluxe lodges designed for privacy.




  Argentikon Luxury Suites                                                                                                                                                                  Orloff Resort
  Kambos, 821 00 Chios, tel.: +30 22710 33111, fax +30 22710 31465, email: info@argentikon.gr ñ www.argentikon.gr ñ Deluxe                                                                  Old Harbor, 180 50 Spetses, tel.: +30 22980 75444-45, fax +30 22980 74470, email: info@orloffresort.com ñ www.orloffresort.com ñ Boutique

                                                                                                                                                                                            Secluded within a private compound
                                                                                                                                                                                            in the aristocratic Old Harbor, the
                                                                                                                                                                                            Orloff Resort was developed around
                                                                                                                                                                                            a renovated 19th-century stone-built
                                                                                                                                                                                            mansion and now comprises fifteen
                                                                                                                                                                                            double rooms, four triple apartments
                                                                                                                                                                                            and three suites that can
                                                                                                                                                                                            accommodate four to six persons
                                                                                                                                                                                            each, and a stand-alone house that
                                                                                                                                                                                            sleeps 10–all arrayed around a
                                                                                                                                                                                            central courtyard and swimming
                                                                                                                                                                                            pool. All guestrooms have balconies
                                                                                                                                                                                            or terraces with views over the sea
                                                                                                                                                                                            or the grounds, while some also
                                                                                                                                                                                            have equipped kitchenettes,
                                                                                                                                                                                            fireplace, and hydro massage.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Details like Korres natural
                                                                                                                                                                                            cosmetics, in-room internet
                                                                                                                                                                                            connections, and handmade
                                                                                                                                                                                            furniture create an aura of easy
  The 32,000-sqm Argentikon Estate occupies a prime location on the lush island of Chios.      been given to the decoration of each suite with period furniture and marble bathrooms.       elegance that helps create the
  Built in the sixteenth-century by the Argenti family, it was recently dedicated a historic         Warm summers are enhanced by a light sea breeze, allow guests to dine outdoors         wonderful harmony between its
  monument. A multi-million-dollar renovation–including restoration of the palazzo             in the romantic surroundings by candlelight, while soft music fills the air. High walls of   traditional architecture and modern
  building to its pre-earthquake (1881) splendor–has transformed the Argentikon Estate         stone surrounding the mansion, shady pathways leading to secluded corners, and lovely        vibe.
  into one of the most perfect examples of medieval Genoese architecture in the Levant         gardens provide privacy and beauty for those who wish to enjoy the tranquility.                    Resort facilities include a bar-
  and one of the most exclusive accommodations in the Aegean.                                        The Argentikon Luxury Suites is a member of Historic Hotels of Europe, Yades           restaurant by the pool and services
        Exquisite Old World craftsmanship and twenty-first-century amenities have been         Heritage & Hospitality, and is recommended by Conde Nast Johansens Hotels. It is a           ranging from child-minding to
  combined to create an estate unsurpassed in beauty and refinement. Great care has            gracious estate for the distinguished and most demanding clientele.                          aromatherapy and massage.


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                                                                                                                                                                                               Sofitel Capsis Hotel Rhodes & Convention Centre "Marika Capsis 2000"
   Aquila Elounda Village Resort                                                                                                                                                               Ixia, 851 00 Rhodes, tel.: +30 210 614 9563, fax +30 210 614 2072, email: capsis-rhodes@capsis.gr ñ www.capsis.gr ñ ★★★★★
   Elounda, 720 53 Crete, tel.: +30 28410 41802, fax +30 28410 41278, email: Sales.ev@aquilahotels.com ñ www.aquilahotels.com ñ ★★★★★                                                           This 5-star deluxe fully equipped resort
                                                                                                                                                                                                hotel is located at the beachfront of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                Ixia Bay, 5 minutes from the Medieval
                                                                                                                                                                                                City of Rhodes (a world heritage
                                                                                                                                                                                                protected by UNESCO) and 15 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                from the Rhodes International Airport.
                                                                                                                                                                                                Surrounded by palm tree gardens, a lake
                                                                                                                                                                                                with a mini-zoo and majestic views to
                                                                                                                                                                                                the Aegean Sea, this imposing 5-star
                                                                                                                                                                                                deluxe and fully equipped resort is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                largest Resort Convention Centre in
                                                                                                                                                                                                Greece and one of the largest in Europe.
                                                                                                                                                                                                It houses 691executive guestrooms, 10
                                                                                                                                                                                                guestrooms fully equipped for
                                                                                                                                                                                                handicapped guests and the 9th VIP floor
                                                                                                                                                                                                with suites. This hotel has a total
                                                                                                                                                                                                conference capacity of 8.000 delegates in
                                                                                                                                                                                                a total of 100 meeting rooms. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                convention centre features the largest
                                                                                                                                                                                                multi-purpose Plenary Hall with natural
                                                                                                                                                                                                daylight in Greece for up to 3.400
                                                                                                                                                                                                delegates, an Exhibition Centre of 5.990
   Completely redesigned and renovated in 2005, Aquila Elounda Village Resort, a member      into the stunning landscape, which is set off the sapphire-blue sea. The palette of the            m2 and a fully equipped Business
   of the Aquila Hotels & Resorts, is an earthly paradise comprised of 166 guestrooms,       natural environment–deep blues, turquoise, olive green–is continued in the designer-               Centre. The company specializes in the
   suites, and bungalows.                                                                    decorated guestrooms, which offer the utmost in comforts.                                          organization of congresses and
         The resort is located on Crete’s famed Mirabello Bay and has been described as an         The resort’s extensive facilities feature five pools, a choice of restaurants and bars to    incentives for the past 30 years and has
   ideal hideaway for couples. Whitewashed bungalows arrayed on a terraced slope blend       suit every mood and appetite as well as numerous day and night time activities.                    state-of-the-art telecommunication
                                                                                                                                                                                                services, translation systems and latest
                                                                                                                                                                                                technology in audiovisual equipment.


   Ikies
   Oia, 84 702 Santorini, tel.: + 30 22860 71311, fax + 30 22860 71953, email: ñ email: info@ikies.com ñ www.ikies.com ñ ★★★★★
                                                                                                                                                                                               Elies                                                                              Perantzada Hotel
   Ikies is a complex of ten elegantly appointed                                                                                                                                               Vathi, 840 03 Sifnos, tel.: +30 22840 34000, fax +30 22840 34070,                  821 Odyssea Androutsou Street, Vathy, 283 00 Ithaca, tel.: +30 26740 33496,
   homes and studios perched on the caldera’s rim
                                                                                                                                                                                               email: info@eliesresorts.com ñ www.eliesresorts.com ñ ★★★★★                        fax +30 26740 33493, email: perantzada@arthotel.gr ñ www.arthotel.gr
   at the edge of Oia, perhaps the Aegean’s most-
   photographed settlement. Inspired by the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Luxury Guesthouse
   minimalist lines of Cycladic architecture and the                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Located away from the bustle of Ithaca Town, Perantzada 1811 Art Hotel is housed
                                                                                                                                                                                               Tucked into the embrace of Vathi’s sheltered bay, Elies occupies a 50,000 sqm
   local tradition of carving homes out of the pumice                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in the pale blue neoclassical building designed by the renowned nineteenth-
                                                                                                                                                                                               estate dotted with 200-year-old olive trees and framed by a pretty sand beach.
   cliffs, each of the "ikies" (Greek for home) is built                                                                                                                                                                                                                          century architect Ernst Schiller. Its exterior reserve is relieved by playful interiors,
                                                                                                                                                                                               Its collection of guestrooms, suites, and villages with private pools offers a
   on a separate level so that from afar they appear                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with its twenty
                                                                                                                                                                                               range of elegant accommodations with standard amenities like mini bar,
   to cascade down to the pool level. Apartment                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   guestrooms, suites, and
                                                                                                                                                                                               internet access, entertainment center, and complimentary bathrobes, slippers,
   interiors continue the elegant simplicity of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   family rooms, individually
                                                                                                                                                                                               pool and beach towels.
   Cycladic style, with vaulted ceilings and painted                                                                                                                                                                                                                              decorated with Pierre Frey
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Light meals can be taken at the pool bar & lounge, while the gourmet
   floors as well as modern conveniences like                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fabrics. High ceilings and
                                                                                                                                                                                               restaurant features Mediterranean gastronomy–only fitting on the island that is
   internet access and fully-equipped kitchenettes.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               four-poster beds combine
                                                                                                                                                                                               the birthplace of Nicholas Tselementes, the Greek chef whose surname means
          Each apartment’s private balcony affords                                                                                                                                                                                                                                with bright pastels and
                                                                                                                                                                                               "cookbook" in the Greek vernacular. The hotel organizes wine and olive oil
   spectacular views over the caldera towards the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 eye-catching details like
                                                                                                                                                                                               tastings, while facilities include tennis court, gym center, and spa featuring
   volcanic islets and towards Oia itself. The                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bamboo ladders instead of
                                                                                                                                                                                               products and services developed with Cocoon Urban Spa.
   balconies are furnished with exterior use                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the usual towel racks in the
   reclining futons, chaises longues, director’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  bathroom. The boutique
   chairs, and marble-topped tables from where                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    aura is accented by Belle
   guests can sip relaxing long drinks under their                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Époque armchairs, 19th-
   umbrellas while taking in the view of the sunset.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              century Persian carpers,
   The houses offer romantic privacy and are the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and original art by Nikos-
   ideal place to unwind.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Yiorgos Papoutsidis, Steven
          Ikies offers three types of accommodations:                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Antonakou, and Antonis
   two-room suites with king-sized beds,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kyriakoulis. ‘Smart’
   maisonettes with queen-sized beds in the loft-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 lighting changes colors,
   style bedroom, and two-bedroom studios with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    transforming the room
   Cocomat mattresses.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            according to mood.


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                                                                                                                                                         Minos Imperial Luxury Beach Resort & Spa
   Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort                                                                                                                          Milatos, 724 00 Crete, tel.: +30 28410 65000, fax +30 28410 81300, email: reservations@minosimperial.com ñ www.minosimperial.com ñ ★★★★★
  Ayios Yiannis, 846 00 Mykonos, tel.: +30 22890 25555, fax +30 22890 25111, email: info@mykonosgrand.gr ñ www.mykonosgrand.gr
                                                                                                                                                         Conveniently located near Iraklio, on
   The Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort combines                                                                                                             a stretch of coast near the resort
   an excellent location–less than fifteen                                                                                                               towns of Agios Nikolaos and
   minutes from Mykonos Town–with tranquil                                                                                                               Elounda, Minos Imperial Luxury
   surroundings and facilities that include first-                                                                                                       Beach Resort & Spa offers 338
   rate conference facilities, with space for up                                                                                                         premium guestrooms and
   350 delegates and an open-air amphitheater,                                                                                                           bungalows, including a separate
   the Althea Spa Center that offers a range of                                                                                                          class of accommodations designed
   salon and spa treatments, and a cozy white-                                                                                                           for families.
   washed chapel for private weddings.                                                                                                                         The resort sprawls over an
         Guestrooms are designed for optimal                                                                                                             190,000-sqm beachfront estate and
   privacy and comfort, with mosaic and marble                                                                                                           features six restaurants, five bars,
   bathrooms and terraces overlooking the                                                                                                                sports center, spa; 12,000-sqm of
   garden or the sea. Superior Rooms feature                                                                                                             the grounds are dedicated to
   "spa bathrooms" with private steam room                                                                                                               children’s activities, with
   and Jacuzzi. Stylishly furnished, all rooms                                                                                                           playground, water park, and pool.
   have an airy, elegant and relaxing                                                                                                                    The resort also featured one
   atmosphere. The Dolphins of Delos                                                                                                                     freshwater swimming pool and four
   restaurant serves breakfast and dinner,                                                                                                               seawater pools–two with Jacuzzi
   allowing guests to indulge a lazy mood,                                                                                                               and one with waterfall massage.
   while the Pool Bar and Azzuro Bar are great                                                                                                                 Optional half-board programs
   for socializing.                                                                                                                                      offer flexibility in planning. For
         Resort facilities include a 500-sqm                                                                                                             honeymooners, there’s a tower
   meter seawater swimming pool that’s 2.5                                                                                                               suite with round bed, romantic suite
   meters deep at one end, fitness center,                                                                                                               with open-air Jacuzzi, and a special
   tennis and squash courts plus yoga and                                                                                                                suite with both private pool and
   Pilates sessions in the stone amphitheater,                                                                                                           Jacuzzi.
   by arrangement.



                                                                                                                                                         Siorra Vittoria                                                                         Melenos
   Kontokali Bay Hotel                                                                   Thalassa                                                        36 St. Padova street, Corfu Town, 491 00 Corfu, tel.: +30 26610 36300,                  Lindos, 851 07 Rhodes, tel.: +30 22440 32222, fax +30 22440
   Kontokali, 491 00 Corfu, tel.: +30 26610 99000, fax +30 26610 91901,                                                                                  fax +30 26610 40777, email: info@siorravittoria.com                                     31720, email: info@melenoslindos.com
                                                                                         Lassi, 281 00 Kefalonia, tel.: +30 26710 27081, fax +30 26710
   email: kontobay@otenet.gr ñ www.kontokalibay.com                                                                                                      ñ www.siorravittoria.com ñ Boutique Hotel                                               ñ www.melenoslindos.com ñ Boutique
                                                                                         27082, email: sales@thalassahotel.gr ñ www.thalassahotel.gr
   Set on pine-fringed beach just six kilometers from Corfu Town, the Kontokali Bay      Thalassa is Greek for                                           This three-story early-19th-century mansion has been carefully renovated and            Melenos, a boutique hotel designed and developed over nearly a decade, distills
   Hotel offers a choice of main building guestrooms–single, double, family, or          sea–a prominent element                                         converted by the descendants of its original owner, Loukas Metaxas, into boutique       elements of traditional Lindian architecture and a highly developed artistic
   junior suite–and single or double bungalows on the prettily landscaped grounds.       at this aptly named hotel                                       hotel and named after its most recent residential owner whom locals affectionately      aesthetic into a unique expression of simplicity and luxury. Pebble-mosaics on
   Lounge by the seawater pool or on the beach–or watch the kids splash around in        with its sweeping sea                                           called Siorra Vittoria.                                                                 the verandas and sweeping vistas showcase the eternal beauty of the
   a special freshwater pool in the Children’s Village. Resort facilities include a      views. Located on                                                     Guestrooms combine the stately elegance of the original residence with modern     Dodecanese, while room amenities like satellite TV and mini bar provide the
   range of water sports, tennis, fitness room, table tennis, and mountain-biking on-    Kefalonia, one of the                                           conveniences, and are prettily appointed in soft tones that accent the wood surfaces    creature comforts of contemporary living. Factor in the lounge bar, roof garden,
   site plus horseback riding, golf, and sailing nearby.                                 Ionian’s prettiest islands,                                     and antique furniture. Pastel-colored walls painted using the stucco Venetsiano         restaurant, and massage service and you begin to see how the owners integrated
         Kontokali Bay Hotel dining options include both buffet and a la carte           Thalassa offers spacious                                        technique, fluffy down quilts, dimmer switches, mini bar, LCD TVs, and choice of        basic hospitality services with more artistic concepts like colors, texture, and
   restaurants with vegetarian, diabetic, and calorie-controlled selections. Two bars,   apartments in two                                               complimentary cotton or velveteen bathrobes signal the hospitality guests can expect.   harmony into the design.
   one in the main building and one on the beach, serve light meals and organize         neoclassical buildings that                                     Facilities include ground-floor dining room and lounge where guests luxuriate in the
   weekly culinary demonstrations.                                                       preserve their traditional                                      elegance of the Old World ambience. On balmy days, breakfast is served in the pretty
                                                                                         exteriors but have                                              garden, which is also suitable for weddings.
                                                                                         luxurious, modern
                                                                                         interiors. Rooms are
                                                                                         tastefully and individually
                                                                                         furnished, and feature
                                                                                         marble baths and private
                                                                                         balconies. The hotel’s
                                                                                         layout is carefully designed
                                                                                         to set off the views and
                                                                                         beautiful environment to
                                                                                         be enjoyed while relaxing
                                                                                         on one a terrace or
                                                                                         stretched out on the ample
                                                                                         deck around the pool.


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  Santa Marina Resort & Villas
  Ornos Bay, 846 00 Mykonos , tel.: +30 22890 23220, fax +30 22890 23412, email: Reservations@santa-marina.gr ñ www.santa-marina.gr ñ Luxury

  Sparkling sapphire waters, emerald green grass
  and topaz blue skies are the jewels of Mykonos.
  On a private peninsula overlooking the
  Mediterranean and the magnificent Bay of Ornos,
  Santa Marina is the ultimate resort in pristine
  white, traditional Cycladic architecture. The
  romantic setting is accentuated with luxurious
  accommodations and a wealth of facilities to
  pamper every guest.
        The resort offers 97 guestrooms, suites, and
  villas with private pool furnished with a classical,
  island charm of beautiful colors that are
  complimented with the panoramic sea-views from
  all the balconies. All rooms are equipped with
  twice-daily maid service, air conditioner, mini bar,
  mini-safe, CD-Player, 2- line telephone, voice-
  mail, satellite & movie television, radio, bathrobes,
  slippers and hairdryers. Baby cribs and rollaway
  beds are also available. Our accommodations are
  either king-sized or twin-bedded.
        Enjoy a swim in the crystal blue sea or
  lounge at the private beach and refresh yourself at
  our beach bar that offers the finest barbeque
  cuisine. The Marine Club Restaurant & Bar
  provides an extraordinary sea-view and an
  unforgettable array of Mediterranean and seafood
  dishes. The resort also offers private jet and
  helicopter services.




  La Maltese                                                                           Aegean Suites Hotel
  Imerovigli, 847 00 Santorini, tel. +30 22860 24701, fax +30 22860 24702,             Megali Ammos, Skiathos, tel.: +30 24270 24069, fax +30 24270 24070,
  email: info@lamaltese.com ñ www.lamaltese.com ñ Exclusive                            email: suites@otenet.gr ñ www.santikoshotels.com ñ ★★★★
  Imerovigli stands at the caldera’s highest point–250 meters above the sea. This is   Skiathos's only boutique hotel is located on a sandy beach just 1.5 kilometers
  where La Maltese, a converted neoclassical mansion originally built as a sea         from Skiathos Town. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it nestles
  captain’s residence stands–a true sample of luxury. Guest may choose from            among the olive trees overlooking Megali Ammos beach is designed to offer its
  double room, superior double, junior suite, senior suite and master suite with two   discerning guests a very exclusive atmosphere, great style, impeccable service.
  double bedrooms with en suite baths, spacious living area, and veranda.                    The resort’s main facilities–reception, beauty center, gym, restaurants, and
       Revel in the spectacular view over the caldera from the main veranda.           bar–are located in the central building, while suites are in split among three other
  There’s also a small covered pool and an open-air pool, dining room, two bars,       buildings. Standard suites feature private terrace, bedroom with separate living
  piano, indoor Jacuzzi, hammam, and sauna. Guest services include massage and         area, original art, mini bar, and satellite T–among other amenities. Deluxe Suites
  other spa treatments.                                                                have sea views and some have a fireplace, too. The Grand Heaven Suite and the
       La Maltese is a member of the Relais & Chateaux.                                Charm Heaven Suite have panoramic views and extra premium amenities.




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