Under the Grecian sun
A luxury holiday to Greece and it’s islands will introduce you to a land laced with a host of fascinating gems to entice anyone from history lovers to sun seekers and foodies. With hundreds of islands, each with their own individual identities to explore, the choice of beautiful beaches, picturesque fishing villages and traditional seafront tavernas can be overwhelming. Here are a few of our favourites that are guaranteed to give you a welcome as warm as the Mediterranean climate...
Travel your taste buds – Crete
Throughout the Greek islands you’ll find gastronomy embedded into their culture as deep as the ancient architectural remains making it a foodie paradise. The Cretan diet is a healthy taste sensation which has evolved throughout the years, incorporating the delicious locally grown produce such as olives, oranges and honey. Tavernas are a welcoming extension to the Greek home table where you’ll be able to taste authentic, hearty Cretan dishes such as Dakos (oven baked crisp bread topped with tomatoes, feta and olive oil) and fresh seafood from the island’s waters.
Hotel secret - At Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas, Crete, guests will find beautifully packaged handpicked olives in their mini bar.
Love comes as standard – Santorini
The ideal destination for a romantic getaway, Santorini’s majestic volcanic backdrop boasts a variety of soft sand beaches, waves of gleaming white and blue architecture and narrow cobbled streets filled with enchanting boutique shops and tarvernas. The island excels in fresh seafood with many restaurants offering a taste of authentic Greek flavours and cuisine as well as a number of wineries, as if you need an excuse to raise a glass. Romantic evenings can be spent enjoying a candlelit dinner with views of the sun setting over the blue Aegean Sea. Oia in particular boasts a spectacular sunset while Imerovigli enjoys panoramic views which light up the caldera.
Hotel Secret - Honeymooners can look forward to a sprinkle of romance including champagne, strawberries and flowers in their room with Grace Santorini’s Honeymoon offer.
Get your Greek on – Rhodes
For culture vultures, Rhodes is steeped in history and legend merging harmoniously with the modern community; you can’t talk about Rhodes without mentioning its 2,400 years of history. The old town of Rhodes has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with medieval settlements one of the best preserved in the world.
Hotel secret – Savour traditional Greek cuisine made from local ingredients on the 6th floor of the Sheraton Rhodes Resort at ‘Greek@Sheraton’. Designed to match the spectacular local architecture, this hotel is the perfect location to watch the sun set over the Aegean Sea whilst enjoying authentic flavours such as the renowned Greek salad, grilled feta cheese in a herb crust, “Saganaki” prawns and chicken “Souvlaki” on a lemongrass skewer.
Picture perfect – Corfu
For the snap happy traveller, the picturesque island of Corfu is the perfect setting for your holiday memories. From palaces and fortresses in the beautifully preserved old town of Corfu, to stretches of soft sand beaches, olive trees and rolling green mountains and hills, there’s an abundance of reasons why this jewel of an island is nicknamed the Emerald Isle. Why not take a quick boat trip to the twin islands of Paxos and Antipaxos just off the south coast of Corfu, where you can spend the day snorkelling in crystal clear waters and exploring the impressive sea caves.
Hotel secret –Guests staying at the MarBella Corfu can explore the island in the most exciting ways through their collaboration with ‘ExploretheOutside’, a Greek adventure travel company. With biking, hiking, sea-kayaking, climbing and sailing self-guided tours, there’s plenty of photo opportunities.
The Daios Cove Luxury Resort & Villas boasts a fantastic location overlooking the picturesque Daios Cove and the dazzling blue sea, seven kilometres from AghiosNikolaos.
Well-equipped modern guest rooms, luxury suites and villas all provide superb views and have been finished in crisp, neutral tones. The impressive infinity pool and poolside bar provide the perfect place to relax and enjoy the hypnotic views. The hotel also has many sundecks, which offer comfortable sunbeds and direct access to the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea. The dining is superb, try the traditional Greek Taverna or head over to the Ocean Restaurant overlooking the infinity pool and enjoy Italian cuisine with a modern twist. Alternatively, for those looking for a pampering experience, the hotel's spa and health club, Germaine de Capuccini, has a range of rejuvenating treatments, allowing you to truly relax on this luxury holiday.
Basking in a stunning waterfront location and surrounded by colourful gardens, the Minos Beach Art Hotel achieves discreet luxury. Rocky landscapes and sandy coves provide the perfect backdrop to a serene hideaway where relaxation is first on the agenda. The lively town of Aghios Nikolaos is just 800 metres away with an abundance of restaurants and shops. Featuring contemporary works of art complemented by the traditional Cretan architecture, this hotel offers a great choice of restaurants, ranging from traditional Cretan to gourmet Mediterranean cuisine. The guest rooms are comfortably furnished, each with a balcony or terrace taking in the breathtaking setting.
St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is set in six acres of gardens on a rocky headland with sea on three sides, close to the pretty port of Aghios Nikolaos. The resort offers bungalow style accommodation and suites, some with their own private pool, which are decorated in a fresh, modern style. There is a choice of dining including a traditional Greek Kefenion located on the resort's private sandy beach. Pampering is available at the Poseidon Spa and for families the facilities are ideal, including a children's club.
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Nestled on the water's edge in Mirabello Bay, the whitewashed bungalows of the Aquila Elounda Village slope gently towards the sea, affording breathtaking views over the nearby islands from throughout the resort. Cascading pools, set in colourful Cretan gardens, and a private beach ensure you'll be able to find the perfect spot to relax and appreciate the peaceful panoramas. Elegant guest rooms are beautifully decorated in blue and white with wooden furniture, and have lovely garden or sea views. The hotel's three restaurants serve a variety of cuisine, where you can enjoy a delicious meal and views of the sunset, and the spa offers a range of treatments and facilities including a sauna and steam bath.
Located on the picturesque azure coast, the Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort is blessed with stunning views over Mirabello Bay and spectacular sea views beyond. A glorious private sandy beach sits on the doorstep, with shops, bars and restaurants just three kilometres away in the village of Elounda.
Enjoy a high standard of comfortable accommodation with an excellent range of facilities. Choose to spend your days lazing around the attractive pool absorbing the relaxing atmosphere, or head to the nine-hole golf course; the only private golf course on Crete. Children can join the fun too and enjoy the entertainment in the company of the child care specialists.
Go beyond beauty and pampering at the Six Senses Spa, where natural influences and healing rituals allow mind, body and spirit to be immersed in a total state of calm. Regarded as the 'Best Spa in the World' by the Sunday Times, this unique opportunity is one that certainly should not be missed.
Overlooking a sparkling blue bay, this romantic hotel commands beautiful views of the island of Spinalonga. Rated amongst the best places to stay in Greece by the Condé Nast Traveller Gold List for three consecutive years, the Blue Palace blends curved walkways with lawned gardens, and the 142 private infinity pools appear to merge seamlessly with the sea. Stylishly-designed suites and bungalows combine contemporary décor and flawless finishing touches, each one the ultimate in comfort and luxury, taking in uninterrupted views over Spinalonga Island. Upgrade to half board and experience varied dishes in all the restaurants, including inspired cuisine at the beachside taverna or the Steakhouse Flame with focus on organic products from select local farmers. Peaceful and serene, the Elounda Spa & Thalassotherapy provides a heavenly escape with the gentle sound of waves acting to sooth and calm. Traditional ingredients meet state-of-the-art facilities to encourage a total sense of well-being.
In a perfect location overlooking the Gulf of Elounda and the islet of Spinalonga, the luxurious Domes of Elounda is an ideal retreat for couples and families alike. Innovatively designed to blend with the harmony of the landscape, the use of domed ceilings and earth tones give this property a unique feel. Each of the 80 suites and 40 villas is superbly decorated with a blend of hand-picked local art, designer furniture and delicately-carved wooden furnishings. The impressive spa offers an array of rejuvenating treatments sure to revitalise you and the only natural sandy beach in the region, awarded a 'Blue Flag' status, is great for families due to its shallow waters and for couples a quiet zone. Catering to all tastes, the resort's four restaurants serve delicious international and Greek cuisine and Tholos Bar with stunning sea views, and Spina Bar provide the perfect place to relax in the evening under a canopy of stars.
Perched on the water's edge, the exceptional Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel enjoys breathtaking views across the iridescent Aegean Sea and surrounding coastline. The sophisticated interior of natural woods and soft, neutral colours creates a warm ambience of serene elegance. A series of excellent, well-appointed suites are the epitome of luxury: each has a lounge area and terrace featuring its very own private pool. Excellent standards of service, delicious cuisine and modern facilities will be sure to provide a memorable experience of a luxurious holiday.
The contemporary and stylish Elounda Bay Palace lies on the beach amidst 20 acres of bougainvillaea-filled, jasmine-scented gardens. A member of 'The Leading Hotels of the World', this hotel enjoys panoramic views over the island, where secluded sandy beaches contrast with the beautiful clear waters of the Aegean Sea.
The Smart and Prestige Club concepts allow the opportunity to choose the level of exclusivity and service to suit, whilst an impressive series of guest rooms and bungalows offer a supreme standard of comfort.
A superb choice of gourmet opportunities awaits: from the informal and atmospheric Greek taverna, to the award-winning Thalassa Restaurant set on a romantic waterside deck.
With outstanding service and an excellent range of facilities, this hotel is undoubtedly one of Crete's finest.
Surrounded by luscious gardens and enjoying an enviable seafront location, the outstanding Elounda Beach truly achieves unbeatable tranquillity. Inspired by a traditional Cretan village, this hotel offers a complete range of superb accommodation, from luxurious rooms to opulent waterfront bungalows, each one enjoying a remarkable level of personal service. A choice of excellent restaurants takes dining to a new level where supreme attention to detail is evident throughout. A visit to the Thalaspa Chenot will complete your luxurious experience. Offering rejuvenating and relaxing holistic therapies in a tranquil atmosphere, you can enjoy a personal service and renowned treatments.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.