Greece Is The Word From Nature To Ancient Ruins, Greek Islands Corfu And Crete Have It All

Date: 13.07.2019 / By Georgie Lane-Godfrey / / Comments (0)
Take a stroll through Corfu's old town with its distinctly British feel..

WITH stylish boutiques, indulgent food and breathtaking sunsets, the Greek islands can be a blissful holiday destination.

But with so many islands to choose from, we take a look at some of the highlights of two popular options - Corfu and Crete.


Writer Georgie Lane-Godfrey checks in to an adults-only retreat off Greece’s north-west coast.

THE PAD: Built into the hillside overlooking the Ionian Sea, Marbella Nido is super-luxe. Expect plush rooms in this suite-only hotel, each with a private terrace and Jacuzzi or plunge pool.

Dial a ride for a private golf buggy down to the infinity pool bar for cocktails, £8 each, then dig into beef fillet in wine sauce, £25, at garden restaurant Apaggio.

EXPLORE: Corfu Town is a 40 minute drive up the coast and has a distinctly British feel (think pretty Busy Lizzie gardens and a Victorian pavilion).

Visit the old fortress and Church of St Spyridon, then shop in the cobbled back streets at stylish boutiques such as Mezzo Mezzo ( Afterwards, enjoy a coffee on the Paris-inspired Liston promenade.

REFUEL: Treat yourself to the tasty Power of the Moon menu, £60, a romantic beachside five-course feast at Marbella Corfu hotel next door – the chocolate dessert is to die for.

In town, head to Corfu Sailing Club for fresh seafood pasta, £11, overlooking the marina ( Then nab a sunlounger and drink cocktails at super-glam Imabari beach bar.

DON'T MISS: Buy local olive oil from delicatessen Nomh before heading home (

BOOK IT: Classic Collection Holidays offers seven nights at Marbella Nido Suite Hotel & Villas, from £1,398 per person, including return flights and transfers (


Sub-Editor Kayley Loveridge finds paradise at Minos Beach Art Hotel on Greece’s largest island.

THE PAD: Enjoy a touch of Greek chic at this resort, with impressive art, three restaurants, a pool and spa. The decor is all soothing earthy tones – think wood, dark metals and wicker set against white walls.

Sip your morning coffee on your private veranda looking out over the glittering Mirabello Bay.

EXPLORE: Stroll five minutes out of the hotel to the bustling town for souvenir stores and Cretan eateries. Or drive 15 minutes to Plaka and catch a boat, £8, to Spinalonga Island, entry £8. This beautiful island was a leper colony until 1957 (

REFUEL: The hotel’s restaurants serve up delicious local delights and wine from nearby vineyards. For lunch head to Terpsis for chicken souvlaki, £17. Wash it down with a glass of rosé or ask manager Stratos for his recommendation.

Go buffet-style for dinner at Bacchus, with everything from juicy roast pork to soft spinach pancakes.

For afters, stock up on sweet baklava treats. Finish the eve under the stars by the Dionyssos Lobby Bar’s fire pit with a citrusy Sinfonia cocktail, £8.50.

DON'T MISS: Melt away aches with a lush range of body massages in the resort’s tranquil spa, from £40.

BOOK IT: Doubles cost from £82 per night B&B ( Thomas Cook flies to Crete from £78 return. (

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