Whether you're searching for your dream honeymoon destination or just a short loved-fuelled sojourn, look no further than the Greek Islands. From spectacular sunsets in Santorini to the charming towns of Corfu, decide upon your dream idyll and see the sights together...
Merging Venetian and French colonial influences with charming Greek hospitality, Corfu has captured the heart of many travellers, including Gerald Durrell, whose three autobiographical books recently inspired the popular ITV series, 'The Durrells'. Flecked with olive groves and Cypress forests, the island's rugged interior may have inspired its 'Emerald Isle' nickname, while the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Old Town has an undisputed air of old-school romance. There are plenty of sights to be relished hand-in-hand across the island, from the grandeur of the Palace of Sissi, to the Danilia village and open-air museum, a charming replica of a 1930s Corfiot village packed with thought-provoking history.
Swimming Pool at Corfu Imperial Grecotel Exclusive Resort
Deck at Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort
For contemporary couples, Domes Miramare, a Luxury Collection Resort is the idyllic, adults-only hideaway. Formerly owned by the famous Onassis family, who hosted many royals and celebrities, it remains one of the island's hotspots, now showcasing everything from Michelin-starred menus, to Champagne-service boats bound for Corfu's Old Town. If it's old-world glamour you're looking for, Corfu Imperial Grecotel Exclusive Resort is designed to exude a village atmosphere, complete with a central promenade featuring restaurants, bars, boutiques and a traditional - and delicious - gelateria!
The largest Greek island, dappled by sunshine nearly all-year-round, Crete is irresistible. Spend your days exploring the former fishing village of Elounda, dotted with traditional tavernas serving the freshest fish and tempting Greek tipples, while by night, the old harbour in Chania provides a picturesque walking spot, guided by sparkling lights and the sound of traditional Cretan melodies. Why not escape the main island altogether and charter a luxury boat to Spinalonga? Ruined fortresses and emblematic churches provide hours' worth of enticing exploration, once the inspiration for Victoria Hislop's best-selling novel, The Island.
While all suites spoil guests with a breathtaking sea view, Elounda Peninsula All Suite Hotel has plenty to keep you and your loved one busy. Switch off with a couple's treatment at the renowned Six Senses Spa, or wander down to the dock where you can savour an intimate dining experience aboard one of the resort's luxury yachts, accompanied by star-flecked sea views. Alternatively, retreat to sister hotel Elounda Mare Relais & Châteaux Hotel for an incredibly intimate stay, complemented by sublime service and interiors featuring historic antiques and artistic masterpieces.
Although Mykonos may have a reputation as Greek's 'Ibiza-style' island, there's an unmistakeable air of laid-back luxury to this Ionian island, too. In fact, the diverse atmosphere makes it perfect for couples of all ages and personalities, whether you prefer socialising in the sun at a vibrant beach club or wandering through the maze-like, cobbled streets in search of designer boutiques and hidden havens. Mykonos also showcases one of Greece's most famous archaeological and mythological sites, Delos, which will instantly transport you back to the time of the Greek Gods! Evenings are best spent clinking Champagne glasses as you soak up the sunset together, one of the most incredible views and magical atmospheres you'll experience in Greece.
Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort
Myconian Villa Collection
Conveniently situated on Ayios Yiannis Beach, Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort harmonises with Mykonos' natural beauty, with a quiet outdoor swimming pool for leisurely days in the sun. In the sought-after area of Elia, you'll find modern bolthole Myconian Utopia Resort serving up Relais & Châteaux-style dining and commanding sea views, while Myconian Villa Collection is equally alluring, providing more space for couples who may be travelling with friends, or those simply seeking that little extra space.
The whitewashed buildings and bright blue roofs of this idyllic island in the Cyclades have become emblematic of romance. Known as a honeymooner's paradise, while also showcasing stunning, traditional chapels for those still to tie the knot, Santorini's tumbling hillside villages and quaint cobbled streets perfectly capture the intimacy and privacy required for an indulgent and romantic break. Adventure-seekers won't be disappointed either! The island is lined by a range of unique beaches - from popular white sands to quieter, black-sand coves - which afford direct access to the surrounding blue waters. Whether you prefer a day of island-hopping aboard a private luxury yacht or would rather dive straight in (literally) to explore the island's coastline, there's plenty of lesser-known gems and hidden treasures to be found.
Known for its easy-going lifestyle, Oia is Santorini's most popular village, visited by many for the incredible sunset view every evening. Canaves Oia has an enviable collection of accommodation which sprawls amongst the region's white-walled buildings, from the elegant, newly renovated Canaves Oia Suites, to the classic Cycladic architecture and modern design of Canaves Oia Epitome. Whichever setting you choose; you're promised sublime service and photograph-worthy views with this family-founded brand.