Luxury villas in Greece are some of the most stunning, and surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery in the world. They’ve never been more popular, but luckily for you if you’re tempted, the options are plentiful.
When deciding where to book, even a rudimentary understanding of the vast region is recommended, as the geography varies massively.
Greece evokes visions of sandy beaches, blazing hot sun and mediterranean cuisine and this is of course true, but the different regions and islands each have their own distinctive characters, so it’s good to decide what you’re looking for to limit your options.
First, the islands. There’s well over a thousand, but two hundred or so are actually populated. Of those, the most popular are Crete, Corfu, Mykonos, Santorini and Rhodes, but there are amazing villas to be found on any one of the hundreds of the other more obscure islands.
Everything from restaurant prices to the quality of beaches varies from island to island, but it’s not always the case that the most expensive has the sandiest and longest beaches and so on.
In fact, Santorini and Mykonos are the most extravagant islands; they’re dry and rocky and dotted with white cubic buildings perched proudly across the dark hillside. They’re stunning to behold, but as volcanic islands you won’t get the golden sandy beaches you might be craving.
For a more sleepy affair, more retreat than city break, head to one of the Ionian islands. The most popular is Corfu, but it’s maintained its beauty. As well as lush greenery, this is also where you’ll find some of the best villas and the most spectacular beaches the region has to offer. Together with the familiar friendliness of the Greek people, you’re destined to find your ideal spot.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best luxury villas in Corfu:
Villa Yeraki is one of the most sought after luxury villas on the popular north-east coast of the Corfu.
With two private jetties from which to swim off and moor up to three speedboats, few houses offer such effortless access to the sea.
Villa Hypatia is ideally situated in the Kommeno peninsula, one of the most exclusive areas of Corfu and home to some of the finest estates on the island.
Set amongst beautiful landscaped 6,000 square meters of gardens,this luxurious seafront villa offers serene views of Gouvia bay and the picturesque church of Ipapanti.
The ultimate family villa, perched among the olive groves above Avlacki bay on the popular North-East Cost of Corfu.
With far-reaching views over the island Kaparelli and the Albanian mountains beyond, this modern villa has been designed with both family living and entertaining in mind.
Villa Naldera is a luxurious six bedroom, nine bathroom villa, 440m2. Located on a small hill in Kommeno, 12 kilometers north of Corfu Town and the airport. The Villa is nestled in an enclosed 3700m2 green haven, creating a unique and tranquil environment with amazing sea views whilst being only three minutes’ walk from the beach.
Villa Naldera was built by Lady Alexandra Metcalfe, daughter of Lord Curzon, Viceroy of India, and was her favorite summer house.
Lemon Tree House in Kassiopi is a contemporary villa perfectly situated to capture the panoramic sea views across to the mountain ranges of Albania.
With four individual en-suite bedrooms set around the central courtyard, the house comfortably sleeps 8. There is capacity for further guests on day beds in the courtyard or the sofa bed in the living room. Each room has its own unique design to maximise the view whilst ensuring privacy.
When planning a retreat for your friends and family, you can take your pick from any one of a number of beautiful islands or find a spot on the mainland.
Check out our full listings of luxury villas in Greece here.