The Ultimate Greek Island Hopping Honeymoon!
The Ultimate Greek Island Honeymoon
Why honeymoon in one destination, when you can honeymoon in 3?
A Greek island hopping honeymoon can provide a more immersive and memorable experience to completely whisk you away. Renowned for its laid-back charm, Mediterranean beauty and refreshing cuisine, Greece is an exceptional honeymoon destination. Not to mention its illustrious history packed with mythical tales of gods and fables and ancient historical sites. The beautiful islands simply glisten with whitewashed buildings, Mediterranean charm and stunning beaches.
Knowing your luxury honeymoon should be the greatest holiday of your life so far, we’ve put together a perfect itinerary involving ancient history, world famous sunsets and a relaxing finale…
A city where ancient monuments combine effortlessly with chic rooftop bars, tempting cafés and vibrant nightlife. There’s no better place to start your Greek adventure than its capital. Easily reached from several UK airports, in just a few hours you could be discovering ancient temples, encapsulating mythology and a thrilling introduction to Greek cuisine.
What to do
Athens is named after the Greek Goddess of wisdom, Athena, and built around its main attraction, The Acropolis. The Acropolis dramatically towers above the city with 360 views of Athens (for the perfect Instagram photo), and is home to the Parthenon, Erechtheion and New Acropolis Museum. The Parthenon is a historical masterpiece not to be missed, dedicated to the goddess Athena these formidable columns, filled with mystery, were once a grand white marble palace. To the north side is the equally imposing Erechtheion where you’ll uncover the ‘Porch of the Caryatids’ with its 6 female carved columns.
Rooftop bars are scattered throughout the city; often hidden away, finding them is half the fun. Once you find one, an evening overlooking The Acropolis lit up with a cocktail in hand is a truly romantic setting.
Recommended stay: 2-3 nights
Where to stay: Adjacent to Syntagma Square, 5-star Electra Metropolis is ideally placed for exploring the city with spectacular views of the Acropolis from its rooftop pool and 10th floor bar.
Jaw dropping surroundings + great food + golden sunsets = unforgettable honeymoon
Home to out-of-this-world sunsets, a trip to Santorini is essential for any honeymoon in Greece. Whitewashed houses with blue domed roofs cascading down clifftops is the most iconic image of Greece. Its surrounding Aegean waters and unique black volcanic beaches only add to its appeal. Santorini is the tip of a dormant volcano, created by a devastating eruption in the 17th century which inspired rumours that Santorini is the lost city of Atlantis. The soaring cliffs, luxury hotels, and sublime views make for swoon worthy honeymoon pictures and assure that your jaw is consistently glued to the floor.
What to do
The clifftop towns of Oia and Fira offer sophisticated bars, boutique shops and gourmet restaurants to effortlessly while the day away. For the more active traveller, the 3-hour hike between Oia and Fira is a truly rewarding experience.
Food and wine in Santorini is exceptional. From refreshing Greek salads with local grown tomatoes to freshly caught fish, grilled to perfection.
Best place to spot the sunset.
Oia and Fira offer the most iconic Santorini sunsets. We recommend booking a table at a restaurant with views or booking a suite with a view, so you can enjoy it in privacy. There’ll be no better picture for the honeymoon album than the 2 of you gazing out to the sunset from your hotel’s infinity pool… timer most likely needed.
Getting there: You can reach Santorini from Athens by ferry or flight. The ferry takes 8 hours and the flight just 50 minutes so we tend to recommend the latter.
Recommended stay: 5-7 nights
Where to stay: Tucked away in Oia, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites boasts the most spectacular views of the sunset. This sophisticated 5-star hotel has several swimming pools commanding sea views as well as rooms with private pools.
There’s no better finale to your honeymoon than just the 2 of you relaxing in luxury. With its laid-back charm, traditional villages and luxury hotels, Crete offers no better place to unwind. Spend languid days by the pool and evenings by candle light enjoying traditional Greek cuisine. Simply relax together beachside with a book or indulge in a couple’s spa treatment. The largest of the Greek islands, Crete also enjoys the longest summer in Europe, meaning weather here is often perfect.
What to do
If you’re not one to relax Crete has plenty of sites and attractions to discover. From hiking the Samaria Gorge to discovering Greek mythology at Knossos or simply jumping from one beautiful beach to another, Crete has an activity to suit every travel style.
The ferry from Santorini takes just 2.5 hours and runs twice daily. The beautiful journey soars past small uninhabited islands and glistening seas.
Recommended stay: 5-7 nights
Where to stay
For that extra dose of luxury, book a hotel with a private pool; there’s no better morning than a late wake up before a private dip and breakfast delivered to your room (to be enjoyed on the balcony of course). Located in the sophisticated Agios Nikolaos, St Nicolas Bay Resort Hotel & Villas is tucked away in a sheltered cove with inspiring views everyway you turn. This exclusive 5-star hotel has exquisite guestrooms, sublime cuisine and exceptional spa facilities.
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