One of the western world’s most well-known spots, the Mediterranean provides an array of adventure, beautiful scenery and stunning ancient ruins. Stretching from Greece and Italy to Turkey and encompassing several islands in between, the region is best known for pristine beaches and warm weather, and is one of Europe’s premiere tourist destinations. For new or returning visitors, there are several all-inclusive resorts that provide a great jumping-off point for all that the region has to offer.
Santa Marina Resort and Villas
Situated on a private peninsula over looking Ornos Bay, the Santa Marina Resort was established as Mykonos Island’s first luxury resort. Featuring several swimming pools, beach access, fine dining and its own spa, Santa Marina offers every convenience for guests. For those looking to explore outside the resort, the concierge desk can arrange day trips, tours and just about anything else to keep visitors entertained. Each room is complete with custom furniture, wireless Internet access, hypoallergenic bedding, LCD television and satellite channels. Roll-away beds, turn-down service and cribs are available at additional charge. For an even more romantic stay, the private villas feature more space, as well as marble bathrooms, luxury bath products and private infinity pool.
Santa Marina Resort and Villas Ornos Bay Mykonos 84600 Greece +011 (30) (22890) 23220 starwoodhotels.com
Arion Resort & Spa
Located at the heart of the elite Vouliagmeni region of Athens, the Arion is one of Greece’s top-rated resorts. Just minutes from the city center, each of the rooms offer individual design, ocean or city views, designer furnishings and luxury linens, as well as access to the hotels private beach, helipad and wine cellar. The hotel offers its own spa, restaurant and kids club for younger guests. Active visitors can arrange tours, fishing or diving trips, as well as bike rides, hikes or visits to local markets, historic sites or museums.
Arion Resort & Spa 40 Apollonos Str Astir Palace Resort, 16671 Vouliagmeni Athens, Greece +011 (30) 210 8902000 ArionResortAthens.com
Included on the Conde Nast Best Luxury Hotel list in 2009 and 2010, the Petra Hotel is family owned and operated and consists of just 12 guest suites. Forming its own mini village with traditional Greek architecture, the hotel is one of the top-rated in the country. Each room has been individually designed and decorated to provide comfort and calm for a unique experience. Each room offers pillow-top mattresses, work space, large windows overlooking the water and private bath facilities. Guests can swim, snorkel or kayak on the beach, or arrange fishing and diving trips, as well as shopping trips, and tours of nearby attractions.
Petra Hotel Patmos Island Dodecanese Islands Greece 85500 +011 (30) 22470 34020 petrahotel-patmos.com