Luxury in Lefkada, the Jewel of Greece
I remember my first trip to Greece and the island of Corfu when I was 21 and right out of college. I spent the trip enjoying endless amounts of Ouzo at the Pink Palace, dancing the night away until the sun came up, signaling it was time for bed, only to start the party the next day. Ok, so I still like Ouzo (just in smaller quantities), but my idea of a fun vacation is a bit more elevated, refined, and laid back since there’s no way I can stay awake till the sun comes up as an ouzo hangover lingers.
Since then, I’ve been to many more islands in the Mediterranean Sea, but it was time to explore a new Greek island destination this year. My needs were simple for this vacation–chilling and relaxing–, and I found just that on the island of Lefkada in the village of Vasiliki at Sappho Boutique Suites.
My priority? Lounging in Luxury
A brand-new, exclusive eight-suite boutique perched upon the hillside overlooking the beautiful Ionian Sea is just a quick stroll from the fantastic Agiofili beach and the center of the village of Vasiliki. Sophisticated and luxurious is what I wanted, and Sappho Boutique Suites indulged me in just what I desired. Comfort with views was my priority, and my deluxe suite with a private plunge pool delivered the luxury I was looking for. Once I stepped out on the terrace and took in the sweeping views of the Mediterranean, I knew my leisurely vacation was about to begin. Champagne, please!
Private Plunge or Infinity today?
No summer vacation is complete without a day spent lounging by the pool or maybe a quick stroll down to the private beach, only a few steps away. Having only eight suites on the premises allowed me true exclusivity. I loved the waterfall pool and the infinity edge, all to myself while soaking up the never-ending view of the Ionian Sea. I was wading in the water, relaxing on my lounge chair, and perching on the edge of the waterfall while sipping champagne—my definition of how a relaxing, luxurious vacation should begin.
What’s on the agenda?
Nothing. That was my vacation: nothing. Having a kitchen in your suite makes a huge difference when on vacation. It allows flexibility if you sleep late but wake up to a growling stomach that demands coffee and toast, stat! Living in France requires a twice-daily dose of espresso, and I was ecstatic to have a Nespresso maker in my fully-equipped kitchen. I had the concierge deliver a few of my favorite food items (authentic Greek yogurt) to keep the fridge and pantry stocked. My day of nothing was ready to begin (that is, nothing except my massage therapist arriving at 3 pm).
If venturing off the island and actively exploring this tropical oasis is your thing, no worries. The phenomenal staff at Sappho will arrange any activity you wish. If water sports give you an adrenaline rush, this is the island for you. Island breezes make Vasiliki a premiere destination for windsurfing adventures, kayaking, diving, or any ocean activity. I had a great day at Club Vass sitting beachside (ok, at the beach bar), soaking in the sun and sipping on beers while watching all the beginners and advanced enthusiasts tackle the sea on their holiday retreat. Maybe it’s a hike or a visit to the local winery–whatever exploration suits you or your traveling companion, Lefkada Island and Sappho Boutique Suites offer the experience you are looking for.
Caught at 6 am and served to you on a plate at noon: welcome to island life! I am a passionate Greek food enthusiast; it doesn’t get fresher than straight from the sea. Oh, and don’t get me started on the tomatoes, olive oil, fresh herbs, and yogurt. While I enjoyed chilling in the suite with my champagne, I loved strolling into town even more the fresh, local Greek cuisine in the taverna. Penguins and Taverna Dolphin saw this gal frequently. I couldn’t get enough of the fresh tzatziki and grilled feta cheese in stuffed peppers. Of course, after-dinner cocktails are a must on vacation—Visit Bar 155 for its killer lounge vibe and cocktail creations.
Time is precious, so making the most of your vacation is essential. Relaxing and decompressing allow you to go back to reality revived and renewed. If seeing the Mediterranean and relaxing in an island oasis are on your schedule, the village of Vasiliki and Sappho Boutique Suites both deliver a retreat away from civilization for the most discerning travelers. Hurry, your private plunge pool is waiting for you!