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 all over 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 can I stay awake till the sun comes up as an ouzo hangover lingers.
I’ve been to many more islands in the Mediterranean Sea since then, but this year it was time to explore a new Greek island destination. 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
Located just a quick stroll from both the amazing Agiofili beach and the center of the village of Vasiliki is a brand-new, exclusive eight-suite boutique perched upon the hillside overlooking the beautiful Ionian Sea. 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 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, leaving me to enjoy the waterfall pool and the infinity edge all to myself while soaking up the never-ending view of the Ionian Sea. Wading in the water, relaxing on my lounge chair, and perching on the edge of the waterfall while sipping champagne is 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 truly makes a huge difference when on vacation, allowing flexibility if you sleep late but wake 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 (especially real Greek yogurt) to keep the fridge and pantry stocked. My day of nothing was ready to begin (that is, nothing except my personal massage therapist arriving at 3pm).
If venturing off the island and actively exploring this tropical oasis is your thing, no worries, it’s possible and the phenomenal staff at Sappho will arrange any activity you wish. If water sports give you an adrenaline rush, then 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 beach side (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 travelling companion, Lefkada Island and Sappho Boutique Suites offer the experience you are looking for.
Caught at 6am and served to you on a plate at noon: welcome to island life! I am a fanatical Greek food enthusiast, and it doesn’t get any fresher then 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 for the fresh, local Greek cuisine in the taverna even more. Both Penguins and Taverna Dolphin saw this gal on a frequent basis, as 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, so make sure to 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 allows you go back to reality revived and renewed. If seeing the Mediterranean and relaxing in an island oasis are on your agenda, the village of Vasiliki and Sappho Boutique Suites both deliver a retreat away from civilization for the most discerning of travelers. Hurry, your private plunge pool is waiting for you!