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Get the best out of your Greek villa holiday

22nd April 2014 Print

Choosing a Greek island villa holiday can be a tricky, if highly enjoyable, task – the plethora of wonderful properties and locations can make it tough to decide which is perfect for you. GIC The Villa Collection’s new website should make this job far easier with its new search functions, singling out the best properties for couples, families, singles, for those without a car and those seeking premier properties of the highest standard

GIC’s destination guides also give a true flavour of each individual island, relating each one’s quirks, charms and idiosyncrasies. Whether you seek seclusion on Anti Paxos, with its mere 30 inhabitants and no shops – a friendly boat delivery service operates for groceries – hanker after a slick pad close to Skiathos town’s many stylish water-side haunts, or prefer the family-friendly and convivial atmosphere of the Peloponnesian harbour town of Stoupa, there’s sure to be a villa to suit.

Here’s a pick of the very best properties on offer:

Best for couples:
Villa Milos (sleeps two) is a unique, beautifully renovated windmill on the spectacular island of Lefkas, brimming with charming and traditional features. The property boasts a private swimming pool and walled garden, plus a secluded location in the midst of vineyards and olive groves. The unusual round rooms feel cosy and intimate, and the outdoor terrace lends itself perfectly to a lengthy meal, glass in hand, drinking in the views over the sea. A seven-night stay costs from £794 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and car hire.

Best for families:
Enjoying an elevated hillside position on the island of Skiathos, with spellbinding views over the surrounding olive groves which stretch towards Skiathos Town and the sea, Villa Pefka (sleeps six) is a family-friendly haven. Built all on one level, the outdoor areas are easily visible from the living areas, perfect for keeping an eye on little ones, and older children will love the water-sports on offer at the nearby Megali Ammos beach. A seven-night stay costs from £666 pp (six sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and car hire.

Best for singles:
For a solo escape to the sunshine, the cosy studio property at Waterfront Apartments (sleeps one) is just the ticket. Peer out of the window for a view of the olive-fringed bay and sixth-century basilica perched on a promontory across the water. Located on the dramatic island of Kefalonia, the apartments enjoy a unique position on the water’s edge, with shops and restaurants a short stroll away. A seven-night stay costs from £618 pp (single occupancy) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.

Best for a holiday without a car:
Hilltop House (sleeps five), located on the atmospheric and utterly charming Ionian island of Ithaca, manages to provide that elusive combination – wonderful seclusion, yet just a 15-minute walk from the postcard-perfect Kioni waterfront. Leave the driving licence at home and head on foot to the tavernas which spill onto the water’s edge. The house itself has a grapevine-shaded veranda and swimming pool terrace, bordered by lemon olive and pine trees. A seven-night stay costs from £660pp (five sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.

Best premier property:
Set at the end of a track and overlooking the old town, Villa Manolia offers deluxe peace and privacy on the tranquil island of Alonissos. The interior is modern and quirky, with spacious, open-plan rooms, plus outdoor seating areas and shaded terraces on which to luxuriate and relax. Delightful tavernas, shops and beaches are all located within a ten-minute drive, and the Old Town is a 20-minute walk away. A seven-night stay costs from £712 pp (six sharing) including flights (Gatwick), ferry transfer and car hire.

Best for small groups of friends:
The extensive outdoor areas enjoyed by Isadora Villa (sleeps six), including a sizable swimming pool, shaded dining area and sun-drenched terrace, make for an idyllic group holiday tucked amongst the hills of Western Crete. A lengthy evening meal with friends is a great opportunity to soak up the peaceful atmosphere, and watch as the setting sun bathes the villa in a luminous glow. A seven-night stay costs from £655 pp (six sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and car hire.

Best for views:
A scenic drive through the lower part of Skopelos’ forested Palouki Mountain leads to Villa Rose (sleeps four), a hillside retreat with a large decked dining terrace, private pool and lawn, all positioned to maximise the jaw-dropping panoramic views over olives and pines, the sparkling white rooftops of Skopelos Town, and the turquoise sea in the distance. If you can tear yourself away from the views, the interior is stylish and comfortable. A seven-night stay costs from £772 pp (four sharing) including flights (Gatwick), and car hire.

Celebrating a special occasion, or just want to enhance your holiday even further? GIC The Villa Collection’s concierge service can help with activities and ideas to make your trip even more memorable. Add a touch of luxury with a personal chef, gourmet picnic or beauty treatments, or simply make life easier by booking a restaurant or childcare in advance. Give GIC a call to discuss your personal requirements, and an expert will be happy to help.

All GIC properties enjoy a complimentary welcome pack on arrival, maid service and linen change twice weekly. Flights are on pristine Germania aircraft, which received a hugely positive reaction from clients when introduced in 2013, and include full catering and a 20kg baggage allowance.

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