NEW Luxury Yachts & Hidden Gem’s on the Islands of Lemnos & Kefalonia
Privately owned, specialist tour operator, The Discerning Collection offers a stunning selection of exclusive, hand-picked hotels and villas across a number of Greek islands. Firm favourites include Crete, the largest and southern-most island in Greece, the stunning Ionian island of Kefalonia with its dramatic scenery, crystal clear waters, idyllic villages and great beaches and Lemnos, one of the Aegean’s most tranquil and unspoilt gems. NEW for 2017 they are thrilled to add a fleet of luxury yachts to their portfolio that will be available to board in Corfu. Full details of which can be found below along with detail on the relatively undiscovered island of Lemnos and Assos, an off the beaten track, picturesque village on the island of Kefalonia.
NEW Luxury Yachts, Corfu
Big news for May 2017, Discerning Collection’s Luxury Yacht Portfolio will launch consisting of two beautiful yachts and a rather swanky catamaran, offering guests an exclusive and indulgent way to explore the stunning Ionian Islands in style.
Based in Corfu, two yachts, Jeannous a 65’ super yacht (sleeps 6), Argentous, a stunning 57’ luxury yacht (sleeps 8) and a truly magnificent, super sleek, state-of-the-art catamaran, Aurous (sleeps 10) will all be available for sole charter from May – October 2017 and all come complete with skipper and private chef. Try sailing first hand alongside your skipper, fire up the BBQ or simply relax in a hammock and soak up the breathtaking scenery. Guests are invited to dine on board throughout the day, but come evening, are given the choice to remain on board or sample one of the charming tavernas on shore in a picturesque Greek village. Head north to the Faraway Islands or south via Paxos and Anti-Paxos down to Kefalonia or east towards the mainland. All boast state of the art facilities including watersports equipment such as wakeboards, water skis, paddleboards and inflatables – perfect for the youngsters.
The Discerning Collection (www.discerningcollection.com) offer 7 nights on board Argentous from £1,460pp (based on 8 sharing), Jeannous from £1,580pp (based on 6 sharing) and Aurous from £1,400pp (based on 10 sharing). Prices include flights and transfers, breakfast and lunch daily as well as tea, coffee and all soft drinks.
Discover Lemnos with The Discerning Collection
This tranquil, laid back and unhurried island is still relatively undiscovered boasting beautiful beaches, delightful restaurants (that cost a fraction of some of its better known neighbours) and locals who ooze warmth and hospitality. Mount Athos on the Greek mainland sits to the West of the island and on a clear day it is possible to see Athos. Inland it’s mostly rural and the coastline is home to several stunning beaches virtually untouched by tourists with numerous hidden coves and bays. Myrina is the main town and capital, virtually surrounded by sea with a plethora of authentic Greek restaurants selling tasty fresh fish and beaches that any Greek island would be proud of.
Afroditi Villa: Located just 25mins walk from Myrina and 200m from one of the island’s sandy beaches, this charming property with its lush gardens and cleverly designed rooms is an oasis in the sleepy village of Plati. Perfect for couples and families alike, all rooms are tastefully furnished with all necessary amenities and the majority boast sea views. There is a large pool with plenty of space to soak up the sun or alternatively relax in the pretty, flower filled gardens. By far the best run hotel on the island with their service being second to none, it is run by its owners Afroditi & Peter who regularly rustles up an impromptu BBQ for guests.
The Discerning Collection (www.discerningcollection.com; 01784 817 720) offer 7 nights at Afroditi Villa from £875pp staying in a Standard Room on a B&B basis including flights and transfers.
Assos – Off the beaten track Kefalonia
The largest of the Ionian Islands, Kefalonia is home to some dramatic scenery, with mountain roads that wind through sweet-smelling Pine & Cyprus forests down to picturesque harbour villages, spectacular beaches and secluded coves. Lord Byron once quoted whilst residing on Kefalonia “If I am a poet then I owe it to the air of Greece”. With the vast majority of accommodation on the island centered around Fiscardo in the north of the island, where do you head if you’re looking for somewhere slightly off the beaten track? Assos. Unlike many parts of the island, this picturesque village remains unspoilt by tourism with just a handful of cafes and tavernas dotted along the pretty horse-shoe shaped bay.
Braunis Horio Villas, Assos: Scattered across a hillside in the beautiful village of Assos you’ll find the small cluster of Braunis Horio Villas (a mix of 2 & 3 bed properties). Each villa boasts a private pool, flower filled terrace areas, BBQ area and spectacular views over Assos and out to sea. Relax with a book in the shade of the gazebo and dine al-fresco as the sun sets over this magical and unspoiled corner of Kefalonia. If you can lure yourself away from the comfort of your villa, the friendly tavernas of Assos are just a short stroll away where you can sample some delicious, fresh local produce whilst taking in the views of the pretty bay and old Venetian inspired architecture.
The Discerning Collection (www.discerningcollection.com; 01784 817 720) offer 7 nights at Braunis Horio Villas, 2 bed villa from £950 including flights and transfers.