The resort’s Royal Villa personal seaside
Kalós orísate means “welcome” in Greek, and this was actually the reception my sister Andrea and I acquired upon arrival on the five-star Grand Resort Lagonissi Lodge, a really luxurious setting for our brief journey.
After a 25-minute switch from Athens airport, we entered the resort’s stunning gardens alongside a winding, fairy-tale driveway.
The plush 72-acre peninsular surrounded by the tantalising, crystal-blue Aegean Sea made us really feel like we have been on our personal paradise island. And for these searching for a extra personal arrival, the resort even has its personal helipad.
As we have been pushed by golf buggy to our rooms, we felt as necessary because the A-list celebrities and rich enterprise individuals who keep right here.
The resort boasts 29 various kinds of lodging set spaciously across the grounds, coated with unique Mediterranean flora that’s superbly lit up at evening.
We stayed in a deluxe bungalow with adjoining rooms. Every bed room is large (it will need to have taken me a minimum of 10 strides to succeed in from one finish to the opposite), with a lounge area, snug sofas and 55-inch TV.
As I rolled again the electrical floor-to-ceiling curtains, the solar’s reflection bounced off our huge veranda, full with sunbeds, desk and chairs seated earlier than a surprising infinity pool. Earlier than unpacking, we misplaced a number of hours gazing on the breathtaking hills and mountains that stretch for miles alongside the Athenian Riviera whereas sipping champagne.
I used to be quickly able to make use of my personal steam room, drop-down Jacuzzi tub, health club and walk-in wardrobe. Some rooms additionally characteristic adjoining nanny quarters with catering space or personal walk-on seashores. From household seaside bungalows to romantic suites, it’s straightforward to see why loyal friends return every year, some staying for months at a time.
The Belvedere suite with pool
Athens is just 40 minutes away and it’s undoubtedly price visiting the fascinating archaeological Acropolis and savouring a number of the native family-run tavernas at its base.
However we actually didn’t go hungry again on the Grand Resort’s seven completely different connoisseur eating places, that are all blessed with beautiful sundown views.
On the Kohylia Polynesian restaurant I selected a mouthwatering tempura starter, adopted by stir-fried chilli king crab. The presentation and execution of every dish was excellent.
The swish Veghera membership restaurant
Over at Captain’s Home, Andrea ordered recent lobster and crab with quinoa and mango – I’ve by no means seen her so quiet as she tucked in.
In the future we determined to view the peninsular from one other angle by hiring a two-man canoe from the watersports centre. Afterwards, we loved a well-earned beer and Greek Domaine Skouras wine on the beachfront Mediterraneo restaurant, and its grilled smoked octopus dish quickly grew to become our favourite lunchtime snack.
Whereas enjoyable on the seaside loungers I noticed Lindsay Lohan sitting just some seats away (thankfully celebs are protected from the paparazzi on the resort). Pierce Brosnan, Jennifer Lopez, and members of Aerosmith and Pink Floyd have all additionally loved the exclusivity of the Grand Resort Lagonissi.
I completed off my indulgent journey with a soothing therapeutic massage, which used Chenot merchandise from Milan and was designed to get rid of toxins, assimilate vitamins and regenerate tissues. The spa opens up like a Tardis hidden below the hills of the resort, with a number of personal therapy rooms. My therapy relaxed each muscle in my again, and I nonetheless felt the luxurious oils working hours later.
After solely 5 days right here we have been each unhappy to go away, however we felt like we’d skilled two wonders of the world – the Acropolis and this unimaginable lodge.
Deluxe Beachfront Bungalows at Grand Resort Lagonissi begin at about £435 an evening, based mostly on two individuals sharing and together with breakfast. To e book, name +30 2291 076000 or go to grandresort.gr.