What’s the first word that comes to mind when one says ‘Greece’? Pristine beaches, the Parthenon, endless expanses of sea – sure, but there’s another word that floats above all these: Romance. Whether you’re a couple looking for a dreamy wedding destination or a honeymoon vacay, Greece tops the list, and for good reason. We’ve got some ideas to turn that honeymoon in Greece into an unforgettable luxury experience.
When you’re on a honeymoon, even something as simple as holding hands and watching the fiery ball of light dip into the sea can be captivatingly romantic. And no place does sunsets like Greece!Whether it is from the cafes in Santorini, from The Castle of Oia or from the tallest hill in Athens, Lykavittos.
You can also go horse riding on the beaches of Mykonos or if you’re the adventure-loving type, rent an ATV, go para-sailing or skiing on Elia beach in Mykonos.
Your honeymoon might also be the perfect time to just sit back and relax in the lap of luxury, while island-hopping in the Aegan Sea on your private yacht or taking a tour of the Monemvasia Castle in Peloponnese.
Got cultural extravaganza on your mind? Book an evening at Athens’ Odeon of Herodes Atticus for a music or opera performance. And if a cosy evening watching a romantic movie is more your thing, the Thision Open Air Cinema in Athens, also known to be the world’s best movie theatre, is a great bet. Want to notch up the romance with a dose of vintage? Take an enchanting horse-drawn carriage through the island of Spetses at sunset.
Greece is a gastronomic wonder, and your best bet for local grub are the tavernas that dot the streets on every island. For global flavours, try Matsuhisa, a Japanese restaurant which, with its drop-dread gorgeous view of the Saronic Gulf in Athens and a dazzling selection of cocktails, will wow you.
For a modern Mediterranean romantic meal by the sea, there’s Ithaki in Athens, which also boasts of legendary guests such as Leonardo Di Caprio and Bill Clinton. Want to indulge your loved one with an unparalleled dining experience? Try the Michelin star Funky Gourmet in Athens, which has to offer food that is both stimulating and experimental. For something intimate and , quiet, but beautiful, a meal on one of the many restaurants on Santorini’s Perissa Black Sand beach is perfect.
No matter where you eat, chances are you will leave with your heart (and stomach) full.
So now that you’ve walked around the charming bylanes of Greece and feasted to your heart’s content, perhaps it’s time to explore the nightlife?
Any seasoned traveller will tell you that Mykonos is the undisputed king of night life destinations in the country. Check out Cavo Paradiso, an open-air night-club overlooking the Aegan Sea, where you can party into the wee hours to the tunes of The Chainsmokers and Skrillex.
But what’s a night of dancing unless it is right by the beach, right? In which case, TRU Paradise Club is the one to choose. It’s situated at the far end of Paradise beach and is extremely popular with young folks who love to party all night long.
A honeymoon without a spa session in our opinion is, well, incomplete. Take a pick from the numerous hammams and thalassotherapy centres on every island. There are about 14 hydrotherapy centres managed by the Greek tourism organization with 1,400,000 therapeutic treatments that will leave you both utterly pampered.
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For a more au naturel feel, you and your partner can explore the thermal springs such as Vouliagmeni Lake in Attica and Loutraki-Perahora in Corinth. They are the perfect spot for some quiet alone time amidst lush green forests and waterfalls.
If you’d like to try something offbeat, the Gonglove Artlab in Athens is known for its gong therapy sessions. It’s a unique experience in which the soulful sound of a gong and its vibrations connect with the body and dissolve its consciousness, making you feel as though you’re in a state of timelessness. A 45-minute immersion in this therapy is said to be equivalent to eight hours of night sleep rest, relaxation, toning and revitalizing.
With its inimitable destinations and surreal experiences that spell romance through and through, Greece makes for a unique and perfect honeymoon getaway for every couple.
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