Athens insider 140 / Autumn 2018

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Top 5 Cosy Winter Retreats

Greece is not just a summer romance. From stylish ski resorts and historic city hamlets to quaint alpine escapes, mainland Greece is awash with irresistibly inviting winter wonderlands. As the evenings close in and temperatures fall, trade balmy beaches and long lunches by the sea with luxurious lodgings in dramatic locales where you can ...

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Imaret

Imaret Kavala In the heart of historic Kavala, in northern Greece, exists this masterfully-restored palace that seems to have arrived straight from a fairytale – but with enough 21st century luxuries to satisfy any modern sybarite (think Bvlgari toiletries and Molton Brown candles). Built in 1817 for Mohamed Ali Pasha, Imaret is a rare monument...

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Opora Country Living

Opora Country Living Nafplio From the utterly perfect landscape of Opora Country Living, you’ll look down upon the cobalt sea and red-tiled roofs of Nafplio and breathe the sigh of the deeply contented (and the faintly smug). That’s because you’re among the lucky few to have discovered this gorgeous and classy haven that opened just one year ag...

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The Lost Unicorn

The Lost Unicorn Tsagarada, Pelion Behind the vast and ancient plane tree in Agia Paraskevi village square, a 19th century mansion facade conceals a delightful English country house within, complete with Blue Willow crockery, library and rose garden. This charming 8-roomed hotel is a labour of love for Greek-English owners Christos (the chef) a...

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Semeli Resort

Semeli Resort Elatochori Legend has it that Zeus was so besotted with the bewitchingly beautiful Semeli that he transported her onto the slopes of the Pieria mountains (miles away from her native Thebes) so that he could admire her from atop his throne on Mount Olympus. Named after the legendary princess, Semeli, perched 1050 metres high on the...

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Elatos Resort & Health Club

All hail the Queen Bee of the Arachova winter whirl.  Yes, there may be newer, more-boutiquey arrivals in town now. But they just can’t compete with this well-bred favourite: Elatos still retains its crown for fashionable Athenians who love the sociable vibe, beautiful forest setting and excellent leisure facilities (the Club ...

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The Grand Forest

The Grand Forest Metsovo In winter, the enchanting village of Metsovo looks just like a painting. One of Epirus’ most popular tourist drawcards, visitors immediately fall under the spell of the town’s balconied mansions, stone drinking fountains and snow-blanketed squares. Tucked away in a pristine pine forest strewn with walking trails and pic...

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