When we think of ‘Greece’ many of us would envision postcard snapshots of Santorini or Mykonos, of pale villas with blue domes, of cobbled steps and white walls, romantically perched across hills. For me though, at the mentioning of ‘Greek Paradise’, I think back to the Grecian sun-kissed island of Kefalonia.
Why I found it so breathtaking…
Kefalonia surely has an appealing backdrop, featuring rugged rolling hillsides, the richest green and blue scenery, and some of the most blissful beaches in Greece. However, despite being the setting for the famous novel and film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, it remains unspoilt by mass tourism …which is probably why I liked it so much.
Located in the crystal clear waters of the Ionian Sea, Kefalonia is not only a glorious place to go on holiday but is bustling with wildlife and is the home to hundreds of species of wild flowers. It’s well-known that since most of the land was destroyed in 1953 during a montrous earthquake the island has seemingly rejuvenated itself over and over again and, thanks to Mother Nature, it is now more vibrant and luscious than ever.
One of the fishing villages that survived the quake is the picturesque town of Fiskardo. The delicately coloured buildings and the flickering turquoise waters make up this serene, subdued setting… (It truly was an instagrammers wonderland!)
Mid holiday, James and I took a trip to see the islands most talked about destination. Lake Melissani.
Surrounded by dense forestry, featuring glistening greeny-blue waters and scarily pointy stalactites, this impressive cave will literally take your breath away. Discovered in
1951 and opened to the public in 1963, the magical subterranean world of Lake Melissani has become one of the islands most visited places, and I completely get why!
When seen in the middle of a bright sunny day -like we did- the rays of sun shining down make the water so clear that it almost looks as though it has disappeared. Only then is it truly magical as you can then see everything that lives within it.
Coming in second place after Lake Melissani is the post-earthquake town of Sami. When our coach dropped us off into the the center it was like visiting a small market town of the past. Sami is a very historical setting featuring Roman baths, original cobbled pathways, monasteries and Venetian bridges. From the harbour we took a boat trip out to Ithika which only took our breath away further.
Lastly, I’ll tell you a little about the hotel, a hotel I’ve long lusted after.
The modern, majestic walls made up a place called Tesoro Blu, meaning ‘treasure of the sea’, an immaculate, contemporary place I could call home for ten days and ten nights. A place that exuded care-free bliss.
Tesoro Blu hotel and Spa made our trip to this greek Island all the more special. It’s fresh, bright, palatial spaces greeted you as you walked through them. It’s staff made you feel like family and it’s food and drinks were sublime.
Built into the hillside and overlooking the ocean, this hotel was the perfect place to laugh, dance, sip, taste, swim, run, and relax with the one I love and simply enjoy the things in life that really matter to me.
My experience in this amazing place has revealed a snippet of secluded, luscious perfection, that I hope I will encounter again one day.
Anna Vitality x