When I think of ‘Greece’ I typically envision postcard snapshots of white villas with blue domes for roofs, cobbled steps and pale walls, romantically perched across hills. Kefalonia was an abyss of its own kind.
This Greek island had its own backdrop, featuring rugged rolling hillsides, the lushest scenery, and some of the most blissful beaches. And despite being the setting for the famous novel and film ‘Captain Corelli’s Mandolin’, it remains unspoilt by mass tourism.
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. In fact, since most of the land was destroyed in 1953 during a monstrous earthquake, the island has seemingly rejuvenated itself over and over again and. It is now more vibrant 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.
Mid holiday, my fiancé and I took a trip to see the islands most talked about destination. Lake Melissani.
Surrounded by dense forestry, featuring glistening waters and scary stalactites, this impressive cave took our 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.
Then, after a lovely day of exploring, we’d head back to our hotel.
These modern, majestic walls made up a place called Tesoro Blu, meaning ‘treasure of the sea’, an immaculate, contemporary place I could call home for eleven days and 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 the 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