The Greek islands are known for their whitewashed prettiness, but the traditional look gets a colourful injection, on the inside at least, at Elounda.


Multicoloured chandeliers, animal prints and eye-catching antiques decorate each villa and suite. The huge villas each have a private Jacuzzi pool (if you don't want to share the still-idyllic, main infinity pool), plus a kitchen, should you fancy whipping up a quick snack of tzatziki and stuffed vine leaves.

More likely, you'll call on the services of your butler, who will serve a breakfast spread in-villa, or arrange for a private chef to prepare a Greek feast served at a candlelit table overlooking your pool with the twinkling sea beyond.


WOW FACTOR: The anything-is-possible service; you can even ask for the water in your pool to be changed from salt to fresh.

FLIGHT TIME: 4 hours

WHEN TO GO: Summer, Spring

GO: Elegant Resorts ( offers seven nights, B&B, in a Deluxe Senior Suite from £1,320 per person. Includes Easyjet flights and transfers.