LAST UPDATED: 17th September 2014 at 4:33pm

This handsome hotel is family owned, and built on an ecological reserve: imagine bird sanctuaries, pine forests, turquoise waters and miles of white sand.


Yet a cosmopolitan atmosphere reigns, with a marina and an abundance of eateries and bars within a short distance. The accommodation is stylish, and pleasingly secluded if you plump for the Asterias Suites, situated on the edge of the marina with their own private stretch of beach, as well as a lagoon-style freshwater pool. Dining options are bountiful, but the eatery attached to the Asterias Suites, the Water Restaurant, is easily a favourite. If it's total privacy you're after, however, why not have a chef prepare dinner at your villa, allowing you a romantic meal alone under the star-pricked Aegean sky?


WOW FACTOR Paddleboard yoga lessons. If nothing else, you will laugh.

GO ITC Luxury Travel offers seven nights from £1,199 per person, B&B. Includes flights and transfers


LAST UPDATED: 4th January 2012 at 12:43pm

Under the watchful eyes of the Gods of Mount Olympus, this 50-suite boutique hotel on the Greek mainland is part of the Sani resort (which includes several hotels). Sani Asterias Suites offers three room options - all are gorgeous. Choose a suite with walk-in wardrobes, two bathrooms and a view of the private beach, or one the size of an apartment overlooking the marina. Split your time between the private beach and the adults-only pool, or head to the spa for soothing massages and reviving facials. Take advantage of the resort setting to try the various bars and restaurants around the marina. For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, charter a yacht and captain, and sail up the coastline. Wow factor: Sunbeds are plentiful and reserved - no rising at dawn to bag a lounger. Flight time: From three hours 20 minutes to Thessaloniki. Go: ITC Classics (01244 355527; offers seven nights B&B in a Junior Suite Marina-Front from £925 per person, including British Airways flights and transfers.