“An ultra-chic, impossibly romantic hideaway on the remote west coast of Lefkas, with views that float out to sea (sleeps 2-4)”
There are 2 bedrooms at The Gecko: the Master Bedroom in the main house and the Deck Suite below the pool with a private terrace.
However, the villa is exceptionally romantic, and if you’re looking for a perfect retreat for 2, splash out and take the whole place for yourselves. The Master Bedroom is the stuff of dreams. Steps from the whitewashed sitting room lead up to a galleried bedroom where you can lie in bed and look out to sea. You get the very best of everything: Egyptian cotton, goose-down pillows, pashmina blankets, a big old armoire. Walls shine in white, windows flood the space with light, French windows open onto tiny balconies on each side. Amid all the tangible luxuries, it is the sense of space that exhilarates, with light and airy interiors. The bathroom, with fittings from Sottini, is downstairs: expect a huge bath, a walk-in shower, 2 basins, a small potted olive tree, and a Philippe Starck clear plastic chair.
External paths lead to the Deck Suite built into the side of the hill below the dining terrace. The room is stunning. French windows stretch across the front, giving long views down the hill to sea, and you can sit out on the decked terrace in blissful privacy. Inside the design follows the style of the main house: whitewashed walls, pink and purple silk cushions, exquisite linen, silky throws. An enormous shower room has his-and-her sinks and French windows onto the terrace; you can open them up or shield them with shutters. There is also a dressing room and a mini-kitchen at the back (microwave and fridge), so you can make your own breakfast or have a midnight feast.
In the main house, an impeccable kitchen (crisp contemporary stainless-steel design, utterly faultless) comes with every conceivable gadget: a drinks fridge, a food fridge and a freezer; a double oven, halogen hob and extractor fan; a blender, a juicer and a panini maker; a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. You’ll find a welcome hamper on arrival (bread, butter, jam, honey, beer and wine), a well-stocked honesty bar and a larder system; what’s there is yours to use, but if you finish something, you replace it before you leave (Lefkas’s market is a 15-minute drive).
If you don’t fancy self-catering, a cook can be provided either for the week or for individual meals - be sure to request in advance.
You can eat in the living space at a decidedly cool white oval table, but you’re more likely to fling open the doors and venture into the garden or sit out on the dining terrace to the side of the house with impeccable views of sea and hills. Smart wooden furniture awaits you, and at dusk soft lighting magically illuminates the paths and terraces. Head off for picnics and you’ll find hampers and rugs to take with you, or stay put at the house for a barbecue; it’s next to the hammock, so keep an eye on the cook.
If you want to eat out Tsoukalades has a few good tavernas serving good simple Greek food, including the much loved Rose Taverna at the bottom of the lane (500m). Try Sappho in the village of Agias Nikitas for great fish on the beach, or head into Lefkas town for sophisticated Greek food at El Molos (complete with bar and internet café next door) and a range of cool bars where you can dance until the early hours.