“A secluded hilltop hideaway with 3 stylish villas (for 2-8), a huge pool, and stunning views of Spetses and the Saronic Gulf”
Sharing the grounds and pool are 3 villas, adjoined but completely autonomous. The largest, Astraea, has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, so is perfect for families or groups. Althea sleeps 6 in 3 double bedrooms and Lethe, the smallest with 1 bedroom, is ideal for couples.
The villas are split-level and furnished in a creative mixture of expensive European design - Italian Bonacina, Swedish Berga Form - and Ikea. The spacious living rooms have comfy sofas and traditional stone-set fireplaces filled with candles. The Italian-designer kitchens are fully-equipped, right down to a set of lobster picks. You can eat inside or al fresco on your private veranda or roof terrace.
The bedrooms are bright and uncluttered, with oak wood floors, white walls dotted with original artwork and striking light fittings. We loved the sparkling Murano mosiac-tiles in the luxurious bathrooms, along with the rain showers, cherry wood cabinets and delicious-smelling Korres toiletries.
There’s no restaurant but the accommodating owners pre-stock the cupboards and fridge with basics: milk, bread, butter, cheese, cold meat - organic where possible. Refills and additional items can also be ordered at cost (no markup, which is nice).
The impressive kitchens allow guests to create everything from a simple meal to a lavish banquet, thanks to a full array of appliances (oven, microwave, hob, kettle, coffee maker, blender etc). Alternatively Alex can call in the services of a private chef who will serve a dinner of your choice in the mimosa-scented evening air - bliss!
Dining out is equally easy. Dapia has plenty of cafés and eateries - O Roussos is recommended for its mezzes (Greek tapas). Around the Old Harbour, eat modern Greek on the brilliant-white terrace of Orloff restaurant, or opt for catch-of-the day at seafront Tarsanas. You can walk to any of these in 15-20 minutes, but you might want to catch a taxi back afterwards!
Children of all ages are welcome and families often stay, especially in summer, which can be a great opportunity to socialise. If not, you might feel a little self-conscious, but as you can retreat into your own villa and do your own thing - as long as your children aren't total hell-raisers we think you'll be all right!
Note that the island of Spetses is a 2-5 hour ferry/hydrofoil trip from Athens. For some, the journey is part of the fun, but for others...maybe not!
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Families of 3 should book Lethe which has plenty of space. For those with 2 or more children, Althea has a twin bedroom and 2 doubles, and Astraea can sleep up to 8 in 4 doubles.
An English-speaking babysitter is available by advance request
Monitors reach to the pool area, but you need to bring your own
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Villas are self-catering and have microwaves and blenders. There are tavernas, food shops and restaurants within walking distance. You can also get takeaway nearby. Bring unbreakable plates and baby cutlery with you if needed
The pool isn't fenced and there are no stairgates inside the villas