Operator Offers Stays in Greek Villas

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LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Accommodations in small apartments, stone houses, villas and hotels are part of a program offered by Island Destinations.

Under the name Greek Islands Club, the operator features about 250 different accommodations located on nine mostly undiscovered islands in the Ionian Sea (Paxos, Ithaca, Cephalonia, Zakynthos, Kythira, Corfu) and in the Aegean (Skiathos, Skopelos, Alonissos).

All villa rentals include either roundtrip airport transfers or transfers from ferry docks, a rental car where noted, a welcome food package, utilities and linens, maid service and taxes.

Some vacations include the use of a boat, although on most islands, boats with outboard engines can be rented for exploring or picnicking in out-of-the-way places.

Sports activities vary from island to island and include dinghy sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, tennis, mountain biking, scuba diving, golf and horseback riding.

On the Ionian Islands, the Greek Island Club created Friends of the Ionian, which contributes to the protection of the region's social and natural history.

Guests can enjoy guided walks and informative talks by naturalists on topics such as birds, botany, the Caretta-Caretta turtles (on Zakynthos island) and olive cultivation and on cultural matters such as cuisine, music and dance.

If clients choose to stay, for example, at the Daphne Villa on Paxos, the cost for four people, including use of a car, ranges from $1,419 to $2,709 per week, depending on the season.

On Skiathos, the Kalami Villa, with use of a car, is priced between $1,390 and $2,503 per week for two.

There are dozens of choices that are less expensive and others far more expensive, such as an elegant villa in Corfu.

An extension to the Greek Islands Club program this year is its Private Collection.

The program enables travelers to experience the best of 50 small luxury properties on eight Greek Islands, from the 23-room Bratsera Hotel on Hydra to the deluxe, 24-room Kivotos on Mykonos.

Island Destinations

Phone: (800) 394-5577 or (914) 833-3300

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