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Spa vacation: live the experience on the Greek islands

Corfu ● Crete ● Kos ● Mykonos ● Rhodes ● Santorini ● Zakynthos ● 27 February 2018

Spa vacation is the last world of luxury holidays. Spa centres in luxury resorts create a unique scenery for everyone wanting to relax and enter in a captivating world full of new senses and rejuvenation. Greece has the oldest tradition in Europe in natural treatments that remind of modern spa. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, has invented thalassotherapy, the kind of treatment that used sea water to cure wounds and chronic pains. Bathing in natural tubs and hot springs was also common activity in ancient Greece as it is was considered a powerful way to refresh body and mind. Nowadays, there are many thermal springs in Greece, which continue to have guests since antiquity, such as in Lesvos, Eretria or Loutraki.

Through centuries, these traditions were modified, but some of their elements, such as the bathing in hot springs or the thalassotherapy, remain the same. In modern Greece, in addition to these thermal springs that are ideal for elderly people, there are also many spa centres that attract people from all over the world. You can find these centres in various Greek islands in all-inclusive and boutique hotels. Thus, you can combine the visit to the beautiful and renowned Greek islands with relaxing spa summer holidays. And if you feel that you don't know which island to choose, consider the possibility of Greek Island Hopping. Choose 2 or 3 islands in the same group, such as Cyclades, Dodecanese or Ionian islands, and travel from one island to another in order to explore more gorgeous destinations while enjoying their spa treatments. Relax with the cares of the experts, and then you can spend the rest of the day swimming in the crystal sea of Greece, tasting its delicious cuisine in local restaurants and exploring the significant ancient sites and museums, which are literally everywhere.

Spa in Santorini

In Cyclades, Mykonos and Santorini are the best places to feel like a queen or king thanks to the resorts' services. Mykonos is renowned for its high accommodation with 5-star hotels at the beachfront, where you can do thalassotherapy, massage or everything else you want overlooking the turquoise waters. Santorini is ideal for volcano steam baths with the magnificent view of the caldera, where the boutique hotels at the edge of the cliff give you gorgeous pictures.

In Dodecanese, Rhodes and Kos has numerous all-inclusive hotels that offer spa services at affordable prices. These treatments can also be combined with gym, yoga classes or meditation seminars to refresh your body as well as your mind.

Heated pools, hydro-massage and aromatherapy are only some of the spa massages wit therapeutic and cosmetic effects you can find in the most touristic islands of the Ionian Sea, Corfu and Zakynthos. Beautiful resorts by the sea make you feel truly relaxed in a scenery that reminds of Italy.

Crete is also a top destination for spa lovers, but if you want to explore the whole island, you can't combine it with another island as it is very large and with numerous sites and points of interest. However, if you want to visit Crete only for a couple of days, it can be combined during the summer island hopping in Greece with Santorini, which is allocated nearby.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Nafplio, Greece Apollon Hotel
Apollon Hotel
46, Bouboulinas Str., Tolo, 21056 Nafplio, Greece

Centrally located in the popular seaside resort, Apollon Hotel is situated just 50 m from the sandy beach of Tolo and a short walk from the lively center. Picturesque Nafplio town is at 10 km.

Hotel & Hostel in Athens, Greece Lozanni
8.2 10
54, Kapodistriou str., 10432 Athens, Greece

Hotel and Hostel Lozanni is located in the heart of Athens, 400 meters from Omonoia Square and from Omonoia metro station. Syntagma, the main square of Athens is 20 minutes on foot. Piraeus Port can be reached within 25 minutes using the electric railway. Elefthérios Venizélos Airport is 36 km away.

Hotel in Chalkidiki, Greece Hotel Estelle
Hotel Estelle
Beach of Gerakini, 63100 Chalkidiki, Greece

A family-run hotel Estelle is located just 20 m from the beach in Gerakini village in Chalkidiki. Thessaloniki Airport Makedonia is at 70 km and the center of Thessaloniki is 78 km away.