Summer 2020

16 Feb20181 Greek Getaway Radiates Romanticism Zakynthos has long been a staple of Greek tourism, offering visitors the chance to experience the utmost in relaxation. Endowed with fertile valleys, sandy beaches, and sapphirine waters, the island is a haven of natural beauty that is perfect for travellers of any kind. An island this perfect requires an equally stunning base from which to explore it, and LUXlife is pleased to crown Lithalona Villas & Houses 2020’s Best for a Luxury Romantic Getaway – Greece. Discover more as we highlight its true luxury. Situated on the idyllic southwest coast of Zakynthos, at the gorgeous Marathias area, is the Lithalona Estate. Nestled amongst more than three acres of olive groves, fruit trees, cedars, pines, and cypresses, this estate of five independent houses and villas has been built with the utmost respect for the island itself, whilst drawing on its traditional architecture. Surrounded by lush vegetation and forming a part of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, Lithalona Estate is where privacy, tranquillity, and luxury abounds. One cannot help but marvel at the outstanding natural beauty that permeates every part of this estate, as the estate itself cannot help but showcase the ecological wonder of Zakynthos and the smaller surrounding islands. The Venetians called Zakynthos “Il Fiore Del Levante”, or The Flower of the Levant, and it is not hard to see why. Fairy-tale sea caves, breadth- taking beaches, extensive olive groves, and rugged cliffs afford visitors to this island an experience of nature like never before. The sound of mandolins and serenades drift through the air, inspiring a community whose descendants include poets and novelists. This history and culture exudes from every part of Lithalona Estate, as it offers guests a stunning place from which to experience the island. Located on the pebbly beach of Marathias, the estate is perfectly placed for a luxuriously authentic vacation in the Greek islands. Limni Keriou, a characterful fishing-boat harbour, is just two kilometres away from Lithalona Estate. Guests can take a gentle stroll there before settling down for an ice cream, a refreshing drink or a meal at one of the local tavernas. The village also acts as a departure point for many boat trips, exploring the magic and wonder of Zakynthos’ many coves and turquoise waters. If all of this wasn’t enough, located 6.5km away from the resort is the picturesque and traditionally authentic mountain village Keri , where visitors can enjoy all the nooks and crannies the hidden gem has to offer. Thrill-seekers can also experience diving, horse-riding, and mountain biking, amongst many other activities to purchase from the team at Lithalona Estate, whose local knowledge far surpasses that of any travel agency. Those who seek to immerse themselves in the local Greek culture can experience events across Zakynthos, where songs of the sea, festivals, movies, theatre, and all manner of local events take place. For those who prefer something a little closer and less active, the beach front of the property extends for two hundred meters along crystalline waters, with a private exit onto the beach itself. There are also two more exits into smooth rocks, where sun-worshippers can enjoy endless hours of soaking up the rays. Whilst the exterior and the surrounding land of the Lithalona Estate is truly stunning, it also excels at delivering luxury with its accommodation. After a hard day of laying out beneath the Grecian sunshine absorbing the heat, getting a good nights rest to do it all again tomorrow is key. Offering a selection of house and villas, each of the five accommodation options is a luxurious fusion of Greek architecture, traditional culture, and modern amenities. Large and soft beds for a perfect nights sleep, and the openness of each villa paves the way for even greater adoration of the beautiful islands and everlasting ocean. Whether looking for an intimate house with garden veranda, or a two-storey luxury villa with an outdoor area, suited for both private and group gatherings, there is sure to be something for every guest in search of that infamous Greek luxury. Enjoying the communal areas of the Lithalona Estate is just yet another example of how it has sought to ensure luxury for each and every one of its guests. Its prime location, which can be enjoyed from each of the garden verandas and sitting areas, affords guests the opportunity to bask in the stunning sunrises or magical moonlit nights. On full moon nights, the true magic is revealed. The moon emerges from shimmering waters, and bathes Lithalona Estate in its light. It is perfect for a romantic night between couples, as ethereality permeates every part of the estate and makes for unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. For those who wish to sample the local cuisine, located just outside of the establishment, is one of the best restaurants in Zakynthos, primed to serve guests with an unforgettable feast. Zakynthos is an island of many wonders, and Lithalona Estate excels as a truly exceptional way to experience all of them. Luxurious accommodation, a near-private beach on the doorstep, and more natural beauty than you could even imagine all make this outstanding estate one of the most magical places across the whole of Greece. Contact: Dimitra Malea Website: