Let’s get the elephant in the room (or Europe) out of the way to start with - Greece has been in some financial turmoil recently, with warnings to take money with you if you’re travelling there.
One thing that can help the trouble country? Tourism. This was the message emphasized by people we met during our stay at Nikki Beach Resort and Spa in Porto Heli, Greece – and it seems to make sense.
Relaxing on the deck at this intimate beach hotel as the sun melts into the horizon, you wouldn’t have a clue the country was having serious money issues.
The harbour is covered in yachts, the clinical furniture and decor has beautiful, well-dressed people draped all over and the food is in bountiful supply on giant wooden dragons.
This intimate 66-room hotel has so much to offer. There’s a luxury spa (best massage I’ve ever had, hands down), a pool that has its own built-in bar (that never gets old) and a rooftop bar open weekends complete with DJs and plenty of cocktails.
And the rooms are something else. I could have spent the entire trip in the room with its massive comfy bed, beauty products from Malin+Goetz and a terrace bigger than most London one-beds all leading onto a shared paddling pool – complete with an outdoor “bed” to sunbathe on.
This is the place to come to lose yourself in a world of day-time pool-side relaxation and night-time rooftop dancing on the weekends while in the week a glass of wine at the pool-side bar does us pretty nicely.
Don’t go here if you want to explore ruins and glory in Greece’s fantastic history though. You’re cut off – and that’s exactly the point. There are trips available by water taxi to the island of Spetses, where you can explore high-end boutiques or eclectic nik-nak shops nestled in the narrow streets, take horse carriage rides, relax at cafes or enjoy the phenomenal fish dishes at Nero tis Agapis (Greek for “water of love”).
We also made a trip to the Amanzoe (where, you know, the King of the Netherlands and the King of Greece like to chill) and this is one seriously impressive place. Breathtaking views and food to die for (particularly the fish platter and souvlaki), but the atmosphere is very different to Nikki Beach.
Perhaps a commoner like myself just needs a little more oomph to my hotel, but it was just so tranquil and perfect I couldn’t pick my jaw from the floor in time to settle.
So if you hear anymore about the Greek economy, or wonder if it’s worth going following recent events then I can recommend booking yourself on the next trip to Athens and onto Nikki Beach. Help them by helping yourself – sort of like selfish altruism?
For Nikki Beach rooms expect to pay £205 per night. Amanzoe rooms start at £522.
We flew with EasyJet, with flights starting at £200 one way between London Gatwick and Athens.