Click here to eNew for 2021, independent Mediterranean villa and boutique hotel specialist Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com; 020 8003 6557) is introducing the latest addition to their adult only hotel portfolio, Thymari Hotel on Paxos.
Offering guests all the benefits of their own luxury villa and private pool, complemented by the exceptional service of a small high-end boutique hotel, Thymari – which is exclusive as a hotel to Simpson Travel - strikes the perfect balance between discreet elegance and blissful informality.
Set on a lush hillside on the north east coast of Paxos, a 20-minute stroll from the waterfront village of Lakka, the hotel comprises five, beautifully restored, stone-built houses, built from the remains of an ancient hamlet. Each villa is attractively spaced to offer plenty of privacy within the expansive grounds and linked by little pathways that meander down through communal gardens to the sea.
The perfect venue for a romantic getaway for two or a relaxed break for up to four friends, the villas offer a choice of one or two bedrooms, with each having an independent living area, kitchenette, terrace, and private pool – most of which are heated. The interiors are individually furnished with elegant antiques, luxury linens and charming boho touches that reflect the Italian owner’s eye for detail. Some even have indulgent outdoor bathrooms reminiscent of those you might find in the tropics.
In addition to their private villa, guests have access to the main hotel building which is a treasure trove of antiques, Indian furnishings, and unique collectables, bearing witness to the impeccable taste and exotic travels of the hotel’s owner. Candlelit at night, this is an enticing setting for guests to enjoy an aperitif and a browse through books from the hotel library.
Exquisite breakfasts and a choice of lunch or dinner are included daily, each one beautifully prepared by the hotel chef and can be taken outside on the elegant hotel terrace with views across to the Greek mainland.
A leisurely stroll through the gardens leads to one of two idyllic beaches, Arkoudaki or Orkos: both perfectly unspoilt, with brilliant white pebbles and translucent water. For additional ease, the hotel staff offer electric club cars to transport guests through the grounds, although the final descent to the sea is via steps and must be undertaken on foot.
Guests may arrange yoga, fitness instruction and beauty treatments at an additional charge.
Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com ; 020 8003 6557) offers a week at Thymari Hotel from £1,077 pp (departing 2 May 2021) to £2,143 pp (departing 5 September 2021). Cost includes flights to Corfu and transfers from Corfu airport to Paxos port, daily breakfast and either lunch or dinner, car hire, plus pre-departure and overseas concierge services based on two sharing a one-bedroom villa. https://www.simpsontravel.com/greece/paxos/thymari-hotel
Please note: In July and August, Thymari Hotel is sold as a private residence, reserved for large groups seeking an exclusive island escape.
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Valentino's House (Sleeps 2)
A charming split-level house discreetly tucked away at the top of the estate, with upstairs living room and daybed, kitchen, one en-suite double bedroom, an outdoor bath, private garden, and heated pool.
Nikos Vergos House (Sleeps 2-4)
A spacious 2-bedroom house with garden, sea view terrace and heated pool. Close to the main house, it offers a kitchen, living room and en-suite double bedroom with balcony upstairs and on the lower level is an en-suite double bedroom (or twin on request) accessed by an external staircase.
Akis House (Sleeps 2-4)
Appealing house with private garden, small, heated pool, downstairs living area with hidden kitchen and daybed and two en-suite double bedrooms upstairs, one with a romantic outdoor bathroom.
Iva's House (Sleeps 2)
An attractive split-level house with downstairs living area and hidden kitchen, upstairs en-suite double bedroom and enclosed terrace with outdoor shower and bath. The dining terrace and garden with heated pool are a few paces away from the house.
Varvara’s House (Sleeps 2-4)
Delightful, elevated house with two en-suite double bedrooms (one accessed via an external staircase), sitting room, kitchen, outdoor shower, two small terraces and a private pool.