Your next Greek island escape starts here. Finding just the right luxury home-from-home for a cherished break can be a chore. Plum Guide exists to turn that chore into a pleasure, to ensure your dream holiday doesn't involve unlisted nightmares. At Plum, holiday homes are individually assessed - just three percent, the company estimates, make the grade and gain a listing. We've picked three of the best from Plum Guide in the Greek islands. Breathe in the beauty.
Less of a villa, and more of a private holiday estate. Set in the hills of always-on-trend Mykonos, above the cafe-lined streets of the old town and with views of its famous windmills, there are three guest houses, two bungalows - and two villas, all whitewashed in the traditional Mykonian style. There's room for 20 in all, with three full kitchens - and an additional cooking area outdoors - to make full use of abundant local produce.
There is, of course, a sparkling, cooling pool. Sundecks include ample thatched shade to lounge under. Cool interiors feature local crafts and fabrics, all in a highly contemporary style. Views are of the picturebook azure sort: stretching all the way from your hilltop perch all the way to the Aegean. Beaches - and of course the island's famous nightlife - are all within easy reach of your personal island retreat.
Interior-designed perfection on Serifos, a getaway that's far from tourist crowds on an island abundantly blessed with quiet beaches within easy reach of your villa. You may, of course, never want to leave your home-from-home, constructed from local stone that proudly announces its presence, and also used for the surrounds of the extensive pool deck and featured on selected walls inside.
Traditional beams combine with contemporary style and comfort to the interior, with open fires to warm any cooler evenings. Dine here - or outside under rattan shading taking in the extraordinary views of the sea and surrounding islands as yachts meander by. Peace is all around.
An intimate deluxe villa close to the harbour village of Naousa on Paros, long regarded as one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades. Like so many Greek islands, Paros is rich in mythology: Alkios, its first king, is said to have built his capital here around 1,500 BC. You'll find the Mycenaean Acropolis just a 15-minute walk away. But then, you might just want to stay at home, lounging by the pool, taking in the mesmerising views.
A pergola provides shelter after your cooling swim, while sunsets are very much a feature, given the villa's lofty position. Polished concrete floors add to the contemporary spin on island minimalism within. A roof terrace allows for still higher, privileged perspectives. For the committed workaholic, there's even built-in desk space. Our advice: leave it well alone and take a swim.