If you’re dreaming of a holiday a stone’s throw from the water’s edge, Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com 020 8003 6557) still has availability at a selection of villas and hotels either right on the beachfront, or at the most a five minute meander away. From the family friendly Bella Mare hotel in the sought-after corner of NE Corfu, to a Paxiot villa with a view, and from the aptly named Cretan Beach Villas or the stylish seafront Acqua di Mare Villa Bella on Lefkada, there are options for couples and families alike.
Bella Mare Hotel, Avlaki Beach, Corfu:
Simpson Travel has a number of family-friendly hotels, including the 31-bedroom Bella Mare Hotel, set on the natural curve of Avlaki beach in an absolutely prime spot of this much-loved region of north east Corfu. Perfect for families, the hotel is set in lush grounds with numerous places to sit and soak up the sun, a generous family friendly pool and lawns leading to the beach at the end of the garden. All bedrooms and suites have spacious, elegant interiors, sea views and their own kitchenette for added flexibility. For evening dining, there are two excellent tavernas moments from the hotel – or the vibrant villages of Kassiopi or Agios Stefanos are both nearby.
Simpson Travel (www.simpsontravel.com 020 8003 6557) offers a week at Bella Mare Hotel from £1,210 pp based on two adults and two children sharing, including return flights, seven-nights’ accommodation and transfers.
The Beach Villas – The Summer House and The Shore House – Crete, Greece:
Thanks to strict planning regulations, it is not usually possible to build villas directly on the beach in Crete. However, the land on which these magnificent villas stand was gifted to a group of Cretan civilians in recognition of their efforts during WWII. With this land came building rights by the seashore, and the opportunity to create possibly the best placed properties on the island.
The Beach Villas – The Summer House and The Shore House – are both three bedroom villas (sleeping 6) situated directly on Rapaniana Beach, just a short drive from Kolymbari, a small authentic fishing village. The properties are entirely independent of one another, but close enough to make them an ideal choice for two families holidaying together. Both have exceptional outside areas with private pools and spacious terraces with elegant sunbeds. They have summer kitchens and barbecues for alfresco dining and for beachside relaxation all day and into the warm, starry nights is outside seating to take full advantage of the spectacular location.
Simpson Travel (020 8003 6557, simpsontravel.com) offers seven nights from £1502pp based on six sharing. Price includes return flights from London, car hire, and seven nights’ accommodation in the villa.
Villa Heleni, Paxos:
Villa Heleni sits above Monodendri beach on the pretty island of Paxos – with the beach, a sweep of white pebbles lapped by translucent turquoise sea, a mere five-minute stroll from the villa. The house is beautifully contemporary, with three spacious en-suite bedrooms making it ideal for a family or a group of friends. With a stunning pool and comfortable seating you can linger and savour the phenomenal views for as long as you wish. Dinner on the terrace of this fine new property with the most beautiful views across the Ionian Sea to mainland Greece is a wonderful moment.
Simpson Travel (020 8003 6557, simpsontravel.com) offers a week at Villa Heleni from £1882pp based on six sharing, including return flights, seven-nights accommodation and car hire.
Whether you prefer to spend lazy afternoons listening to the lapping waves or stealing a few moments in the private pool, Acqua di Mare is a special find in the most stunning beachside location on Lekfada. With two properties to choose from – Villa Bella or the adjacent Villa Siena – both boast the sea at the end of their private gardens, with the chance to walk from cool tiles underfoot to the warmth of sand between your toes in minutes. Perfect for families or couples looking for the ultimate beach getaway, large windows throughout frame the crystal-clear waters of Perigiali and the glorious panoramic views across to the islands of Sparti and Skorpios. Children and grown-ups alike will love the lawned garden and soft sand, gently shelving into the sea for a holiday with extra peace of mind.
The villas are located just a five-minute drive away from the waterfront tavernas of Nidri and a 25-minute drive from cosmopolitan Lefkada Town.
Simpson Travel (020 8003 6557, simpsontravel.com) offers a week at Acqua di Mare – Villa Bella – from £1430pp based on four sharing, including return flights, seven-nights accommodation and car hire.
Travel Safely with Simpson Travel:
Across all the properties in their portfolio, Simpson have worked with their partners and property owners to introduce various safety measures and an enhanced cleaning plan to make travel as safe and enjoyable as possible. These include thorough cleaning of the accommodation, hand sanitisers and cleaning supplies with each Welcome Pack and regular checks on the chlorine and pH levels of pools. There is also a ‘socially distanced’ approach to meetings with the local concierge via video, voice calls and WhatsApp. Further details on the safety measures and Simpson’s policies can be found in the Simpson Safe section of the website and https://www.simpsontravel.com/about-us/faqs#coronavirus.
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Notes to Editors
Simpson Travel: Independently owned, Simpson Travel was established in 2002, yet its heritage predates this by many years. Founder Graham Simpson, a veteran of the travel industry, built up the highly successful Simply Travel in the 1970s with his Greek wife Yianna. From humble beginnings in a flat in Chiswick, it became one of the most respected independent travel companies of its time, renowned for offering authentic rather than ‘packaged’ holiday experiences, with carefully researched programmes, exceptional product knowledge and service. In Simpson Travel, he recreated the original ethos of Simply Travel, offering a very personal service, with individually-selected properties, exceptional local knowledge for each destination, a highly experienced team of staff and excellent representatives in resort. Clients booking with Simpson Travel can be safe in the knowledge that their holiday has been created with their needs in mind and each property matched to their individual tastes and requirements. They can also rest assured that they will be really well looked after by the excellent representatives on hand in each resort.