Skiathos: the hidden gem of the Greek islands

by hellomagazine.com

Everyone from Kim Kardashian to John Legend, Lindsay Lohan to Cristiano Ronaldo have visited the Greek islands in recent months. And with a new year just around the corner and the Greek islands set to be among the hottest destinations for 2015, what better place to put on the top of your travel list than the small paradise island of Skiathos?

One of the lesser known of the islands, Skiathos, with its lush pine forests and crystal-clear azure waters, is still largely unspoilt. Boasting stunning natural beauty and more than 60 breathtaking beaches – the most famous, Koukounariés, has been declared the third most beautiful beach in the Mediterranean – it's no wonder the picturesque island is a favourite with the Greeks.

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Its lush interior and sandy coastline make for the perfect holiday filled with everything from boat trips and beach hopping to trekking, mountain-biking and horse-riding.

Make the wonderful Kassandra Bay your base for your holiday and indulge in yoga overlooking the sparkling Aegean sea, dinner at one of the two beautiful restaurants with more spectacular beach vistas, a suite with your very own private pool and wonderful service that will make you feel you're in the Greek home you never had.

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This 5-star resort will take care of your every need, whether it's arranging adventures around Skiathos or to other islands, fun activities for the family, a trip into town or transfers to and from the airport.

Make the most of the hotel's private boat and expert team by taking a personally tailored boat trip around the island. The lovely captain Stefanos will stop at the most breathtaking and secluded beaches, accessible only by boat, where you can jump straight into the sea – think Kim Kardashian on Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

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Stop in one of the tiny coves for a hut lunch side-by-side with the locals. Don't miss the Greek salad – not like any Greek salad you've tried before – or the squid, tzatziki and grilled octopus. For those after a really authentic foodie experience, sip on Ouzo, the traditional Greek spirit served with water.

Back at Kassandra Bay, a range of Greek delights such as feta in honey, souvlaki and meze, as well as international cuisine, is served. Traditional Greek barbeques with live music, and cooking lessons for all the family are also on the menu, with herbs, fruit and vegetables all grown in the allotment up the hill.

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Sip cocktails in the bar as the sun goes down by one of the resort's gorgeous pools, or better still, have your sundowners delivered to your private pool-suite and enjoy them there.

A deluxe double room at Kassandra Bay with a sea view starts at £165. A suite with a private pool starts at approximately £320. Visit kassandrabay.com

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