Luxury Greek Island vacation

“Whether you're on Ithaca for relaxation, contemplation or outdoor activities, this luxury estate promises an organic experience set against the deep blues of the Ionian Sea.”


Saltwater infinity pool | Organic coffee & food shop | Traditional, organic meals on request | Outdoor massage pavilion | Hidden hammocks | Local taverna for evening meals | Babysitting service | 10 min walk to beach | Optional activities: self-drive excursions, dingy hire, crewed yacht charters, horse riding, cycling, snorkelling, wild flower walks


Our top tip:
Take your time to do pretty much everything on Ithica as often the most treasured of rewards are only realised once you've returned to the real world.
Room description:
4 traditional houses, each with 2 bedrooms, living room with fold out bed, kitchen, bathroom, sea views and private verandah.
Set in a 7-acre organic olive farm with infinity pool and gardens.
Self catering. Stocked with refreshments from the estate on arrival, with fresh bread daily. First breakfast included.
Also included:
Transfers, housekeeping, beach equipment, car (in high season).
In creating accommodation on our Estate, we simply never found a need for the use of one-use plastics, especially living on an island where the transporting away of waste is quite an operation. Although single use plastic can have the tendency to creep into our lives if we are not careful, we have taken steps to ensure we continue on as those before us did, without the need for throw away plastics.
On our farm produce such as vegetables, fruits and eggs are provided to guests in baskets and hopefully used when they are fairly fresh.
Throw-away plastic products are unnecessary in our kitchens. Each of our kitchens are fully equipped in ceramic, stainless steel,and glass, including storage, cooking, food preparation and serving tools and equipment.
Meals are provided in stainless steel, glass or food-grade re-useable plastic bowls.
Guests are provided with cotton laundry bags, paper carry bags and material beach bags.
Skin care and toiletry products provided to our guests are made here on our estate. We package them either in paper or re-usable bottles. We offer discounts when bottles are brought to us to refill. Paper bags go into recycle bins to be re-used, or composted after a few uses.
All water on the Estate is underground spring water and we provide guests with glass bottles.
Our Chef’s kitchen Rubbish bins are washed daily rather than lined with plastic bags. The only plastic we need to deal sometimes is plastic wrapping on items guests buy whilst elsewhere on the island during their vacation. This could be a pair of swimming flippers, a child’s game or perhaps tetra packs containing juices. However, this has always been so minor, I daresay we are lucky in that our guests tend to be very well educated in all matters.
Prior to their vacation we send all guests a long list of the items which they don’t need to bring on vacation which, I think, educates them from the outset - they understand immediately that they will not need anything except clothes!
The local community is becoming far more aware of ecological issues such as the need to reduce and dispose of rubbish in a way which is kind to the planet, the need to keep the island, its beaches, hiking paths and villages clean and tidy. We like to think that we have had an influence on this over the last 20 years!
We have always wanted to find an alternative to the one large plastic bag we use each day in which to collect non-recyclable, non-compostable rubbish to the local council’s bins. These have to be strong enough not to break in transit and previous attempts with a reinforced paper sack were unsuccessful. When Responsible Travel got in touch we reignited our search for a new solution and happily, we have tracked down potato and rice starch bags which are working well so far.

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Luxury Greek Island vacation

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Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.


The first guiding principle of offering luxury Greek Island vacation accommodation was to invite people to share our lives and begin to learn about a new environment at the same time ? to offer the experience of 'living in Greece for a week or two' rather than mindlessly taking a vacation in a different country.

Producing organic olive oil has been extended to other farming activities - raising sheep and chickens; and providing a biodiversified environment which also includes gardens planted with native flora; vegetable gardens growing greens used in the local diet, a wide range of other vegetables, and Mediterranean herbs. We are a member of the National organisation for organic producers. We work to encourage the idea that vacation destinations offering high quality accommodation and services can be, at the same time, in harmony with a natural, living environment.

Providing organic foods and gardens rich in native flora and foods; having passive cooling and using our own timber for heating our accommodation; providing natural spring water; harvesting rain water for the gardens; using grey water for maintaining forest trees; recycling organic waste, we are providing a sustainable environment and encourage guests to become inquisitive about why they feel so at rest ? firmly believing it?s the affect of their ?whole? and peaceful surroundings.


Our second guiding principle is that tourism income should always 'stay at home', and so we operate independently rather than risking a compromise on this.

Our local community benefits because we provide a full time income to two people (and families); and local families own every service we recommend or routinely make use of ? taxis, car hire, boat hire, restaurants employing local people and sourcing foods locally, supermarkets, cafes, food producers such as shepherds and fishermen. The economy of the island therefore benefits from every guest being here.

29 Reviews of Luxury Greek Island vacation

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 18 Jul 2019 by

We have lots of lovely memories so it is difficult to single any one thing out. But as we have to choose we would say the beautiful views gardens pool and the charming cottages which provide a wonderful environment in which to relax and also the great welcome and inobtrusive support of the family who built, own and run the estate. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2018 by

Our stay was a unique & happy experience, unlike any previous vacation. While it can be a challenge to get there, the effort is repaid abundantly. It’s an eco-chic vacation in a cottage where everything can be taken care of, according to one’s wishes. One returns refreshed in mind & body. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Jul 2017 by

Birds, bats, bees, lizards, pine martens, countless types of flowers and olive, eucalyptus and cypress trees blend in with the traditional style houses. We loved the walks around the forest... I could have spent the entire 10 days happily without leaving the estate at all. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2015 by

A wonderful vacation which far exceeded our expectations. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Jun 2015 by

The location of the accommodation, our home for the next few weeks was simply stunning. The gardens lovingly tended to by the owners Marilyn and Spero, provide a perfect relaxing haven to unwind. The entrance to our cottage was awash with wisteria and the fragrance of white jasmine filled the air. Spotting a Pine Martin one evening was really exciting for all of us! The place is awash with all kinds of wildlife, green lizards, giant centipedes, and birdlife galore. A very exciting playground for adults and children alike. However it is the hosts Marilyn, Spero and family who made this vacation so special and memorable. We really enjoyed our 'coffee morning' chats and were made to feel like one of the family. If you enjoy having whole beaches to yourself, swimming in crystal clear waters with perfect air temperatures, then May is the month for you to visit the beautiful island of Ithaca. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2013 by

Pretty much perfect!.....The tranquility, the love and care in every detail and the warmth and generosity of our hosts. Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2013 by

The wonderful view of the sea from the cottage, and the fantastic swimming in the clearest, blue sea water i have ever seen ... Just go - you will be rejuvenated! Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2013 by

The estate is absolutely beautiful and we really did feel at home. Overall - great vacation! The most exciting thing was hiring a boat and exploring and discovering deserted coves in this beautiful, unspoilt island. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2013 by

The most memorable part was a boat trip in calm and sunny weather - quite unusual for this time of year! Read full review

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2011 by

If you enjoy long distance open sea swimming this is made for you; plenty of beautiful swims in swimming pool temperature water. Ithaka is stunningly beautiful and the accommodation is located to take maximum advantage of the natural beauty. Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Sep 2010 by

Arriving at the estate - we came directly from our wedding reception (via a couple of hours sleep at Gatwick) - Mal & Spero met us and their welcome was so warm and friendly that we know we would have an amazingly relaxing and wonderful time. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2010 by

This really was the best vacation we have ever had, we have struggled in the past to find somewhere that everyone enjoys which is difficult with young active children, but this accommodation and Ithaca really did mean we relaxed and enjoyed time with them whilst they also had a great time. None of us wanted to leave and we will definitely go back. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Jul 2010 by

We have two young kids and this was the most relaxing vacation we've been on with or without them. I'll definitely be going back! Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Jul 2009 by

We are all agreed that this has been our best vacation ever. Leaving was a real wrench. Every single person we met was friendly and helpful and we have returned full of praise for the people of Ithaka. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2009 by

The place was amazing and very beautiful and relaxing. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2008 by

This vacation was all about relaxation and it's hard to imagine a better place to do just that. The most memorable part of the vacation was the view from the Estate over Alphales bay, stunning. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2008 by

The estate is truly one of the most special places on the planet. The peace, tranquillity and beauty is second to none. Read full review

Reviewed on 19 Aug 2008 by

The island, Ithaca, was unspoilt and around every corner was another breathtaking view which over a two week period never ceased to impress. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jun 2008 by

The owners are available every morning for chats and this is very reassuring - you can ask everything you need to and they are completely accountable for everything and good company. Read full review

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2007 by

Excellent....Overall we liked the ethos of the place which seemed to be that you could have a wonderful, peaceful, luxurious time without damaging the environment. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 May 2007 by

Don't hesitate - just book it....Our high hopes were more than exceeded and we enjoyed one of our best trips ever ! Read full review

Reviewed on 05 Aug 2007 by

The most memorable was the view of Aphales Bay, the warmth of Mal, Spero and everyone at this accommodation and the sense of peace. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Jul 2007 by

This accommodation is beautiful. A perfect place to unwind. Memorable days of doing nothing much and feeling very relaxed - a real feat with a 1 year old and a 4 year old in tow. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 May 2006 by

The most memorable part without doubt, being able to relax, look at the sea, enjoy the warmth and the lovely produce in such sympathetic surroundings and to know that our 18 month was also having the time of her life. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Oct 2005 by

What can I say, the break to this accommodation was just what my wife and i needed, totally relaxing without the maddening crowds! The most memorable part I think was the boat trip from Kefalonia to Ithaca. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Aug 2005 by

The most memorable part was the view from the Estate. A simply wonderful place. I give this vacation six stars. The best family vacation yet. Hosts were wonderful, food great and the view awesome. Read full review

Reviewed on 24 May 2005 by

We had a really great vacation. The journey to our destination was a real enjoyment and the trip across the water from Kefallonia to Ithaca in a Greek Fishing Boat was breathtaking. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Aug 2005 by

The most memorable part was sitting out in the garden most evenings, looking at the stars, spending time with my husband, relaxing and drinking a bottle of wine or 2, in complete privacy. Read full review

Reviewed on 12 May 2004 by

The two of us spent two weeks on our honeymoon here in May and it was even better than we could have imagined. The location was a private paradise with organic gardens, a beautiful sea view, and natural terrain along with wonderfully kind hosts. Read full review

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