Watching the runway shows and soaking up the new trends were fabulous. Finally after Paris Fashion Week, we’re feeling the exhaustion catching up. We need a holiday! But instead of Paris, London or Bali, which we love so much, we’re thinking of having a different kind of holiday – an art holiday in Greece. Yes, you heard us right. With a place with such a rich history in Art and a land that provides inspiration to artists for thousands of years, looking for cultural and fine art holidays in Greece is absolutely natural. There are lots of art courses in Greece that will feed your creative soul.
Painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking, macrame, dancing, you name it. So now that we know what we want to do in Greece, let’s look at some of our favourite places to stay. Can you help us decide? We need help choosing between Grace Santorini, Elia Beach Villa, Kirini Suites & Spa and Villa Drakothea.
Perched above the world-famous Caldera, Grace Santorini surpasses gold standards thanks to its romantic atmosphere and vast and dramatic views of the Aegean Sea and the iconic Skaros Rock.
The terraced hotel also boasts a breathtaking infinity pool, a private Villa perfect for weddings as well as 20 other luxuriously appointed rooms and suites furnished with personal touches, sleek and cool interiors, private plunge pools and spacious terraces.
ELIA BEACH VILLA
Elia Beach Villa is strategically located above Elia beach and Agrari beach, which you will be able to see from every corner of the 5-bedroom multi-level estate. Guests can indulge in stunning sea views from all over the house as it was built with the concept of having constant eye contact with the water from anywhere you stand.
Equipped with all the comforts of home, the beautiful villa boasts a light-filled living area, bathroom and a fully-equipped kitchen on the upper level, while above it lies a boat-like bedroom with a king-sized bed and private bathroom, complete with panoramic views of the sea.
Outside, there is a built table under a shaded pergola suitable for epicurean meals or just soaking in the magnificent views of Mykonos. While the sunsets away with a barbeque and an external bar next to the infinity pool, which is perfect for intimate gatherings. Click here for more info & pictures.
KIRINI SUITES & SPA
In the midst of Oia’s sun-baked landscape of blue-domed churches and sugar-cubed cottages, you’ll find the stunning all-white marvel that is the Kirini Suites and Spa. The resort boasts a beautiful swimming pool, pool lounge and cocktail bar, one of Santorini’s finest spas, indoor heated hammam, steam room and 24 hour butler service promise sheer indulgence.
Book a table at the White Cave Restaurant, which is sculpted into the rocks by the pool. Serving up a truly epicurean experience, this will be one of your best gourmet experiences on the island yet.
The Atlantis Spa boasts an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzi, steam room, Hammam, relaxing massages and anti-stress treatments (did they say anti-stress? Yaay!). Try their specialty – the Volcanic Mud Wrap therapy. Click here for more info & pictures.
Villa Drakothea is carved on a hill in a peaceful spot, on one side of the island of Mykonos, promising breathtaking, panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and numerous other islands such as Naxos, Paros, Ikaria, and Donusa. Its location lets its guests feel as if they are floating over the Aegean sea, with Lia Bay at your feet and the secluded Tigani beach minutes from the property.
The villa combines traditional Mykonian architecture with the luxury of modern conveniences, elegance and comfort. The complex consists of 2 beautifully designed buildings: the main residence comes with 3 en-suite bedrooms, fire place, balcony, kitchen, dining room and spacious living area, whilst the guesthouse is furnished with a bedroom and a bathroom leading out to a beautiful private terrace.
Both buildings have access to an impressive infinity pool and offers extreme privacy, impeccable grounds and it is constantly cooled by the island breezes and bathed all day long by the Cycladic sunlight. Click here for more info & pictures.
Which resort do you like best? Where should we stay? Can you please help us decide? Tell us what you think in the comments.
Art holiday courses in Greece
Back to our art courses, here are some that you might want to explore yourself:
Skopelos Foundation for the Arts (SkopArt) – founded by Gloria Carr in 1999 and aims to promote the arts through cultural exchange. It provides summer courses in painting, ceramics, photography, printmaking and more.
Visual Arts Crete – run by Janice Hunter and Tim Savelle, who offer art courses in the region of Rethymno Crete. Courses include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and
Artists Sculpture Workshop – run by Nicole Durand and courses take place every May or June on the island of Kythnos, Cyclades. www.nicoledurand.com Buon Vento is a team that organizes watercolour, dance, photography and macrame courses in the tiny island of Schinoussa, Cyclades.
Artists on the Move is run by the painter and printmaker Neva Bergemann. Based on the island of Paros, she offers summer art courses.
Skopelos Art – run by Margie Doman and Andrew Sinclair-Thomson on the island of Skopelos in the Sporades, North East of Athens. They offer painting and drawing classes during spring and summer.
Painting holiday – run by Barbara de Machula, a Dutch art teacher who lives permanently in Paleros, opposite Lefkada, and offers painting courses in summer.
Island Center for the Arts – works with the Massachusets College of Art and Design and offers art programs in painting, printmaking and books arts on the island of Skopelos.
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