Leedas Villas, Lithakia, Zakynthos
Tel: 30 269 505 1305
Tel: 30 269 505 3491
Concierge.com's insider take:
Zakynthos Town was destroyed in the 1953 earthquake, but it was rebuilt afterward as an appealing waterfront hub with pleasant piazzas and a few surviving churches. The rest of the island—with the exception of some tacky resorts along Laganas Bay—is nearly as pristine as it was when the ruling Venetians branded it the "flower" of the region for its lush green interior. The Leedas compound takes full advantage of the natural surroundings: The five stone villas are set in national parkland, near a beach where loggerhead turtles bury their eggs in the sand each year. The property is also just across from the island of Marathonissi, where the owner, Dionysos Giatras, ferries visitors on his speedboat. He's also known to bring home fish for cookouts around the outdoor barbecue, and will arrange horseback riding or diving excursions. Less-adventurous guests can be found hanging around the pool or helping themselves to fresh produce from Giatras's organic garden. The stone-walled villas are plainly decorated, but all have kitchenettes and outdoor grills, perfect for preparing fruit salad and goat kebabs.