Emelisse Art Hotel, Fiskardo, Cephalonia $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
If ferrying around the Greek islands can sometimes be exhausting, the answer is a resort like the Emelisse, which exists primarily as a place to bask in the Greek sunshine. Cephalonia is the largest of the Ionian Islands, so it rarely feels crowded even when tourists are swarming its gorgeous beaches (which you might have seen in the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin). Guests of the Emelisse aren't likely to make it off-property—it's just a short walk to the sea, and the two pools are ideal for lolling (beginner diving classes are held in one). The 63 rooms are spread among 14 yellow stone villas, and their decor is minimalist and vaguely Asian, with wood furniture in clean geometric shapes, neutral fabrics, slate floors, and rice-paper lamps. Enterprising types might choose to swim in the nearby sea caves, play early-morning tennis, or even visit Fiskardo, the only town to survive the earthquake of 1953 (hundreds died, and it was considered an international humanitarian disaster). No cars are allowed on the property: yet another happy reason to stay put.
Closed from the last week of October through March.
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