Garbis Villas, Lourdas, Cephalonia $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
Native islander and local jeweler George Garbis built these four villas overlooking Lourdas Bay (on Cephalonia's southern coast) for his children—but instead of occupying them, the kids are using them to lodge guests. Once you stay here, you may find yourself wishing for a piece of the inheritance. The 11 apartments and one suite won't appeal to luxury-seekers; they're spare and simply furnished, with blocky Ikea-style modular furniture, simple landscape prints on the walls, and either tile or marble floors. Still, they're clean and comfortable, and the property surrounding them is a miniature tropical paradise, with lovingly tended gardens surrounding a pool overlooking the sea. The Garbis family members are also superb hosts—as well as treating you to their homemade wine, they'll be happy to educate you all about the island, from the capital of Argostoli (a 15-minute drive) to Mt. Ainos, where a wine festival is held every August.
Closed October through May.
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