Pavezzo Country Retreat, Katouna, Levkas $$$$
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Attached to the mainland by a causeway, Lefkada is a popular destination for Greek tourists who drive over to enjoy the renowned beaches (especially Porto Katsiki, considered by many to be the best beach in the Mediterranean). But the traditional mountain villages, set among forests and olive groves, are just as lovely as—and much quieter than—the shore. The Pavezzo Country Retreat, set on a hillside in the small town of Katouna, occupies just such a place. Each of the seven 19th-century stone villas has a unique layout and feel; the options range from the cozy, beam-ceilinged Ligaria Cottage (which the proprietors compare to "the house of Snow White") to the posh, spacious Villa Honeymoon, with its privately gated entry and its own olive-shaded swimming pool. Two purpose-built villas (Agioklima and Agrabelia) were added in June 2007. Decor throughout is traditional, with whitewashed walls, simple wooden furniture, and breezy nets suspended above the beds, but the air-conditioning and DVD players will remind you that you're in the current century. The 2007 renovations also added the Rahma spa with a hammam, Jacuzzi, and gym, as well as the Nove Cento restaurant, which serves upmarket Greek cuisine.
Closed November through March.
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