Virtuoso Life - January/February 2018 - 87
Beyond its picturesque coast,
Naxos is home to Mount Zeus,
the Cyclades' highest peak.
where next: the beach
The undiscovered Greek island.
Take everything you love about the Greek Isles - whitewashed architecture, rocky swimming coves,
hilltop tavernas - and subtract the crowds. "Naxos is more under the radar than its neighbor Mykonos,
but has all the same attractions," says Daisy Patrick, a Virtuoso travel advisor from Larkspur, California.
This 165-square-mile island (the largest in the Cyclades chain) relies less on tourism and more on agriculture than its prime-time sisters, a rarity in the Greek Isles. Nab your own stretch of sand on the west
coast at Plaka Beach before lunching on platters of fresh clams and octopus croquettes at the oceanfront
Tortuga restaurant. Inland, mountainous hiking trails cut through medieval villages, Byzantine-era
ruins, olive groves, and lush farmland. Greece feels like it's on every traveler's must list - some 30 million
people visited in 2017. Smart travelers will head for Naxos now, before the secret gets out.
GO: Sail to Naxos on Seabourn's 14-day, round-trip-from-Athens voyage aboard the 458-passenger Seabourn Odyssey. For a customized day of exploration, ask your travel advisor to work with Travel2Greece,
a Virtuoso on-site tour connection, to set up shore excursions. Departures: Multiple dates, June 16 through
September 8; from $6,999. Travel2Greece shore excursions from $150.
Come for the party, stay for the
surprising serenity. The Med's
capital of debauchery is known
for its beach bars, cavernous
nightclubs, and 4 am DJ sets, but
a decidedly more bohemian vibe
makes daylight appealing too.
"Over the past ten years, Ibiza has
matured from a hedonistic party
haven to a magnet for luxury revelers," says New York City-based
Virtuoso agency owner Jack Ezon.
After late nights (or, let's be honest, early mornings) in the town
of San Antonio, retreat across
the island to the 205-room ME
Ibiza for rooftop spa treatments
and poolside cabanas. "To relax,
charter a yacht to neighboring
Formentera or hit the beach prior
to 2 pm," Ezon says. "No one wakes
up before noon." Doubles from
$279, including breakfast daily,
a $100 dining credit, and a complimentary 50-minute massage
Mexico's Pacific enclave comprising Cabo San Lucas and San José
del Cabo gets a lavish boost this
year. In addition to the spring
opening of the 122-room Montage
Los Cabos, a handful of other fivestar projects are in the pipeline. "It
may be its proximity to Hollywood,
but Los Cabos has always catered
to an A-list clientele," says André
Xavier, a travel advisor from
Charlottesville, Virginia. "It's more
popular than ever, and hotels see
this as a huge opportunity to expand." For now, escape the winter
blues at 84-room Las Ventanas al
Paraíso, where a pop-up Champagne bar on the beach beats
scraping ice off the windshield any
day. Las Ventanas doubles from
$1,025, including breakfast daily
and a $100 spa credit.
Sleep it off by the rooftop
pool at ME Ibiza.
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