Having recently returned from Greece's Danai Beach Resort, I can comfortably state that a day here can only be described as heaven on earth…
The Perfect Start to the Day
Days at Danai start as all days should, with an early morning dip in your private pool or the startlingly green Aegean Sea. Once you've managed to drag yourself from the water, a brew with a view on your terrace (all of the rooms and villas have Nespresso machines) is in order before breakfast. The most important meal of the day is served at the hotel's Andromeda restaurant, where a spread of pastries, fruit and deliciously smooth Greek yogurt and local honeys awaits (the honey made by bees that munch on thyme is a particular highlight). The charming staff are on hand to bring you your choice of coffee and eggs any way you want them - including with truffle shavings, should that float your boat.
Soaking up the Sun
Suitably stuffed with poached eggs and yogurt, it's time to make your way to the beach to soak up some sunshine. Beach cabanas and tents are available, as well as a selection of water sports - think wind surfing, sailing and water skiing. While away the morning on your sun lounger with your book or perhaps indulging in a beach-side massage before lunch, delivered to you on the beach.
Sailing and Sundowners
After a post-lunch snooze, heading out on Danai Beach Resort's shiny new San Lorenzo yacht is highly recommended. Once aboard you can get as involved as you like, mucking in with steering or raining sails, or just enjoying the wind in your hair. It's up to you where you sail - around the bay, to the island in the middle, or just around the corner for a frappe - sugar-laden iced coffee beloved by all Greeks - on the beach. When you're ready, you can return to Danai for a pre-dinner sundowner at the beach-side Philosophy bar and an evening paddle in the still warm water.
To top off a day in paradise head to Danai's The Squirrel Gourmet Dining, often referred to as one of the best restaurants in Greece. Under the stars, tuck into delicious fresh sea food and pasta, or try the beautiful vegetarian and vegan tasting menus. The wonderful sommeliers will make sure you're sipping the best wines for each dish. Pudding is best taken on the beach, where chefs will whip up a piece of edible art before your very eyes!