Ionian Islands have plentiful options for relaxation and wellness holidays. Amazing beaches with blue & green waters and golden sand, mesmerizing sunsets, modern spa facilities and thrilling watersport activities are waiting for you to discover. Let’s dive into one by one isle!
In Corfu you may find many accommodation options in the coastal areas of the island. Villages close to the Town, like Gouvia, Dassia, Benitses, Perama and Ipsos, have many hotels and studios on the beach. Also, there are several luxurious villas and spa resorts that offer special amenities and spa treatments for an intensive relaxation experience.
Corfu is a very famous island with organized beaches and apart from swimming, you can also go scuba diving or choose from a wide variety of water sports like jet ski and more at major resorts like Kavos, Dassia, Sidari, and Agios Stefanos.
In Paxi Greece you can experience relaxation in spectacular beaches as well as sailing. As it is a very cosmopolitan isle, you will find a wide variety of wellness and spa resorts that offer advanced spa facilities and treatments. In Gaios, the capital of Paxi, you will find luxurious villas with private pool and amazing sea views.
Lefkada offers to its visitors many activities and getaways to nature. Some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean Sea are the wild Porto Katsiki, the beach of Kathisma with the mesmerizing sunsets and the plenty beach bars, and the rocky Egremni beach.
In Agios Ioannis and Vassiliki you will find the best windsurfing spots of Ionian Islands that attract many tourists every summer. You should also visit the Medieval Castle of Santa Maura in the Town and hike in the path that ends in the Waterfalls of Nydri. Additionally, from Nydri you can take a tour to the coastal areas of the island or an excursion boat to other islands in the Ionian Sea, such as Kefalonia, Ithaca and Meganisi.
While most accommodations in Lefkada are traditional places with self-catering apartments, there are also luxurious hotels and resorts with pools, jacuzzi, gym and spa treatments.
In Ithaca you will find a little natural paradise for ultimate relaxation. The landscape of this mythical island consists of lush greenery, charming villages and sandy beaches with tranquil blue green waters.
The best outdoor activities in this picturesque isle is swimming in spectacular beaches like Filiatro, Sarakiniko and Agios Ioannis while you can also take hiking paths to the most charming villages of Kioni and Vathy.
Kefalonia is a beautiful green and blue island that is ideal for nature-lovers and families. It has become world known as it was chosen for filming the Hollywood movie Captain Corelli's Mandolin.
For a moment you might think that you are in the Caribbean, as Kefalonia is packed with exotic greenish beaches as well as if you are keen on exploration and adventure, there are several unexplored and unspoiled beaches across the island that you are going to adore. Also, it has many charming villages to visit, medieval castles and monasteries.
While you may find few resorts that offer wellness and spa facilities like pools, jacuzzi and special treatments, Kefalonia is a perfect destination for mind escapes and outdoor activities like swimming, scuba diving, sailing, sea kayaking and many other watersports!
Zakynthos or Zante
Zakynthos is mainly a youth destination due to its intensive nightlife in the resort of the island named Laganas. Nevertheless, the other areas of the island are more tranquil and are suitable for relaxing holidays.
The best way to relax in Zakynthos is to head to the regions of Vassilikos and Alykes that are more tranquil with beautiful beaches and clear blue waters. Here is a collection with the best spa resorts in Zakynthos that offer wellness treatments and spa facilities.
You may also experience outdoor activities, like scuba diving, watersports, horse riding or you may also take a boat trip to Navagio, the most famous beach of Zakynthos island, and experience swimming in inaccessible by other means crystal waters and the Blue Caves!
Kythira is located in the southern side of Peloponnese, and while it is far from the other Ionian Islands, its traditional culture was the reason to be considered a part of the Ionian Sea.
As it is a secluded island, it is perfect for wellness vacations and relaxation. In this island, you can admire the capital town, named Chora, that has a rich Venetian architecture and the Venetian Castle above Chora. Also, you can visit monasteries, charming villages like Kapsali, Agia Pelagia, Avlemonas and Diakofti or let yourself escape from the daily routine at wonderful beaches like Kapsali, Platia Amos and Chalkos.
The beach resorts of Kapsali and Agia Pelagia house the majority of the hotels in Kythira. There are not any spa resorts apart from a few hotels that offer special facilities like pools.