The Emerald Suites - Zakynthos
Perched high on the hillside above the craggy north Zakynthos coast, the Emerald Suites are tailor-made for a luxury romantic break.
Elegant and contemporary, indulgent yet practical, the designers have packed just about every wish-list item possible into each spacious suite, without compromising the understated aesthetic. There’s ample space to cook if you wish, plus a spa-worthy bathroom and views that are nothing short of sublime. Your king-sized bed looks directly out onto your own swimming pool, which, together with the terrace lounge and dining area, gives you almost 100sqm of private outdoor space.
Here too it’s all about the designer details; some of the suites have a bio-ethanol (smokeless, odourless and sustainable) fireplace built into the terrace wall, lending a magical golden glow to cooler evenings, whilst others have an outdoor smart TV, perfect for an alfresco movie night beneath the stars. And if this sounds like something your children would also love, then you’ll be pleased to know that the suites are also available as interconnected units, ideal if you have older children who’d prefer their own space, or for two couples travelling together.
Combining a full range of services with total respect for guest privacy can be tricky to pull off, but the team behind these stunning contemporary suites have absolutely mastered it. Your choice of on-demand concierge services runs from the practical (meal delivery, babysitting, food shopping, taxis) to indulgent treats such as a private photography session, in-suite massage or bespoke motor yacht tour to reveal the most beautiful caves, cliffs and coves of the dramatic northern coastline. And even if you decide not to take up one of these tempting experiences, this quietly upmarket corner of the island has lots to offer, from stylish waterside restaurants around Agios Nikolaos to a quirky art bar, full of moody lighting and the owner’s own paintings and sculptures.
There are pristine pebble coves within a five-minute drive (Kremidi), sandy beaches at Makris Gialos (eight minutes) and Alykanas (30 minutes), and the whole of the mountainous northern tip is easily explorable in half a day.