An archetypal Greek island escape, Lefkada has beautiful mountains and forests, pretty towns with tavernas and seafood restaurants around every cobbled corner, plus gorgeous beaches lapped by the Ionian Sea. And there’s no better way to experience it than with a stay in a classic Greek villa. Our selection runs the gamut from rustic properties built from local stone to modern complexes within easy reach of towns and villages. Each is different, but they all share a laid-back vibe, most with outdoor pools and sea views.
This three-villa complex combines modern luxury with a rustic feel, with rugged stone walls, whitewashed wooden ceilings and rough-hewn stone sinks. All the villas have infinity swimming pools and jacuzzis, which overlook the blue sea from their hilltop location, and feature kitchens so you can cook for yourselves; alternatively, the Lefkada city tavernas are a short drive away.
With olive-green shutters, Juliet balconies and pastel yellow and terracotta paint finishes, the Art Blue Villas have a classic Mediterranean country house look combined with a superb hilltop location overlooking the Ionian Sea. All have comfortable interiors and private pools, while the daily Greek breakfasts of yoghurt, honey, eggs and organic fruit, served on your terrace, are a delicious and healthy way to start the day.
The name of this luxurious villa may be Italian, and the design reminiscent of a Venetian palazzo with the addition of Byzantine arches and courtyards, but the location, on a forested hill on the east coast of Lefkada overlooking the ocean, is uniquely Greek. There’s a lovely walled garden and outdoor pool where you can relax, along with a full kitchen, four double rooms and one twin.
These two pastel-hued villas sit side by side off a quiet hillside road in the rural south of Lefkada. Each has a private pool and garden, plus a shaded veranda perfect for outdoor dining. Within, you’ll find a homely two-bed villa, with a kitchen and living area. There are also suites available, incorporating kitchenettes and furnished balconies.
Living up to their name, quality abounds throughout the Prestige Villas, from the colourful guest rooms to the dark wood kitchen and the outdoor pergola and swimming pool. The view from the terrace is lovely, with little hamlets and villas dotting the forested hills; hiking is a rewarding way to spend an afternoon, while the nearby village of Lazarata is home to lovely tavernas.
These two gorgeous villas are heavenly not only in name – they’re named after deities Ino and Kalypso – but also in nature, with their private infinity pools overlooking the sea, a backdrop of pine and olive trees and stylish Scandi-like design, all clean lines and light wood. Exclusive activities include a private yacht charter, massages by the pool and wine tastings.
You have the choice of three luxury villas at the View, perched dramatically above the town of Nydri and set in thick pine forest. The interiors combine a contemporary design with antique touches, such as centuries-old doors and ceramic decorations, while furnished terraces and outdoor pools are perfect for kicking back with a glass of wine and watching the sun set over the Ionian Sea.
With two maisonettes and two apartments set in a quiet compound, Gea Villas are a peaceful base from which to explore the pretty streets and cosy tavernas of Lefkada city and the beautiful island of the same name. All accommodations have a colourful decor and modern feel, with kitchenettes and living areas; there’s an outdoor pool and a barbecue area, so you can enjoy a delicious dinner while taking in dreamy sea views.
There are four villas and two suites at Villas Goudis, and all share an attractive rustic aesthetic achieved through the extensive use of local stone and wood. All villas have an outdoor pool, gardens and barbecues, and the two-bedroom suites are very close to the sea. Nearby attractions include the restaurants and boutiques of Lefkada, which is also home to a fascinating archaeological museum.
For more places to stay in Lefkada, browse our selection of the best hotels on the island, now bookable through Culture Trip. Start planning your time by taking a look at the top things to see and do in Lefkada. Feel like island hopping? Why not take a trip to nearby Kefalonia. Live like a local in one of our handpicked stays on the island and get to know it better by exploring it’s must-see sights before winding down with a well-deserved drink in one of Kefalonia’s best bars.
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