The Cosmopolitan Island Of Spetses

The oft-overlooked Greek island is a haven for sun worshippers

Spetses is a surprising alternative to Greece's better known islands.

Despite the looming economic meltdown, the Greek islands continue to entice sun worshippers from around the globe. Follow in the footsteps of well heeled Athenians and head to Spetses. Just a few hours from Athens, getting there is easy and with fewer crowds than some of the other “more popular” islands, a welcoming alternative.

WHY GO: The lush, colorful island is filled with fragrant Pine and lemon trees,grand neo-classical mansions, cobblestone streets, few cars as they aren’t welcome in the main town, and beautiful beaches with hidden coves to disappear into.

SLEEP: Stylish, modern and easy walking distance to the Old Harbor, Orloff Resort preserves the history and architecture of the island without compromising design.

For a more regal experience, the Poseidonion Grand Hotel is a historic landmark that has been luxuriously renovated without the stuffiness.

The island has many villas and apartments for rent and if you’re looking for beach chic tucked into the hills, Xenon is the place.

EAT & DRINK: Fresh fish caught from the restaurant's own boat can be found at Tarsanas, a casual taverna in the Old Harbor popular with the boating crowd. Liotrivi serves fresh Mediterranean in a fashionable atmosphere and makes an ideal place for an after dinner cocktail to listen to live Cuban music or Jazz. The Verandah at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel is the sister restaurant to the award winning Aneton and the place to be seen.

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