Kaitlin and John aren’t having your typical wedding. The couple from Chicago won the Today Show Wedding contest, which means every little detail of their nuptials – from the rings to the dress — was chosen by viewers. The last (and most important!) detail is where we come in: the honeymoon.
Much to our delight, the viewers chose island hopping in Greece with Luxury Retreats for Kaitlin and John’s honeymoon. With mind-blowing sunsets, delicious wines, decadent food and dreamy ocean vistas, we can’t think of a better place place for a blissful getaway with your other half. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon yourself, or you’re ready to finally take that dreamed-of trip to Europe, here’s our tips for an unforgettable getaway to the Greek islands.
History in the Making: Crete
The island at a glance: The largest of all the Greek Islands, there are many things to explore on this vast, historic island. From visiting the ancient Minoan ruins to hiking gorges and stretching out on the golden beaches, you can have it all in Crete. It’s the perfect fit for traveling couples who love to keep busy.
The honeymoon villa: Aptly named, Villa Joy seems designed with honeymooners in mind. Just a stone’s throw from the heart of Chania, the villa is spacious and stylish, topped off with an outdoor space that’s sure to satisfy the sun-worshipper in everyone. An outdoor shower, two pools and rooftop terrace are just waiting for candlelit cocktails, making Villa Joy a spectacular home base. Inside, the swoon-worthy spacious master bedroom boasts a sea view and an oversized jetted tub for maximum relaxation.
The ultimate romantic day: Whether you’re climbing mountains or touring museums, exploring uncharted territories with your other half is always exciting. Crete’s raw, unspoiled beauty offers discoveries aplenty. A honeymoon day on the island begins with a breakfast prepared by your private chef, best enjoyed poolside, overlooking the ocean. In the afternoon, hop aboard a Dromor 37ft sailboat and cruise around the island, stopping along the way to visit tranquil beaches and dip into clear turquoise waters. At night, head for dinner at Thalassino Ageri, a scenic restaurant with candlelit tables right on the beach. Be sure to get a good rest after dinner — an olive oil & wine tasting tour is planned for tomorrow!
Take me to Crete
Hit the Town: Mykonos
The island at a glance: You might know Mykonos as Greece’s “party island” – and while there’s always somewhere to have a good time – there’s more to this island in the Aegean than vibrant parties. The charming Old Town is lined with quaint cafés, inviting you to while away the hours over coffee. For foodie couples, the restaurants of Little Venice boast stellar atmospheres and, unsurprisingly, those pinch-me views.
The honeymoon villa: Ever wanted to live in your own secret hideaway? The whitewashed Villa Hurmuses is cozy and elegant, and has all the perfect details for a romantic atmosphere, like glimmering candle chandeliers, elegant canopies over the beds, and an alfresco dining area built with rustic stones, lined with antique lanterns and boasting an ocean view. A turquoise pool stretches across the home’s storybook terrace for evening swimming. Oh! And we almost forgot the best part: an uninterrupted view of Mykonos’ harbor, including the iconic windmills, forms an otherworldly backdrop from the villa’s terrace.
The ultimate romantic day: Mykonos is about an eighth of the size of Crete, so you can cover a ton of ground in just one day. However, the best way to experience Mykonos à deux is by living slow, and taking in all of the little things as you go. So why not sleep in and enjoy coffee on the terrace, followed by an in-villa massage? Afterwards, venture out to a private wine tasting and gastronomic lunch at Vioma, the island’s one and only vineyard, where you can sample the sweet wines unique to the area. Save some room for dinner at Avra, and some energy for dancing the night away at the famed Paradise Club. After all, you can’t ignore the island’s party spirit for long!
Take me to Mykonos