Between the sea and the sky, saturated with sunshine and salty spray, Greece is born of water and sun. Experience the beauty of legends and monuments interwoven with the past. Discover the white villages, steep cobbled streets, windmills and countless churches.
Read on to discover SENTIDO Hotels & Resorts in Greece:
SENTIDO Apollo Palace, Corfu - A Walk In The Olive Garden
The Greeks say: The more crooked and knotty the olive tree, the more character its oil will have. And here the olive oil tastes amazing, harvested from our own paradisiacal garden. This family-friendly hotel built in Greek village style is surrounded by the Messonghi’s oldest olive grove. You might find it hard to leave such peace and calm, but you should. Take a walk into the fishing village of Messonghi, a few steps to the beach or plan a day trip to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site of Corfu Town. There’s nothing better than to come back here with your new impressions and toast unforgettable moments with a cool glass of Retsina.
SENTIDO Aegean Pearl, Crete - Stroll To Your Seaside Oasis
Leave all your worries behind and simply spend some time together. And after a tough day at the beach or pool, you can step out and take an evening stroll down the beach promenade to the picturesque town of Rethymnon. Here on the largest of the Greek islands, we have a beautifully designed hotel that’s not too big but very comfortable, and not too remote but private enough to give you those quiet moments you’ll cherish long after your return! Relaxing comes easily here in this modern ambience and if you’re in the mood, you can get to know the Cretan countryside on a guided walk. By nightfall you can be back at our stylish restaurant or having a drink at the poolside bar and waiting for the stars to come out.
SENTIDO Blue Sea Beach, Crete - All Life Comes From The Water
A holiday here is all about revitalising water. The sloping sandy beach on your doorstep, the inviting pools and the promenade that seduces you to take romantic strolls. Younger visitors have their own pool and Mini Club at their disposal, but everyone can enjoy the water sports on the beach. A visit to the Aquaworld Aquarium rounds off the trip for water lovers, though that is not all that Crete has to offer!
SENTIDO Elounda Blu, Crete - So much more
Much could be said about Crete as the birthplace not only of the Greek God Zeus but of European culture itself. The island surely has the archeological sites and artifacts to prove it – Knossos and Phaistos, to name a few. A visit there will transport you back to ancient times. But there is more to the island than a history lesson! The natural beauty of an unspoiled landscape will impress you just as much. The modern designed SENTIDO Elounda Blu, nestled on the hillside, offers you a stunning view of the gorgeous lounda Bay, a short walk away from the beach and a haven of peace and tranquility.
SENTIDO Mikri Poli Atlantica, Crete - Where Myths Are Born
The beautiful island of Crete is the birthplace of Greek mythology – of Zeus and Apollo – stories that still echo in our culture today. It is also home to the oldest European civilization we know of. Embark on a journey back in time to ancient places like Knossos of Minotaur fame and experience history with your own eyes. But Crete will not only broaden your horizon. The SENTIDO Mikri Poli Atlantica, with its stylish and spacious rooms, is also a perfect place for you and your family to relax, join many sports activities, walk on the pristine sandy beach or finish your day at the pool bar while the sun goes down.
SENTIDO Pearl Beach, Crete - Archeological Jewels And This Pearl
The island of Crete is a veritable treasure chest of Greek culture, filled with archeaeological ‘jewels’ like the site of Knossos or the finds displayed at the archaeological museum in Rethymnon just a stone’s throw away from the SENTIDO Pearl Beach. The hotel is not only a short walk from a lively town centre but also close to an expansive sandy beach which slopes gently into the sea, a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. And after an active day on the beach or an interesting excursion into the island’s past, there is nothing like a cool drink by the pool watching the sun slowly setting in the west.
SENTIDO Vasia Resort & Spa, Crete - Reach Out And Touch The Sky
There comes a time when you want it all and you can have it here! A secluded beach on Crete’s romantic east coast, an abundance of the finest experiences for the gourmet pallet, an extensive spa area in which your equilibrium can be restored and a wide range of sports activities at your fingertips. Here under the bluest Greek sky, in an environment scented by local herbs, children can enjoy their own activities and spaces. A win-win situation all-round! We think you deserve it! Enjoy spectacular views at this modern resort near the traditional fishing village of Sissi.
SENTIDO Carda Beach Atlantica, Kos - Island In The Sun
Take a look at the never ending sea and get the rhythm of the waves. You might find that sounds like a song long forgotten. The one about the soothing sound of the gentle surf. Here, on the island of Kos, you’ll find that song. Our modern and stylish resort is the perfect setting for those who want to escape the bustle of the city and unwind. Relax in our beautifully designed spa area to your heart’s content, or explore the island on an excursion to the romantic harbour of Kos. In the evening you can relax at the ‘Blue Moon Bar’ and hum the song of the island.
SENTIDO Louis Plagos Beach, Zakynthos - Enjoy, Embrace, Celebrate
Set amidst old vineyards and olive groves, surrounded by picturesque countryside and charming paths, the SENTIDO Louis Plagos Beach welcomes you to the sunniest island in the Mediterranean. Immerse yourselves in the crystal-clear waters and let us cater for your every whim, entertain your kids (in their own pool with water features, playground, Mini Club, and babysitting service) and entice you with offers of activities and indulgent treatments. Find traces of Venetian culture on a walk and rejoice in the fact that nature has restored what was once destroyed. Embrace those natural restorative powers and enjoy carefree days in this fantastic property.
SENTIDO Alexandra Beach Resort, Zakynthos - A Flower In The Endless Blue
Named the ‘flower of the east’ by the Venetians due to its lush vegetation and picturesque sandy beaches, this beautiful island in the Ionian sea offers two dazzling worlds in one. Above sea level the pearly-white beaches stretch as far as the eye can see and the small towns of Zakynthos offer insights into both modern and historic Greece. But once you’re in the water, follow the sea turtles, and you’ll find underwater caves and some excellent diving spots, opening up new vistas of colour and life in the crystal sea. Try some ‘skordostoumpi’ (an aubergine and garlic dish) with local olive oil, and sample the wine where the grapes are grown.
SENTIDO Apollo Blue, Rhodes - Float Like A Butterfly
Every summer, thousands of colourful butterflies gather in the Valley of the Butterflies, near Kalamonas. This spectacular sight is just one of the attractions waiting for you on the island of Rhodes. Be amazed by the beautiful landscape around the SENTIDO Apollo Blue near Faliraki which itself is a stunning feat of architecture, where modernity meets ancient Minoan culture. This hotel is proud of its outstanding water sports facilities – there you can be as active as you please – and its spa where you can treat your body to a nice massage. After that a cool drink at the SENTIDO Blue Bar tastes even better when body and soul are in perfect harmony – as they should be.
SENTIDO Ixian All Suites, Rhodes - Suite Elegance
Get away from the hustle and bustle and indulge in pure holiday bliss. Within walking distance from Ixia and with a shingle beach on your doorstep; you’ll find peace in this modern, elegant hotel. Once you find yourself in ‘holiday mode’, you may well enjoy what our extensive spa area has to offer, or perhaps explore the vicinity on foot or by car. Excursions to historic sites and immersion into Greek culture are always an option.
SENTIDO Ixian Grand, Rhodes - Where The Sun God Smiles
The Colossus of Rhodes, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, must have been a sight to see in ancient times. He may be long gone but the god he was built to praise is here every single day: ‘Helios, the God of the Sun!’ He smiles his sunny smile upon all the sun worshipers, windsurfers, and the elegantly designed SENTIDO Ixian Grand. Here, on a beach right next to it, you can relax or take a swim to cool off. Or set off to explore the island on one of the excursions offered. Back at the hotel you can sit down at the stylish poolside bar, read a book and watch the ‘Sungod’ go down in the West, painting the sky in hues of red that will take your breath away.
SENTIDO Port Royal Villas & Spa, Rhodes - Between The Mountains And The Sea
As soon as you arrive you will feel yourself unwind in this perfect combination of discrete luxury and authentic quality. Relax in our award-winning spa area, choose your culinary delights and then enjoy the enchanting atmosphere of the magical evening pool illumination. Allow your senses to roam on the beach and discover well-kept Greek secrets in our livecooking experience. Or why not take a boat trip to Symi? From yoga to live music, the choice of how you recharge your batteries is yours. We think we can ensure that you will.
SENTIDO Thassos Imperial, Thassos - Sparkling Green Gem
There is a first time for everything. And the SENTIDO Thassos Imperial was the first hotel on this small but beautiful island, that proudly and rightly also goes by the name ‘Green Island of Greece’. Surrounded by a magnificent pine forest on one of the island’s most gorgeous beaches, this small but charming hotel exudes peace and tranquillity. Built with an eye for details, it is the ideal place to let go and relax. You can be active or take it easy and treat yourself to a steam room in the hotel’s spa area.
SENTIDO Mediterranean Village, Katerini - Choose Both: Beach And Pool
In Greek, ‘Kairos’ means the special opportunity for a good decision. If you choose this hotel, you simply choose it all: beach and pool, spa and sport, quiet and DJ, hotel resort and village character, and of course dreams and discoveries. Don’t miss a single thing while enjoying the view of the imposing Olympus massif and the never-ending deep blue sea. Maybe you’re experiencing your own personal ‘Kairos’ at this very moment? If so, then don’t hesitate to decide to spend your dream holiday here at the SENTIDO Mediterranean Village located on the Greek mainland.
A LOST ART
Traditional, handmade and based on natural oils: The success story of Patounis Soap, a family business in Corfu, dates back to 1850. Today, it’s not only one of the few soap manufactures which still use traditional techniques and local olive products, but also a company that has also been named ‘a monument of industrial heritage’. As the oldest soap factory in Greece, Patounis’ original recipe has been passed down through five generations. After driving from SENTIDO Apollo Palace into the city, we meet owner Apostolos Patounis, who shares with us the story of soapmaking based on heritage – and nature’s abundant offerings.
WHAT MAKES PATOUNIS SOAP SO SPECIAL?
What is most important to us is that we still operate like we did in the old days. We still use the same ingredients, the same method to manufacture with the same recipes. Today, the operation is listed as ‘intangible cultural heritage’. For our ancestral recipes, we only use natural oil that is friendly to the skin and the final product contains no additives, no perfume, no colour or any other chemicals.
WHAT KINDS OF SOAP DO YOU PRODUCE?
We make three kinds of soap and the difference between them is the oil with which they are made. Each one has its own distinct characteristics. We make olive oil soap: a very mild soap, good for people with sensitive skin. The olive oil that we use is exclusively from producers in the area. Then we make a soap from a combination of two oils: 80% olive oil and 20% palm kernel oil. It’s also a mild soap, but it produces more foam, so it’s more pleasant to use. Finally, we have our most practical one, the green olive soap. It’s made of olive pomace oil. It contains the chlorophyll of the oil, which is dark green. This soap is the most cleansing, most anti-septic one and known for its wound-healing properties. There’s also the ‘green laundry’ soap. The difference between them is the PH balance. It’s more alkaline, which makes it more effective for removing stains from clothes. In the early days, it was a necessity and it accounted for more than 90% of the production in this industry. When detergents and the washing machine were introduced, this industry disappeared in a very short time. Not just here, but around the world. Today, our green olive soap is our most popular.
COULD YOU PLEASE WALK US THROUGH THE PROCESS OF SOAP MAKING, FROM LIQUID MIXTURE TO SOLID BAR?
We start by putting the oil inside a kettle, depending on which kind of soap we’re going to make. First, we process the oil in a solution of natrium hydroxide to instigate the saponification, the cooking process which takes ten days. Once all the oil has turned into soap, we take it out of the kettle and balance the PH value using solutions of sea salt. That’s all we use: oil, soda, sea salt and water. Next we put the soap into a large mould. At this stage, the soap is hot but not fluid anymore, more like yoghurt. After sliding across the surface and compressing the soap to get the bubbles out, we put hot water on top to give it a shiny finish. It’s pretty much like ironing clothes. Finally, we wait for the soap to solidify before the stamping and cutting. In summer, it can take up to a month for the soap to be ready, in winter it’s faster.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE TRADITION OF SOAP MAKING IN GREECE?
We were among the first, if not the first to start making soap in the whole of Greece. Soap making started from the Ionian islands and then it spread to the Aegean. As far as I know, we learnt from the French. Originally, my family imported soap from France. Then we started to make our own soap. Soap making was very popular in the early days. There were more than half a dozen of soap factories on the island. Nowadays, this is the last one in all of Greece and one of the very few productions around the world still making soap the way it used to be made.