You can stay in a Maldives-style overwater villa in Greece – for just £88pp per night

You can stay in a Maldives-style overwater villa in Greece – for just £88pp per night


FORGET the Maldives – you can now stay in an overwater villa in Greece for a fraction of the price.

Stella Island Resort, located on the Greek island Crete, has a number of bungalows and lodges where you can jump straight into the water from your bedroom.

While the Maldives is a popular holiday destination with Brits, in particular honeymooners, it is also a pricey destination.

Resorts can often cost as much as £1,000 a night, excluding flights and seaplane transport.

However, you can experience some of the luxury closer to home, with Greece just a few hours by plane – and also still on the UK's safe travel list.

The resort has a range of lodges to choose from, with 225 rooms overall, some with private pools and others with pool views.

However, the overwater villas are identical to many of the Maldives options, the only difference being that the lodges are over a large pool, rather than the sea.

Yet each bungalow has a private pool deck and hammock, with direct access to the swimming pool

If you want even more luxury, their new Grand Overwater Bungalows feature overwater hammocks and private hot tubs.

The overwater bungalows start from £177 per night, making them a fraction of the cost in the Maldives.

You can also go all inclusive from £200 per night, with dining options at the KIMATA buffet restaurant or La Parilla grill restaurant. 

Other restaurants include Umami, with Asian fusion food, and Oceana, with Mediterranean food.

Hotel activities include a spa and fitness centre, water sports and horse riding and trekking, or just relaxing in the lagoon style pool.

Book for more than three nights and you get free private transfers from the airport, while premium bookings include transfers, a free spa session as well as complimentary fizz and fruit on arrival.

Flights to Crete take just four hours, with prices from just £19 next month.

The Maldives is currently on the UK's quarantine list, meaning Brits must self-isolate for two weeks when back home.

We've rounded up some of the best locations which look just like the Maldives, with many found in Europe.

Greece remains on the UK's safe travel list as well, with new coronavirus cases remaining under 20 per 100,000 – over this, and they risk quarantine restrictions.

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