For 34 years, Graham Simpson has specialised in holidays around the Med in small hotels with character and private luxury villas. He hand-picks some favourites, including child-free hotels
There has been a rise in popularity of the child-free hotel and they are perfect for parents whose children have outgrown family holidays, grandparents, and anyone else who values an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Simpson Travel’s adult-only hotels are a refreshing alternative, even in the peak month of August.
Our two small and intimate hotels, Purple Apricot Hotel on the Greek island of Paxos, and Arosmari Village Hotel in Crete, give Simpson clients the best of quintessential Greece.
The Purple Apricot, completely refurbished in 2013, is an unconventional and quirky take on the standard hotel style. It’s an unusual find on an island that offers precious few hotels.
The hotel’s seven flamboyant suites have each been individually designed and inspiration comes from all corners of the world. The bohemian theme continues outside with Eastern ornaments surrounding the sea-facing swimming pool. To help guests embrace this new-found relaxation, a concierge is on hand to attend to guests’ every need.
Arosmari Village Hotel in Vamos, Crete, also underwent a refurbishment last year to appeal to adults. It has eight stone cottages with extensive gardens and a swimming pool at its centre. It is a haven for anyone seeking a taste of traditional Crete. Luxury massages are available in the on-site spa.
There is a full-time concierge to give advice on the many special interest courses in the area. Vamos is situated at the foot of the White Mountains, with plentiful organic produce and local crafts, and is an ideal spot for walkers and anyone else who enjoys discovering local traditions.
From the sweeping white sand coastlines of Corsica to Turkey’s popular beach clubs with steps down into the sea: staying on the water’s edge listening to the sound of the lapping waves and stepping out for a morning dip before breakfast is undoubtedly one of life’s most rejuvenating experiences.
GK Beach Hotel in Crete enjoys a unique position on the waterfront with only a beautifully landscaped garden separating the main building from the beach. With a designated beach area for hotel guests, an all-day snack bar and luxury massage treatments in the on-site spa, this friendly and unpretentious hotel makes the most of its spectacular location.
A spacious villa
What can be more romantic than a private villa just for two? It’s a luxurious home-from-home, with a private swimming pool, spacious living spaces and spectacular views. All enjoyed without the splashing children, noisy families and tiresome sunbed squabbles.
Comfort, convenience and more space to call your own are all undeniable benefits of a villa holiday and, with larger villas being offered at an affordable price outside of the main peak holiday season, they are often a good option for couples and anyone else who can be flexible with their dates.
A holiday in a larger villa is also the perfect chance to sample some of the grander and most exclusive properties. Villa Hanedan on Turkey’s Kalkan Bay is an elegant and spacious four-bedroom villa within a short walk of Kalkan’s bohemian old town.
Off the beaten track
When all you want is simply to escape the crowds and recuperate without the interference of nosy neighbours and inquisitive children, a relaxing retreat in secluded surroundings is often your safest bet.
Simpson Secrets are unique properties in off-the-beaten-track locations and are hand-picked for travellers with an adventurous spirit. Or a simple country retreat in a tranquil location might just take your fancy.
Simpson Secret on Bozburun Peninsula, Turkey is a contemporary, romantic two-bedroom villa in an area of outstanding beauty on the Bozburun Peninsula.
Simpson Travel is a long-established, privately owned company with the slogan ‘the road less travelled’, specialising in small hotels with character and luxury private villas. Founder Graham Simpson says: “To us ‘the road less travelled’ symbolises an alternative attitude rather than an alternative destination.” Visit Simpson Travel.