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Greece: the new home of luxury travel

When it comes to luxury, there are few countries in the world that can rival Greece for options. This, after all, is the original land of the gods, a place where the wildest fantasies of mortals came true.

The natural environment alone looks as if it was created in an image inspired by the fantasies of those same immortals that ruled the world from the top of Mount Olympus.

Modern day Greece has much to offer the visitor looking to escape the stress of everyday life and spend a relaxing break indulging themselves. Bathed in a spectrum of colour and light, from the vibrant blue of clear skies to the pure white beaches where turquoise waters lap at the shoreline, the country is an opulent feast for the senses.

Luxury comes in many forms; from top quality restaurants serving up some of the finest gastronomic delights to exclusive hotels providing unrivalled facilities and personal service, and luxury resorts with a mandate to cater for every whim and desire to places that manage to stretch the limits even further.

Feeling the wanderlust? See more beautiful things from Greece here.

At Richard’s court, ceremonial was turned into an art form, an elaborate and complicated political dance with the King and his queen, Anne of Bohemia, in the starring roles. Deportment was compulsory, manners strict and pageantry, even when surrounding seemingly trivial everyday moments such as the royal family’s mealtimes, was constant. Bejewelled cutlery was introduced alongside gastronomic delights boasting the latest spices and recipes, as silent courtiers, decked out in ruinously expensive finery, watched their masters eat. Fashion at Richard II’s court was dedicated to showing off the male physique – tights accentuated muscles well-toned from hunting or jousting, high-necked robes complemented broad shoulders, while the arrival of the codpiece obviously drew attention to the most prized attribute. Queen Anne and her European entourage also pioneered riding side-saddle for ladies, as well as modish continental conceits like shoes for men that were so long and pointed they required golden chains buckled to the knees to hold their curls upright. Anne, shimmering from head to toe, was doted upon by her husband, who built her a bathhouse, a painted audience chamber and a new ballroom in her favourite home, along with a private lavatory decorated with two thousand painted tiles.
—  Gareth Russell, historian, author of “A History of the English Monarchy: From Boadicea to Elizabeth I” (2015)