2/7  Kedros Villas, Stelida

There’s an aroma distinct to the coast of Naxos; a blend of salt-sprayed air spiced with wildflowers that’s not found in Hora (Naxo Town) but a few kilometres away from the squeeze of the city. The floral notes waft across the beaches towards the hills of Stelida, where Kedros Villas sits perched on a hillside, shaded by cedar and palm trees.

Well placed to soak up views of Naxo’s turquoise waters, the owner, Maroula, is a business woman from mainland Greece, who’s taken the best of city expertise and rolled it into the detail, ensuring a restful family stay providing cots, organising car rentals and taxis, and even babysitting on request, all coupled with her unbiased approach to local knowledge ensuring that families will eat the finest hummus and wade in the clearest of waters.

Kedros has stayed true to its mantra of ‘luxury meets nature’ providing pamper pieces which include natural fibre mattresses, a spa bath, and Korres toiletries, all of which make sleeping away from home, easier.

With nine, two storeys’ villas available, each is individually positioned to maximise privacy for every guest, including a spacious balcony that encourages alfresco dining with a glass of wine at dusk.

Children also have plenty of space to play both indoors and out, including a swing and slide set within a communal garden.

Well positioned to reach many beaches including the crystal waters of Agios Prokopios and Laguna beaches – with Laguna also providing access to a sizeable mountain that’s worth strapping on a baby carrier and hiking boots for, to capture on camera the peachy-red hues of twilight.

Kedros Villas’ peaceful and airy environment is an ideal family sanctuary, away from the noise of the city, worth the fragrant six minutes’ drive to reach it.

How Much: From £79.75 per night, for a family of four (depending on choice of Villa).

Where: Agios Prokopios, Stelida, Naxos island, Cyclades 843 00

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