On the resort-packed Greek coasts and islands, few places stand out as bona fide high-end destinations, untouched by mass tourism and uncontrolled development. Such is Porto Heli, a seaside village that has doubled as the ideal summer hideaway for the Greek elite for many decades.
Welcome to the “Hamptons of Greece”
What combined qualities do you look for in a holiday spot? Discreet surroundings, check. Superior amenities, check. Authentic experiences, check. Welcome the Mediterranean paradise righteously called the “Hamptons of Greece.”
Porto Heli is a picturesque port surrounded by a seamless blend of rural landscapes and luxurious residencies. The first one, the Tower of Elli, was built in 1930 by a wealthy Athenian couple that approached the area by yacht and instantly fell in love with its beauty. A few decades later, Porto Heli won the hearts of Greece’s shipping magnates, wealthy industrialists and top celebrities. Soon, the coast was brimming with palatial summer estates that welcomed VIP guests all year long.
Today, the greater Porto Heli area is home to some of the most expensive resorts in Europe while boasting a large selection of lavish villas for rent. To its advantage, the place maintains all the qualities revered by the rich and famous: superb facilities, inimitable scenery, elegant lifestyle and the ability to enjoy it all incognito.
Simple pleasures with a cosmopolitan edge
The sheltered Porto Heli bay is pinned on the tip of the Argolic peninsula, a couple of hours away from Athens by land (or 25 minutes by helicopter). Ideally, you can reach it by sea and lose yourself in the breathtaking view of the winding shoreline and the hidden coves where the pine trees kiss the waves.
Upon arrival, you’re greeted by the picturesque village and its waveless harbour that provides shelter to hundreds of yachts every summer. Here, you’ll find some of the finest restaurants in the area, where you can taste the freshest local fish and seafood (like the pink Kilada shrimps). In the evenings you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail while mingling with the jet set in one of the many cozy nightlife spots.
The beaches here are beautiful and inviting, with crystal-clear waters and calming vibes. On the sandy or pebbly shores of Porto Heli, Kounoupi, Hinitsa, Agios Emilianos, Ververonda, Petrothalassa, and Kosta you’ll find everything you want, whether it’s a relaxing swim or a day full of watersports and fun. What’s worth mentioning is that apart from the renowned beaches, smaller ones exist on every gulf that can only be accessed by the villas laying on top of each gulf.
An upscale neighbourhood
Porto Heli offers an ideal getaway for a quiet, restful summer. But it’s also a great starting point for day trips to neighbouring destinations. Close by, Ermioni offers excellent dining and bustling nightlife. On the hillside, looking over the bay, stands Kranidi with its imposing neoclassical mansions. To the West, you’ll meet the traditional fishing village of Kilada and the palaeolithic Franchthi cave.
Conveniently located across Porto Heli are Spetses and, a bit further, the island of Hydra, both renowned for their timeless beauty and cosmopolitan aura. Here, you can enjoy a walk in the car-free cobblestone alleys, taste fine dishes like fish “a la Spetsiota”, and have a rich cultural experience in the local museums and landmarks.
The whole Argolic peninsula is a hotbed of Greek history. On the top of the gulf, you’ll find Nafplio, the first capital of modern Greece and home of its first Parliament. Further West, you can walk among the ruins of Mycenae, one of the dominating city-states of ancient times. And on the East Coast, you can admire the archaeological site of Epidaurus and the preserved ancient theater that hosts the world-famous high-brow festival.
In a nutshell, Porto Heli combines a perfect summer sanctuary with a wholesome traveler’s experience. So, are you ready for a genuine high-end holiday?
Check out our luxurious villas in the area
A combination of Neoclassical and Mediterranean style form the ideal holiday destination. An excellent location on the southern-eastern cape of Peloponnese, very close to Porto Heli and Spetses island, makes Villa Rafaella a unique reference point. A large swimming pool and beautiful tennis court create a peaceful and serene atmosphere.
A villa with a unique modern architectural design that is meant to offer the utmost privacy and relaxation. Enjoy the elegant indoors and unwind yourself in the spacious outdoors by the infinity pool.
Villa Pigna is the perfect getaway for families with young children to spend quality time together and relax. Guests will most certainly enjoy the lush gardens and the dining areas, while children will love the wooden playground, the basketball court and the large swimming pool.
An idyllic location and modern design with an influence from local traditional architecture, are what make Villa Mneme so special. Decorations inspired from the Greek marine culture, and furniture arrangement according to the Feng Shui, create the perfect accommodation for moments of complete tranquility.
Villa Liberia is a brand-new addition to our portfolio. With modern design and spacious areas, the villa invites you to gaze at amazing sea views, to make refreshing dives in the large swimming pool, as well as swim at the beautiful beach that is within walking distance.
A charming residence with a unique position, in the area’s most beautiful cove. Villa Anais awaits you to experience the perfect Greek holiday. Charming gardens along with tennis and basketball courts will give you the perfect setup to unwind. At the same time, a beautiful beach is located right next to the villa to enjoy beautiful summer moments.