Five Travel Associates advisors this month completed a week-long educational in Greece, and to say it was action-packed would be an understatement.
While on Mykonos the group stayed at the ever-popular Myconian Ambassador, located at Platis Gialos. From the luxe base the Travel Associates team tried their hand at horse riding, saw the Myconian Collection properties at Elia Beach, Ornos Beach & Mykonos Town, and had a tour of the town with a local guide. One of the highlights was a trip to Delos island – the largest and one of the most important archaeological sites in Greece, located a 30-minute boat ride from Mykonos.
From Mykonos the group travelled by ferry to the largest of the Greek Islands – Crete – for a four-night stay at Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort (pictured above). According to host Craig Farrell of La Collection, “Everyone deserves to stay at Blue Palace at least once in their life!”
The luxury resort at Elounda proved the perfect launch pad for exploring the northeastern corner of this vast island. Highlights included a tour of the hills surrounding Elounda and Agios Nikolaus, as well as a guided tour of Spinalonga Island – the National Monument which Blue Palace overlooks.
Following a fascinating history lesson at Spinalonga, it was time to take one of the resort’s Caiques (traditional fishing boat) to a quiet bay for a swim in the ocean.
“As well as the beauty, history, cuisine and people of this corner of Crete, one of the attractions is the resort itself, which is why we decided to spend four days here so there was time enough to enjoy the facilities – we made sure to eat at 4 of the dining venues on site, as well as allocate some spa time, and some free time to enjoy the beach and pools,” Farrell said. (Each of the group’s rooms came with private pool).
Lead image: Pictured poolside at Myconian Villa Collection, from left are – Esther Lee, Low & James Travel Associates; Annabel Tidmarsh, Noller & Turner Travel Associates; Susan McDonald, Connelly & Turner Travel Associates; Melita Boyle, Gannon & Turner Travel Associates; Melanie Heaphy, Travel Associates Balgowlah and Craig Farrell, La Collection.