Meganisi is the next best thing if you seek privacy and tranquillity in a picture-postcard setting – London Evening Standard
For a picturesque idyll for your intimate Greek island wedding then you should seriously consider the beauty and scenery of Meganisi. Its “unspoilt and captivating coastline”¹ and sleepy pace of life offers you and your wedding guests an opportunity to relax, unwind and revitalise the soul in addition to experiencing the magical moments of your special day.
There are a wealth of tiny coves and beaches with invitingly clear waters, tempting you to swim and snorkel to your heart’s content. Access them by road or hire a motor boat or speedboat for exploring and lazy days hidden away by yourselves. A couple have tavernas for a long lunch or take a picnic made up with fresh bread and nibbles from the island’s bakery and tiny stores full of fresh produce.
Inland the little roads wind their way through the olive groves and past discreet entrances to luxury villas back down towards the small ports of Vathy and Spilia. For a small island you are blessed with a fantastic range of eateries from fish tavernas, traditional tavernas with home cooked dishes to smart bistro style tavernas offering good Greek food in chic and colourful surroundings.
In the day time the island is sleepy until the ferry arrives, bringing new visitors and islanders returning from a morning of business in Lefkas Town. Siesta is the time of day you realise Meganisi is a gem; “the isle where time stands still”², peaceful and restful the only visible inhabitants amongst the stone houses and bright pink bougainvillea is the occasional lazy cat dozing in the shade.
Meganisi wakes in the evening with the little harbours filled with members of the sailing community in private boats, yacht flotillas and in the high summer months you will see the big super yachts moored out in the bay. This gives a pleasant atmosphere in the tavernas and restaurants, as along side the families and couples who have wandered down to dine from the island’s villas and two hotels, the day’s sailing is discussed over the clink of wine glasses and the delicious smells of the Greek food on offer.
The locals are incredibly friendly and very proud of their island. Here you will truly experience the Greek ‘philoxenia’ and hospitality.
A luxury hide away…
Declared “Best for daydreaming”³ by The Sunday Times Travel Magazine, Meganisi has seen investment over the last few years from the world’s super rich as it becomes the new desirable location for private retreats. The island however is keen to keep its undeveloped charm and focus on upmarket tourism, already restricting the building of any new buildings to two stories.
The British banker Lord Rothschild, who owns a private estate on the large island of Corfu, has purchased land on the tail end of Meganisi and the neighbouring small island of Kythnos. It is suggested there are eight private residences to be built with sea and road access, each property having 360 degree views for their occupants to enjoy.
Names rumoured to have expressed an in the properties are people such as British sculptor Anis Kapoor, Roman Abramovich, Prince Charles, the royal family of Spain and Nicole Kidman.*
For now though, Meganisi remains an exclusive hide away for all visitors looking for a little something off the beaten track.