4 of the best couples retreats

Now the school holidays are over, why not book a trip away for just the two of you? By jetting away off-peak, you’ll skip the crowds and save money on accommodation and air fares. Here are four small but fabulous villas that are just the ticket for a romantic couples getaway this autumn.

Villa Lefkippos in Gouves, Crete

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Right in the centre of Crete’s northern coast is Villa Lefkippos. With its exposed stonework, arched windows and mix of contemporary and traditional furnishings, this beautiful 1-bedroom property is perfect for couples looking for both chic and charm. What’s more, you can rack up some lengths in the long private pool before chilling out together on the sun loungers.

You’ll find plenty to keep you occupied in the local area too. An unspoilt beach is just a 5-minute wander away, and there are plenty of great restaurants and tavernas in Gouves. Or take a trip to the historical resort of Hersonissos, where you can amble round the picturesque fishing harbour or enjoy a date night at one of its many bars and eateries.

Villa Morea in Old Skala, Kefalonia

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Villa Morea is idyllic 1-bedroom hideaway near the southern coast of Kefalonia, the largest of the Greek Ionian islands. Set into the slopes near Old Skala, you can both unwind in its fantastic infinity pool while watching the sun set over the olive groves and glittering ocean below.

For some quality time outside the villa, visit the nearby peaceful fishing village of Katelios for an evening of wining and dining at a waterfront taverna. Or if you fancy a livelier atmosphere, the popular seaside resort of Skala offers trendy cocktail bars, authentic tavernas and 3 kilometres of sand-and-shingle beach flanked by fragrant pine forest.

Villa Dora in Sao Rafael, Algarve

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Located in the picture postcard countryside near the Algarve’s southern coast, the 2-bedroom Villa Dora is the ideal choice for couples wanting some R&R. With its impressive pool, spacious terrace and lush lawn surrounded by colourful blooms, there are plenty of great spots to soak up the sun and enjoy each other’s company.

Just around the corner is the spectacular Sao Rafael Beach, with its stunning rock formations and rust-coloured cliffs. And you’ll also be within striking distance of Albufeira, where you can roam the Old Town’s cobbled streets before sipping a delicious cocktail at one of its many nightlife hotspots.

Villa Serena in Nissaki, Corfu

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Villa Serena is found in a small seaside village in north east Corfu. It boasts two bright bedrooms, a vine-covered pergola, gorgeous treetop views and a poolside BBQ for rustling up an intimate alfresco dinner for two.

Not only that, but Villa Serena occupies a great central spot in Nissaki. You’ll be just a 10-minute stroll from its pretty cove, harbour and seafront tavernas. And if you’re feeling particularly intrepid, you can even hire a private motorboat to explore the neighbouring resorts and little tucked-away beaches along the coast.

Want to discover even more options for the perfect romantic escape? Take a look at our other villas for couples

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