Samuel Muston experiences two The Thinking Traveller villas, Jura and Hibiscus. Both perfectly located to explore the beautiful Alonissos.
Our first villa, Jura, looks like an emigre from the Hollywood hills, with four bedrooms, a triangular infinity pool, Le Corbusier chairs and a collection of art to rival an east London gallery. Architect Frank Gehry recently enjoyed its spectacular clifftop views. It is close to perfect.
Hibiscus, the second, is more traditional, an enlarged fisherman's house, with a pool overlooking the pebble beach of Agios Petros.
At the end of a week spent blissfully supine between cobalt skies and cobalt sea, it's easy to see why Alonissos is drawing celebrities like iron filings to a
magnet. It is the fantasy island: unspoilt, unpretentious and under the radar. It's difficult not to be transfixed by the island's pebbled coves, the blue-green water tinkling them like a xylophone, by the high cliffs, the knots of olive trees providing shade and the smell of pine and oregano, all telling you why you should return next year.