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Vacationist: Greek Islands Week

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A Greek Islands getaway is one for the bucket list—a trip of a lifetime complete with tours of whitewashed villages, lunches at seaside food stands, and endless hours on sun-soaked deserted beaches. But with almost 3,000 islands in all, how do you hone in on the right hotels? Enter Vacationist’s Greek Islands Week, for deals on charming properties in Patmos, Kos, and Crete, and up to 40 percent off at the 88-room Margi Hotel, in Athens, just minutes from the Adriatic. Book your Greek Islands experience now.

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201102-b-vac-margijpgThe Margi Hotel - up to 38% off
Vouliagmeni, Greece

Though not in the crushing center of Athens, this expansive boutique hotel offers much more than just back-door entry to the Acropolis. The 88-room property—complete with numerous cocktail bars, exercise facilities, and a candlelit pool area—is minutes from the Aegean Sea and other playgrounds including golf courses, shopping streets, and direct trains that bring you into central Athens. Public lounges and bars, like Malabar near the pool, are decked in Oriental rugs, low-slung wicker chairs, and giant throw pillows perfect for afternoon napping. (Sale ends in 5 days)

201102-b-vac-petrajpg Petra Hotel & Suites - up to 20% off
Patmos, Greece

It's hard to feel anything but calm and joyful when you're lounging by the mosaic-tiled pool and gazing down at serene Grikos Bay. Adding to the experience are owners Petroula and Kostas, who are known to offer helpful advice on what to do and where to swim. Inside, each of the 12 rooms and suites is filled with the work of modern Greek artists, flat-screen TVs, and plush beds. Still, make an effort to wake for a breakfast of local fruit, homemade omelettes, and little chocolates embossed with the Petra logo. As for the destination, Patmos boasts crystalline beaches, a handful of gourmet restaurants, and an old town, Chora, that's a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Sale ends in 5 days)

201102-b-vac-diamondjpgDiamond Deluxe Hotel - up to 17% off
Kos, Greece

Opening amid the challenges of the 2009 Greek financial crisis proved to be a boon for the Diamond Deluxe hotel, which became an immediate hit among travelers with a taste for luxury and a weakness for upscale kitsch.Overlooking a private stretch of Lambi beach and the sparkling Aegean, the hotel features 112 white-on-white rooms, each equipped with Jacuzzi or massage tub, plush beds, and 100-percent-organic linens—indicative of the hotel's ever-expanding green initiatives. (Sale ends in 5 days)

Paradise Island Villas (seen above) - up to 22% off
Crete, Greece

Between the mountains and the Mediterranean, in the coastal town of Anissaras, the 12 individually decorated villas of this three-year-old property range from spacious to sprawling. Cretan architectural elements like terracotta tiles and bougainvillea-clad walls lead to whitewashed interiors with lime-washed four-poster beds, tree-trunk bedside tables, fireplaces, and marble baths. Dig into mezes like tzatziki and Cretan dakos (flatbreads dusted with feta cheese and herbs) while lounging by your private pool and garden. (Sale ends in 5 days)

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From top: Photos courtesy of Paradise Island Villas; The Margi Hotel; Petra Hotel & Suites; Diamond Deluxe Hotel.

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