Many people venturing to the Greek Islands opt for the overcrowded tourist hotspots of Santorini or Mykonos. While these islands are beautiful, it can be hard to truly get away from it all when you’re surrounded by hordes of tourists. To find your own slice of paradise and get to know the Cycladic island culture, opt for a less crowded destination, and there is nowhere better to go than Medusa Resort and Suites on Naxos Island.
Though Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades, it doesn’t have as sizeable of a tourist industry as some other nearby islands. Why this is remains a mystery as Naxos has it all: white sand beaches, picturesque towns, incredible food and wine, beautiful ancient ruins, and even an impressive mountain range. Best of all, Naxos is a short ferry ride from Santorini, Mykonos, and other islands, making it easy to visit multiple destinations in one trip.
Medusa Resort and Suites is located at Plaka Beach, just a 10-minute drive from the airport, and less than 20 minutes from Chora (main town) and port. Established over 20 years ago, Medusa was one of the first resorts in Plaka, and therefore has an unbeatable location. Hidden down a narrow, dusty road, Medusa feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of city life, while being close enough to easily pop into Chora. But why would you leave? The on-site restaurant offers incredible meals served in their beautiful gardens for breakfast (included), lunch, and dinner. Feast on fresh seafood, grilled meats, locally grown vegetables, tropical fruits, and so much more. There is even a small garden on the property where the restaurant sources tomatoes and greens for their signature salad.
The resort is family owned and operated, which is apparent in the friendly and caring attitude of all the staff. With just 21 rooms on site, it’s easy to make a personal connection with staff, making Medusa feel like a home away from home. The family has clearly put their hearts into the property, creating lovely gardens filled with colorful native plants throughout the property.
The resort has a lovely pool, a beach bar, and, most important, beach access with incredible sunset views. Join for morning yoga in the garden, or ask the staff for help arranging other activities such as kitesurfing, massages, island tours, sunset cruises, horseback riding, and more. Or simply while your day away on a lounge chair beside the tranquil blue-green waters and fall asleep to the sound of the softly crashing waves.
When’s the best time to go? September, says the staff at Medusa Resort and Suites. The tourists have thinned out and the weather is best. But honestly, anytime you can make it here will be incredible.
Tip: Splurge for the executive suite for your own private rooftop jacuzzi, perfect for those breezy Mediterranean nights.