Where is Levendi's?
2. Is Levendi's the place for our
3. Which season is best for our holiday?
4. Will our children enjoy Levendi's?
5. More Photographs and Video
6. How do I make a reservation?
Where is Levendi's?
Levendi's Estate is on the northern tip of the Ionian
of Ithaca. You will enjoy the best of all worlds - Levendi's
is set in a stunningly beautiful environment with grounds extending
from the sea up to the hillside pine forest and the olive
groves. Only the sounds of goat bells disturb the silence, yet
2 km from the property you will enjoy traditional seaside village atmosphere
and the choice of tavernas and cafes for whiling away many pleasant
hours over an ouzo or dining under the stars during warm Mediterranean
evenings. There are three beaches below the Estate, and many
more delightful small swimming coves around the island's
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2. Is Levendi's the place for a tranquil,
Most definitely the answer is yes. Perhaps the most objective
advice on the absolute perfectness of Levendis as the place for your
honeymoon or an especially romantic holiday can be found by reading
what our guests have had to say on this subject. But first, imagine
peaceful tranquility, amazing views, gently swaying in
hammocks under trees, a day's yacht charter, picnics on deserted
beaches and being pampered at our alfresco massage pavilion in a
shady forest glade. Click on Guest Book section to read their
Which season is best for our holiday?
You will find Ithaca to be a
small, intimate and traditional island with sweeping views from high
forested mountains which fall down into a heavily indented coastline
of tiny pebbled coves of extraordinarily clear waters - an island is
sought by those seeking to experience Mediterranean islands of a
quieter kind, offering a diversity of natural surroundings yet also
with all the activities usually thought of as belonging to an island
holiday. Levendis sits within these surroundings, and extends the
island's natural attributes. In brief, spring is dedicated to those
wanting long peaceful days of discovery and relaxation. Early summer
gives gentle heat allowing the combination of seaside activities,
walking and cycling. And, of course, high summer is holiday time for
school age children and their parents and is the only time this
quiet and beautiful green island moves out of sleepy mode, whilst
the tranquility of autumn is sought by those wanting to take in the
last of warm seas for the year. In detail:
April : Often a busy time at Levendis when families and
small groups take Easter and Spring breaks. The perfect time for
gentle walks of exploration and discovery during peak wildflower
season, a botanists' dream, and with mountains and Levendis gardens
in full bloom, the best time for artists. Also the month for serious
trekking along mountain pathways and/or cycling along roads with
bird's eye views to seascapes and valleys below.
The first 2 weeks are put aside as our
spring adult retreat holiday time - it's romantic holiday month!
Boat to remote beaches, relax poolside, take long walks amongst the
last of the wildflowers, but most of all melt into peace and
relaxation in gentle sunshine.
Spring flora displays are ending but seas are warming, the island is
still sleeping, and balmy evenings are at their longest. The month
to combine seaside and boating activities with days of walking. A
popular month for couples wanting a quiet island holiday, for
extended-family or small-group holidays and for families with
pre-school children to enjoy the seas, pool and farm activities
before the higher temperatures of summer.
|July / August : School holiday time and the months when Levendi’s is often fully
reserved two seasons in advance. Ithaca puts on its summer
face-families holiday, summer sea side activities are enjoyed to the
full, tavernas have a busy and happy atmosphere and villages are
places of congregation until the small hours every night. In the
summer heat early morning swims, relaxing in the sun by the pool or
boating around the island's shores, and afternoon siestas followed by
dinner and long evening under the stars are the soul-recharging order
of the day.
High summer is also the time for our traditional
island religious festivals. Ithaca is well known for the sheer
exuberance of its open air festivals which are enjoyed by every
resident of the island and every visitor as well. Everyone from age 1
year to 90 years gathers under the stars for an evening of feasting,
traditional music and dancing and which continues until dawn –
occasions where the aim of every person is the same: to thoroughly
enjoy themselves and have fun together.
The welcome cooler 25 degree temperatures
take over. Families return home for the new school year and so
Levendis again becomes home for those wanting to be enveloped by its
tranquility. The first two weeks of September are always Adult Retreat
Holiday weeks, whilst the second half of the month is a perfect time
for holidaying in the peace of early autumn with small children. The weather gives the choice of lazing and swimming; taking
pleasant mountainside walks or dipping into the paint palette.
rays of sunlight beaming across the mountains and down into the
valleys are an artist's delight; the seas are very warm after
summer's heat; walks among the carpets of cyclamen and crocus
with the air thick with the aroma of mountain herbs are
wondrous. The island relaxes into happy autumn slumber and
most guests are at Levendi's to simply indulge in peace, take in
the tranquility and being.
November / December : The first week of November sees the
beginning of olive harvest and a time
of great industry, both on the island and at Levendi's. Guests
are able to participate in the harvest, or simply watch the
process. Most times you won't be able to resist joining in the
happy work of this time-honoured annual ritual and you will go home a fountain of knowledge about the process of
olive pressing and different methods of preparing olives - with the
evidence in bottles and jars for your friends.
/ March : Typically guests at this time are with us to be alone
for such pursuits as writing and / or taking long walks of
exploration around mountain pathways. A sublimely peaceful
time when, although it is officially winter and rains do fall, days
can be sunny and often quite warm, particularly in the months of
January and March. February will see rain and storms; however
even then the beaches and mountains are wonderful places for you to
be out and within their winter moods.
Will our children enjoy Levendis?
Having four children of our own means that we have created Levendis
with family holidays in mind. Children and parents alike will thorough
enjoy their holiday. We make holidays with small babies just that much
easier by providing all the special equipment babies need. Parents of
very young children appreciate the undivided attention of our child
care-givers for as many hours as they wish. In fact, parents will enjoy
having the opportunity to spend long evenings together. Our blend of country and
seaside provide a wide range of fascinating learning and fun
activities for children. They quickly adapt to farm life by helping us
feed animals, collect eggs and harvest vegetables. They become
enthusiastic entomologists and botanists, often bringing their finds
to the Coffee Shack for identification, whilst we chat over a frozen
fruit pop or other breakfast treat. The pool provides hours of easy
family fun and the outdoor cooking and dining area is another focal
point for family holidays. Very often whole days pass without anyone
wanting to leave the property. Parents leave us with souls recharged,
and children often have a tear in their eyes when we say goodbye.
Teenagers will happily discard their
city lives to enjoy long days on the sea and the freedom of village
night life. Their flocking instincts find outlet at village cafes -
and parents can relax in the knowledge that younger members of the
family are safe.
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How do I make a reservation at Levendis?
(a) After deciding to holiday at
Levendi's the first step will be, of course, to phone us or contact
us so that we can let you know if we have a house available on
the dates you wish to holiday. If your party is from five to
twenty people you will need to contact us as early as
(b) We will reply regarding availability.
(c) With availability to suit, we will ask you to complete
our on-line reservations form.
(d) A 20% holding deposit is required, and we will then
confirm your holiday to you.
(e) We will arrange your car, private airport transfers, and
make any other special arrangements which you have requested for
your holiday, and send you full details.
(f) 60 days before your holiday, we will remind you to pay
the balance of your account.