Location: Nestled in the slopes above Lourdas beach on Kefalonia’s southern coast, F Zeen Retreat offers the only truly boutique experience on the island. A family-owned resort, 28-room F Zeen is part of the renowned Unique brand, which also operates a villa rental and real estate business on the island – worth noting if you feel like exploring further afield or even snapping up your own piece of paradise.
The vibe: F Zeen is an adults-only resort, where the focus is firmly on romance, relaxation and privacy. However, this hotel is not for just for couples and would make a superb choice for a group of friends looking to chill out, or a mother and daughter getaway. The hotel is calm and elegant without being precious, and the boutique philosophy extends to the staff, who treat all guests with warmth and grace.
Service & facilities: Health and wellness is at the core of the Unique philosophy and the hotel is equipped with a beautiful outdoor gym, built into the mountainside, with panoramic views of the Mediterranean beyond. Whether you want to zone out by one of the two swimming pools, tone up at a daily fitness class, or treat your mind, body and soul in the spa, F Zeen has it covered. The hotel can charter luxury yacht cruises for guests to explore the coastline, arrange guided tours of ancient landmarks, and book wine tastings at local vineyards. Come October, guests will have the opportunity to take part in olive picking and learn about the processes which go into making olive oil, then take home the finished product for a perfect holiday memento.
Rooms: The award-winning suites have been designed with respect to local materials and international standards of luxury, beautifully appointed in a modern Grecian style. All the rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a minibar, satellite TV and complimentary Wi-Fi, and bathrooms feature walk-in showers for two. Space is effectively planned with gorgeous touches such as opulent bedding, a pillow menu, and locally made amenities. Five different room types are offered to guests, including the Terrace Penthouses, which come with vast balconies for enjoying sundowners or moonlit conversations.
Food & drink: The owners’ daughter is a yoga teacher (catch her offering lessons most days) and has lent her love of all things healthy and natural to the resort. It’s a treat to see on-trend raw food dishes and luscious dairy-free smoothies on the menu, alongside more traditional Greek dishes, and poolside favourites, such as the winning club sandwich. An extensive range of herbal teas is available from the bar, as well as the stronger stuff, including Unique’s delicious own brand of house wine.
We love…the outdoor cinema screenings. Catch a classic flick in the balmy olive trees, complete with homemade popcorn.
Don’t bother…packing your dancing shoes. F Zeen is a place to let go and relax, and we recommend early starts over late nights if you want to make the most of the resort.
How much? Classic Retreats start from €160 per night on a B&B basis.