|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Recommended in The Times top 50 beach villas and featured in Harper Bazaar's top 100, Dolphins Leap sleeps 14 and consists of a large luxury villa (the main house) sleeping 12 and a separate luxurious two-storey stone house (the Writers Retreat) sleeping 2. The main house which has 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms can be rented separately in the mid and low season. (Please contact the owners for prices) There is a beautiful infinity pool overlooking the sea which is surrounded by a large flagstone sunbathing terrace. A yoga terrace is hidden in the olive trees below the house and from here steps lead down to the sea and rocks below. Take a dip in the sea off the rocks, plunge into the infinity pool or take a gentle stroll down to the beach below the house (2 minute stroll through an olive wood) Everything you could possibly want to make this the perfect chilled group holiday by the sea is here.
Dolphins Leap is right next to a beautiful unspoilt sandy beach, just a 2 minute saunter through an old olive grove and you are there. A 10 minute walk on from the beach are the tavernas in Lefokastro which are all good quality and very reasonably priced or if you prefer you can self cater at the house. From the large open terraces there are fantastic sea views. You can hear the waves lapping on the beach and the rocks below. With panoramic views, breath-taking sunsets, and loads of space, indoors and out, Dolphin's Leap is ideal for a large group of people, two families (even three) or a group of friends wishing to share in a very Greek unspoilt sea location. The main shopping centre is only a 10-minute drive away in the hilltop town of Argalasti) so if self catering is your aim you will have everything on your doorstep! The property has been designed and built with large groups in mind. The large fully equipped open plan kitchen with large cooker and large fridge also means that self catering is fun and effortless. Cooked evening meals can be booked on request.
For anyone wanting to explore the local coastline by sea, Dolphin's Leap has its own private mooring below the house. The owner can arrange the use of a private motor boat during summer months (contact owner for details) or alternatively can arrange boat hire to meet more specific requirements. During the high season our 5 seat motor boat is included in the price.
Dolphin's Leap is licensed with the Greek Tourist Office (EOT) - Greek licence number MHTE:0726K123K0382801.
I run Dolphins Leap with my husband, Nick. In search of a plot by the sea we discovered this unique place in Pelion and together with the local craftsmen created our beautiful house by the water's edge. We finished the build in 2011 and are delighted that we have been able to achieve our dream which was to create something in perfect harmony with the environment and nature in a truly unspoilt and timeless part of beautiful Greece. Its really a magical spot very private but not isolated and surrounded by nature and forest and everything that is in harmony in this Mediterranean climate where lavender wild thyme and oregano abound. Timeless, effortless and beautiful. Many guests have enjoyed their summer holidays at Dolphins Leap and last year we built a yoga terrace in one of our olive groves just above the sea. Steps lead down to rocks below and the swimming there is very special. So another dream has been realised.
Pippa Dale-Harris purchased this villa in 2006
This the perfect luxury escape for a group of friends, a large family or two or three families wishing to share. This villa has been designed and built with large groups in mind. A main house is divided into two separate wings and a beautiful two storey annexe provides spacious accommodation for two. The property is right next to a sandy beach, has a beautiful infinity pool, large open terraces and 7 large bedrooms. There is a beautiful yoga terrace hidden in the olive trees below the house from where steps lead down to the sea and rocks below providing the perfect spot to take an early morning or late evening dip in the Aegean sea. You will need to bring goggles and snorkels if you want to enjoy the crystal clear water. 10 minute walk from the house are the taverns in the village which all offer very reasonably priced and good quality food. If you are wanting to self cater then the large fully equipped kitchen with large smeg cooker and spacious fridge has everything. There is masses of outdoor space, outdoor furniture for relaxation is positioned around the property and sun beds are on the pool terrace and also on the yoga terrace. The beautiful terraces all have sea views. There is no need for transport here. Just walk to tavernas in the village or take the boat to neighbouring villages or amble along beautiful old coastal footpaths to neighbouring villages. This is a timeless unspoilt location on the sea. A sandy beach below the house, crystal clear water, more unspoilt sandy beaches and coves waiting to be discovered.
Everything about the location is perfect for a private group gathering in an unspoilt location right on the sea. You can self cater in luxury, shops just literally at 10 minute drive away, walk to tavernas for lunch or choose to have a cooked evening meal at the house. Enjoy the breathtaking view from the Yoga terrace, a beautiful open stone terrace in a secluded spot, hidden by olive trees and just above the water's edge. From here you take the steps down to the rocks below and take a dip in the Aegean Sea. You'll wish you'd brought your goggles and snorkels although clarity of the water is so great at times that even those aren't needed. In general large open flagstone terraces surround the property from which breathtaking uninterrupted far reaching sea views can be enjoyed. These views are straight out to sea - an 180 uninterrupted seascape always changing and always in your vision. Only the very occasional yacht or motor boat will break the silence. It's not a wind surfing or water skiiers paradise as this area is for Greek people who choose to enjoy their vacations by swimming and relaxing. The infinity pool has plenty of sun loungers and is surrounded by a large stone sun terrace which merges with the hillside behind and the sea beyond. Using the skill and knowledge of the local craftsmen we have been able to create something really unique yet in keeping with the local architecture of the region. It has taken many years and a lot of patience to achieve this. It has certainly been worth the wait.
The villa is secluded and totally private but within 10 minutes walk of the village of Lefokastro with four tavernas. We were a party of two couples (ages45-55) with children and adult children with boyfriends - 10 of us in all. The main draw during the day was the use of the boat to get us to the other villages along the coast. Affissos to the north was great for the adult children with it's beach bars and buzzing beaches. We preferred next door Kalamos which was quiet and had a super sandy beach - our favourite taverna had parasols and deckchairs on the beach that went down to the sea and served the best souvlakia (lunch at 2.30 pm when the sun was at it's hottest was great). Further to the south, Milina offered an extensive range of restaurants on the promenade and had the best pitta Gyros (as voted by the kids). The feature of the holiday was boat with the dolphins in the bay. We spotted them three times from the villa and the kids raced down to the boat 'Baywatch' style to catch up with them. On one occasion there were around 20 in the pack with 2 babies jumping at the same time as their mother alongside the boat! Truly special! Dolphins are quite slow in the water so it's not difficult to catch up with them - don't forget a face mask as you can jump in and watch them underwater in the clear blue seas. The best place to find them are in the bays to the south of the villa where they appear to feed. You wont' see them often but need to be ready when you do! - we saw them 3 times in 10 days. The villa was at it's best in the afternoon using the infinity pool and watching the truly amazing sunsets. My wife and I are keen walkers and we loved the waymarked routes (called kalderimis) to Aragalasti (where we drove to do all of our supermaket shopping) and up the dry canyon to Efetes. Also the one hour beach path walk to Kalamos was a regular trip for us. Our only gripe was the 4 hour journey from Thessonoliki airport- thanks to BA we got to the villa late at 3am! The drive down into the property is steep but easily mastered -even with our I litre hired Corsa!
Truly fantastic holiday had by all!
We have stayed twice at Dolphins Leap & are already booked to go again this year. It is definitely now a hugely anticipated annual treat. Dolphins Leap is a slice of Pelion perfection. Set on a hillside, the views are breathtaking and the minute you arrive there is a wonderful sense of peace & tranquility. The house is very spacious - cool, very comfortable & very well maintained. The nearest village is the perfect place to walk for the most delicious lunches/dinners. The locals are very friendly and charming. Reluctant to write a review as we want to keep it all to ourselves!!! It really is heaven on earth and we can't wait to return in September again.
This was the third time we have stayed at Dolphin's Leap and yet again it fulfilled everything we dream of in a family holiday - it is beautifully and tranquilly decorated, there's so much space that guests can choose when they want to be sociable, the views are breathtaking, the sea so inviting and the local tavernas are fabulous. The sunsets provided the perfect backdrop to our evening dinners!
We travelled as 2 families from the UK. We were greeted by the owners on arrival and they made us feel very welcome. This residence is in a beautiful location with an absolutely amazing view of the sea. Life is very simple here - eat, swim and relax. There are opportunities to travel by boat or car to unspoilt villages where we sampled the local food. This is proper unspoilt Greece. The journey from Volos to the property was relatively easy. We enjoyed using the boat and we rented a second boat so as to accommodate both families. The sunset here is amazing and the accommodation was very spacious with all the required facilities and a lovely outside dining area for spending long evenings. The property is surrounded by wonderful olive groves and the journey across to the east coast of the peninsula was easy and enjoyable as there are several large beaches here which the younger children enjoyed greatly. We will be back!
We spent the last week of September at Dolphin’s Leap. Any anxieties about having left it too late to make the most of sun and sea evaporated as we drove down the hill to the house. The sun was setting over the bay and the view was spectacular. Dinner around the table on the terrace was the first of all our meals to be taken out of doors. Breakfast the next morning was interrupted by a sighting of dolphins playing in the sea just below the house – what a treat.
This is the perfect place to relax – our only dilemma was whether to collapse by the pool, take the short walk down to the beach – where we were often the only inhabitants - or walk along the coast path for lunch at a taverna – hard choices!
The house was perfect – large spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, everything spotlessly clean (good towels and the unexpected treats of shower gels/shampoos etc.). Everything one could possibly need in the kitchen – enviously well-equipped. It was clear that a lot of trouble had been taken, and no detail had been overlooked, to ensure that visitors lacked for nothing. Great pool – perfect for an early morning dip.
This was our first holiday in Greece, and having decided on the mainland rather than the more obvious island choice, we realised the benefit of not having to rely on ferries to reach our destination. This is a relatively ‘un touristy’ part of Greece, and whether walking through the olive groves along the coast path, or taking longer hikes through the hills, the scenery is spectacular, and although we were too late in the year for the best of the wild flowers, one could image what it would be like in the Spring – that’s for another visit, and we can’t wait!
We cannot recommend Dolphin’s Leap too highly – don’t miss it.
If you are seeking a unique location with spectacular uninterrupted sea views from large open stone terraces (with unbelievable sunsets), an infinity pool, your own boat, direct access to the beach, crystal clear sea, and spacious luxurious accommodation then look no further. The property is west facing too so the sunsets are glorious. Tavernas in the village are in walking distance and there are excellent supermarkets, a 24 hour medical centre and shops just a 10 minute drive away. This is the perfect base for a wonderfully relaxing beach holiday in a villa which is very private and secluded but yet not isolated.
This is one of the last truly unspoilt parts of Greece, still off the beaten track as far as European tourists are concerned, but a popular destination for Greeks seeking peace and tranquility. In the spring and autumn Pelion is a popular destination for walkers, with a number of public footpaths running through the foothills and round the coastline. The villa provides direct access to a coastal footpath which provides a stunning setting for walks to Kalamos, Afissos and beyond. For sailors, the Pagasitic Gulf offers perfect sheltered anchorage for yachts, and a base to explore Pelion and the neighbouring Sporades islands, Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonyssos. Yachts can be chartered in Volos, and smaller boats (sailing or motor) can be hired nearby. Pelion is popular all the year round, with skiing in the winter on Mount Pelion - not alpine standard but with 4 runs and a ski-lift - all within 1 hours drive from the villa.
is one of the last truly unspoilt parts of Greece, still off the beaten track as far as European tourists are peace and tranquility.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$616|
A security deposit of 600 euros will be taken at the time of booking to cover any breakages or damages to furnishings or equipment on the property. The deposit will be returned (less any deductions for breakages) within one week of the end of the stay.
The price quoted includes weekly clean and change of linen and towels. Additional maid service can be arranged.