Graham on boat

Graham Carter, Senior Greece Trip Designer

I grew up in South Africa and feel very fortunate to have spent my childhood living in both the city and spending holidays on our families farms. Living in the city gave me the opportunity to enjoy time with friends and take part in a variety of sports. There were no phones, Sony Play stations or online games when I was growing up, so many hours were spent either in our garden playing cricket with friends until late or on the tennis court. My early childhood years spent on our family farms gave me my adventurous side, learning to drive tractors aged 12, shooting rats in the chicken pen (badly) and waking up at 5am to go fishing. Today my spirit of adventure still lives on and no holiday is planned without a bit of adventure included.

Since leaving South Africa in 1999, I have lived in Palm Beach and subsequently London. Whilst I still miss the outdoor lifestyle I grew up with in South Africa, my passion for travel has been met living in London, where I have been fortunate to travel to over 80 countries.

My Favorite Greek Island

The island I have visited the most and really enjoy spending time on is Mykonos. You can spend hours getting lost amongst its colourful streets adorned with interesting boutique stores. As a food lover, I enjoy the fact that one night you can be sampling an authentic local restaurant and the next fine dining on world class cuisine – it offers something for everyone. Mykonos offers probably the best choice of beaches and also beach bars in all of Greece and really caters for beach lovers. The island is fortunate to enjoy excellent ferry connections to Santorini, Naxos and Paros, so it’s a perfect island to easily fit into almost any itinerary.

  • Stelle Island Resort, Crete

    My Favorite Greek Hotel

    I have two favourite hotels in Greece. The first is Stella Island Resort in Crete, which reminds me of a Maldives like floating resort with its myriad of pools and suites with their own swim up balconies. The second hotel is 18 Grapes in Naxos, which I recommend to a lot of my clients. It’s not only a hidden gem but it also offers probably the best service I have come across in Greece.

  • Cavo Tagoo

    My Favorite Sunset Moment

    My favourite place to enjoy a sundowner and chill in Greece has to be Cavo Tagoo. The hotels impressive infinity pool provides a backdrop to an unforgettable sunset experience, accompanied by a superb cocktail menu and a live DJ each evening during the Summer months. Alongside Santorini’s caldera view, this is one of the prettiest places to see the sunset in Greece.

  • Lauda Restaurant, Santorini

    My Favorite Greek Restaurant

    The one restaurant my wife and I always talk about and holds a special memories for us is Lauda Restaurant in Santorini. We first visited this stunning restaurant in 2018 and were very fortunate to get the table with the red chairs, which are impossible to book. We did and not only was their tasting menu to die for but the caldera view at sunset was something else. If you are celebrating a special occasion, then I highly recommend Lauda.

  • Cooking class in Mykonos with Teta

    My Favorite Travel Experience in Greece

    If you are a fan of authentic cooking classes and sampling really tasty Greek food, then my top recommendation is a private cooking class in Mykonos with Teta at her home in Mykonos. Notwithstanding her absolutely beautiful home, her cooking class is a lot of fun with delicious food and useful cooking tips which still today we use in our kitchen at home.