At Emelisse, one turquoise infinity pool spills endlessly into another before seeming to pour directly into the glittering Ionian Sea. Come evening, dozens of glowing lanterns illuminate the pools, stone terraces, and two outdoor restaurants, as well as the open-air cinema. Framed by dark cypress and cedar trees, the suites, villas, and maisonettes (two-story abodes) cater to every combination of adults and children with teak canopy beds and fine Italian linens.
Just as enchanting as the setting are Emelisse’s myriad activities. The largest of the Ionian islands, Kefalonia offers everything from steep cliffs and mountains (Mount Aenos is the third highest in Greece) to stunning beaches of both sand and pebbles. At the hotel, guests can sign up for scuba lessons and tennis matches, head to the nearby stretch of pebbly beach, or take a 25-minute walk to the quaint port town of Fiskardo.