The Ionian islands on Greece’s west coast are a unique collection of emerald treasures, perched elegantly in the warm waters of the Ionian Sea. Corfu, Kefalonia, Zakynthos, Lefkada and the numerous smaller islands which surround them have a rich and diverse history, resulting in an elegant combination of Italian, French, British and Greek style, and a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. Combine this with their dramatic scenery – imposing green mountains, white sand beaches and crystal clear waters – and it is no surprise that the region is a preferred destination for the international jet set.
And so to a small, pine-covered island, known by many but experienced by few. This is Skorpios, a private paradise of just 74 acres but synonymous around the world with luxury and privilege.
Less than 2 miles off the coast of Lekfada, Skorpios was bought in 1963 by Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, who had long dreamt of establishing an exclusive hideaway for himself and his family.
Prior to Onassis’ arrival, the island was dry and barren, with no fresh water and few trees. Not to be deterred, he simply purchased a neighbouring mountain, developing the infrastructure necessary to pipe in water, electricity and other utilities necessary to modern, luxury living. Beautiful golden beaches were constructed by importing the finest sand from Salamis, and over 200 varieties of trees were planted to blanket the island in shade and greenery.
In 1968 Onassis married former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy in a quiet private wedding in the chapel on Skorpios. For the next 5 years the island was one of the top international destinations for the beau monde, hosting lavish parties and summertime gatherings, whilst simultaneously providing an idyllic retreat from the stresses of modern life (and the paparazzi) for Onassis and Kennedy.
Today, the island is owned by the Rybolovlev family, who plan to develop it into a elite, high-end resort. With its idyllic beaches, sparkling sapphire waters and sun-drenched landscape, Skorpios is sure to become the next place to see and be seen, rivalling Mykonos, Sardinia and the French Riviera for A-list parties, yachting and summertime living.
Greece Sotheby’s International Realty welcomes a new entry to its Private Collection Catalogue: Mystique, a rare and secluded 6~bedrooms beachfront villa on the Lekfada coastline opposite Meganissi and Skorpios. For more information about the property, please contact us.