Catwalk queens Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss (below right) were spotted on the island of Patmos last summer – a retreat from the runway, revealed after Campbell posted pictures on her Instagram account. But it’s not all partying: both Julia Roberts and Richard Gere chose serene corners of Patmos for their holiday homes, inspired by Buddhism and the meditative allure of hilltop Hora. Its 10th-century monastery is a whitewashed sanctuary of shaded passageways and medieval frescoes. From the Aga Khan to Prince Michael of Greece, various members of royalty have made Patmos their home. The volcanic landscape provides dramatic vistas; spend your days sipping ouzo and swimming in the warm Aegean sea, then browse the boutiques of Skala before dining late at local tavernas serving vineleaf dolmades and stifado.


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