Bringing the Mediterranean Dream to Life: Hotel Villa Margarit, Saranda

A whitewashed property with balconies, breathtaking sea views and a lush garden: Villa Margarit is a small oasis of peace and quiet in the heart of Saranda. This family-run hotel, one of the first accommodations in the coastal town, opened its doors in 1992 and today is among the best hotels in south Albania. The property is strategically located near supermarkets, restaurants, banks, bus stops and the port. At Villa Margarit, beautifully bohemian style, green elements and items that could have been plucked straight from European flea markets, fill the cosy space with wooden tables, colored curtains, bougainvillea, and comfortable beds. We wouldn’t blame you for spending your entire stay ensconced here.


©Villa Margarit
©Villa Margarit

There are 12 rooms, 8 of them with sea views and private balconies, with spacious, light-filled interiors. Natural materials such as wood and ceramics are complemented by handcrafted objects from Albania, including geometrical-patterned pillows, handmade macramè items and fresh flowers from the garden. Walls are a calming blush-pink color, offset by minimalistic elements, paintings and large windows. At the second floor of the property, there is a small library with books gifted or unintentionally forgotten by previous guests. You can start your day reading one of them while drinking coffee and relaxing surrounded by plants and flowers. What about the food? Every morning an Albanian breakfast is served in the garden. Also, Villa Margarit cooperates with one of the best sea food restaurants in town, Balbi 34 -hotel’s guests have small discounts for lunch and dinner. 


©Villa Margarit

©Villa Margarit

As the unofficial capital of the Albanian Riviera, Saranda is a popular city for most visitors who travel to the country. So, enjoy the town -don’t miss to visit Lekuresi castle and the old synagogue’s ruins- and surrounding beaches, including Pulëbardha, Lukovë, Kakomë and Krorez. The best way to enjoy them is with a private boat tour -book it directly at Villa Margarit’s reception. The staff will be more than happy to help you arranging a perfect sea gateway. About 10 km from Saranda, lie Ksamil’s white-sand beaches. This place, known as the Maldives of Albania thanks to its crystalline waters and idyllic landscape, is one of the most famous destinations in the country. Spend the day here relaxing at the beach or swimming in Ksamil’s blue waters and reach by boat the islands for supreme snorkelling opportunities before coming back to Villa Margarit for enjoying your perfect Albanian summer night. 


Find out more about Villa Margarit:
Instagram: @hotelvillamargarit
Tel: +355689008484
Location: Rruga Jonianet, Saranda 

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