Start with what’s here: breeze through the bountiful breakfast spread, banish any remaining tension at the Asian spa before dropping into a sunlounger to while away the afternoon with a good book, aided by a refreshing cocktail or two from the poolside bar. When you’re ready to head out, Parikia is Paros’ largest town and where you’ll find the awe-inspiring (and admittedly hard to pronounce) Panagia Ekatondapyliani, a Byzantine monastery complex that dates from AD 326. Did you know that the Venus de Milo and Napoleon's tomb were both made from Parian marble? Unfortunately the artefacts at the tiny Archeological Museum (also in Parikia) are rather less racy, but the museum is a fascinating walk through the island’s ancient history nonetheless. Next, get lost wandering the labyrinthine lanes of jewel town Naoussa – you’ll be rewarded with fashion boutiques, artisanal shops and trad tavernas on the waterfront. Adrenaline seekers should gallop to Golden Beach, famous for windsurfing (every August they hold the windsurfing world cup at this very spot). For more secretive swimming, visit Laggeri Beach near Naoussa but leave little Smiths at home for this outing – some of your fellow sunbathers will be au naturel, if you catch our drift. If nudey beaches are not your bag, take the seven-minute water ferry to Antiparos (they run regularly from Parikia) to visit the awe-inspiring Cave of Antiparos – take sturdy shoes for the steps, all 411 of them.