I have found lots of great advice and information in these forums but with dozens and dozens of islands to choose from, I'm still feeling too overwhelmed to narrow down travel plans.
My husband and I (late 20s) and my parents (early 60s) are considering a 2-week trip to the Greek Islands. Looking for beachfront lodging in a quiet and comfortable location away from the crowds. We would prefer spending a few consecutive days in the same location, taking in the local atmosphere, so we would prefer not to island-hop, but may split the time between week-long stays in 2 different locations.
A clean swimmable beach and towns/villages to explore within walking distance are a priority. Places for light hiking and shady areas are desirable. We don't plan to do any heavy-duty sight-seeing and don't care for the nightlife scene. Just want a place off-the-beaten-path with great nature and opportunities to explore local life, customs, etc. At the same time, we'd want worry-free and comfortable accommodations.
So far, I have zeroed in on Skopelos (namely Adrina Hotel - http://www.skopelos-island.gr/ ), Rhodes (Lindos Mare Hotel - www.lindosmare.gr/english/overview.html ) and Oia (not sure about lodging yet). Adrina seems to fit the bill, but my concern with Lindos Mare is that it's next to a highway and you need to drive or take a cab to town.
Finally, we would most likely go in late May-early June '07, and so a beach with water warm enough to swim would be great.
Are there other islands/lodgings I should be considering given our preferences?