Our Selection of the Best Greek Islands Hotels
In the middle of the Aegean Sea, the Greek islands seem to be a destination blessed by God. While each island is unique in its own way, this archipelago of islands is home to some of the most magnificent beaches and coastlines in Europe. The history of Greece has always run through them, culminating from the fine sandy beaches of Milos to the impressive volcanic rocky outcrops of Santorini. At the same time, the northern islands have lush vegetation that contrasts with villages of tiny, cubic houses that glow white. Endless islands are offered to the seafarer, and we are here to reward the best hotels and villas on all these Mediterranean gems.
Our Best Greek Islands Hotels in Santorini
Santorini Island's first infinity pool is for adults only, as are the lovely rooms in these 300-year-old caves. Nestled in traditional cave dwellings, now equipped with kitchenettes and skylights, tranquil colors and olive trees inside, it calls for your much-needed and deeply relaxing vacation. In perfect addition to the terrace of the Mediterranean restaurant, where modern Greek specialties are served, there is an unobstructed view of the deep blue Aegean Sea waiting for you from the hotel, as well as an in-house library, a spa with its own gym, and plenty of undisturbed you-time.
“Highlights like a heated cave pool and jetlag massages at the spa make guests never want to leave.”
Whitewashed walls, romantic platform beds, windows overlooking the caldera, steep stone staircases, cave-like rooms, bright and airy spaces – the Andronis Luxury Suites on the volcanic island of Santorini is the epitome of the Cycladic dream and only those who know it know where it is. Lucky you do now. The aesthetic is completed with heated plunge pools and wine tastings at sunset – no one needs more.
“You have rarely had such an unforgettable experience anywhere else in the world. Not just exceptional. Iconic. Unforgettable.”Check availability
At the gates of Oia lies the deliberately secluded Hotel Canaves Oia, split over two typical Greek-white Santorini-style stone buildings. Here, from one of the two pools or directly from your private rooms and suites, you get to enjoy views of Imerovigli and the surrounding islands on one side, and Oia and the Caldera on the other. In the in-house restaurants, connoisseurs are rewarded daily with fresh seafood and Greek wines, whilst gazing at the starry sky in a good mood until late at night.
“The stunning view, with an inspiring landscape on the Caldera and unobstructed sea view, completely redefines the perception of luxury.”Check availability
Mystique Hotel‘s villas at Santorini island are minimalist, but no less refined, we find. Nature-inspired design in neutral tones, organic shapes and stone-on-wood accents caress the airy, cavernous architecture. Handcrafted furniture, well-appointed bathrooms with glass rain showers and Jacuzzi tubs, as well as balconies with comfortable daybeds, excited our understanding of good taste. The Mystery Villa makes the centerpiece of the hotel, with a private, secluded infinity pool. We say: the absolute highlight and hard to beat.
“The beautiful sunset and mouth-watering freshly made breakfast is worth every cent.”Check availability
Our Best Greek Islands Hotels in Crete
Cayo Exclusive Resort & Spa offers its guests an environment that takes into account the spiritual, cultural and natural surroundings of Elounda in Crete, where it is located. Its eco-friendly design and architecture highlight the characteristics of the local climate. The attractive interiors were conceived by the famous Italian art director and designer Gian Paolo Venier. Its avant-garde design forms combine elements of modern European culture with Greek and Cretan traditions. On top of that, you will enjoy the menu of Lefteris Lazarou, the first Greek chef to receive a Michelin star, who cooks with the freshest seasonal produce from select organic farms.
“If you want to experience Crete at its most natural, this hotel is for you. From its ambience to the dishes served, it is eco-friendly.”Check availability
Those of you looking for that something special: how about the ultra-luxe villas at the Domes of Elounda in Crete? With up to three bedrooms, granite bathrooms with two-person Jacuzzis and balconies, and an outdoor living room overlooking the Gulf of Elounda and the nearby island of Spinalonga, you will certainly be rewarded. A private spa, sauna, four-person Jacuzzi overlooking the Mediterranean, complimentary sun loungers on the beach, and limousine transfers to the airport are all included here. Amazement guaranteed.
“The Domes have been crafted with gusto, combining contemporary design trends with soothing natural materials, local flair and intriguing details.”Check availability
37 hectares of hillside on the quiet side of Crete are home to Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas. Modern restaurants serving upscale Mediterranean cuisine, rooms with natural stone, magnificent sea views thanks to the cascading hillside construction that reaches down to the beach, labyrinthine tunnels and a cable car, offered us pure indulgence. We booked The Mansion Villa, with its own concierge, opulent and open living spaces, floor-to-ceiling windows, private spa with heated indoor pool and fully equipped gym, as well as three bedrooms with walk-in wardrobes and designer furniture. Sometimes it just has to be more.
“The resort’s exclusive location, along with its impressive architecture seamlessly blending in with the rugged surroundings, creates a natural hub of beauty and serenity for you to explore.”Check availability
The Royal Blue Villa at the bohemian-chic Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa in Crete is a three-bedroom residence with open-plan living spaces and high arches. A heated pool and sprawling veranda with palm-fringed gardens overlooking the azure sea are just the start. Thanks to a separate entrance and a wood-burning oven and barbecue by the pool, your breakfast, lunch and dinner will be prepared and served almost unnoticed in your rooms and in the private dining areas. As a Villa guest you will also have exclusive access to The Haven, a private section of the beach. Private is the new luxury.
“The olive tree–fringed private beach of Blue Palace offers a magnificent sense of spaciousness and calm while private decks ensure a pristine and soothing environment always.”Check availability
Our Best Greek Islands Hotels in Mykonos
Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge Hotel is located near Mykonos Town, on the beach of Megali Ammos with views of the Aegean Sea. The suites are designed with neutral and warm colours, fine bedding, wood finishes and white walls to create a relaxing atmosphere. Some of them also feature private plunge pools, balconies and verandas. Indulge yourself in the soothing Valmont Spa Mykonos, sunbathe by the infinity pool, explore the island with private shuttle services or enjoy tailor-made experiences. If the time can be made even better, the hotel offers delicious dining at its Gastronomy Project restaurant by chef Ntinos Fotinakis.
“Perfect for those looking for a romantic retreat, sea views, spa and beauty services, and first class gastronomy.”Check availability
Located just outside Mykonos Town, on a quiet hill overlooking the Aegean Sea, this property invites you to the ultimate relax-and-unwind vacation experience. With luxurious and contemporary suites, Boheme Mykonos Town offers high levels of hospitality coupled with untouched privacy. Take your time by the fabulous outdoor pool, the sea view gym or discover the holistic therapies offered by the spa. Experience a unique culinary adventure at Bilo Restaurant, where the local seasonal and Mediterranean cuisine are waiting to delight you!
“With impeccable service and contemporary, naturally modern style, the retreat offers high levels of hospitality coupled with untouched privacy.”Check availability
The Cavo Tagoo Mykonos hotel is located on a cliff facing the Aegean Sea and has been completely rebuilt and redesigned. It blends perfectly into the extraordinary landscape of the Cyclades, thanks to its minimalist décor with whitewashed walls and splashes of bright colours. Each individually designed room offers a spectacular view of the sea from its spacious balconies. Bathrooms feature spa bathtubs, separate showers and quality products to add a special touch of luxury to your stay. Enjoy your evenings at the poolside restaurant with spectacular sunsets, or at the aquarium bar with delicious cocktails.
“The open view of the blue sea, the minimalist design, the aquarium bar, are enough reasons to spend your next holiday here.”Check availability
We enjoyed Mediterranean Zen inspired by the natural beauty of Greece, here at Kensho Ornos Mykonos. White walls, light wood and copper light fixtures that relax the look with sophistication welcomed us. But the crown jewel is the five-bedroom villa with furniture by renowned designers such as Patricia Urquiola. Luxurious bedlinen and products by Hermès complete the experience. We especially recommend an afternoon sunbath on the terrace and by the infinity pool overlooking Ornos beach, before indulging in chef George Stylianoudakis’s inventive menus in the hotel restaurant.
“Words like sea, sky, blue, light, and comfort appeal to the senses in this hotel on the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos.”Check availability
Our best Greek Islands Hotels in Rhodes
Set against the backdrop of Tsambika Mountain, Casa Cook Rhodes offers a retreat for travellers with aspirations. This boutique hotel is for adults only. Minimalist, stylish and unconventional design, wood and natural colours in harmony with the landscape of olive groves and rocky hills. The all-day Kitchen Club with bar, restaurant and pool area are the heart of the hotel and the beats of the hotel's own DJ beguile the senses. Why not explore Kolymbia and Kolymbia Beach, within walking distance, and the secluded sandy Tsambika Beach, also just a short drive from the resort. Sometimes being grown-up is not so bad.
“Indulge your wanderlust by dipping into the pool from your private veranda or joining into the kitchen club: Rhodes offers an experience full of contrasts.”Check availability
Our best Greek Islands Hotel on Kos
Consisting of one and two-storey cubist houses surrounded by gardens and courtyards, a design inspired by the traditional architecture of the Greek islands, the OKU Kos Hotel is an exclusive luxury refuge for a relaxing holiday. Its approach is slow, conscious and minimalist living. Its rooms, suites and private villas are decorated with clean-lined furniture combined with natural textiles and exotic accessories to create the ideal space for relaxation. Indoor and outdoor restaurants with open kitchens, a bar and a terrace with pool and beach views complete the stay.
“The hotel convinces with its high standard and the simultaneous feeling of naturalness and tranquillity!”Check availability
Last Updated on February 12, 2024 by Editorial Team
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