10 Best Greek Island Hotels

10 Best Greek Island Hotels

    (The rooster)

(The rooster)

It’s not hard to understand the enduring appeal of a Greek island vacation – powdery soft sands, quaint white and blue villages, translucent seas and all that incredible food.

And with so many atolls to choose from (roughly 277), the good news is that there’s something for everyone – whether you prefer a hilltop retreat or a beachfront aesthetic, we’ve got all the inspiration you need for your very own Greek need odyssey.

The Rooster, Antiparos (The Rooster)

The Rooster, Antiparos (The Rooster)

The Rooster, Antiparos

Until now, tranquil Antiparos has been Greece’s best-kept secret. But word has gotten around thanks to The Rooster, a slow-living retreat made up of 16 villas that blend seamlessly into a landscape of olive trees, lavender, and wild grasses, each with their own private pool. With no TVs in the rooms, this is a place to unwind completely — daily yoga at the House of Healing Spa is included in the room rate to help you do that. The rugged landscape drops down to Livadia’s crescent-shaped beach, where you can enjoy a picnic basket packed by the friendly staff and enjoy the island’s best sunsets.

Price: Rooms from around £580 per night; theroosterantiparos.com

Istoria, Santorini (Istoria)

Istoria, Santorini (Istoria)

Istoria, Santorini

Santorini has become the epitome of the ultimate Greek island paradise, and the beautiful boutique Hotel Istoria proves it deserves such a reputation. Nestled on the south shore, just above a 3km stretch of soft black sand, the 12 rustic suites are decorated in an alluring mix of terracotta, wood and concrete, with marble-topped console tables and ceramic pendant lights. There’s a restaurant helmed by Noma alum Alexandros Tsiotinis and an Ila Spa; Not to mention the island’s longest infinity pool with super comfy loungers and a sunken bar for your daily Aperol spritz.

Price: Rooms from around £570 per night; istoriahotel.gr

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos (@fkalliope)

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos (@fkalliope)

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos

From the team behind Mykonos’ popular Interni restaurant comes The Wild Hotel, set dramatically in a natural cliff-top amphitheater overlooking Kalafati Beach. Each of the 40 white-walled suites and villas has been designed with the shapes and colors of traditional Greek architecture in mind. From the blond-beamed ceilings to the wicker lounge chairs and private pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, these chic havens offer absolute tranquility. Of course, the food is delicious – enjoy classic Mediterranean dishes, including moussaka and stuffed vine leaves, with a modern twist.

Price: Rooms from around £312 per night; thewildhotel.com

OKU, Kos (Georg Roske)

OKU, Kos (Georg Roske)

OKU, Kos

It’s easy to fall in love with the adults-only getaway at OKU Hotel in Kos (they also have a dreamy Ibiza outpost). This is laid-back luxury at its finest – minimalist, bohemian interiors, a gleaming swimmable pool, a private sandy beach and a farm-to-table menu of delights, including homemade tzatziki and Aegean sea bass with coriander and black olives. Junior swim-up suites are very spacious and decorated in neutral tones, with powerful waterfall showers in the bathroom, direct access to a pool (shared by one or two other rooms), and hammocks on the shaded patio — the perfect spot to soak it to make yourself comfortable with a holiday read in the midday heat.

Price: Rooms from around £191 per night; okuhotels.com

Verina Astra, Sifnos (Verina Astra)

Verina Astra, Sifnos (Verina Astra)

Verina Astra, Sifnos

Sifnos is one of the lesser-known destinations in the Cyclades, but it certainly deserves your attention. Stay at Verina Astra on the cliffs where daily life is easy: wake up to a gorgeous orange sunrise before heading down to breakfast (think poached eggs with brioche and pancakes with walnuts and thyme honey). In the afternoons, some guests laze by the saltwater infinity pool – Pantone-tuned to just the right hue of Aegean blue – while more active visitors will enjoy the hotel’s access to some of Greece’s finest hiking trails.

Price: Rooms from around £207 per night; www.verinahotelsifnos.com

Naxian on the Beach, Naxos (Naxian on the Beach)

Naxian on the Beach, Naxos (Naxian on the Beach)

Naxian on the beach, Naxos

A stone’s throw from the golden sands of Naxos, Naxian on the Beach is an airy, laid-back hideaway that invites you to kick off your shoes and forget them for the duration of your stay. The ten guest rooms are furnished with local, natural materials and each has an indoor or outdoor Jacuzzi and a terrace overlooking the sparkling waters of the Aegean. Foodies are in for a treat here – Tortuga Restaurant rightly focuses on fresh seafood, from perfectly grilled lobster to tangy ceviche, with dishes so good you’ll want to eat them twice.

Price: Rooms from around £180 per night; naxianonthebeach.com

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete (Domes Zeen Chania)

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete (Domes Zeen Chania)

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete

Part of The Luxury Collection’s award-winning list of hotels, Domes Zeen Chania is one of the most picturesque hotels in Crete, set in a tropical estate with banana and palm trees. Though it’s tempting to remain cloaked in your room or bungalow, surrounded by light gray curtains, rattan furniture, and marble floors, don’t miss the opportunity to swim a few laps in the elegant pool or dine at the Enino Gastronomy Restaurant, which has excellent ones local wine list to match the Cretan inspired food. If you wish to venture further afield, the characterful old port town of Chania, one of the oldest settlements in the world, is within walking distance and well worth a visit.

Price: Rooms from around £161 per night; domesorts.com

Olea All Suites Hotel, Zakynthos

Olea All Suites Hotel, Zakynthos

Olea All Suite Hotel, Zakynthos

As the name suggests, all 93 rooms at the Olea All Suite Hotel offer maximum space without compromising on style. The property marks a new era of hospitality on Zakynthos, Greece’s greenest island, with a modernist design led by Athens and Stockholm-based firm Block722architects+ that references the area’s lush landscape. In addition to three restaurants and three bars you will find a 4000 m² swimming pool, a yoga pavilion, a fully equipped gym and a fantastic spa with relaxing treatments using local herbs and Ayurvedic techniques.

Price: Rooms from around £371 per night; oleaallsuitehotel.com

Andronis Arcadia, Santorini (Andronis Arcadia)

Andronis Arcadia, Santorini (Andronis Arcadia)

Andronis Arcadia, Santorini

Andronis Arcadia, the newest member of the Andronis family of hotels, is an idyllic retreat named after the mythical home of the god Pan, a place of natural harmony and enchantment. You will surely feel more relaxed and balanced after a stay here, away from the crowded caldera side of Santorini, with only the island’s unforgettable sunsets for company. At the heart of the hotel is a large pool with low loungers and white crocheted umbrellas, where DJs spin smooth beats and you can order tasty snacks like traditional mezze and sushi.

Price: Rooms from £450 per night; andronis.com

Cali Mykonos (Cali Mykonos)

Cali Mykonos (Cali Mykonos)

Kali Mykonos

Privacy is key at the newly opened Cali Mykonos, an ultra-luxe Cycladic retreat six years in the making whose 40 minimalist villas overlook the deep blue Aegean Sea. Take a dip in the tranquil infinity pool during the day, or head down to the hotel’s secluded stretch of beach where you can lounge in tranquility from dusk ’til dawn. Nothing is too much to ask – they even offer a fleet of yachts and speedboats for trips into the old town or exploring remote atolls – and there’s gourmet cuisine to match from Greece’s first starred chef, Lefteris Lazarou.

Price: Rooms from around £1000 per night; calimykonos.com

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