Dreaming of an infinity pool in Santorini overlooking the Mediterranean, or beach cocktails in Mykonos? Whether you are planning a honeymoon or simply a weekend away for two, these romantic getaways in Greece will not disappoint.
Greece is one of southern Europe’s most romantic destinations, offering secluded beaches, white Cycladic villages and sunset vistas. For the ultimate couple’s retreat, you’ll need accommodation to match your surroundings. From intimate coastal boutiques to one of Athens’s grandest five-star hotels, these are the most intimate places to stay in Greece.
Quiet, classy Villa Bordeaux consists of four Cycladic-chic suites in a 19th-century mansion. Despite their location in the centre of Fira, Santorini’s clifftop capital, they’re amazingly secluded, and centre around the town’s largest infinity pool. Couples based here can also dine at Santorini’s only French fine-dining restaurant, where top-flight chef Jerome Coustillas takes inspiration from Mediterranean countries. The Aqua Suite has its own plunge pool with volcano views – the perfect spot for sunset cocktails.
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3. Klidon Dreamy Living Suites, for a private hot tub on Mykonos
Mykonos’ Dreamy Living Suites is an ideal destination for loved-up couples, and not just because the honeymoon and king suites feature their own hot tubs and rainfall showers, large enough for two. Everything is geared towards romance, from the west-facing balconies – ideally placed for the island’s cinematic sunset – to its light and airy accommodations. Mykonos, the island’s charming coastal capital (also known as Chora), is a 20-minute walk away.
The five-star Lesante Blu on the island of Zakynthos is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World group. Every suite has a furnished balcony overlooking the Ionian, and most have their own pools or hot tubs. Dining on the premises is almost unavoidably romantic, whether you take a waterfront table at the award-winning Melia restaurant, or ask staff to pick a private location just for you and your partner. Newlyweds booking the honeymoon suite receive a surprise gift upon arrival.
Santorini is definitely a top romantic honeymoon destination, made all the more charming with a stay at Perivolas Santorini. The hotel offers 20 individual Cycladic-style suites cut into the hillside, some with their own private pool or hot tub. The communal infinity pool offers spectacular views over the caldera. Book a private yoga instructor or indulge in a massage designed to relieve jet lag.
6. Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas, for an all-inclusive honeymoon on Rhodes
The Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort & Villas is a charming five-star resort, located in the peaceful village of Kalathos. Inside, you’ll find luxurious rooms, seven pools, five restaurants and private sun beds on the beach. Book the all-inclusive package for unlimited drinks, meals, sports facilities and evening entertainment. Book a deep tissue massage at the 2,000sqm (21,500sqft) AnaGenesis spa to ease any sore muscles.
7. Kinsterna Hotel & Spa, for a pampered stay near Monemvasia
Tucked inside a 13th-century house surrounded by lemon groves and olive trees is the Kinsterna Hotel on the Peloponnese peninsula. Local architectural elements, such as stone walls and barrel-vault ceilings, combine with modern amenities and contemporary furniture. The resort boasts a spa, several pools and a hammam, plus an excellent restaurant where you can sample the best Mediterranean cuisine. Couples can also dine in the privacy of their suite while taking in the views.
8. Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resorts, for private dining on Mykonos
Mykonos Grand Hotel is a luxury beach resort, perfect for romantic getaways. The island is known for its lively nightlife, so you can embrace the buzz or spend some one-on-one time together. Retreat to the spa for a couple’s massage using olive oil or reserve a candlelit dinner on the beach. Book the honeymoon package for a luxury suite with its own pool, champagne on arrival and a private poolside bbq with your own chef.
9. Grace Hotel, for panoramic vistas over Santorini
Enjoy astonishing views over the caldera and Aegean Sea at Grace Hotel. This small, award-winning couples hotel has everything to make your romantic break memorable. Book the VIP suite with its large outdoor terrace, heated plunge pool and plush king-sized bed. In-room spa treatments are available, alongside a pillow menu with seven different options. If you’re planning on eloping, there is a lovely 15th-century church near the hotel where you can get married.
10. Kapsaliana Village Hotel, for a traditional stay on Crete
Located in the 18th-century village of Kapsaliana on Crete, this historic hotel was part of the Arkadi Monastery and has maintained its traditional wood and stone architecture. Disappear into the countryside with your other half at this rustic hotel with a tranquil outdoor pool, surrounded by olive groves. Food is a real highlight here – chef Nikos Thomas serves up traditional Cretan dishes at the on-site farm-to-fork restaurant.
Just over an hour’s drive from Athens, you’ll find Cape Sounio offering views over the Aegean Sea and Temple of Poseidon. 154 elegant villas blend perfectly with the surroundings. Stroll down to the hotel’s private beach or take advantage of the spa, fitness centre and tennis club. Active couples can also enjoy a scuba diving excursion or sunset champagne yacht cruise. While there are several restaurants to choose from, opt for a romantic dinner served in the comfort of your suite.
12. Verina Astra, for blissful isolation on Sifnos
Often overlooked as a romantic destination, the beautiful island of Sifnos is home to Verina Astra, a resort consisting of 14 distinct villas surrounded by lush gardens. Set on a steep hill and offering panoramic views over the sea, Verina Astra has a gorgeous lounge area where you can take in the scenic beauty while sipping on a cocktail. The infinity pool seamlessly blends into the hillside. “Astra” in Greek means “stars” – you’ll certainly be treated to a first-class view of the night sky in this secluded spot.
Located on the western side of the island, Boheme Mykonos is perfect for couples looking for a stylish retreat. Book the honeymoon suite with its sunset terrace and private hot tub for two. Start the day with a yoga class in the garden, followed by a morning sunbathing on the pool deck or stroll down to the beach. While the nightclubs of Mykonos town are just a short walk away, you’ll be tempted to stay on site to sip a craft cocktail at the Bilo Bar.
14. Domes of Elounda, for thoughtful touches on Crete
Bespoke luxury is the focus at the Domes of Elounda, an exclusive five-star resort with all-encompassing views over the islet of Spinalonga. Opt for the Haute Living package and you’ll be treated to everything from butler service and helicopter transfers to private afternoon tea. The most romantic suite has to be the premium one-bedroom with its private hot tub overlooking the sea. Enjoy the luxury street food experience on site – where food trucks and deli stalls are dotted around the plaza, alongside four upscale restaurants.
15. Aegialis Hotel & Spa, for a wellness escape on Amorgos
Aegialis Hotel & Spa, located in a quiet bay, is Amorgos’ only five-star hotel. Situated between two sandy beaches, the hotel offers incredible sea views from its Cycladic-style suites. The expansive spa with an indoor pool, hammam, hot tub and sauna is a real highlight, plus there are seven different yoga studios on site. Book wine tasting, try Greek dancing or hike along the coast to the village of Langada.
Mark Nayler contributed additional reporting to this article.
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