The Best Hotels on the Greek Island of Amorgos for Every Traveller

Amorgos is one of the most intriguing islands in Greece, with secret beaches, hidden caves and ancient footpaths
Amorgos is one of the most intriguing islands in Greece, with secret beaches, hidden caves and ancient footpaths | © Constantinos Iliopoulos / Alamy Stock Photo
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18 December 2020

The setting of 1988 film Le Grand Bleu, Amorgos is one of the most intriguing of the Cycladic islands in Greece, with secret beaches, hidden caves and ancient footpaths winding through steep terrain. Planning a holiday to Amorgos? Culture Trip curates the best hotels this magical island has to offer – from family-friendly resorts to romantic couples escapes.

Kaminaki Amorgos Studios and Apartments

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Kaminaki Amorgos Studios & Apartments
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These affordable apartments, on a rocky hillside on the outskirts of the village of Lagada, are ideal for families. Accommodation ranges from studios to apartments, which can sleep up to five people, while all room types feature a generous living area, a fully equipped kitchen and expansive views over the Aegiali Gulf. It’s an easy five-minute drive or a picturesque half-hour walk to Aegiali Beach, the largest beach on Amorgos, and just 3km (1.9mi) from the Aegiali ferry port. Keep in mind that parking is a 400-metre (1,312ft) walk through a village alleyway.

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Lakki Village

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Lakki Village
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This family-friendly holiday village dates back to the 1960s, when Michael and Kalliopi Gavala began building small traditional houses on Aegiali Beach for holidaymakers. Today, it’s run by the couple’s five daughters who are continuing in their parents’ hospitable footsteps. The rooms, studios and apartments are sited in a lush garden, with access to a pool, bar, restaurant and playground. A particular highlight is the beachside restaurant, serving up homemade food – think Mama’s dolmadakia (stuffed vine leaves) and patatato, a traditional Amorgian dish of goat and potatoes in a tasty tomato sauce. Plus, there’s also a Children’s Club, where children over four can learn the local language and enjoy activities, such as painting and dancing.

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Vigla Hotel

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The Vigla Hotel, in the picturesque village of Tholaria, is the ideal base for hikers, with a number of the island’s best tracks and pathways passing nearby the hotel. The contemporary rooms are all air conditioned and feature private balconies or terraces. Need some time off from hiking? Spend the day relaxing around the pool, soothing sore muscles with the hydromassage jets and jacuzzi, before enjoying dinner at the poolside restaurant. The hotel grows its own seasonal fruits and vegetables – including courgettes, tomatoes, potatoes, onions, apricots and grapes – in the on-site orchards, and also makes its own delicious olive oil.

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Hotel Minoa

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This pretty Cycladic-style hotel, run by couple Joanna and Stamatis, is centrally located in Katapola Port, less than 100 metres (330ft) from the beach. Surrounded by a lush garden and with views over the Aegean Sea, it’s perfect for couples looking for a romantic yet affordable escape. The owners make their own preserves and jams for the buffet breakfast in the morning, which are served with pastries, fruit and freshly squeezed juice, while the on-site snack bar offers drinks, savoury snacks and traditional sweets and cakes throughout the day.

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Aegialis Hotel and Spa

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Looking for a luxurious getaway on Amorgos? Aegialis Hotel & Spa is the only five-star hotel on the island. Each of the modern rooms and suites boasts a unique design, with features ranging from handcrafted wrought-iron furniture to marble-clad hammams. The Lalon Idor Spa is a place of tranquillity, with an indoor pool, sauna, hammam and jacuzzi. Many of the treatments on offer use wild medicinal herbs – think an aromatherapy healing massage using essential oils from a local distillery. Plus, the hotel also hosts a number of yoga retreats throughout the year, which include accommodation, meals, spa access and daily yoga practice.
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  • Aelia Apartments

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    These characterful apartments are just minutes from the scenic Aegiali Beach and the ferry port. The apartments have been decorated in a homely way with traditional touches, such as stone walls, and each one features a fully equipped kitchen and its own balcony or terrace, with some boasting unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea. There are plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance – Amorgialos is recommended for traditional Greek food and local seafood, such as fresh tuna skewers – and it’s just a short drive to a number of the traditional villages scattered throughout the surrounding hills. Take Thoralia, for example – it’s just seven minutes away and is known for its pretty narrow alleys and whitewashed buildings.

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    Skopelitis Village

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    Skopelitis Village
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    These traditional holiday units, less than two kilometres (1.2mi) from Katapola Port, boast private terraces overlooking the sea. Each unit is elegantly decorated – think bright white walls with stone accents, grey tiled floors and crisp linens. They are also equipped with kitchenettes, with a fridge and cooking hobs, so you can prepare your own meals using local produce. If you’re travelling on a budget, book the Economy Double room. It’s slightly smaller than the regular double rooms, but still has a balcony with sea views.

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    Amorgos Blue – Pension The Big Blue

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    In 1988, Luc Besson sparked international interest in the world of freediving with his cult film Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue), which was filmed on Amorgos. Want to live out your “Big Blue” dreams? Check into this hotel in the village of Katapola, home to the island’s main port, where its bright white and blue interiors will make you feel as though you’re on a film set. Most of the simple rooms live up to the hotel’s name with views over the bright azure water, while the hotel is run by the friendly Mr Fanis, who is happy to recommend hikes, local beaches and other activities.

    These recommendations were updated on December 18, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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