This idyllic Greek isle, with its whitewashed, flower-fringed accommodation options, is a worthy pilgrimage site.
Don’t let its rather sinister sobriquet as the ‘Island of the Apocalypse’ put you off – Patmos is a Greek retreat that’s as enchanting as it is inviting. The nickname refers to St John writing the Book of Revelations in a cave on this Dodecanese drop in the Aegean, accounting for the stream of pilgrims who’ve come to its shores ever since. But it’s the unspoiled scenery and serenity that attracts everyone from backpackers to A-listers to Patmos. Here are some of the most divine places to stay on the island, all bookable with Culture Trip.
Petra Hotel & Suites
4.6/5 (19 Reviews)
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When it comes to glorious views over the shimmering bay of Grikos, few can match those at the Petra Hotel & Suites. Most of its accommodation is perfectly positioned to enjoy the vistas, too, some from spacious terraces. In-room art from famous Greek creatives adds to the refined air. Service is five-star all the way, plus there’s a lovely sea-view swimming pool and dining draws from the best of Greek produce – breakfast is a particular treat.
A hillside setting provides the perfect spot for dreamy coastal views at the 9 Muses Hotel. The best are from its swimming pool terrace, but you can drink in the Aegean from whichever room you choose, ranging from doubles to duplex maisonettes. The look is traditional island-chic – lots of whitewash and knotty wooden furniture – and the vibe utterly laid back. If you tire of the pool, there’s also a small private beach a short stroll away.
Combining rustic island decor with fabulous views and self-catering facilities, family-run Kalderimi Studios scores highly on value for money. The open-plan studio apartments sleep between two and six guests, all extending to lovely big terraces overlooking Skala Bay – some with the island’s famed monastery in eyeshot. If you’re planning to visit the hallowed Cave of the Apocalypse you can hardly be closer – it’s a five-minute walk away.
Built over the years by husband-and-wife team Christos and Eirini, this small hilltop complex has all the charm and character you’d expect from a labour-of-love hotel. Home-style stone villas come with one or two bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens and blissful Aegean views. You can also splash out for villas with outdoor Jacuzzis or private sea-view pools. The hosts are always on-hand to arrange anything from fishing trips to guided walks, plus you’re just a few minutes from a lovely little local beach.
Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa
Suite Hotel, Spa Hotel
4.7/5 (58 Reviews)
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With its sleek all-white decor, prime seafront setting and raft of luxury-level facilities, there’s little question of this hotel’s five-star status. Clean-lined minimalism and light earthy tones extend across all accommodation, framed by mountain, pool, or sea views. Dining ranges from traditional toes-in-sand to sophisticated haute-local cuisine. Order cocktails from your beachfront lounger throughout the day and head to the spa for deluxe pampering and a break from the sun.
Unfussy, traditional-style accommodation a hop, skip and jump from the ferry port means the Byzance Hotel ticks the boxes for value and convenience. It’s spread over two buildings and offers a choice of rooms, studios and one-bedroom apartments. A free breakfast buffet adds to its budget-friendly appeal, plus there’s a fabulous rooftop terrace where you can enjoy a drink while watching the boats skimming in and out of the bay.
Waking up to a homemade breakfast on the Grikos Hotel roof garden while gazing over the shimmering bay is a fine way to start the day. You can also head up in the evening for sunset cocktails. Air-conditioned rooms are simply decorated and the largest sleeps up to four. Guests get a free transfer to and from the port of Patmos, plus staff are happy to arrange everything from onsite massages to kayak tours.
Set high up on a hill overlooking Meloi Bay, this whitewashed holiday complex commands impressive views over its scenic surroundings. Its four wings are also set among extensive gardens brimming with native flora, all centred around a large L-shaped swimming pool. Rooms in this couples-friendly hotel steer towards the romantic, with four-poster canopied beds, elegant antiques and – in many – lovely sea views. Romance is also on the menu down in the restaurant, with candlelit dinners and scene-setting soft music.
This rustic bougainvillea-clad guesthouse offers travellers simple, apartment-style accommodation, a short stroll from tree-lined Sapsila Beach. Some rooms open onto furnished balconies overlooking the lush garden with views of the Aegean. Basic in-room cooking facilities mean self-catering is an option, too. You have use of the garden barbecue and there are a couple of traditional restaurants within easy walking distance.
Within an easy stroll of the ferry port, the location of the Blue Bay Hotel could hardly be more convenient. Its position right on the coastal road also means lovely sea views from most of its rooms and the various terraces. A long, leisurely breakfast service also means you can linger over your morning meal while gazing over the water. Customers come back, year after year to this unpretentious hotel, for its laid-back, convivial atmosphere.
Built in the typical island style and set amid flower-filled gardens, Villa Zacharo feels every inch the traditional, family-run hotel. It’s set on the road leading up to the Cave of the Apocalypse in one direction and Skala port in the other. Each room has its own balcony, with upper floors providing fine views of the surrounding valley. While clean and comfortable, it’s certainly a budget-friendly option, with free breakfast sweetening the deal.