If you’re looking for an authentic Greek experience then the island of Spetses is the place to be. There are virtually no cars, just one main town and a spread of postcard-worthy beaches framed by pine trees and laid-back seafront tavernas. To get into the Spetses swing of things, check into one of these luxurious island hotels.
Mare Monte charms from the get-go with its regal 18th-century stone facade. Stepping inside the property, which was originally built for an aristocratic Spetses family, the interiors are fresh and modern, with marble-clad bathrooms, exposed beam ceilings and practical kitchenettes. Following a breakfast of Greek pies and cheese, it’s best to start the day with a dip in the on-site pool or a soak in the hot tub.
Klimis Hotel sits on Agios Mamas Beach, with the Saronic Gulf rolling beyond, and the sound of waves will lull you to sleep at night. Rooms are bright and contemporary, with blonde wooden fixtures, while most boast small private balconies. For travellers with a sweet tooth there’s an in-house bakery, run by the same family who runs the hotel, and their famous almond bites and doughnuts are a must-try.
Villa Nika Boutique Hotel, only a short stroll from the quiet Paralia Garifalos Beach, is a smart choice for your next trip to Spetses. Each room is individually decorated, and if you’re looking to push the boat out, opt for the two-storey maisonette. Here you’ll find a comfy sitting room, glorious sea views and room to sleep up to four guests. When you’ve had your fill of the nearby sands, there’s a large pool inside the hotel’s bougainvillea-clad garden walls.
With its whitewashed exterior you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in the Cyclades when staying at Armata Boutique Hotel. Inside, there are just 20 beautifully appointed, light-filled rooms with mahogany bed heads and panoramas over the terracotta rooftops, towards the azure-hued Aegean. If you’re looking to escape the intense Greek heat, take a plunge in the lengthy courtyard pool, while pretty Paralia Agios Mamas Beach is just a short walk away.
Poseidonion Grand Hotel is perched on a prime patch of seafront and has been Spetses’ grande dame since it opened in 1914. After a thoughtful renovation, the interiors are now magazine-worthy, with a crisp cream colour palette and an elegant aesthetic. Known for being the first Greek hotel to offer spa services, its Idolo Spa remains world-class, with a shimmering outdoor pool, treatment rooms and a steam room. Come nightfall, pull up a chair at the al fresco Palms Bar to indulge in a spot of people-watching while sipping on a delicious cocktail.
The whitewashed Orloff Resort, set within the stone walls of a 19th-century family mansion, is a peaceful haven away from the busy city streets. Rooms will appeal to minimalists, with thin-framed four-poster beds, ivory-clad walls offset by pops of red and mustard, and charming balconies overlooking the terracotta rooftops. A short walk down to the harbour will lead you to the hotel’s sister taverna, where you can dine on classic Greek dishes under the stars.
Guests at Spetses Hotel can choose between staying at the seafront hotel or in one of their luxury villas peppered along the coast. If it’s pure indulgence you’re after, plump for the latter, as the characterful properties come complete with private plunge pools, oodles of space and secluded terraces. There’s a private stretch of beach for all hotel guests to enjoy, while the beachfront restaurant serves fresh Greek fare and refreshing cocktails.