Dreaming of a getaway to Greece? For a taste of traditional culture away from the crowds, head to Paxos. This dreamy island is the smallest in the Ionian Sea chain and the lesser-visited neighbour of famous Corfu. With no airport, there’s an undiscovered feel here, evidenced by tiny seaside villages, soaring sea cliffs and hidden coves. Whether you’re looking for a sleek spa resort, boutique property or private apartment, here are some of the top hotels in Paxos – all bookable with Culture Trip.
Planted in its own isolated bay, this beachfront hotel features sweeping views of the glittering Ionian Sea. The collection of stone buildings sits on a slope among pine and olive trees that lead down to a pool terrace. Picture earthy, natural decor in the chic suites, which all have balconies. Relax by the pool or on the secluded beach, which has berthing for modestly-sized boats or yachts. The expansive grounds also boast a tennis court and for local culture, you’re less than 2km from the village of Gaios.
Come to Purple Apricot for a peaceful, adult-only oasis. The hotel has just seven suites that have been individually styled by award-winning designer Jaxx Russell Flint. Enter through carved wooden gates to find a secret pool garden that overlooks the sea, decorated with lanterns, a fountain and oriental floor cushions. Suites come with kitchenettes, but breakfast is served on the shaded terrace and features granola with local organic honey and yogurt. Take snorkelling gear down to Gaois Beach, which is just a five-minute drive from the hotel.
Hotel Ilios offers stylish rooms in the slow-paced, northern village of Lakka. You’ll be greeted warmly at this family-run hotel by the sea, where you can savour views of the sleepy port from your room and wake to a generous breakfast spread every morning. Planning a self-catering stay on Paxos? The family also owns Studios Lina at the same location, also facing the bay. Each modern apartment comes equipped with a kitchenette and private patio, centred around a flower-filled Grecian courtyard.