Each year, Greece’s natural beauty attracts visitors who are drawn to the clear Mediterranean Sea and sunset views. Swim in Mykonos’s turquoise bays or sunbathe in a quaint cottage on Corfu’s cliffside at these Greek hotels, primed for your next beach holiday.
Pine-covered hills, white-sand beaches and serene bays are part of Greece’s charm, dotted with beautiful hotels across the mainland and islands. A fair word of caution, though: the following images may cause a sudden urge to jump on the next flight to Greece.
Splendour awaits you at the glistening whitewashed Adronis Luxury Suites, overlooking the sky-blue Aegean Sea. The hotel boasts exceptional experiences, such as a half-day yacht cruise, private wine tasting on a hilltop and shopping in Mykonos via helicopter. Dine at the dramatic clifftop Lycabettus, with its award-winning chef, or take in a treatment at the Mare Sanus Spa. Each elegant suite and villa has a private infinity pool, plunge pool or jacuzzi.
Escape to the Elounda Beach Hotel and Villas on the island of Crete. It offers a range of accommodation options in five categories, from the luxurious to the “future of luxury”. Its dining scene is diverse, with six restaurants and four bars. Relax on the secluded beach and around the seawater pool, treat yourself to a spa session, or partake in one of the many water sports.
Modern luxury abounds at the adults-only MarBella Nido Suite Hotel and Villas, overlooking the Straits of Corfu. Enjoy an intimate candlelit dinner in your room, take in the spectacular views on a sunset cruise, and unwind during a spa ritual treatment. The refined suites offer a sea-view balcony, and some have a whirlpool or private pool. Splash out on the villa, with its spacious veranda, large pool and indoor whirlpool.
The all-inclusive Ikos Dassia flows through expansive gardens and a 600m (1,969ft) white-sand private beach, and its tranquil rooms, suites and villas offer beach views. Splurge on a deluxe junior suite on the beachfront to take advantage of the private pool and terrace. The resort houses six restaurants with menus created by Michelin-star chefs, or you can take advantage of the innovative Dine Out Programme and eat at a local restaurant for no extra cost.
This graceful retreat lies on a clifftop overlooking the Aegean Sea. Take in those famous Greek sunsets from an elegant suite, with its private terrace and outdoor heated plunge pool, and spend blissful hours indulging in the hotel’s many pursuits, including a holistic in-room spa treatment, private clifftop dining or a wine tour and tasting. A highlight is the 363 Champagne Lounge, sitting at 363m (1,191ft) above sea level, where you can sip on cocktails crafted by a renowned mixologist.
The award-winning Romanos is surrounded by beautiful gardens, olive groves and unbelievable views of the Ionian Sea. With a focus on sustainability, you can take part in experiences such as traditional grape harvesting and olive picking or visit the town of Pylos for a cooking class with the local women. There’s no shortage of dining options with 14 diverse restaurants, lounges and bars.
Just a few kilometres from Greece’s southernmost point – Cape Tainaron in the Peloponnese – Tainaron Blue Retreat is a traditional resort offering glorious views of the Aegean Sea. This cute boutique hotel sits inside a restored 19th-century stone tower. With only three rooms, a natural stone terrace and a small infinity pool, it’s truly a little gem that should be kept a secret.
Sitting on top of a hill, the architecturally impressive Amanzoe will make all of your Greek island dreams come true. Take your pick from a beachfront cabana, an airy pavilion or a spacious villa with a private chef and host. Sample fresh-caught fish, locally sourced meat and organic produce at one of the four restaurants. The aptly named Bar has a cosy terrace with a firepit for sunset drinks and admiring the 270-degree views.
Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites and Spa sits in Oia (pronounced “ee-a”) on the northern edge of Santorini. With five outdoor pools, this luxury hotel is a true high-end destination. Relax with a cocktail by the pool, or sunbathe on your terrace, complete with a private plunge pool or hot tub. In the evening, there’s no need to trek the narrow city streets to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset – you can enjoy it from the hotel’s bar terrace.
Near the ancient acropolis of Rhodes, Melenos Lindos Hotel is a picture-perfect accommodation option, three minutes from Lindos Beach. The hotel blends antiques and archaeological artefacts collected by the hotel owner with stunning surrounds to create a unique setting. The 12 suites branch off from the main building, creating a village-like feel. Enjoy the sunset from the colourful canopied rooftop restaurant.
This bohemian boutique hotel is a refreshing addition to the Mykonos hotel scene from London brand Soho House. It doesn’t feel like a hotel but more like a get-together at a friend’s beach house, comprising a series of whitewashed buildings near Paraga Beach. Sunbathe in the hammock by the outdoor pool, or take a dip on the hotel’s private beach. Staying at Soho Roc House also means VIP treatment at its sister establishment, Scorpios, located 10 minutes away across the marina.
Near Agios Nikolaos on Crete, Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas sits on a natural, amphitheatre-like slope cascading down to a sandy bay. The complex covers five levels, offering views over the secluded beach below. While it’s a five-star hotel, the friendly staff and the relaxed vibe give it a welcoming ambience. Book a premium junior suite for its private pool and spacious terrace.
Porto Zante Villas and Spa is the Greek getaway you’ve always dreamed of, sitting on a private beach. This boutique hotel includes luxury villas, each with Bvlgari toiletries, a Bang & Olufsen sound system and a private pool, offering panoramic views over the emerald Ionian Sea. Start your day with a dip in the sea before tucking into fresh sashimi at the Club House Restaurant for lunch.
In northeastern Corfu, the Rou Estate sits within a beautiful olive grove with views towards neighbouring Albania. The estate, comprising 14 houses, is a restored Corfiot village turned into a modern luxury complex, designed by British architect Dominic Skinner and his wife, Claire. Admire the views across the bay from the infinity pool or take part in yoga and meditation classes. It has a remote feel away from the crowds.