Greece boasts majestic landscapes and scenery, with rugged and dry mountains, pine-covered hills, fertile valleys and breathtaking, dreamy beaches with turquoise waters. And, with such environments, stunning hotels and accommodation have developed in the midst of this natural beauty. Here is a selection of some of the most beautiful hotels you can find around the Greek mainland and its islands. A fair word of caution though, the following images may cause a sudden urge to jump on the next flight to Greece.
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Just a few kilometers away from Greece’s southernmost point – Cape Tainaron in the Peloponnese – Tainaron Blue Retreat is a traditional resort offering glorious views over the cape and the blue Aegean Sea. This traditional tower house was creatively restored and transformed into a cute boutique hotel. With only three rooms, a natural terrace and a small infinity pool, Tainaron Blue Retreat is truly a little gem that should be kept a secret.
Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa
Oia Santo Maris Luxury Suites and Spa is located on Oia (pronounced ‘ee-a’), perched on the northern edge of the island. With four outdoor pools, this luxury hotel is a true high-end destination. Indulge your senses and relax with a drink by the pool while lounging in one of the day beds. In the evening, no need to trek the narrow streets of the city to find the perfect spot to watch the sunset – you can enjoy it from the hotel’s sun terrace bar.
Housed in a historical building that was once a textile and spinning factory, Nissia Hotel includes a cluster of apartments and a luxury hotel. Located on the waterfront only five minutes away from Dapia, the center of Spetses town, Nissia is the ideal getaway destination for a long weekend. Give in to your desire for relaxation and take advantage of the beauty and serenity this complex and its convenient location have to offer.
Melenos Lindos, Rhodes
Perched atop the ancient acropolis of Rhodes, Melenos Lindos is a picture-perfect hotel located three minutes from Lindos beach. With a real attention to detail, the hotel was designed and built by seamlessly integrating private antiques and archaeological artefacts collected by the hotel owner to create a unique setting. Located near the town of Lindos, Melenos Lindos is conveniently in the proximity of restaurants, bars and marvelous beaches. You will quickly fall in love.
San Giorgos Hotel, Mykonos
Boutique Hotel, Hotel
This bohemian, laid-back, boutique hotel is a refreshing addition to the hotel scene in Mykonos. It doesn’t feel like a hotel but more like a get-together at a friend’s beach house. You will feel right at ease in this small escape comprising a series of white-washed buildings located near Paraga beach. The ambiance is resolutely relaxed, though infused with a sense of casual luxury. Bonus point: staying at San Giorgio also means VIP treatment at its sister establishment, beach bar Scorpios, located ten minutes away, across the marina.
Daios Cove Resort and Luxury Villas, Crete
Located on the beach of Vathi near Agios Nikolaos on the historic island of Crete, Daios Cove Resort and Luxury Villas sit on a natural, amphitheatrical slope cascading down to a sandy bay. The complex covers five levels, offering astonishing views over the secluded beach below and, while this truly is a five-star hotel, the friendliness of the staff and the relaxed vibe give it a distinct and welcoming ambiance.
Porto Zante Villas & Spa, Zakynthos
Located on a private beach, Porto Zante Villas & Spa is the getaway you’ve always dreamed of. This boutique luxury hotel includes luxury villas on the beach, each with a private pool, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a seaside spa where you can spoil yourself and indulge in pampering treatments. The waterfront location also makes it an ideal destination for sun worshipers, offering majestic, panoramic views over Kefalonia, the Peloponnese peninsula and the emerald Ionian Sea.
Rou Estate, Corfu
Located in the northeast of Corfu, the Rou Estate is nestled in a beautiful olive grove, lost in lush greenery. The estate is in fact a restored Corfiot village turned into a modern luxury complex. Comprising of 12 houses and a series of building housing the reception and spa, the estate is a stunning refuge where guests can relax and revive their body and mind. The marvelous infinity pool allows for stunning views over the bay, while the on-site spa offers luxurious treatments and even yoga and meditation classes. Ideal for those looking for an intimate getaway away from the crowds, the Rou Estate is the perfect haven for relaxation.