Despite its financial woes in recent years, Greece is still a destination for glamorous, wealthy travellers looking for an opulent experience away. The hotels are upscale, the food is upmarket, the wine is exemplary, and the views…well, the views are downright unbeatable. If you’re planning a trip to the Greek Islands, consider checking yourself into one of these coolest Greek Island hotels. If you’re not, we promise you’ll want to board a plane the second you’ve finished reading.
The Coolest Greek Islands Hotels
The picturesque Caldera towns of Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani feature the unique Katikies Hotels, each of which offers breathtaking panoramic views and uncompromising luxury. Guests looking for privacy and exclusivity can’t go wrong here, where lavish suites and rooms are delicately furnished and outfitted with all the comforts and conveniences you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre. For an especially memorable experience, book one of the four candle-lit tables at Katikie Restaurant, located on the secret rooftop veranda suspended over the volcano rim. And don’t forget to indulge in plenty of that famous Santorini wine.
A member of Relais & Châteaux, the luxurious Kirini resort in Santorini combines the Cycladic architectural tradition with luxurious living and the serene scenery of the Aegean. It’s minimal, clean backdrop of white sets the stage for unwinding in paradise. Culinary options abound, as do opportunities to take advantage of Santorini’s famous grapes. The spa menu is extensive. The in-room amenities are plentiful. The attentive staff is available 24-hours. Getting here is easy. Convincing yourself to leave is the hard part.
#3 Belvedere Hotel
The Belvedere Hotel boasts high-profile restaurants, a well-appointed wine cellar, plush amenities and a prime location on world-famous nightlife hotspot Mykonos. When you’re ready to pass out from all that partying, head home to the Belvedere for some much needed pampering. We’re talking a pool, fitness studio, spa, top-notch dining and drinking, and sunbathing on your private terrace. The Belvedere Hotel is located on the edge of the Chora, only a five-minute walk from Mykonos’ most glamorous and cosmopolitan centre and its endless supply of nightlife, shopping and restaurants.
Mystique is not just a shapeshifting character from the X-Men comics – it’s also a stunning Santorini resort. Discerning travellers will fall in love with its 35 suites and villas that provide dazzling views of the Aegean Caldera. Typical island architecture blends with modern convenience and understated elegance at this hotel. Guests may experience the outdoor infinity-edge pool, the Aura Bar, the Charisma Greek Restaurant, the Asea Restaurant & Lounge for Japanese cuisine and sushi, and the Secret Wine Cave, a dramatic wine cellar with a rare and indigenous wine selection.
#5 Grace Santorini
Are you bored of beautiful sunsets, dramatic cliffs, whitewashed walls and the azure Aegean yet? Yeah, neither are we. At Grace Santorini, it’s all on display from the romantic setting of Imerovigli in the northwest of the island. Here you can take a dip in the infinity pool, work up a sweat at the futuristic-sounding Kinesis Technogym, and dine on Mediterranean fusion food in an elegant sea view restaurant. The pride of the hotel is The Villa, a 400 sq m double suite with two exquisite bedrooms and it’s very own spa.
#6 Porto Zante Villas & Spa
While everyone else is on Santorini, take a trip to the elite island of Zakynthos instead. Porto Zante Villas & Spa is located on a private sandy beach of a secluded bay known for its turquoise waters and Venetian villages. Guests enjoy the best of both worlds here: 24-hour five-star hotel services, plus individual luxury villas on the beach all with private heated pools. Porto Zante has been ranked Europe’s Best Villas Resort by the World Travel Awards, and one of the Top Greek Resorts and Best Hideaway Hotel in Greece by Condé Nast Traveller for years, and deserves every accolade it gets.
#7 Canaves Oia Hotel
The Canaves Oia Hotel delivers exactly what you want from accommodations in Santorini: a magical cliffside location with expansive views of the brilliant blue waters of the Aegean Sea. The charming village of Oia is located on the northwest tip of the island, and offers everything a visitor expects from a holiday in Greece, from the white walls and blue rooftops, to 5-sar service and tastefully designed facilities. The luxury offerings include a gourmet à la carte restaurant, a swimming pool and pool bar, massage services, wine tasting, and a private motor yacht available for cruising the Aegean and the Greek Islands.