Top 10 most amazing hotels in the Greek islands

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Today (July 1, 2019): Top 10 most amazing hotels in the Greek islands.

Greece has a large number of magnificent islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, with estimates ranging from somewhere around 1200 to 6000 depending on the minimum size to take into account. Only 227 of these islands are inhabited. The sunny weather, turquoise waters, magnificent beaches, romantic sunset, delicious food, unique ambiance, and archeological sites have made the Greek islands extremely popular among Greek and foreign visitors. From Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete, to Skiathos, Rhodes, and Kefalonia, the Greek islands ignate the travel spirit and promise a dreamy holiday. Here are my 10 favorite hotels in the Greek islands to relax and indulge in luxury.

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10. DOMES MIRAMARE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CORFU

Domes Miramare Corfu is a new, fascinating chapter in the story of one of modern Greece’s most iconic buildings, designed by Charalambos Sfaellos and once owned by the Onassis family. After a recent multimillion pound renovation, Domes Miramare Corfu is true to the spirit of authentic hospitality and luxury experiences of the Domes Resorts family. It is an elegant seafront oasis with 113 bedrooms, suites and villas, for those who seek a luxurious getaway from the ordinary. Renovated with refined natural materials and decorated with contemporary art pieces, Domes Miramare Corfu is a legendary amalgamation of opulent style and design, set in an authentic Mediterranean landscape.

  • Hotel website: Domes Miramare
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a bottle of Greek wine, daily replished fruit plate, and $100 USD resort credit).

DOMES MIRAMARE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CORFU


9. PERIVOLAS, SANTORINI

Poised on a cliff high above the Aegean, Perivolas is a boutique escape, offering laidback luxury and designed as a place where you can let the rest of the world slip away. Built amphitheatrically, Perivolas’ secluded location combines expansive views with the luxury of absolute tranquillity. It’s just a short walk from Oia, the most beautiful village on Greece’s most romantic and dramatic island. Once the homes, wineries and stables of Santorini’s fishermen and farmers, this group of 300-year-old caves has been transformed into a complex of serene private houses. Intimate in scale and atmosphere, every house is different. Terraced gardens spill down the slope to the infinity pool, which seems to slip off the rim of the cliff and bleed into the blue horizon. Only the occasional toll of church bells or the whistle of a fishing boat far below breaks the meditative silence. It is easy to linger here all day, watching the changing light until the sun settles into the sea.

PERIVOLAS


8. BLUE PALACE RESORT & SPA, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CRETE

Blue Palace Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for those seeking natural beauty, deluxe accommodations, fine cuisine, and a world-class spa. Terra-cotta-colored stone walls, mature palm and olive trees, and the endless blues of the 142 private pools and the serene waters of the Cretan Pelagos, blend together to create an extraordinary masterpiece. Blue Palace is composed of small units of stylish and spacious bungalows and suites as well as three magnificent private villas. All bungalows, suites, and villas enjoy magnificent sea views and are luxuriously furnished with marble-lined bathrooms. Showcasing exquisite cuisine in a myriad magical settings, the hotel features five exclusive restaurants offering a variety of cuisine from traditional Greek to Asian and Italian. Blue Palace is set near the village of Elounda, overlooking the isle of Spinalonga with its medieval fortress.

  • Hotel websiteBlue Palace Resort & Spa
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).

BLUE PALACE RESORT & SPA, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CRETE


7. AMIRANDES GRECOHOTEL EXCLUSIVE RESORT, CRETE

Designed in keeping with the grand palaces of the Minoan kings, Amirandes is an exclusive beach-side resort that epitomizes Crete’s most inspiring features: beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, excellent cuisine and stunning land- and seascapes. Themed around the lagoons that swirl through its center, the resort comprises six restaurants, private beaches, an Elixir Spa with indoor pool, 60 private pools, an outdoor Olympic-size seawater pool, and extensive children’s facilities. Amirandes’ 212 guestrooms range across 20 different types of accommodation, featuring indulgent details such as private gyms, home cinema and state-of-the-art bathrooms with colour-therapy and aromatherapy Jacuzzi bathtubs. Refined and considerate service mirrors the resort’s meticulous attention to detail and utmost respect for the privacy of its guests.

  • Hotel website: Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort
  • Other accolades: Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort also features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Greece
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a 3 course lunch for two people, a 10% discount at the unique organic Agreco Farm experience and Taverna, and a selected gift from the Agreco Farm with Bio products upon departure).

AMIRANDES GRECOHOTEL EXCLUSIVE RESORT, CRETE


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5. MYSTIQUE HOTEL, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SANTORINI

Celebrating the finer pleasures in life, Mystique is a sensual experience on the sun-drenched isle of Santorini. Situated on Oia’s famous cliffs, the stylish Mystique features dazzling views of clear blue crystalline waters, the volcano, and the Aegean Caldera. Surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, the resort’s island-style design pays homage to nature in a climate of unabashed luxury. The 35 suites and villas provide a sensorial experience in surroundings of understated elegance, with lovingly handcrafted from wood, local stone, and glass with enticing patterns carved into the walls. Antique textiles and plump, luxurious towels will wrap you in their warmth and comfort. Guests swim in the infinity plunge pools, grab a cocktail at the bar, head to the secret wine cave for a ceremonial wine tasting, and then dine at Charisma Greek or Asea Japanese Restaurant.

MYSTIQUE HOTEL, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, SANTORINI



3. GRACE SANTORINI

Grace Santorini is an exclusive boutique hotel in Santorini, perched 363 meters (1190 ft) above Santorini’s world-famous caldera, offering breathtaking views. Crisp, minimalist and simply marvelous, the hotel skips the ornamentation for vast swatches of pristine white and sea views that stretch to infinity. The 21 innovatively refurbished rooms and suites showcase a contemporary style, combining cutting edge, bespoke design alongside traditional handcrafted pieces whilst the luxurious bathrooms offer double vanity units with marble carved basins and spacious rain showers with mosaic feature walls. Most of the rooms feature outdoor plunge pools while the 400 square meters (4.300 square feet) villa offers a private heated pool and spa. The hotel’s pool is truly spectacular and one of the most photographed swimming pools in the world.


2. PORTO ZANTE VILLAS & SPA, ZAKYNTHOS

Standing majestically on a private sandy beach of a secluded bay, on the island of Zakynthos, just west of Greece’s mainland and famous for its turquoise waters and Venetian villages, Porto Zante Villas & Spa is a boutique luxury hotel comprising world class luxury villas on the beach, all with private pools, exquisite Greek & Mediterranean cuisine at the Club House restaurant, a luxury Asian fusion restaurant offering delicious fresh Sushi, Sashimi and Thai options, a fabulous waterfront spa, 24-hour five-star hotel services, and an array of unique activities & experiences for families and couples alike. The luxury villas at Porto Zante are decorated and furnished with selected pieces of Armani Casa & Gervasoni, paintings of prominent Greek artists and are equipped with some of the best exclusive amenities including Christofle Paris cutlery & glasses, Bernardaud design porcelain & BVLGARI guest amenities.

  • Hotel websitePorto Zante Villas & Spa
  • Other accolades: Porto Zante also features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Greece
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, one 50-minute massage for up to two people, one lunch or dinner for up to two people, and VIP lounge access in all major European airports).

PORTO ZANTE VILLAS & SPA, ZAKYNTHOS


1. CANAVES OIA EPITOME, SANTORINI

Santorini is one of Greece’s most popular islands. Yet at Canaves Oia Epitome, you may feel you have this enchanting isle almost entirely to yourself. This all-villa luxury resort is located above the picturesque fishing town of Ammoudi (near Oia) and privacy, style and an almost zen-like calm are the order of the day. There’s a lot to love about Canaves Oia Epitome, from the fabulous pool villas and innovative rooftop terraces to the chic design and spectacular private infinity pool, which all captures the essence of Santorini’s surrounding volcanic landscape. Then, as evening unfolds, the hotel reveals its greatest treasure: the best sunset views in Oia. Guests here seek inner peace and rejuvenate with signature spa treatments, and indulge on world-class Greek cuisine in the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. Canaves Oia Epitome is the sister resort of the sublime Canaves Oia Suites Hotel, which enjoys fabulous caldera views and which I reviewed here.

  • Hotel websiteCanaves Oia Epitome
  • Other accolades: Canaves Oia Epitome features in my top 10 lists of the best hotels in Greece and the best hotels in Santorini.
  • Tip: enjoy free VIP perks when booking Canaves Oia Epitome via Virtuoso (e.g. upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, bottle of local Santorinian wine, fresh fruit platter, and $100 USD food & beverage credit).
  • Review: read my review of Canaves Oia Epitome here.


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2 Comments

  1. This list is definitely useful me, as I’m currently planning a trip to Greek islands. So far I’ve been considering Mykonos or Santorini – and they both are nicely represented on the list above. I’ve heard that actually Mykonos could be the better destination out of those two, due to Santorini being bit too crowded nowadays. Would be interesting to hear some first hand comments about that.

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