10 of the best hotels in Greek islands

(The Rooster)

It’s not hard to understand the enduring appeal of a Greek island getaway – soft, powdery sands, quaint white and blue villages, translucent seas and all that amazing food.

And with so many atolls to choose from (about 277), the good news is there’s a sanctuary for every taste – whether you prefer a hillside getaway or a more beachy aesthetic, we’ve got all the inspiration you need for your own Greek. Odyssey.

The Rooster, Antiparos (The Rooster)

The Rooster, Antiparos (The Rooster)

The Rooster, Antiparos

Until now, tranquil Antiparos was Greece’s best kept secret. But the word is out, thanks to The Rooster, a slow-living retreat comprised of 16 villas that blend seamlessly into a landscape of olive trees, lavender and wild grasses, each with its own private pool. With no televisions in the rooms, this is a place to completely unplug — there’s daily yoga at the House of Healing spa included in the room price to help you do just that. The rugged landscape descends to Livadia’s crescent beach, where you can enjoy a picnic basket packed by the affable staff and the best sunset views on the island.

Price: rooms from around £580 a night; theroosterantiparos. with

Istoria, Santorini (Istoria)

Istoria, Santorini (Istoria)

Istoria, Santorini

Santorini has come to symbolize the best Greek island paradise, and the beautiful boutique hotel Istoria is proof that it deserves such a reputation. Nestled on the south coast, just above a two-mile stretch of soft black sand, the 12 rustic suites are decorated in an enticing mix of terracotta, wood and concrete, with marble-topped console tables and ceramic pendant lamps. There’s a restaurant led by Noma alumnus Alexandros Tsiotinis and an Ila spa; not to mention the longest infinity pool on the island, with super-comfy loungers and a sunken bar for those daily Aperol spritz.

Price: rooms from around £570 a night; istoriahotel.gr

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos (@fkalliope)

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos (@fkalliope)

The wild hotel, Mykonos

From the team behind Mykonos’ beloved restaurant Interni comes The Wild Hotel, dramatically set in a natural amphitheater on the cliffs overlooking Kalafati Beach. Each of the 40 white-walled suites and villas was designed with the shapes and colors of traditional Greek architecture in mind. From the light wooden ceiling beams to the wicker chairs and private pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, these chic havens offer total tranquility. Naturally, the food is delicious – enjoy classic Mediterranean dishes, including moussaka and stuffed vine leaves, with a contemporary twist.

Price: rooms from around £312 a night; thewildhotel. with

OKU, Kos (Georg Roske)

OKU, Kos (Georg Roske)

OKU, Kos

It’s easy to fall in love with the adults-only sanctuary of OKU Hotel in Kos (they also have a dream outpost in Ibiza). This is laid-back luxury at its finest — minimalist bohemian interiors, a glittering pool to float in, a private sandy beach, and a menu of farm-to-fork delights including homemade tzatziki and Aegean sea bass with cilantro and black olives. The aquatic junior suites are seriously spacious and decorated in neutral tones, with powerful waterfall showers in the bathroom, direct access to a swimming pool (shared between one or two other rooms) and hammocks on the shaded terrace – the perfect spot to curl up on a holiday. read in the midday heat.

Price: rooms from around £191 a night; okhotels. with

Verina Astra, Sifnos (Verina Astra)

Verina Astra, Sifnos (Verina Astra)

Verina Astra, Sifnos

Sifnos is one of the lesser-known destinations in the Cyclades, but it certainly deserves your attention. Stay at the clifftop Verina Astra hideaway, where daily life is simple: wake up to a glorious orange sunrise before heading down to breakfast (think poached eggs with brioche and pancakes with walnuts and thyme honey). In the afternoon, some guests choose to laze by the saltwater infinity pool – Pantone matched the right shade of Aegean blue – while more active visitors will enjoy the hotel’s access to some of Greece’s most scenic hiking trails.

Price: rooms from around £207 a night; verinahotelsifnos. with

Naxian on the beach, Naxos (Naxian on the beach)

Naxian on the beach, Naxos (Naxian on the beach)

Naxian on the beach, Naxos

Just steps from the golden sands of Naxos, Naxian on the Beach is an airy, laid-back lair that invites you to kick off your shoes and forget about them throughout your stay. The ten rooms are decorated with local natural materials and each has an indoor or outdoor jacuzzi, as well as a terrace overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea. Foodies will be extremely happy here – the Tortuga restaurant rightly focuses on fresh seafood, from perfectly grilled lobster to spicy ceviche, with dishes so good you’ll want to eat them twice.

Price: rooms from around £180 a night; naxianonthebeach. with

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete (Domes Zeen Chania)

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete (Domes Zeen Chania)

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete

Part of The Luxury Collection’s excellent list of hotels, Domes Zeen Chania is one of Crete’s most picturesque hotels, set on a tropical estate dotted with banana trees and palm trees. While it’s tempting to stay cooped up in your room or bungalow, surrounded by pale gray curtains, wicker furniture and marble floors, don’t miss the chance to swim in the elegant pool or dine at the Enino Gastronomia Restaurant, where there’s an excellent list of local wines. to pair with Cretan-inspired food. If you want to venture further afield, the typical port town of Chania, one of the oldest settlements in the world, is just a short drive away and well worth a visit.

Price: rooms from around £161 a night; domesresorts. with

Olea All Suite Hotel, Zakynthos (Olea All Suites Hotel)

Olea All Suite Hotel, Zakynthos (Olea All Suites Hotel)

Olea All Suite Hotel, Zakynthos

As the name suggests, all 93 rooms at the Olea All Suite Hotel maximize space without compromising on style. The property marks a new era for hospitality on Zakynthos, Greece’s greenest island, with a modernist design led by Athens and Stockholm-based Block722architects+ that nods to the region’s lush landscape. Alongside three restaurants and three bars, you’ll find a 4,000 m² swimming pool, a yoga pavilion, a fully equipped gym and a fantastic spa with relaxing treatments using local herbs and Ayurvedic techniques.

Price: rooms from around £371 a night; oleaallsuitehotel. with

Andronis Arcadia, Santorini (Andronis Arcadia)

Andronis Arcadia, Santorini (Andronis Arcadia)

Andronis Arcadia, Santorini

The newest addition to the Andronis family of hotels, Andronis Arcadia is an idyllic retreat named after the mythical home of the god Pan, a place of natural harmony and enchantment. You’re sure to feel more relaxed and balanced after a stay here, away from the busy caldera side of Santorini, with only the island’s unforgettable sunsets for company. At the heart of the hotel is a large pool, lined with low loungers and white crochet umbrellas, where DJs play gentle beats and you can order tasty snacks including mezze and traditional sushi.

Price: rooms from £450 per night; andronis. with

Cali Mykonos (Cali Mykonos)

Cali Mykonos (Cali Mykonos)

Cali Mykonos

Privacy is paramount at the newly opened Cali Mykonos, an ultra-luxurious Cycladic retreat six years under construction, whose 40 minimalist villas overlook the deep, blue Aegean. During the day, take a dip in the serene infinity pool or head to the hotel’s secluded beach, where you can rest in peace from dusk to dawn. Nothing is too much to ask – they even offer a fleet of yachts and speedboats for touring the Old Town or exploring remote atolls – and there’s gourmet cuisine to match from Greece’s first Michelin-starred chef, Lefteris Lazarou.

Price: rooms from around £1000 a night; calimykonos. with

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