Oh, beautiful Greece. Home to some of the world’s most mesmerizing beaches, foundation stone of the Olympics and birthplace of Western civilization, and that enchanting blue-and-white architecture scene that you might have on your very own desktop right now. Greece is a place made of dreams and we were inspired by this report and this list to look up more exotic and exclusive places to stay in the Aegean Islands. Whether you’re admiring the whitewashed architecture of Santorini or combing the party shores of Mykonos, there’s so much to do. We round up our favorite hotels, each hailing from a different area of Greece. Take your pick.
Name: Yria Hotel Resort
Where: Approximately 4km from the airport and 3km from Paroikia town, it is located at the heart of the bay of Parasporos, west of Paros island.
What: Its rustic Greek island charm meets luxury boutique hotel with this archetypal Cycladic building. Nestled among an oasis of lush greenery, it is a mere stone’s throw away from the Parasporos beach.
Services: One can indulge in full relaxation here: a library lounge, the Nefeli restaurant (serving Mediterranean cuisine), the Selini bar, spa, gym and a gallery (selling a selection of souvenirs and accessories) aim to fully offer such an experience.
Types of Rooms: From Superior Rooms (housing two), to two-storey maisonettes (housing four), to The Luxury Villa, a mansion of four master bedrooms.
Price: €229 to €4,200 ($252 to $4,630)
Name: Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort
Where: Barely three miles from Mykonos Town, the hotel is situated on one of the island’s most famous beaches, Ayios Yiannis.
What: Picture Cycladic architecture of whitewashed buildings and cobbled paths – the five-star beachfront hotel is one that aims to redefine the essence of romance.
Services: For the ultimate luxury Greek getaway: open plan ‘SPA Bathrooms’, Althea Spa with Greek-inspired massages, tennis and squash courts, stone-built amphitheater for yoga sessions, fitness center and two restaurants.
Types of Rooms: Take your pick from an array of Garden or Sea View rooms, replete with private pools or jacuzzis of varying sizes.
Price: €245 to €2,950 ($270 to $3,252)
Name: Aegialis Hotel & Spa
Where: Located in a peaceful bay, the Cycladic architecture is flanked by two of the island’s most beautiful beaches on both sides.
What: Touted as “the jewel of Amogos”, the hotel believes in providing a unique experience of authentic local life, and is designed to respond to one’s need for silence, peace and soul-refreshing.
Services: Experience Greek life in the way of an organic vegetable garden for picking, cooking lessons and art exhibitions in the Ambrosia Gallery restaurant, as well as facilities from the Lalon Idor Spa (indoor heated seawater pool, gym, jacuzzi, sauna and hairdressing salon among others) are at your beck and call.
Types of Rooms: From Superior Modern (housing two), to Family Suite (housing four), two-storey Business Suite (housing four), Honeymoon Suite to the grand Presidential Suite (housing four).
Price: €235 to €992 ($259 to $1,093)
Name: Elies Resorts
Where: Situated right in the middle of Vathi (a long golden beach), it is approximately 10km from the capital of Apollonia.
What: A top-class boutique hotel, Elies Resorts is a 50,000m2 area of 32 dwellings, and offers customized services and high-end facilities befitting of its status.
Services: There’s lots to do: massage rooms, hot tubs, aromatherapies, gym, tennis court, art shop, conference room and two cocktail bars are available on site, among others.
Types of Rooms: Three types are available: Superior Rooms, Suites and Pool Villas.
Price: Available upon request.
Name: Andronis Luxury Suites
Where: Dreams come true here. On the edge of the cliff and built within the jigsaw of houses in Oia, it is near the great Aegean sea and volcanic islets of Santorini.
What: They know you’re seeking the dream life. It is an understated oasis of elegance consisting of 27 award-winning suites.
Services: From the Mare Sanus Spa (massages, facial therapies and body rituals by award-winning therapists) to wine tasting at Santorini vineyards and dining on a cliff, they’ve got it covered.
Types of Rooms: We’re looking at Premier Suites (housing two) to Cave Pool Suites (housing two), White House (housing two) and Sunset Villas (housing two).
Price: €734 to €3,300 ($809 to $3,638)
All prices are dependent on season.