Greece is perfect for everyone, from honeymoons to family summer holidays. This beautiful country ticks all the boxes, from beaches, landscapes and adventures to irresistible food and plenty of sunshine, and luxury hotels in Greece certainly make the most of their setting. Here we recommend where to stay, from a hilltop hotel with exceptional children’s activities to a stylish retreat that’s perfect for couples who want to get away from it all. These Greece hotels really do have it all.
Best for... exceptional family adventures
MarBella Elix, mainland Greece
MarBella Elix, which opens this summer, is certainly a Greek hotel with a difference. Perched on a hilltop on mainland Greece, it looks out over the Ionian Sea and the islands of Corfu, Paxos and Antipaxos. It is set above a beach which can be reached via a walk through the pine trees or a funicular, making it easily accessible.
This hotel offers everything guests could want, including stylish accommodation, beach relaxation and activities such as its own hiking trail in the pine forests and a range of water sports such as sailing trips (this is a perfect sailing spot) - but it also has so much more than that up its sleeve. It has partnered with Marbella's Exploration Society, to offer an impressive range of activities for children that go above and beyond, from canyoning to biking, which make the most of the coastal setting. You certainly won't be hearing the dreaded cries of 'I'm bored' here.
Best for... a stylish Greek getaway
Domes Zeen Chania, Crete
Domes Zeen Chania may be in Greece but it's certainly a departure from the traditional Greek blue and white style. Taking inspiration from Balinese tradition and featuring natural materials, its eye-catching design certainly stands out: its spacious, handcrafted interiors are attractively minimalist, with an earthy, organic feel. There is a striking black-tiled pool, plus a separate pool just for children. The meals take inspiration from Cretan cuisine while offering dishes such as porridge with pick and mix toppings that will tempt the fussiest of young eaters.
Set by a pebbly beach and cocooned by the hillside on Crete's Mediterranean coast, not far from the historic city of Chania, this is a fantastic alternative hotel option for both couples and families.
Best for… everyone (couples, families and friends)
Kalesma is an exciting new hotel, opening in June, which is simply beautiful inside and out. Its name means ‘inviting’ in Greek, and it certainly embodies this definition, welcoming guests to its own piece of paradise atop a hillside on Ornos Bay on the island of Mykonos. In this prime position, guests can take in panoramic views over the Aegean and stunning sunrises and sunsets.
All of the modernist suites have private terraces with pools to make the most of the views, and the two and three-bedroom villas offer more space and luxury for friends and families). Delicious Mediterranean meals can be savoured overlooking the sea with your fellow guests.
If you can drag yourself away, some of the island’s most impressive beaches are within walking distance, while also on offer are diving and yachting. Take in some of Greece’s fascinating history with a trip to the island of Delos.
Best for… honeymooners
The rather lovely OMMA Santorini sits on the edge of Imerovigli, giving guests a sense of seclusion you don’t usually get in many other hotels in the area – most of which are tiered in style. Its air of romance, beauty and immersion in its natural setting makes it perfect for couples and honeymooners looking for a more remote, beautiful setting away from the crowds, yet it’s still just a short walk into Imerovigli and its shops and restaurants, so offers the best of both worlds.
Wake up to a decadent breakfast with a Bellini and sip cocktails by the pool, followed by a visit to the tranquil spa and a sunset cruise: it’s all about unashamed pampering and memorable experiences here.
Best for… a slice of history and culture
Kyrimai is set in an expertly-restored 19th-century complex of stone buildings – it used to be a village, and is owned and run by the same family that built it back in 1870, so this hotel feels really authentic. This is an opportunity for guests to stay in a piece of local history. The decor features exposed beams and brick, in a departure from a typical Greek style, and the views across the Mediterranean Sea are exceptional.
Take a swim in the pool, right by the water, or relax on a lounger perched on a rocky outcrop above the waves. The hotel has its own jetty for sailing trips, while around Kyrimai, you’ll find pretty towns and villages where you can stop by a seafront tavern for lunch of fresh fish.
We can create your perfect Greek holiday or honeymoon to any of these hotels and more. Call us on 020 7337 9010 or make an enquiry.