12 perfect Greek hotels, now that Greece is open to travel again
Greece made an important and very welcome announcement last week. When the summer tourist season officially begins on May 14, it will be open to visitors with proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test. In fact, the change went into effect this week, and security travelers from the United States, the European Union, Britain, Israel, Serbia and the United Arab Emirates can enter the country and go directly to their vacation, without mandatory quarantine. Some lockout rules may still be in effect, but these hotels (which were recommended to me by two Greek insiders) are dream places to get away from the big crowds.
Mystique’s suites and villas built into the side of the cliffs – none of the cobbled walkways are level for more than a few feet before they become stairs. The vertical layout ensures that each room has a view of the deep blue waters of the Aegean Caldera, if not inside the room, then the shaded terrace, complete with a breakfast table, chairs and tables. lounge chairs, outside each. Their look is understated, with whitewashed walls and white floors, rounded edges on door frames and arches, built-in banquettes, linen textiles, and driftwood accents in the headboards and beds. lamps. Their hydromassage tubs are huge and some also have outdoor Jacuzzis.
Canaves Oia Epitome, Santorini
One of Santorini’s highlights is the quirky Canaves Oia hotel in the center of town. Her new baby sister is in the quiet suburb of Oia, perched above the picturesque fishing village of Ammoudi. The architecture was inspired by traditional Cycladic buildings, combining natural and earthy materials with modern design and style. The 24 rooms are huge, before you even consider their very private courtyards with good-sized pools. The privacy is so good that you could probably skip the swimsuits.
The name of this stylish new 33-room hotel comes from the name of the island and “ilios”, the Greek word for “sun”. And it’s bathed in sunlight, with white walls reflecting the light. Inside, it is defined by earthy colors, natural materials, contemporary Greek design pieces, and Moroccan ceramics. Traditional island building techniques have been used to create a sense of sanctuary.
Acron Villas, Paros
The 24 luxury villas in this collection have private pools, making them perfect for keeping your distance. They have a minimal aesthetic, typical of the Cycladic architecture of the pristine island, and wide sea views to the bay of Naoussa. The hotel is just a few minutes from the beaches of Kolympithres and Monastiri, and the island’s social center, Naoussa, is just a few kilometers away.
Euphoria Retreat, Mystras
This wellness resort promises a unique healing environment and a place to make a meaningful life change in a setting where history and nature meet in a remarkable way. (It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site.) Treatments draw inspiration from Hellenic and Chinese philosophies, and the 45 rooms combine Byzantine art with Zen minimalism. Everyone benefits from a personalized, healthy and delicious nutritional plan.
Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens Riviera
Athenians have long enjoyed the daytime and nightclubs of the Athens Riviera, the coastline stretching south of the capital. Four Seasons put this region on the international map when this resort opened a few years ago. The hotel is surrounded by 75 acres of pine forest, but also dripping with seaside glamor. It has three private beaches, eight restaurants and bars, and a spa inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates. It is also just a 30-minute drive from the historic center of Athens.
Blue Palace Elounda, Crete
There is no main building at this welcoming and airy resort, with its bungalows, suites, and villas spread across 143 sloping acres. At the bottom of the property there is the beach and an impressive view of the bay and the island of Spinalonga. The bedrooms all have large verandas and magnificent views, and most of them have private pools. The restaurants have outdoor seating, as this is the best way to soak up the island’s summer vibe.
Cretan Malia Park, Crete
There’s a pleasantly bohemian vibe to this family-friendly resort, which takes what it calls a holistic approach to wellness and emphasizes slow-paced living. While its earthy atmosphere and integration with nature are highlights, the resort also has a collection of original artwork and design by emerging contemporary Greek artists.
Lindos Blu, Rhodes
Built like an amphitheater overlooking Vlicha Bay, this adults-only hotel is a peaceful retreat on a cosmopolitan island. The interior design is minimalist yet luxurious, and the views from the terraces that lead down to the sandy beach are striking. The villas and houses have private pools, and there are also shared indoor and outdoor pools, as well as this beach. A small stream runs through the property, from the mountains above to the sea below, carrying “good chi” with it.
Casa Cook, Rhodes
Another adults-only spot in Rhodes, this trendy hotel cultivates a bohemian vibe. There are roughly hewn furniture, natural materials, and crochet hammocks galore. The rooms and suites all have direct access to the swimming pool from their veranda. The Kitchen Club restaurant is an all-day hangout next to the pool and stage for frequent “events,” like sunset gatherings and DJ nights.
Cavo Tagoo, Mykonos
Near Mykonos Town, this barefoot luxury hotel is built on a natural cliff. The bright and bright rooms have an indoor or outdoor pool or hot tub. This summer, starting in July, it is planned to take over a pop-up restaurant by the internationally renowned contemporary Japanese powerhouse Zuma, where alfresco dining will be accompanied by stunning views of the seascape and sunsets. .
Santa Marina, Mykonos
Situated above Ornos Bay, this hotel has 101 rooms and suites, as well as 13 villas with two to seven bedrooms. The look is modern, natural and beautiful, and the balconies offer magnificent views of the Aegean Sea. It has the island’s only private sandy beach and renowned restaurants and bars, such as Buddha-Bar Beach and Mykonos Social, Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton’s first restaurant in the Mediterranean.