10 of the best Greek island hotels

    (The Rooster)

(The Rooster)

It’s not hard to understand the enduring appeal of a Greek island holiday – powdery soft sand, picturesque white and blue villages, transparent sea and all the incredible food.

And with so many atolls to choose from (some 277), the good news is that there’s a haven to suit everyone – whether you prefer a hillside retreat 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 has been Greece’s best-kept secret. But the word is out, thanks to The Rooster, a slow-living retreat made up of 16 villas that blend seamlessly into a landscape of olive trees, lavender and wild grasses, each with its own private pool. With no TVs in the rooms, this is a place to completely disconnect – there’s daily yoga at the House of Healing spa included in the room rate to help you do just that. The rugged landscape slopes down to the crescent beach of Livadia, where you can enjoy a picnic basket packed by the friendly staff, and the best sunset on the island.

Price: rooms from around £580 per night; theroosterantiparos.com

Istoria, Santorini (Istoria)

Istoria, Santorini (Istoria)

Istoria, Santorini

Santorini has come to represent the ultimate Greek island paradise, and the beautiful Istoria boutique hotel is proof that it deserves such a reputation. Located on the south coast, just above a 3km stretch of soft black sand, the 12 rustic suites are decorated in a seductive mix of terracotta, wood and concrete, with marble-topped console tables and ceramic pendant lights. There’s a restaurant headed by Noma alum Alexandros Tsiotinis, and an Ila spa; not to mention the longest infinity pool on the island, with super comfy sunbeds and a sunken bar for those daily Aperol spritzes.

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

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos (@fkalliope)

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos (@fkalliope)

The Wild Hotel, Mykonos

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

Price: rooms from around £312 per night; thewildhotel.com

OKU, Kos (Georg Roske)

OKU, Kos (Georg Roske)

OK, Kos

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

Price: rooms from around £191 per night; okuhotels.com

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 is definitely worth your attention. Stay at the cliff hideaway Verina Astra, where everyday life is simple: wake up to a brilliant orange sunrise before heading down for breakfast (think poached eggs with brioche and pancakes with walnuts and thyme honey). In the afternoons, some guests choose to relax by the saltwater infinity pool – Pantone-matched to just the right shade of Aegean blue – while more active visitors will enjoy the hotel’s access to some of the most scenic hiking trails in Greece.

Price: rooms from around £207 per night; verinahotelsifnos.com

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

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

Naxian on the beach, Naxos

A stone’s throw from the golden sands of Naxos, Naxian on the Beach is an airy, relaxed den that invites you to kick off your shoes and forget them for the duration of your stay. The ten guest rooms are curated with local, natural materials, and each has an indoor or outdoor Jacuzzi, plus a terrace overlooking the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea. Foodies will be extremely happy here – the Tortuga restaurant focuses quite rightly on fresh seafood, from perfectly grilled lobster to tangy ceviche, with dishes so good you’ll want to eat them twice.

Price: rooms from around £180 per night; naxianonthebeach.com

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete (Domes Zeen Chania)

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete (Domes Zeen Chania)

Domes Zeen Chania, Crete

Part of The Luxury Collection’s distinguished list of hotels, Domes Zeen Chania is one of the most picturesque hotels in Crete, set in a tropical estate of banana and palm trees. Although it is tempting to stay inside the room or bungalow, surrounded by light gray curtains, rattan furniture and marble floors, do not miss the chance to swim a few lengths in the elegant pool, or dine at the Enino Gastronomy Restaurant, where an excellent local wine list to match the Cretan-inspired food. If you wish to venture further afield, the characteristic old port town of Chania, one of the oldest settlements in the world, is within walking distance and well worth a visit.

Price: rooms from around £161 per night; domesresorts.com

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

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

Olea All Suite Hotel, Zakynthos

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

Price: rooms from around £371 per night; oleaallsuitehotel.com

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 crowded caldera side of Santorini, with only the island’s unforgettable sunsets for company. At the heart of the hotel is a large pool with low-lying sunbeds and white, crocheted parasols, where DJs spin soft beats and you can order tasty snacks including traditional mezze and sushi.

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

Cali Mykonos (Cali Mykonos)

Cali Mykonos (Cali Mykonos)

Cali Mykonos

Privacy is key at the newly opened Cali Mykonos, an ultra-luxurious Cycladic escape for six years, whose 40 minimalist villas overlook the deep blue Aegean Sea. During the day you can take a dip in the tranquil infinity pool or head to the hotel’s own secluded stretch of beach where you can relax in peace from dusk to dawn. Nothing is too much to ask – they even offer a fleet of yachts and speedboats for trips to the old town or to explore remote atolls – and there is gourmet food to match from Greece’s first Michelin star chef, Lefteris Lazarou.

Price: rooms from around £1,000 per night; calimykonos.com

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