Where to stay: GREECE
Athens & Attica
The DNA: This small luxury hotel complex sits high on a hilltop overlooking Mykonos town, and its swimming pool terrace, splendid enough in itself, boasts commanding views of the city’s rooftops. This may not be the archetypal Greek island cliffside, but there’s plenty to be said for a quiet residential location like Semeli’s.
The DNA: Set in the hills above Mykonos’s port and old town, A Hotel is a private enclave in what can be a busy destination. If there’s one common thread that elevates the hotel over other boutique-sized Greek island escapes, it’s the sense of tastefulness that pervades its rooms, suites, and common spaces.
The DNA: Brown Acropol aims to recreate a very specific vision of Athens: not the classical history for which the city is most famous so much as the high modernism and hedonistic glamour of the swinging Sixties and Seventies. It begins with the building, a mid-century classic by modernist architect Emmanuel Vourekas, and interiors that celebrate the era of the building’s construction.
The DNA: Though its buildings are modern, Melidonia is laid out in the familiar local style, cascading down multiple terraced levels. And while its interiors take some cues from the cave-like construction of its historical counterparts, the suites and villas take their style in a modern, quasi-urban, almost loft-like direction.
The DNA: The Domes hotels know that eye-catching contemporary design is a complement to, not a distraction from, the natural splendor of the Greek islands. Domes Corfu looks straight out into the Ionian Sea from a hillside above the idyllic Paralia Glifadas beach, which means it’s got the views covered — many of the suites face the beach from their balconies, and many of the common spaces partake as well.
Offering some of the world's finest Mediterranean dishes from acclaimed founder and chef executive Costas Spiliadis, the hotel brings a symbol of iconic simplicity to life through divine gastronomy. The 43 accommodations range from charming, cosy classic rooms to spacious, luxuriously designed one-bedroom suites with large outdoor sunny terraces and a jacuzzi overlooking Old Parliament Square and Lycabettus Hill.
Minos Palace is an unapologetically high-end boutique-style resort whose peninsula location gives it sea views in just about every direction. The private-island illusion is only heightened by the fact that it’s an adults-only hotel; even though it’s just a mile outside of the seaside town of Agios Nikolaos, it achieves a laid-back tranquility that’s reminiscent of some much more secluded hotels.
Celebrating living outdoors, the brand-new NOMAD Mykonos is a bohemian paradise of 14 suites, located just 200 meters from beautiful Kalo Livadi Beach, one of the island’s longest. Imagine a place serene and private, surrounded by the blues of the Aegean sea and the seductively barren landscape of the Cyclades. The stark white architecture reflects the sun and blends a minimal style with clean lines and smooth-edged corners giving out a sense of space and freedom.
Gatsby Athens presents a thoroughly homegrown Greek version of the Fitzgerald character’s carefree fantasy life. And though the name is a reference to the optimism of the Jazz Age, and finds its counterpart in some Art Deco echoes in the hotel’s interior design, the Gatsby is a 21st-century adaptation, a 33-room boutique hotel with an unmistakably hedonistic outlook.
Set in a mansion from 1850, Eressian is a small boutique hotel and award winning (small) spa on the island of Lesbos. Lesbos, famous for its poets and possibly most for Sappho, who was born here in the village of Eressos, tucked away in the rugged southwestern corner of Greece’s third largest island. Unlike the more southern Aegean islands, the style here is more classical and colourful than the minimalist blue and white ethos of the Cyclades.
Sure, it’s an unusual name, but Santorini is an unusual place, and you can’t blame the local hoteliers if they feel like indulging their poetic side. And even by local standards, Homeric Poems is something special, both as a name and as a hotel — it’s set at the lower edge of the village of Firostefani, perched right over the cliff and looking straight into the volcanic caldera that is Santorini’s primary attraction.
Apeiros Chora is a family-owned luxury guesthouse set in a renovated, 200 years old stone mansion, typical of the uspoiled Zagori (or Zagorochoria), a historically rich region in northwestern Greece. The fortified house features many original details, such as bolted entrances, iron bars in the windows, embrasures in every entry, and hidden underground escape rooms. Inside antique furnishings unify with vibrant and colorful contemporary design, plus a touch of Eastern, Ottoman, grace.
Located in the hillside village of Triantaros on Tinos island, Aeolis Tinos Suites is a luxury boutique hotel set in a picturesque location replete with traditional villages, churches, art galleries and endless unspoilt beaches. It offers breathtaking views of the island, the Aegean and no less than 11 other Cycladic islands and is surrounded by traditional white houses set against a backdrop of vineyards and olive trees.
Just when you thought Santorini's Caldera Cliffs could not hold any more hotels, comes Solstice Luxury Suites. With only 3 suites, excellent service by the friendly and impeccable team is guaranteed. Located in Oia and perched over 100 metres (350 feet) above the deep blue waters of the Aegean sea it enjoys unobstructed, breathtaking views. Cave style accomodations (sheltered from the summer heat) fuse traditional Cycladic architecture with modern design.
The newly built 5-star Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, in Oia on Santorini opened its doors in 2016 as the latest addition to the portfolio of Metaxas Group of Companies. Erected in a privileged setting, it offers seclusion and direct views to the notorious sunset of Oia. It is comprised of 44 suites and villas, as well as unique facilities including four outdoor swimming pools, a 300 m2 spa with indoor swimming pool, and the Alios Ilios fine-dining restaurant.
Set on a spectacular site at the cliff’s edge on Santorini‘s Caldera, Ambassador Aegean Luxury Hotel & Suites is a cool haven of barefoot luxury and pleasure that consists of breathtaking vistas, exciting architecture, sophisticated interiors and impeccable service. Each of the hotel’s 40 vaulted rooms, suites and villas boasts ample spaces, a private pool and will enthrall guests with front row seats to the island’s world famous sunsets, as well as great panoramic views of the Caldera.
Aenaon Villas is situated at the highest and narrowest part of Santorini, right on the edge of the world-famous Caldera, and is open to all four points of the horizon, from east to west. The combination of the brilliant white with the volcanic Santorinian stone has created a traditional complex of seven luxury villas whose beautiful stonework evokes a feeling of rough grandeur. The result proves that respect for tradition can coexist in perfect harmony with the luxury of modern facilities.
Built in the early 1900s as a carriage wheel repair shop it went on to become an elegant townhouse but has been abandoned for the last 20 years. A three-year renovation in close collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Culture transformed the listed building into a unique boutique hotel. An indoor swimming pool was created and the rooftop offers amazing views of the Acropolis. New York based Greek artist Philip Tsiaras hosts his pop-artworks onsite.
Aristi's visionary owner, Vasilis Iosifidis, created this slice of considered luxury in the pastoral heartland of Epirus to share with visitors his love of Greece's lesser-explored backbone. Guests can embark on a host of excursions - from photography tours to river trekking or simply enjoy the hotel's pine-clad spa. A flush of modern interiors is tasteful enough not to distract from the epic mountain views.
This luxury boutique hotel boasts chic and modern design. It is located in the neighbourhood streets of Kolonaki, Athens’ central upscale district and the heart of the capital’s boutique shopping and art gallery scene. The lobby exudes the overall chic, stylish and minimalistic character of the hotel with its impressive sleek contemporary furniture, cool blue and grey hues, and velour oversized couches.
In a city known for its ancient past, the Semiramis is a hotel of the future. Facing a tranquil green park in the Kifissia area of north Athens, the hotel is the creation of designer Karim Rashid, well-known for his fluid, soft style that mingles rounded forms with bright, lively colours. Light pinks and greens, oranges and subtle yellows are reproduced in walls, floors, furnishings and fittings for an energetic atmosphere.
One of the 'classic' Hiltons of the 1960s, this huge modernist hotel will be developed into a Conrad Hotel with 280 rooms plus 50 branded residences under the Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands, also by Hilton. It will reopend ain 2024 and house everything under one roof. Artist Yiannis Moralis, inspired by Greek themes, designed the reliefs of the building’s façade.
With its fake-stucco façade and seedy location by Omonia Square, Grecotel Pallas Athena, the smallest property in the biggest hotel chain in Greece, makes an unpromising first impression. But the oversized flowerpots and retro swing-seat by the revolving front door suggest that this urban bolthole is less conventional than its sister hotels.
The complex of seven luxury suites, is situated οn the outskirts of Preveza. The refined simplicity and minimalistic architecture bring Meraviglia Slow Living in total harmony with its surroundings. The Scandinavian design influences are combined with Greek furniture and local materials to yield an earthy warm feeling in absolute symmetry with nature.