We’re forever hunting out the most solitary, dreamy corners of Greece. Many of our hotels – from the pampering Aigialos Hotel in Santorini to off-the-radar Kyrimai in the deep, deep Mani – are evidence we’ve struck gold. Our award-winning collection of Greek hotels are not picked lightly. They’re scrupulously researched and chosen for their cultural uniqueness, astonishing hospitality and that ‘something special’: these are the laid-back hideaways you won’t see everyone else sharing. So what are their secrets?
1. Ermioni Estate: Ermioni
Live the life of a Greek aristocrat at Ermioni Estate. In-the-know guests love the intimate nature of this rustic little haven: the six-bedroom private residence lets you play house within the olive groves of Ermioni. The 19th-century villa is all high ceilings and period furniture, with a daily maid service and light meals on request.
2. Kapsaliana Village: Crete
With serene simplicity and a turquoise pool among the olive groves, Kapsaliana Village melts into its heavenly surroundings. The hotel’s 18th-century olive press and very own museum have made it a site of ‘significant cultural importance’, as declared by the Ministry of Planning and Public Works. Characterful bedrooms, seascape views and a locally sourced, organic menu mean you won’t need to venture out in the evening.
3. Cotommatae 1810: Hydra Island
Cotommatae 1810 feels more like a cosy family home than a hotel. Large groups can hire out the entire 19th-century mansion, but romantic getaways are best spent in the honeymoon suite: the private terrace and outdoor jacuzzi is a lover’s dream. If you can tear yourself from your room, you can be at the lovely Hydra harbour in minutes.
4. Kalimera Archanes: Heraklion
Not only one of the most intimate stays in Crete, but also one of the best hotels in Greece for its sleepy beauty alone. Kalimera Archanes is a romantic hideaway that will transport you back in time. Dine alfresco and soak up the sunshine in the private garden, filled with rustic details and the sweet sound of silence.
5. Skites: Ouranoupoli
No Greek hotel offers secludedness quite like Skites. Resting at the border of Mount Athos, the centuries-old hotel was once a private Eden for worshippers in the region. Today it’s a religious experience in its own right. With your own private beach and cultural evenings ranging from classical music to theatrical shows, the secluded stay is nourishment for the soul.
6. Argentikon Luxury Suites: Chios Island
You’ll scarcely see a soul in Kambos, a gorgeous traditional village on the island of Tinos. In a region renowned for its white-wash buildings, Argentikon Luxury Suites is in a class of its own. The 16th-century villa is not just one of the best hotels in Greece, but voted one of the top 100 in the world. Period furniture, pristine gardens and in-room massages ensure you check-out in a bubble of bliss.
7. Avli Lounge Apartments: Rethmnon
There’s plenty to set Avli Lounge Apartments as a contender for one of the best hotels in Greece for a hideaway vibe. For a start, dinner in its fragrant garden as the sun goes into its third act, before taking a dip, is a bewitching experience. The Cretan food: sea-fresh fish, handpicked vegetables and glorious speciality ravioli are a few menu highlights. When you’re not snoozing on a hammock, Rethmnon’s old city – with its Venetian harbour, lighthouse and sandy beaches – is on your doorstep. You may be in the heart of this ancient centre, but it truly feels like you’re lightyears away from everything.