25 of the best places to stay in Greece and the Greek islands

25 of the most efficient puts to stick in Greece and the Greek islands

Leeda’s villas, Zakynthos

Leeda’s villas, Zakynthos

Those resorts, accommodations, guesthouses and B&Bs in Athens, Crete, Rhodes, Santorini and extra will make for a cheerful go back to vacations

John Malathronas
Sat 10 Jul 2021 11.00 BST

Costs are for one evening in mid-July except said in a different way

Athens and Peloponnese

Asomaton, Athens

Asomaton hotel

This new boutique-art lodge is in a indexed construction and Greek-American artist Philip Tsiaras has curated a collection of his art work for each and every of the nineteen rooms. It’s just about the traditional Kerameikos cemetery, a hammam, the marble-hewn synagogue of Beth Shalom, and the Museum of Islamic Art. The Acropolis Terrace has perspectives over the traditional landmark. There’s an indoor pool, too. The 2-course breakfast menu options eggs “kayana” (with tomatoes) and Nutella pancakes.
Doubles from €129 B&B, asomaton.com

Athens4

Athens4 hotel

In a relaxed, pedestrianised sidestreet close to Monastiraki metro, it is a no-frills lodge. There’s no reception however a multifunctional foyer, the place workforce roam with pills to test visitors out and in; and it doubles as a breakfast room. The patterned wallpaper decor nods to its historical past as a fabric manufacturing facility, whilst sunshine yellows, lotions and lightweight blues make the 23 bedrooms seem vivid and massive. They’re unusually quiet, for the reason that the lodge is close to the centre of Athenian nightlife – which solely will get going after nighttime. Households adore it for its pet-friendliness and for its suites for as much as six folks; plus there’s a babysitter on request.
Doubles from €99 B&B, athens4.com

Coco-Mat Athens

COCO-MAT Athens 5

Coco-Mat made its identify in Greece production beds, pillows and mattresses the use of herbal merchandise, earlier than it varied into resorts. That is its modish flagship in Athens, in stylish Kolonaki, with 39 rooms and suites, plus a showroom at the floor surface. If you happen to idea opting for a pillow used to be the newest factor, right here you’ll be able to have a collection of mattress: jot down your weight, top, snoozing place and frame form to request a Tailor-made Sleep prematurely. The lodge is inside strolling distance of the main attractions, in addition to bars and eating places. Buffet breakfast is natural – and there’s a super Acropolis view from the roof lawn.
Doubles from €135 room solely, cocomatathens.com

Monsieur Didot, Athens

Monsieur Didot

Named after the author of a Greek font that typesetters used to provide incendiary pamphlets resulting in the Greek revolution within the 1820s, this boutique lodge is an Eighteen Nineties neoclassical design, with six spacious, high-ceilinged rooms, parquet flooring, spiral staircases, window grilles and Juliet balconies. Rumoured to have hosted John Lennon and Yoko Ono right through their 1969 Athens travel, it’s low on amenities – take breakfast for your room, many cooked dishes lift a price – however ratings excessive for setting and its central location.
Doubles from €149 B&B, monsieurdidot.com

Kinsterna, south-east Peloponnese

Kinsterna

Amongst vineyards, olives and citrus timber, this lodge overlooks the south-eastern coast of the Peloponnese, with perspectives in opposition to the granite rock of Monemvasia, “Greece’s Gibraltar”. The principle construction occupies an outdated Turkish pass judgement on’s area, whose amalgam of Byzantine, Venetian, Ottoman and Greek options speaks of its chequered historical past. Even though it made its identify via its award-winning spa – providing, amongst others, cryotherapy remedies as espoused by means of Cristiano Ronaldo – the lodge later expanded into private reports: visitors tread on grapes right through the wine harvest, bake their very own bread in an outdated wood-fired oven and make their very own cleaning soap with herbs from its gardens.
Doubles from €225 B&B, kinsternahotel.gr

Finikes, south-west Peloponnese

Finikes, south-west Peloponnese

An off-grid campsite, Finikes hit the highlight when the previous Greek high minister Alexis Tsipras stayed right here together with his kin in 2017. At Finikounda in south-western Peloponnese, it’s a easy beach (Surfing LA Magazine) hotel with honey-hued beaches (Surfing LA Magazine), area for 80 campers, and 16 sizeable bungalows with their very own toilets, cooking amenities and verandas. It borders a sandy beach (Surfing LA Magazine) shaded by means of mulberries, poplars and olives, and there’s a restaurant as a substitute of a noisy beach (Surfing LA Magazine) bar. The low-key eating place continues to be supervised by means of the Iosifelis kin – longtime managers of the valuables.
Tenting €13 for 2 in a tent, two-person bungalow €60 room solely, finikescamping.gr

Opora, Argolic Gulf

Opora

An agritourism farm with 4 indifferent homes divided into six flats amid orange and olive groves, Opora combines rural understatement with all-mod-cons convenience. For swimming there’s a small pool and, if the Nafplio the city beach (Surfing LA Magazine), 5.6 miles away, feels trifling, the seashore hotel of Tolo is seven miles additional on. Alternatively, Opora is perfect for archaeological sightseeing – Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus and Corinth are a brief power away – and for immersing your self in native tradition. The lodge runs seminars on beekeeping, cooking classes and wine tastings within the close by Nemea area, well-known for its reds. There also are daylong tours, together with to the islands of Hydra and Spetses.
Doubles from €90 B&B (minimal two nights), oporacountryliving.com

Central and North

Racconto, Parga

Racconto

Lodge Racconto is on a non-public hill overlooking Parga – a hotel whose sugar-fine beaches (Surfing LA Magazine) and jade-coloured waters surrounded by means of thick crops may just move for the Caribbean. It’s adorned by means of famend Greek clothier Panos Petridis in Aegean white that contrasts with the golf green environment, or even sports activities a meditation area. Rooms characteristic the surreal artwork of Greek photographer Amalia Sotiropoulou, whilst the dinner and breakfast menus had been devised by means of chef Ektoras Botrini, whose Athens restaurant has been awarded a Michelin superstar.
Doubles from €161 B&B, minimal 3 nights, racconto-hotel.com

Pelion Properties, Mount Pelion

Pelion Homes

Those 8 villas, plus a mansion, at the western aspect of the Mount Pelion peninsula are most commonly scattered across the village of Agios Georgios Nilias. All however two have non-public swimming swimming pools. Visitors can both vacation in privateness, combining impressive treks within the thick woods with swims within the lake-like waters of the Pagasetic Gulf, or sign up for one of the most retreat programmes, whose workshops focal point on yoga, meditation and wellness, mingled with nature-based reports, comparable to mushroom choosing and herb foraging (half-board equipped).
Self-catering villa for 2 from €90 (minimal 3 nights), pelionhomes.com

Makedonia Palace, Thessaloniki

Makedonia Palace

Thessaloniki’s grande dame, host to VIPs from Vladimir Putin to Hillary Clinton and Catherine Deneuve to Selena Gomez, has emerged from a protracted renovation with impeccable eco credentials – even the foyer hearth makes use of plant bioethanol – and a feisty personality matching its signature cocktail: darkish rum, lavender syrup, hobby fruit puree, lime and fireplace water. A modernist icon in a privileged place at the waterfront close to the museum district, it has an out of doors pool and two multi-award-winning eating places that lean on a fusion of Italian and Greek delicacies. Particular offers imply that its star-studded glamour is extra inexpensive than ever.
Doubles from €171 B&B, makedoniapalace.com

Mikro Papigo 1700, Pindus mountains

Mikro Papigo

It is a luxurious lodge in one of the most far flung Zagorohoria, a grouping of 40-odd villages throughout the Vikos-Aoos Unesco geopark within the Pindus mountains of northern Greece; the “1700” refers to its altitude in metres. The positioning, below the Tymfi massif, is a gateway to outstanding mountain climbing across the Vikos gorge. Its 18 rooms and suites built of wooden and native granite – recycled from outdated, dilapidated homes – are conventional of Zagori’s austere structure. The award-winning eco-spa operates with mountain spring water, and the Veranda 1700 eating place places native produce, comparable to hare, wild boar and buffalo, to imaginative use in dishes comparable to penne with trout, ouzo and cream.
Doubles from €120 B&B +€25 half-board (minimal two nights), mikropapigo.gr

Alterra Vita, Halkidiki

Alterra Vita

A comfortable but refined kin B&B, Alterra Vita is not up to a mile from the vigorous hotel of Neos Marmaras. The 5 spacious rooms, with much more spacious toilets, are filled with ornamental options designed by means of Afroditi, the kin grandma, and shaped by means of native craftsmen. It’s just about the sand and pebble Paradisos beach (Surfing LA Magazine) on the second one of the 3 prongs of the peninsula of Halkidiki, famend for its pine-fringed sandy beach, together with the Blue Flag beaches (Surfing LA Magazine) of Neos Marmaras and Lagomandra. One in every of Alterra Vita’s major attracts is its yacht, whose skilled skipper, Kostas, organises swim-and-snorkel day journeys to coves and islets. Some other is the breakfast unfold, served within the leafy lawn.
Doubles from €118 B&B (minimal 3 days), alterravita.com

Aegean

Oia Mansion, Santorini

Balcony view from Oia Mansion, Santorini, Greece

Guests to Santorini are in most cases able for a splurge, and whilst it’s now not reasonable, teaming up with pals to hire Oia Mansion luggage the most efficient spot for observing the sunsets: take all of it in from the roof, immersed within the whirlpool tub or unfold out on a beanbag taking note of tune out of the Sonos audio system. Top ceilings, oak flooring and antiques grace the rooms, a reminder that that is nonetheless the house of the ship-owning Nomicos kin. A complimentary breakfast is cooked each morning, concierge carrier is 24/7, and a cook dinner is to be had for rent, with foods from €70pp (vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian menus to be had).
For 8-10 visitors, €2,047 an evening room solely, minimal 1-4 nights relying on season, oiamansion.com

Manoulas beach (Surfing LA Magazine), Mykonos

Manoulas Beach

Manoulas beach (Surfing LA Magazine) on Agios Ioannis is evidence that Mykonos doesn’t must be pricey. Shirley Valentine used to be filmed right here and put the island at the radar of solar, sea and amusing. It is a kin hotel, with a closed bay providing coverage from the wind (even if the seductive vivid lighting of Mykonos the city are 2.5 miles away). Manoulas has taken good thing about the Covid hiatus to renovate nearly the entirety, in order that it feels as though the lodge opened solely the day before today. Guide suites 100, 200, 300 or 400 for his or her unforgettable perspectives of the sacred island of Delos.
Doubles from €180 B&B (minimal two nights), hotelmanoulas.gr

Kos Aktis, Kos

Kos Aktis

In Kos The town, Kos Aktis is a trendy modernist pad that started out as a Xenia, considered one of a sequence of state-run resorts constructed by means of the Greek govt within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties and because privatised. Because the state knew the place to construct them, Kos Aktis hogs the highest spot of the city beach (Surfing LA Magazine), whilst all 42 rooms and suites have perspectives of the Turkish coast reverse. The lodge excels in gastronomy, with its Italian-slanted bar-restaurant H2O a normal assembly position for townsfolk, and a excellent reason visitors will have to critically imagine the four-course half of board (+€23pp).
Doubles from €203 B&B, kosaktis.gr

Surf Membership Keros, Limnos

Surf Club Keros

Surf Membership Keros believes in sustainability with out sacrificing excellence. Lodging levels from safari tents to yurts with non-public toilets, and actions come with yoga, paddleboarding, sandboarding and windsurfing. The programmes come with women-only periods “to make stronger and develop the ladies’s surfing (Surfing LA Magazine) group”, and the seven-day out there journey vacation “Keros for all”, for folks with bodily disabilities.
Safari tents for 2 with out rest room from €40, breakfast €12pp, surfclubkeros.com

Limeri, Rhodes

Limeri

This nation guesthouse by means of the eponymous taverna within the village of Monolithos is the very best base for day journeys to the fewer tourist-trodden south of Rhodes. Now within the palms of the second one era of the Papastamatiou kin, it has 10 themed rooms for 2-5 folks, furnished in Rhodian taste. And, at an altitude of 985ft, it’s assured to stay you cool even right through a heatwave; certainly, it takes its identify (The Lair) after a cave utilized by the Resistance right through the second one international struggle. Breakfast (€10 further) is a should, as the entirety is village-fresh: make area for pounghes, cheese and spinach pies cooked in a wood-fired oven, and for the pine-scented honey sourced from native beekeepers.
Doubles from €53 room solely, limeri.gr

Onar Andros, Andros

Onar Andros

Achla at the island of Andros is a kind of hard-to-get-to however value it beaches (Surfing LA Magazine): guests should constitution a ship from the capital, Chora – so uneven climate makes it inaccessible – or power alongside a five-mile filth monitor that many imagine the worst in Greece. Onar accommodates a cluster of 17 wood-and-stone cottages amid a safe space whose un-Aegean panorama of forests, waterfalls and creeks feels extra Swiss than Greek. A chef chefs foods sourced from the lawn, or via native butchers and fishers. There are hikes to native landmarks on well-marked trails. Or just opt for a swim.
Cottage for 2, €290 B&B, onar-andros.gr

Crete

Almyrida beach (Surfing LA Magazine)

Almyrida Beach Crete

This lodge is on the Almyrida fishing village grew to become hotel, whose shallow, sandy beach (Surfing LA Magazine) is perfect for youngsters. Visitors on the 66-room family-run lodge too can use the amenities of its sumptuous sister, Almyrida Residence, subsequent door, together with a tenpin bowling alley, an infinity pool, a spa and the Thea connoisseur eating place with its sea perspectives. However it’s the tours right here which can be unmissable: a swim within the turquoise waters of the Balos lagoon, a loll-around at the crimson beach (Surfing LA Magazine) of Elafonissi, and a wine-tasting consultation on the close by Dourakis winery to pattern the native grapes of Malvasia, Vidiano and Vilano.
Doubles from €105 B&B, almyridaresort.com

Delina Mountain Lodge

Delina Mountain Resort 2

Crete manner beaches (Surfing LA Magazine) to many, however the villages on its central mountain vary are way more fascinating and unspoiled. Delina Mountain Lodge lies on Mount Psiloritis, throughout the eponymous Unesco global geopark, a global of deep gorges, primeval rock plateaux and caves, considered one of which is alleged to be the birthplace of Zeus. Calm down and get better within the hotel’s 13 suites – there’s a spa, a sauna, a hammam and a small Venetian lake – and make a choice from actions comparable to birdwatching, caving and sea-kayaking. Dip into native tradition right through the tune evenings, discuss with glass-blowing and weaving workshops, and the Seventeenth-century Vossakos monastery that belongs to the monastic republic of Mount Athos.
Doubles from €69 B&B, €88 half-board, delina.gr

Royal Marmin Bay

Royal Marmin Bay 2

An 88-room five-star hotel simply off the vacationer hub of Elounda, there’s a lot to commend this position for … That is the primary qualified energy-efficient lodge in Greece, the use of sun panels for heating water – which, recycled, finally ends up spraying the gardens – whilst insulation and effective warmth restoration are hired to perfection. Eating alternatives come with a sushi bar, a buffet eating place and a los angeles carte wonderful eating; there’s a pool bar or beach (Surfing LA Magazine) bar underneath; and visitors can play backgammon whilst sipping sturdy Greek espresso in a conventional espresso area. Artwork fanatics will treasure the summer time exhibition that includes Dutch-Greek artist Christina Chatzideve.
Doubles from €311 B&B, royalmarminbay.gr

Ionian islands

Leeda’s Cottages, Zakynthos

leedas cottage zakynthos

Those 12 villas and cottages, cut up between a farmhouse and structures close by, are a labour of affection for the Giatra kin, who’ve owned the farmhouse for generations – should you glance intently you’ll spot cornerstones from 1821. There’s a cafe that serves Zakynthian meals – actually farm-to-table – whilst two times per week there’s a barbeque the place the visitors hang around like a longer kin below the color of orange, lemon and medlar timber. Youngsters will pleasure within the corporate of wandering goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, ducks, peacocks and the lone donkey, whilst adults who want to recharge with neon and loud tune can pop over to the mega-resort of Laganas, 3 miles away.
Cottage for 2 €760 B&B for 4 nights (the minimal keep), leedas-villas.com

Paxos beach (Surfing LA Magazine), Paxos

Aerial view Gaios, Paxos, Greece.
Aerial view Gaios, Paxos. {Photograph}: Getty Pictures

The tiny island of Paxos is alleged to had been torn aside from Corfu by means of Poseidon, in order that he may just experience some high quality time together with his spouse, Amphitrite. Little has modified since … Lodge Paxos beach (Surfing LA Magazine), providing 42 minimalist-modern rooms and on an idyllic bay a mile from the capital, Gaios, is all undisturbed tranquillity. Laze on a deckchair by means of the huge pool, play tennis, swim from the personal beach (Surfing LA Magazine) or tramp off into the encircling pines, olives and orange groves. The eating place serves Ionian specialities, comparable to veal sofrito (conventional stew).
Doubles from £128 B&B, paxosbeachhotel.gr

Fzeen, Cephalonia

fzeen Kefalonia

Fzeen manner “dwelling properly” in historic Greek, a reputation that befits this health-spa-cum-resort comprising 61 rooms and two villas on Kefalonia’s Lourdas beach (Surfing LA Magazine). Don’t come right here should you simply wish to pootle round: there are morning hikes and beach (Surfing LA Magazine) jogging, 3 yoga decks – each and every with its personal persona – and a spa providing 13 pages of remedies. Residing properly additionally manner consuming properly, and the meals within the two eating places is impeccable, whilst comfortable beverages are wellness-based, with names like Cleanse, Antibacterial Shot, Açaí Rejuvenator and Natural Retreat. All this comes at a value, however all health club and yoga categories are inclusive, and you’ll be able to sign up for its club scheme to get instant reductions.
Doubles from €346 B&B, fzeenretreat.com

Arcadion, Corfu

Arcadion Hotel Corfu

Lodge Arcadion has the most efficient deal with in Corfu The town: within the Liston, an ancient space impressed by means of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris. This family-run lodge additionally lies reverse the Spianada, Corfu The town’s major sq., whose cricket pitch – considered one of solely two in Corfu, and in Greece – is used by13 golf equipment. The 33 rooms are captivating, the rooftop bar provides a wraparound view of the Unesco world heritage-listed Previous The town, all of the strategy to the Albanian coast, and the ground-floor bistro provides inventive Greek delicacies curated by means of chef Alexandros Lepesis: menus come with moussaka with smoked aubergines crowned by means of yoghurt bechamel; thirsty souls will have to take a look at the selfmade lemonade with agave.
Doubles from €118 B&B,arcadionhotel.com