With more than 200 islands, Greece presents holidaymakers an astoundingly diverse catalog of retreats. It’s not just the instantly recognizable architecture and dreamy beaches that define a Grecian getaway, but the boutique hotels that handsomely capture the country’s ancient history, simply decadent cuisine, and incomparable hospitality. Journalist Paul Jebara shares his favorites.
Kalesma Mykonos (Mykonos)
Acclaimed design firm K-Studio raised the bar this summer with Kalesma. Located in a more tranquil section of the hedonistic isle, the hotel’s 27 suites and villas slope down a hill that looks out to Ornos Bay. From statement furniture by designer Rick Owens to locally-procured artwork, Kalesma interprets Myconian extravagance as “noble simplicity.”
Verina Astra (Sifnos)
There’s no better place to stay on Sifnos, which has a reputation for culinary excellence. With a world-class restaurant that uses ingredients plucked from its own gardens, Verina Astra caters to gourmands while gifting vistas from a hilltop perch. Inside, guests can spot an extensive collection of Sifniot ceramics, a tradition that spans over 5,000 years.
Anemi Hotel (Folegandros)
Anemi is the sole five-star property you’ll find on this trendy hippie haven. The compound is built in typical Cycladic style, but surprises with modern styling and designer furnishings. From wellness activities to dips in the infinity pool, Anemi is a sanctuary for the discerning traveler.
Katikies Garden (Santorini)
Set in an old monastery in Fira, Katikies Garden presents a refreshing alternative to the whitewashed cave hotels that cascade down Santorini’s famous caldera. Beyond its flashy design and sceney rooftop pool, the hotel’s award-winning Selene restaurant is a must-visit.
Santa Maria Village (Milos)
An exceptional base for exploring Milos’ traditional villages and lunar landscapes, Santa Maria Village is an unpretentious luxury hotel that sits ten minutes from Adamas. Accommodations range from garden suites to sea-view junior suites perfect for honeymooners. Cap off your day exploring Milos’ unique beaches with a candle massage at the spa.