Best of Greek Island hotels for 2021

Travel WorldClass chief editor Sanne van der Velden reveals her pick of the best Greek island hotels, spanning the coolest island hideouts on Santorini, Skiathos, Crete, Zakynthos and Mykonos.

Dreaming of a Mediterranean getaway? You never can go wrong with Greece, with its eye-popping clear blue water and stunning whitewashed buildings that are as beautiful and unique as the country’s over 6,000 (!) islands. The only real problem you’ll face is choosing where to stay. Well, don’t look any further, from luxury villas to charming hillside estates, we’ve rounded up the 10 best hotels on the Greek Islands of 2020 for you.

SKIATHOS

ELIVI SKIATHOS

The island wasn’t known for its luxurious hotels until the Elivi opened in 2018. Pine-fringed beaches and panoramic sea views set the scene at this stylish resort. If you’re looking for elegant details, smooth service and seriously Instagrammable backdrops, you’ve come to the right place. The feel is stylish without being soulless, slick but serene. This introduction to the hotel confirms this as an inspired (and wallet-friendly) alternative to Mykonos and Santorini. We know where we’ll be swanning off to next…

From $180 per night.

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CRETE

DOMES ZEEN CHANIA

Bordering a private beach on Crete’s north-west coast, Domes Zeen Chania is an Arcadian idyll fit for the post-modern age. Originally launched as a Casa Cook hotel last summer, Domes Zeen Chania has since changed hands.

This hotel belongs to ‘The Luxury Collection’ and is designed by architect group K-Studio – also responsible for Mykonos beach club Scorpios.

Children are very welcome and have just as much to look forward to, with the kids’ club offering everything from painting classes to sleepovers in a teepee. If it’s just the two of you, go for the Sapphire Bungalows for unforgettable Aegean views. For all-out luxury, book a pool-toting pavilion.

From $165 per night.

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SANTORINI

ISTORIA HOTEL

Istoria (means ‘story’ in Greek) opens a new chapter in Santorini’s story.  This hotel offers island addicts a whole new sunrise experience.

Instead of been-there, Instagrammed-that caldera views, there’s an authentic black-sand beach on your doorstep, and the resident taverna gives new meaning to the term ‘barefoot luxury’.

As you step through its small wooden gate, the architectural narrative of the Istoria Hotel dazzles. It’s all textured minimalism and privacy after entering, from the barely brushed cement walls in muted colors to the expansive outdoor area with its al fresco dining .

From $432 per night.

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ZAKYNTHOS

OLEA ALL SUITE HOTEL

Boasting vantage point views of the island from a hillside location, this Mediterranean-modernist escape frames Zakynthos’ northeast coast in all its glory.

Natural chosen materials such as oak, rattan, and bamboo characterize the furnishings and interior design elements of all-kind. Not even talked about such treats as Mediterranean and modern Greek cuisine, sushi, cocktails, and fine wines are found around every corner.

From $180 per night.

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MYKONOS

KENSHO PSAROU

Of all the starry Cycladic settings, Mykonos takes the party prize, especially if you’re staying at Kenshō Psarou. With a beach (and beach clubs) for neighbours, this stylish, stone-hued stay is an island hotspot for the nocturnal.

There’s a seafood restaurant overlooking the water, a poolside bar mixing up magic mojitos and a spa for steaming out the toxins afterwards.

The cool, calming interiors feature fifty shades of grey, with artfully positioned boulders, bamboo accents and terraces toting hot tubs. Mykonos knows how to party – luckily, you’re invited.

From $380 per night.

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