With tantalising rumors of a travel corridor, the possibility of paying our respects to Helios (the Greek god of sun) is looking more and more likely for this summer. So, if you’re suddenly hearing the siren song of reliably sizzling temperatures well into September, superlative seafood lunches and spontaneous sea swims, take a glance at these gorgeous hotels in Greece…
After the ravages of lockdown, we’d like to deliver our bodies to Oku Kos, a rustic wellness hotel with vegan options in the healthful restaurant, a soul-restoring spa and yoga or Pilates classes on the beach. But it’s not all meditation and mindfulness – you can still hit up the poolside bar and order baklava cheesecake for dessert. Balance.
Aptly, total seclusion is the name of the game at Mystique, a cliff-hugging spot in Santorini. You’ll have panoramas of the coruscating caldera from practically every perch, whether it’s the linen-clad tables in Charisma restaurant, the infinity-edged pool or your white-washed suite. Holiday snaps don’t get much smugger…
PARILIO HOTEL, PAROS
For sun-splashed Cycladic beauty at a pottering pace, we love Parilio Hotel. The design-forward damsel near Naoussa Bay has a calming palette and clean-lined design − you’ll spend your days swimming laps in the enormous cross-shaped swimming pool, driving to the island’s secret swimming coves or lingering over lunches in the bay’s traditional tavernas.
KENSHO ORNOS, MYKONOS
Reforested wood and shocks of bougainvillea add colour to the glamorous all-white interiors at Kensho Ornos. The hotel is home to a renowned restaurant (try the ten-course tasting menu) and capable bar staff who’ll delight in shaking up cocktails according to your mood, but when you’re ready to explore the rest of the party-ready isle, buzzy Ornos bay is just a five-minute saunter down the hill.
KYRIMAI HOTEL, GEROLIMENAS
Kyrimai Hotel occupies a former 19th-century fortress at the very tip of the Mani peninsula on Greece’s mainland. Its stone walls tower over a tiny fishing town and the surrounding countryside is sprinkled with crumbling ruins and explore-able caves. But you won’t want to venture too far from your sun lounger or the water’s edge restaurant that’s said to be the best in the Peleponnese.