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Greece’s beauty has been celebrated for millennia. The origins of Western civilization flourished among its endless coastlines and islands, shaping it as a hub for the ancient world. Today, whether you’re looking for inspiration or relaxation, there’s no better place to go. Here are a few of The Luxury Travel Agency’s favorite hotels in Greece.
Luxury Beach Resorts: Marvelous Mykonos
Picture a Greek summer holiday, and an image of its islands is the first to form in your mind. The most celebrated grouping is known as the Cyclades, around 220 in number. Visitors are spoiled for choice, but if you want to be where the action is, there’s no better pick than Mykonos. Famous the world over for its glamourous party atmosphere, this is the island to see and be seen.
On an island where style is king, the Cavo Tagoo Mykonos is resort royalty. Perched high above the glittering Aegean Sea, this is a property made for Instagram. Suites and villas are done in crisp, clean, modern style, many with private hot tubs or pools for taking in the views. One suite even has its pool area dug out from the surrounding rock, like a secret cave – tough to get more memorable than that! The ultra-trendy Zuma restaurant group opened a “summer pop-up” at the hotel last year; what’s next in store is anyone’s guess, but we’re all keen to find out.
Closer to the heart of the action is the Belvedere Mykonos. It’s a mere five-minute stroll into the center of town, but you’ll feel worlds away from the bustle in this gleaming sanctuary. Guests have a wide range of accommodation to choose from: stay in the beautiful main mansion, pick a Hilltop Suite for the views, or select a waterfront Island Suite for true privacy. No matter your choice, you’ll be treated to world-class service in Belvedere’s four restaurants and bars (including a branch of the world-famous Nobu group, the only open-air one of its kind). Whatever you come to Mykonos for, you’ll find it here!
Luxury Beach Resorts: Serene Santorini
Maybe you’re tuckered out from the Mykonos nightlife, or you’re simply searching for a more relaxing holiday in the Cyclades. If this is the case, look no further than Santorini. The remnants of a massive volcanic caldera, its sheer cliffs provide some of the most stunning views around the globe. With its trademark whitewashed walls, meandering streets, and multicolored beaches, Santorini simply bursts with romance – and there are plenty of properties which do the same.
Topping the lists of many is Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Emerging from the cliffs themselves, this resort is the perfect balance of modern comfort with traditional style. The smooth curves of its walls put you at immediate ease; and with the endless views from every room, suite, and villa, you may find it difficult to ever leave the property! An excellent selection of restaurants are perched on the cliff face, highlighted by Mediterranean and Japanese delicacies. For a truly special experience, arrange an evening of private dining on your own corner of the property, floating between the stars and the sea.
If you’ve got a specific style of resort in mind, the Canaves Oia group is an excellent place to look. A collection of properties scattered across Santorini, these luxurious spots offer something for everyone. The original Boutique Hotel was one of the first of its kind in Santorini, with the nearby Suites attracting plenty of international celebrity attention. Recent years have seen three more properties added to the collection. The next-door Sunday Suites are among the island’s most luxurious, while the Epitome is Santorini’s only property offering both sunrise and sunset views from its privileged position. For the utmost in exclusivity, the secluded Eden Villas are unparalleled, with only three multi-bedroom units in all. Canaves Oia is renowned across Santorini – one visit, and you’ll understand why.
Luxury Beach Resorts: Meet Me in Crete
While Mykonos and Santorini grab the headlines, Crete has flown comparatively under the radar with tourists – but not for long. Greek’s largest island boasts gorgeous landscapes, fresh cuisine, and a rich history with traditions celebrated to this day. The ancient Minoans were the first advanced civilization in all Europe, making Crete a paradise for history buffs. If you prefer to keep your attentions in the present, its unspoiled beaches, caves, and canyons provide more than enough to explore. Travelers are catching on to Crete’s charms, and a growing number of luxury resorts provide a home to enjoy them from.
For a truly romantic getaway, the Elounda Gulf Villas are a fantastic choice. Situated about an hour’s drive from the main airport, the property faces west over Mirabello Bay, perfect for catching those Mediterranean sunsets. Just like its relatives in the Cyclades, Elounda is perched high above the sea. Nearly all its suites and villas are equipped with private pools, massage rooms, and expansive terraces from which to drink in the epic views. If you can tear yourself away from the scene, visit the resort’s private beach club (a ten-minute shuttle away) or embark on a day of marine exploration aboard your own private yacht. This is a special property where lifelong memories are waiting to be made!
If you prefer something a bit closer to the action – or if you’re bringing the kids – the Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort is just the ticket. A mere fifteen-minute drive from the airport, this elegant property captures the imagination in more ways than one. Sprawling along a stretch of powdery beachfront, Amirandes utilizes a water theme throughout, with lagoons and pools providing a tranquil ambiance that permeates every space. An array of rooms, suites, and villas offer the perfect fit for any guest. Diners have plenty of options; Minotaur serves an Italian set menu in a space adorned with genuine Picasso ceramics, while Lago di Candia offers steaks and fresh fish in an incomparable open-air setting by the beach. The best of Crete is brought together in a resort that will stay with you always.
The Luxury Travel Agency partners with all of the most celebrated properties in Greece and around the world. At our Partner Hotels, we’ll provide you with unbeatable rates, alongside complimentary benefits such as room upgrades, daily breakfast, spa credits, culinary experiences, VIP status, customized amenities, and so much more! In every instance, your safety and security comes first. Contact The Luxury Travel Agency today to get started on a Greece plan – before everyone else does!