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Which level of luxury will you partake in at Canaves? A lush suite with a private plunge pool? Or a three-bedroom villa with rain shower and mesmeric views of the Aegean Sea? Wherever you lay your head at this complex near Oia, you’ll have the chance to dine at the outdoor terrace-bound restaurant or start the day with a yoga class overlooking the ocean.
Anemi Hotel, Folegandros
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Here’s how your day could go if you stay on this untouched isle: throw back the crisp white sheets on your king-sized bed, make yourself a Nespresso coffee and take a quick plunge in the private swimming pool of your sea-view junior suite. After breakfast, (including proper Greek yoghurt, of course) spend a few hours moving through the tennis courts, yoga classes, a skin-boosting facial and swim after swim, before ending the day with a cocktail on the terrace. And repeat.
Mykonos Theoxenia, Mykonos
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The 50 rooms at this Mykonos hotel have a distinct ‘60s feel – candy-coloured walls and low lounges with touches of cane décor – which is an intentional effort from the architects to preserve and promote the historic property that once hosted guests such as Jackie Onassis. Even better, the hotel is situated just metres from Mykonos’s famous windmills so you know your holiday snaps are going to be good.
Blue Palace, Crete
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Despite its name, Blue Palace is all about understated luxury. The 72-metre-square island suite, pictured, has a heated infinity pool, a freestanding bathtub, four-poster bed and a soft interior palette of sandy browns, whites and pale blue. Should you want to escape your room, wander down to the pebbly main beach where sun loungers, paddleboards and buckets of cold wine await.
Coco-Mat Eco Residences, Serifos
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To create these eco-friendly residences, architect George Zafiriou carefully converted a collection of century-old miner’s cottages into unique accommodation that still maintains the history of the buildings. The light-flooded one- or two-bedroom residences showcase natural materials, including coconut fibre and natural rubber, and guests can even choose what material they want their mattresses and pillows to feature. The staff will even stock your pantry with fresh local produce if you prefer to cook in your room.
Danai Beach Resort & Villas, Halkidiki
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Though it’s not on a Greek Island per se, you’ll still feel like you’re away from the rest of the world the moment you step foot on the 314-metre-long yellow beach that this resort lays claim to. Perched on a northern peninsula of the Greek mainland, this resort features sun-soaked terraces perfect for sitting back and nibbling on olives, beach cabanas, a variety of water sports and beautiful Greek gardens.
Diamond Deluxe, Kos
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Situated against the rocky shores of Lambi beach and close to a 14th-century fortress, this dazzling hotel on the Dodecanese island of Kos is all about the finer things in life. Though there are 110 rooms, you’ll never have to battle for space thanks to two excellent restaurants, three bars (including one that will deliver your drink to your beachside sunbed) and a 2000-square-metre pool.
Myconian Kyma, Mykonos
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Perched atop a hill, there are views across this sprawling island from every corner of this five-star hotel. Set proudly in the centre of town, the buzzing location won’t affect your goal of relaxation: three room types have private pools or Jacuzzis and the Satori Thalasso spa has everything required to achieve a serious state of zen, including five seawater pools, each with a different focal point such as essential oils or hydromassage.
Perivolas Hotel, Santorini
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The way these gently curved buildings seem to emerge from the rugged cliff, you’d think they were a series of uber-modern caves hewn from the rock – and in fact, that’s exactly what they are. This 20-strong cluster of whitewashed suites was adapted from a group of 300-year-old caves once the home of fishermen. There are eight different styles of smooth-edged suites but, if you can, up the luxury with a Deluxe Suite, featuring either a Jacuzzi or a turquoise infinity pool. Image: William Abranowicz
Porto Zante, Zakynthos
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The luxury is all in the little things within the nine types of villas at Porto Zante. Adorning the walls are pieces by famous Greek artists, there’s Bulgari amenities in the bathrooms and the cutlery and glassware is Christolfe Paris. But you really want to know about the swimming, don’t you? Well, some villas feature private pools but the key attraction at this complex is the sandy beach bordering the Ionian Sea where you can recline on bright yellow lounges or hit the water in a canoe, on a sea cycle or atop a stand-up paddleboard.
Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses
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This grand building has been hosting sun-seeking guests on the “island of perfumes” since 1914 but, don’t worry, you’ll be treated to all the mod cons thanks to a complete refurbishment in 2009. Guests can stay in either the historic wing, home to the rejuvenated rooms, or the new wing, which is as the name suggests. Our pick is the bright Tower Room in the historic section – could there be anything more mesmerising than throwing open the French doors, stepping onto your wrought-iron-edged balcony and staring out over the picturesque Argosaronic Gulf?
Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Santorini
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The hardest decision you’ll have to make during a stay in Santo Maris’ private villa is whether you’ll spend the day lounging by your own pool, checking out the heated indoor pool after a spa treatment or taking a sunset dip in one of the four glittering outdoor pools scattered throughout the resort. Tough call, really. Need some assistance making your choice? The main swimming spot is located next to the pool bar, if that helps.
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If your pool doesn’t have a cerulean infinity pool, are you even on a luxurious Grecian holiday? The V-shaped beckoning azure at Erosantorini is the centrepiece of the sprawling grounds, with three cascading levels and music you can hear underwater. Once you’ve tired of staring out at the sea from the cool confines of the water (if that’s possible), head to dinner – the dishes in the dining room are worth the stay alone. Who could resist fresh wood-fired oven baked bread, signature Elaion olive oil and perfectly cooked white eggplant?
Yria Resort, Paros
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One night in Paros is definitely not enough to take in all the gorgeous features of this hotel. Aside from the requisite infinity pool, the 22,000-square-metre resort has a restaurant serving authentic plates of Mediterranean cuisine and a bar offering fresh smoothies and cocktails next to the pool. Plus, its spa only uses products made from ingredients found on this ancient island.