With its cluster of thousands of romantic islands scattered throughout the Aegean and Ionian seas, with its seemingly endless coastlines, its stunning ancient sites, its delicious cuisine and its friendly, passionate locals, there’s much to beckon the luxury traveller to Greece. So, it’s not too much of a stretch for me to assume that you may have already visited; so how about a return visit staying somewhere a little of incredible and totally unique! Read on for our guide to the Top 5 Most Unique Hotels in Greece…
Iconic Santorini-a Boutique Cave Hotel
It’s wonderfully exotic name gives you some clue as to the treat in store for you at the Iconic Santorini-a Boutique Cave Hotel. Yes, you do indeed get to stay in a cave, albeit a very beautiful and luxurious one. The stunning hotel is located in the picturesque and romantic village of Imerovigli in Santorini, a part of the Cyclades Islands in Greece; you are 1.7km from Fira town and 12km from the ruins of Ancient Thera. This amazing boutique hotel is literally carved from Santorini’s volcanic caldera wall and is at a wonderful vantage to offer staggering views of the striking caldera cliffs and azure blue waters of the Aegean Sea below.
The hotel also benefits from a top-of-the-range Fitness Centre or to unwind, there’s something a little incredible about having a soothing treatment at the Iconic Santorini Spa followed by time spent relaxing in the tranquil grotto cave pool. The crystal waters of the beautiful outdoor infinity pool with jetted tub seating are very inviting, there’s also a caldera sun terrace, several private dining areas and a terrace seating area; basically, lots of spaces to relax and soak up the views of the turquoise sea below with a glass of something chilled.
The Greece hospitality is much evident here, the concierge team are warm and welcoming and treat you like family; they have basically thought of everything, all the little details and finishing touches are simply perfect. It’s not just us who has fallen for this place either; the hotel was been named as Greece’s Leading Boutique Hotel in 2014, 2015, 2016 and now a fourth time in 2017 at the prestigious World Travel Awards.
Each residence set within the property’s five distinctive levels is unique, but all have a wonderful combination of contemporary luxury amenities and authentic Greek décor. Several of the suites have their own private outdoor jetted pools positioned on the terraces just so to allow the very best, awe-inspiring views; The Cliff Suite even has a second private, candlelit, jetted indoor grotto pool too! The dreamy setting of the Pergola restaurant serves up authentic Greek cuisine throughout the day using the finest local ingredients to honour the recipes passed through family generations, all crafted in an open kitchen.
Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort, Halkidiki
For an almost otherworldly location, stay at the exclusive, 5-star Miraggio Thermal Spa Resort in Halkidiki; the hotel is surrounded by outrageously pretty hills of fragrant green pine, as well as a stupendous view of the spectacular Aegean Sea. The resort is elegant and luxurious; with lavish accommodation and a relaxed, yet sophisticated atmosphere. The three pool areas include a vast main pool stunningly designed, a small kids pool and an adult only pool. There’s a private beach, a wonderful spa specialising in water-based relaxation and wellness programmes, a gym and a beauty salon. The resort is ideal for families and they offer four indoor and outdoor children’s clubs which are designed for different age groups. There are 300 guest rooms all are ultra-modern but it’s the 48 with their own private pools that will most appeal to discerning travellers. There are five buffets and à la carte restaurants and four bars as well as beach bars and pool cafes; most are designed to enjoy the same magnificent views.
Poseidonion Grand Hotel
The Poseidonion Grand Hotel is an aristocratic summer residence offering a unique experience that will make you feel like of the Athenian A-list. The hotel is conveniently located in Dapia Port on the island of Spetses island, a three-hour drive from Athens airport. The historic hotel is located on the waterfront and has been beautifully refurbished offering a combination of grand halls and sweeping staircases. For accommodation, pick from a stylish, ultra-modern room in the new wing or a more extravagant, traditional room in the historical section, both have modern amenities and most come with private gardens or ornate balconies. There’s a stylish pool and the spa features an outdoor pool, a steam room and massage treatments and there’s a fitness room too. Dine at the award-winning ‘On The Verandah’ restaurant or for a light snack, the intimate candlelit ‘Library Brasserie’ or you can enjoy an al fresco meal with fresh produce from their ‘Bostani’ Farm-to-Table’ restaurant. Cocktail bar, “Palms” is the ultimate location to enjoy heavenly cocktails while admiring the magnificent view of the Saronic Gulf.
Blue Palace Resort, Elounda, Crete
This unique hotel in Crete boasts a long pool that heads into the sea, rather taking infinity pools to another level! Classic Greek archways feature everywhere and the overall impression is bohemian luxe. The beachfront resort is located 4km from the town centre of Elounda on the island of Crete and is 16km from Areti Monastery. The refined, contemporary bungalows have balconies giving sea views and marble bathrooms, an upgraded room gives you a private pool and lounge area. Opt for a suite with a Jacuzzi and 4-poster bed to really make your stay memorable. There are 5 restaurants and 3 bars, one of which is a beach club; plus a spa, a private beach with a water sports centre, a gym and a kids’ club.
Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens
An iconic landmark building in the historic heart of Athens certainly makes for a unique stay. The 5-star hotel was built in 1874 and is located just steps from the Acropolis, Syntagma Square and the Parliament. The building continues to highlight the elegance of 19th-century opulence and design, featuring courtyard views and plush, sophisticated rooms and suites. There’s a fitness studio, indoor and outdoor pools, and a luxe spa, as well as 3 restaurants, including a stunning rooftop garden restaurant and bar, 4 bars and a refined cigar lounge.
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