Five of the Best Luxury Resorts in Greece

An intoxicating mixture of the ancient and modern, Greece is a fascinating country. Dripping with culture and history, it boasts tremendous archaeological riches from across the ages, cosmopolitan cities, vibrant resorts and islands synonymous with holidays in the sun.

From the Parthenon, which looks out from the Acropolis over the bustling sprawl of the capital city of Athens, to the fun-packed hedonistic coastal town of Laganas on the island of Zakynthos, to the stunning and colorful facades of the neoclassical houses in the hilltop village of Koskinou on Rhodes, Greece offers a rich and diverse selection of things to see and do.

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There is something for everyone here, including a huge array of glamorous resorts and hotels which offer some of the finest amenities available. Here are five of the best luxury resorts in Greece:

1. Mystique, Oia, Santorini

Oozing elegance and romance, the gorgeous island of Santorini curves around a colossal caldera, the product of a volcanic eruption several thousand years ago. The resultant lagoon in the Aegean Sea is an azure marvel, encircled by rugged cliffs that stretch hundreds of meters into the brilliant blue sky.

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The spectacular Mystique resort of hotel and private villas is perched atop these cliffs in the enchanting town of Oia, on Santorini’s northwest coast. Boasting panoramic views across the lagoon, Mystique is an incredibly stylish, exclusive collection of minimalist whitewashed villas and suites which caters for the most discerning of travelers.

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A place of understated opulence, it offers a private sanctuary away from the madding crowds, with a peaceful, laid back atmosphere where guests want for nothing and attention to detail is paramount.

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With open air dining in its Charisma restaurant and the chance to relax and watch the dazzling sunset in the Aura bar, the award-winning Mystique is the complete package.

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And you simply cannot miss an opportunity to relax by the fabulous infinity pool which seemingly merges into the Aegean Sea, and get a massage at the Asian Spa Resort.

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2. Astir of Paros, Naoussa, Paros

The beautiful Paros, the second-largest of Greece’s Cycladic islands, contains the chic resort of Naoussa – once a rustic village populated by fisherman; it is now an up-market and stylish spot where wealthy Athenians descend for their holidays.

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With a private beach, five-star facilities and a commanding spot overlooking the shimmering Aegean waters, the Astir of Paros is a deluxe resort boasting amenities and service unrivalled anywhere else on the island.

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Nestled amongst immaculate tropical gardens, the complex is a lavishly designed twist on traditional Cyclades architecture offering privacy, discreet staff and everything a select holidaymaker could ask for.

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With a selection of luxurious suites, palm-fringed swimming pool with sun deck and pool bar, and gourmet restaurants serving everything from sushi to contemporary international cuisine, the Astir of Paros is a terrific destination.

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3. Domes of Elounda, Elounda, Crete

Elounda is tucked in a rugged bay on Crete’s northwestern coast. A colorful and lively seaside resort, it is charming and rustic with traditional Greek tavernas peppering the harbour.

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Resting on a coastal hillside at the mouth of the bay is the Domes of Elounda resort complex – a modern, eclectic, ultra-cool and minimalist selection of residences and villas which lookout at the sea and the famed Spinalonga Island. Spartan décor and sleek lines only add to the chic atmosphere of an achingly trendy destination.

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Throw in three restaurants where a Michelin chef oversees a fantastic menu, a selection of villas which range from bijou marvels to opulent, super high-spec triple-bathroom suites with private pools and Jacuzzis, and a stretch of beach for guests of the resort only, the Domes of Elounda is the height of Cretan decadence.

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4. Amanzoe, Porto Heli, Peloponnese

Resting on a low hillside northwest of cosmopolitan Porto Heli on the Peloponnese peninsula, the Amanzoe resort complex is a sandstone and marble sensation with outstanding views across the olive grove-carpeted landscape and out to the crystal clear Aegean Sea.

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Its spin on classic Greek architecture – straight lines, thrusting columns and spacious pavilions are all part of the uncluttered design – make it a visual feast.

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There is a pervading sense of tranquility and exclusivity here, with walled and colonnaded gardens, reflection pool, beauty spa, Pilates and yoga studios, along with wonderful terraces and an amphitheatre.

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Add to this several lounges and restaurants, plus the fantastic selection of pavilion-style accommodation, each with their pool, and secluded private beach club – the Amanzoe is a luxurious hilltop wonder.

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5. Villa Faros, Sigri, Lesvos

Unspoiled and rustic, the island of Lesvos is the third largest of the Greek islands. A true jewel in the Aegean Sea, it offers peace and charm in spades.

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Perched on a private peninsula just north of the resort of Sigri, Villa Faros is as luxurious and decadent as it comes – a majestic domed Greek edifice surrounded by one hundred and fifty acres, with panoramic sea views across the Aegean, and a feeling of almost total privacy and seclusion.

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As close to being on your island as it is possible to get in Greece, the resort boasts a private road and manicured gardens, along with décor which would not look out of place in a five star Italian hotel – wood and marble abound, with an emphasis on elegance and comfort.

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The glamour and style are further bolstered by the amenities – they are extensive and truly excellent.

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From the heated exterior infinity pool and indoor pool, to the dance studio, yoga and spa treatment, cavernous accommodation, private deck, traditional sea boat, three private beaches, a helipad, and staff – including a professional chef – on hand to cater to your every whim, Villa Faros is the one to beat.

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Victoria Thomas

Victoriais a regular contributor on LuxeInACity.com, a luxury travel blog curating hotels, spas, restaurants, boutiques, products as well as once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

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