As if floating on the Aegean Sea, the Cyclades archipelago expands, through a series of beautiful islands, among which Mykonos and Santorini are the crown jewels and a good place to start a tour featuring the Greek Islands’ best hotels. The Mykonos airport accommodates daily flights from Athens and abroad. There are also daily ferries to and from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina in Athens.
Known as “the party island” Mykonos is famous for its cosmopolitan atmosphere, endless nightlife, private yachts, picturesque Cycladic architecture, and magnificent beaches. The second most visited island in Greece, it features a good combination of culture, art, and history.
For vacationers who want to avoid the nonstop party scene, the five-star Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge is a private oasis overlooking Megali Ammos, the closest beach to the town of Mykonos. The 30-suite hotel has the distinction of being one of the Leading Hotels of the World. The hotel’s name comes from the expression “to bill and coo,” meaning to be affectionate and whisper endearments. Thus, the atmosphere is perfect for romance. It features a spa and an award-winning gourmet restaurant with a Mediterranean-inspired menu. We love that your concierge will book a private yacht charter to nearby Delos Island to see the archeological sites with a historian as your guide.
Situated on a quiet 10-acre luxury property on a private beach, this childfree resort is even more secluded and romantic. With spectacular views overlooking the Agios Ioannis Bay, the intimate hotel’s 15 suites—some with hot tubs and private pools—feature a refined bleached wood and crisp white linen décor. We love that you can dine at the taverna under a moonlit Greek sky or in the privacy of your suite.
This luxurious boutique hotel overlooking Ornos Bay is the latest darling of design lovers. Kenshō features 10 suites and 25 rooms, with choices of outdoor Jacuzzis, plunge pools, private pools, suites with panoramic views and private luxury villas, each emphasizing minimalist white décor with local natural stone and wood. We love that all rooms and suites feature atmospheric lighting.
Santorini is the most visited island in Greece and is often listed among the most romantic destinations in the world. Visited by millions of tourists every summer, it’s a favorite of A-listers and honeymooners. Don’t miss a trip to the volcano, whose top can be seen from any spot of the caldera.
Literally built into the side of a cliff, perched on one of Santorini’s highest peaks, sits the Canaves Oia Luxury Resort, the ultimate romantic resort. Located in the sophisticated town of Oia, this fairy-tale destination is one of Greece’s hidden gems, featuring a hotel, suites, and villas. Unparalleled views, from every angle of the hotel, authentic-whitewashed architecture and a breathtaking infinity pool ensure that it lives up to its five-star rating. Its restaurant, Petra, offers Greek-Mediterranean cuisine. We love that the rooms have Nespresso machines. ■