Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands

Hotels in Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands

Kivotos translates to “ark,” and you’ll know why upon your first glance at the funky, three-story Noah’s Villa at the whitewashed Kivotos Hotel.

Once a sponge factory, the roots of this hotel, on the island of Hydra in the Argosaronic Gulf, reach back to the late 1800’s; the “Bratsera” moniker refers to the sponge diver’s rest ship after a long day of undersea foraging.

Built atop a cliff overlooking the Santorini caldera basin, Katikies Hotel is renowned for its sweeping views of the Aegean Sea and the island's colorful sunsets. The bright white, freeform complex is comprised of steep stairways, wooden bridges, and cubist cottages housing 27 rooms and suites.

Built on the side of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, the adults-only Perivolas resort has 20 suites housed in 300-year-old cliff dwellings that once belonged to local fishermen.

Popular Santorini may boast the Greek Aegean’s hottest nightlife, but this latest addition to the crowded hotel scene distinguishes itself with an emphasis on warm hospitality and traditional island tranquility.

There’s a nautical theme at Anemomilos Apartments, on a cliff with easy access to the village of Hora. Whitewashed walls, private patios, and vistas of the Aegean more than make up for the sparsely decorated rooms. The real draw, however, is the lovely stone-terraced pool and pergola lounge.

Situated on the island of Paros, the Afendakis Hotel is a small, vine-covered building only half a mile from the beaches of Pounda and Piso Livadi.

The global brand has 250 properties throughout the Caribbean islands, along with an extensive collection in Europe, South Africa, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Bali, Indonesia. Its concierge service can arrange for private chefs, nannies, and island tours.

The Mykonos Grand Hotel on the island’s southwest coast dedicates itself to providing Mediterranean romance with panoramic sea views, iconic, whitewashed walls, cobbled paths, and beach (where the film Shirley Valentine took place).

Set foot on the warm black sands of Vlychada Beach and you’ll see why Santorini, an island formed by underwater calderas, is a favorite Greek island getaway. But escaping the summer crowds is no easy feat.

Stone walls surround this luxury hotel atop Rodari hill, and the boutique property is a hot spot for parties around the asymmetrical outdoor swimming pool. The mostly white rooms in the 1850 mansion, one of the oldest in the area, echo the white townscape below.

The history of this three-level island hotel goes back into the 19th century: built in 1895, it belonged to historic Symi Island figures like Vangelitsa, and was remodeled in 2000.

Arched wooden gates, a cobbled courtyard, and a blue waterwheel—the hotel’s namesake—mark the entrance to Manganos Hotel. Situated south of Chios, the property was built in 1990 as a mansion-style accommodation and renovated in 2007.