Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands

Hotels in Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands

Low-slung whitewashed bungalows built into the hills above a secluded beach. Most of the 96 rooms have mosaic-tiled bathrooms and terraces with ocean views. 

Just a few streets back from the sea, the Archontiko Eleni Hotel is housed in a restored Neoclassical mansion dating from the 1890’s. Beyond the pale-yellow façade, the hotel is decorated with white marble accents, hardwood floors, and century-old brick archways.

The Argentikon is not a typical unadorned, whitewashed Mediterranean villa.

Once the home of a sea captain, La Maltese Estate Hotel is now an impeccable six-room Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel in the village of Imerovigli, a quiet area sandwiched between the two main tourist towns of Fira and Oia on Santorini’s steep western edge.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).