Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands

Hotels in Mykonos, Santorini + the Aegean Cyclades Islands

The three gorgeous, airy rooms at the 1864-built Captain’s House are perched high up on a hill in the village of Oia, at the northern tip of Santorini. All have canopy king beds and embroidered bedspreads, and cross-vaulted ceilings with antique chandeliers.

Standing between windmills and sand, blue crystal waters and the narrow, cobblestoned streets of Mykonos, the restored Mykonos Theoxenia Hotel is everything you wouldn’t expect from a classic Greek hotel.

Right on the waterfront and a five-minute walk from the town center, the property has 139 air-conditioned rooms with balconies that take in views of the busy harbor, citrus groves, and moored boats. Inside the hotel lobby, the soft Mediterranean colors echo shades of the beach and ocean.

The dramatic geography of Santorini means that many hotels trade lots of space for Aegean views. But both are on offer at the new Astro Palace, located above the main clifftop town of Fira and its winding pedestrian streets.

Naxos is a private slice of Greek Isles paradise, with far less bikini-clad bustle than busier Mykonos and Santorini. And here, in your own two-story villa, with its own 340-square-foot pool and terrace open to unobstructed Aegean Sea views, you might never see another soul if you so choose.

Only five minutes from the pier, this small hotel was originally built as a private residence for Count Orloff of Russia in 1796. Renovated more than two centuries later, the property now houses nine guest rooms and a honeymoon suite decorated in a Mediterranean palette of blue and white.

With more than 100 houses and estates around the country, Five Star Greece prides itself on authentic experiences, whether you want Mykonos glamour or barefoot beach luxury.

Built into the cliffs overlooking Santorini’s Aegean-filled caldera, Mystique isn’t fully visible from the road. But descend about 30 steep stone stairs and you’ll discover sea-facing terraces, alfresco dining nooks, and an infinity pool.

Built in the 18th century, restored in the 20th, and perfected when the property took on the Relais & Châteaux banner in 2009, Zannos Melathron offers the storybook experience of sleeping in a Cycladic cave-style manor house.

You may think that every square inch of Mykonos has been overdeveloped one way or another, but head to the secluded area of Ftelia at the southern end of Panormos Bay, and you’ll finally find the spacious views of the isle and ocean that the postcards promise.

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.