With its azure blue waters, white washed walls and laissez-faire attitude, it’s not hard to see why holidaymakers fall hard for the Greek Islands. From the veritable continent that is Crete to the dinky, star-studded Mykonos, there’s a holiday isle to suit any taste, and all come complete with long, balmy days and fresh seafood as par for the course. If you’re already imagining yourself poolside, take a peek at our edit of Mr & Mrs Smith’s Greek Island destinations and get booking…
Cultured types can immerse themselves in the history of Crete, a vast island that’s not only the birthplace of Minoan civilisation, but also seriously rivals the French Riviera for Instagram-worthy beaches, hidden caves and friendly locals.
Domes of Elounda scores points with us for its infinity pool with views out onto the ocean, while the Moorish interior touches inside – think fretwork screens, silver basins and mirrored furniture – all add to the exotic vibe of this high-flying retreat. Choose from a selection of secluded suites, some of which look out onto the lush gardens.
Paradise Island Villas live up to their name with private sunbathing areas flanked by palm trees, bougainvillea-clad walls, and a raft of Jacuzzis on offer. Situated between the mountains and the Mediterranean, it’s just made for families who’ll appreciate its proximity to both beaches and a host of other activities.
Done Santorini? Meet its sister island, the quiet and less touristy Folegandros, less than an hour away by catamaran. With its combination of local charm, austere beauty and hilltop villages, one thing is for certain, this tiny volcanic outpost won’t remain an insider’s secret for long.
The unspoilt island setting and Aegean sea views of the Anemi hotel should be enough to sway you to its charms, but if that’s not enough, the infinity pool, stylish décor and friendly staff will help to tip the balance in its favour.
Famed as a family-friendly destination, there’s plenty for couples to enjoy on this island, too. Tour medieval churches, spy plunging volcanic mountains and discover hidden pebble beaches (some of which were the setting for the film Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) and come evening dine on the freshest of seafood.
A haven of laid-back luxury, Perantzada is perched right above the pretty harbour town of Vathi and encompasses everything you expect from a boutique retreat – quirky interiors, a sleek infinity pool and, above all, plenty of peace and quiet.
A favourite of the A-list, Mykonos was the first Greek island to be ‘discovered’ in the Fifties and has become one of the most happening harbours since. Chora, the main town, is frequented by actors and models, so if you’re in the market for some celeb spotting, this is the one for you.
This beachside boutique hotel in Mykonos Town is about as achingly hip as it gets. The destination of choice for jet-set romantics, we’re already imagining ourselves chilling at the coastal cool poolside bar, cocktail in hand.
Laid-back charm and a mountain location go hand in hand at Boheme, a bold and beautiful hideaway from the giddy excess of Mykonos Town. With a serene, simple bohemian vibe, just ensure if you visit you have a wardrobe to match.
Admire the Aegean from the tranquillity of your private Jacuzzi at Grace, where you can also get manicures and massages in the boutique spa. Us? We’ll be holing up at the bar, where a sundowner cocktail and some Mediterranean small plates are the perfect accompaniment to the sunset.
Three words: palm-garden hammocks. If that’s not enough to sway you to stay at the San Giorgio, we don’t know what is. A pared-down retreat for island hedonists, when you’re not chilling in the hammock, you can explore the rocky shores of the nearby private beach and rest up in sleek boho rooms.
World-renowned sunsets, top-notch wine and turquoise seas are just some of the reasons why people head year after year to this jaw-droppingly beautiful island. Head to Oia for a jumble of white buildings and blue-topped churches, built into the side of a volcano, and prepare to make your friends green with envy when they see your holiday snaps.
Boasting the best views on Santorini, Aenanon is at the caldera’s narrowest, highest point, plus it’s handily positioned halfway between Imerovigli and Oia. Inside, simple and pared-down interiors match the laid-back attitude of its attentive hosts.
With rooms angled to face the most cinematic view of Santorini’s caldera, Avaton mixes the best of classic Greek with cool, modern edge (hello, Eames bucket chairs). Definitely one for those with discerning taste…
Jaw-dropping sea views, private wine tastings, cliff-clinging pools…what more could you want from a Santorini hotel? A honeymooner’s delight, the romantic suites at Canaves are just steps from Oia’s chic pedestrian streets, making them ideal for both couples and first-time visitors, plus there’s a buzzy bar on site too.
With lashings of the bright white and blue long associated with Greece, Iconic Santorini ticks all the boxes for a Cliffside retreat. As well as an intimate spa, cave-sheltered rooms and sun-drenched terrace, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the pretty Imerovigli village.
Art lovers will admire the expertly curated portraits, porcelains and Picassos at this charming 1780s mansion-turned-hotel, which also boasts a pool with caldera views and a private dining patio.