The feeling of a luxurious trip with high standard services is, in fact, a need every person has now and again. However, luxury is not determined solely by cost but by the care and attention of people who are well acquainted with the art of hospitality.
Regardless, the world is yours to explore when the budget doesn’t restrict you. The same goes for Greece, one of the most favored destinations for luxury travel worldwide. Here is the ultimate guide for luxury vacations in Greece to ensure your days in this exotic country are as opulent as possible, creating a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Where to go
Choice is abundant when it comes to the region which you will choose for your luxury vacations in Greece. It all depends on the time you decide to visit, the type of trip you’re looking for, and the number of days you plan on spending in the country.
The Greek islands are a one-way street during the summer if you’re visiting. On the other hand, the islands are out of the question if you’re visiting during the winter months. Then, the mainland is where you want to choose for your luxurious itinerary.
In any case, Athens, the Greek capital, is always a good idea for your luxury vacations in Greece as it is an excellent destination all year round, offering superb high-end establishments and activities to its visitors.
Here are some of our suggestions regarding where you should choose to spend the days of your Greek trip if you want to live a luxurious life.
The options for luxury accommodation in Santorini are limitless. You will enjoy high-end accommodation in the villages of the Caldera overlooking the famous volcano. You will also get to stand in awe before the sunset in Oia.
From the veranda of your suite, you will have the opportunity to see the most spectacular view that resembles a painting: the sun sets at the bottom of the horizon, making the volcanic cliffs beneath your feet even more evocative. At the same time, the seagulls fly like white touches over the Aegean.
Deluxe five-star hotels with jacuzzi and private pools you will find in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, Oia, Pyrgos, and the Akrotiri of Santorini will generously offer you moments of relaxation you won’t get to experience anywhere else in the world. It is no coincidence that Santorini is one of Greece’s top destinations for a honeymoon. It is also a top destination for luxury vacations in Greece!
It is no surprise that Mykonos is on the list of the most luxurious destinations in Greece. Upscale design in the cosmopolitan Mykonos, the island favored by world-class celebrities, will be a treat for your eyes. Its famous cobblestone Chora is a true representative of simple Cycladic architecture.
Whatever you have experienced in other cosmopolitan destinations, it won’t compare with your trip to Mykonos and its unique energy. Endless parties on the beach next to the turquoise waters.
Dance and drinks until dawn with the background of Little Venice and the illuminated mills of Chora will ensure you have the time of your lives. You will find luxury hotels in Mykonos Town, Psarou, Ornos, Elia, and Agios Stefanos. The kind you won’t ever want to check out from.
When it comes to luxury vacations in Greece, there is no other place in the country that comes even close to the sophistication and class of Elounda in Crete. As a result, most of the luxury hotels in Greece are located there.
VIPs, celebrities, and prime ministers enjoy their dream vacations in complete privacy. Luxury suites and villas on the water, design and gourmet restaurants, dream bars by the pool, water sports, lush spas, and a private pier with sailboats waiting to set sail and help you enjoy with your significant other on a luxurious vacation in the crystal clear waters of the surrounding coves and rocky islets. Elounda is a gift of nature, and now you have the opportunity to discover it.
The striking island of Corfu, also known as ‘the island of Phaeacus,’ is another Greek island beloved by affluent travelers.
There, you will get to see for yourselves a vast history that counts thousands of years, luscious nature, endless kilometers of beaches, and one of the most beautiful cities in Greece with exceptional architectural interest and famous castles.
Treat yourself to a few days of luxury vacations in Greece in the charming villas facing the sea hidden in the lush vegetation.
Choose one of the luxurious five-star resorts with bungalows in the manicured gardens that reach the coast.
Then, experience the daily life of the island’s capital city by staying in one of the boutique hotels housed in historic buildings of past centuries with flowered courtyards.
You will find luxury hotels and resorts in Kommeno, Kassiopi, Dassia, Ermones, and Kanoni. You can also check all our suggested Corfu honeymoon hotels.
In the old city of Rhodes, the city of the Knights, you will browse a different page of history every day. Staying in one of the stylish boutique hotels it hosts, you will become one with its residents. You will also experience its unique atmosphere, and you will see the myths come to life before your eyes.
In Mandraki, large luxury units facing the sea will offer you all the modern comforts, luxury suites, restaurants, swimming pools, and water sports.
On the other hand, a little further, in the famous Lindos, Ixia, and Faliraki, you will enjoy the beautiful beaches of the island that are organized and will provide you with a premium beach experience you will never forget.
Rhodes is a cosmopolitan destination with dozens of different accommodation options to suit all tastes and a perfect destination for luxury vacations in Greece.
Read on: Corfu romantic hotels.
There is nothing better than relaxing with your better half in top-rated luxury hotels. Superb sandy beaches and peaceful landscapes dominate the region of Chalkidiki.
There, you will be nearby impressive archaeological sites and within walking distance from Mount Athos. And to top it all off, renowned five-star hotels with marinas and private harbors will accommodate you in luxury and comfort.
In Chalkidiki, you can make all your luxury vacation dreams come true. First, you can savor a private beach dinner with candles and a piano playing classical music. Then, relax with sand massages and spa and yoga classes.
You can also enjoy parties at your villa, as well as wine tasting with a sommelier at your disposal. Last but not least, you can acquire a private boat to get to know the beaches of Sithonia.
En route to the beaches, you can see the monasteries of Mount Athos from afar. From there, you will have helicopters and limousines at your disposal to visit Thessaloniki, Philippi, Dion, Vergina. Chalkidiki has it all, and it offers it to you.
Colorful, multidimensional, cosmopolitan, Athens is a city full of monuments. It boasts priceless archeological treasures and museums of international distinction. A city that never sleeps and offers countless options for entertainment, food, and accommodation.
In its heart, you will find the most luxurious historic hotels. These small palaces offer all modern comforts. Take advantage of spas, cafe bars overlooking the Acropolis, pool bars, and excellent restaurants with cuisines worldwide.
The Athenian Riviera extends to the famous Temple of Poseidon in Sounio. There, you have the opportunity to stay in five-star beach resorts. You will enjoy unique moments of luxury, relaxation, and fun water sports.
And all that, just a few kilometers from the historic center of Athens. Fresh fish, delectable dishes of local and international cuisine, and fine indigenous wines are waiting for you to taste them.
There, you will also enjoy magical sunsets, beach bars, and clubs that vibrate in the rhythm of summer. This is your chance to dance barefoot on the sand until morning. Revel in the sea and the bright sun that decorates the Attic sky.
Despite being the Greek capital, Athens is an ideal holiday setting that will win you over in no time during your luxury vacations in Greece.
The co-capital of Greece, Thessaloniki, attracts people like a magnet. It is the leading star in the history and life of northern Greece and the Balkans. Shopping, fun, and good food raise the entertainment bar very high here. The choices are countless.
Overlooking Thermaikos, the White Tower, the port, the square of Aristotelous, and the esplanade of the Old Beach, you will stay in leading luxury hotels housed in historic buildings, restored neoclassical mansions, or newly constructed buildings with a unique contemporary aesthetic.
Thessaloniki’s excellent cafes and restaurants are trendy and spread out throughout the city. They are worth a visit, even if you are just a passer-by. Also, don’t miss the art galleries and fascinating museums that will give you an insight into the local culture.
Stay in 5-star hotels with luxurious spas and impeccable service. You will find them located in the center and on the city’s outskirts, and you won’t regret it.
Messinia is considered by many a ‘blessed land,’ while it boasts endless kilometers of beaches. There, you will find imposing castles, historic cities, islands and islets, olive groves, and wetlands with rare birds.
In Messinia, the accommodation becomes an experience. There, you will enjoy unique luxury combined with technology, respect for nature, and an effort to highlight the region’s heritage.
Golf courses overlooking the sea and the forests are available to enjoy your favorite sport for hours. Villas with private pools, suites with innovative design, state-of-the-art spas of thousands of square meters with dozens of innovative treatments for the body and face will sweep you off your feet.
Moreover, restaurants with cuisines worldwide and pure local products will ignite your senses. Enrich your trip by paying a visit to the sophisticated bars near swimming pools or on beautiful terraces to enjoy your cocktail at sunset. Messinia is an extraordinary luxury destination only a few of Greece’s visitors experience.
The magnificent city of Arachova is by far the most glamorous and cosmopolitan destination for the winter in Greece. It is located a breath away from the historic Delphi, the “navel of the earth.” It is also nearby the ski resorts of Parnassos.
The luxurious resorts of the region don’t hold back. There, you will enjoy exemplary dining services and luxury spas. In addition, the tennis courts, as well as indoor pools overlooking the mountain and fir trees, will steal your breath away.
Additionally, you will relax in luxurious lounges. They are available to play your favorite board games as snowflakes adorn the landscapes outside the large windows.
In the city of Arachova, on the road that connects Arachova with Livadi and on the fir-covered plateau of Livadi, you will come upon luxury hostels and boutique hotels that uniquely combine traditional architecture and decoration with a refined classic or modern style.
Breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy walking, horseback riding, and other fun adventures in the forests of Parnassos. But, of course, you can’t visit Arachova and neglect its vibrant nightlife. Its bars and restaurants are known worldwide for their vigorous ways and the luxurious experiences.
Where to swim
The beach of Plaka is organized but quiet, with crystal clear waters ideal for swimming. It is also perfect for water sports, as they are offered daily. In addition, you will find cafes, restaurants, taverns, and mini markets along its coast. These are ready to provide their services and ensure your pleasant stay.
Plaka connects the city of Naxos with a bus, which runs every 15 minutes. Thus, you can easily and quickly find yourself in the most central parts of the island, the port, and the other beautiful villages, to explore the sizeable Cycladic island.
The stunning Myrtos beach in Kefalonia is one of the most famous in the Mediterranean. It is considered the most famous beach on the island and one of the main attractions of Kefalonia.
It is located in the northern part of the island, in the Municipality of Pylareon, 30 km north of Argostoli. The nearest village is Divarata, 2.5 km south of the beach. It has white pebbles and blue waters due to the currents in the area. The beach is surrounded by cliffs and is about 800 meters long. At the edge, there is a small cave.
Myrtos is an organized beach with a canteen, umbrellas, sunbeds, and a lifeguard. The beach has been awarded the ‘Blue Flag‘ and named ‘the best beach in Greece‘ no less than 11 times. More times than any other beach in the country.
Time to talk about one of the most famous beaches in the world! The Shipwreck beach of Zakynthos is indeed a shipwreck that washed away on a secluded beach of the island.
Today it is one of the most exciting attractions of the island. The wreck occurred in 1982, when the ship ‘Panagiotis,’ which belonged to a Kefalonian, was illegally transporting cigarettes from Turkey to an international destination.
The captain and the crew were also from Kefalonia, while the illegal cargo was accompanied each time by two Italian smugglers. They were there to supervise the delivery.
However, the ship, due to extremely adverse weather conditions and a damaged engine, went off. It soon fell on the rocks on the northwest side of Zakynthos. Until then, the beach was called Agios Georgios.
At first, the inhabitants were alarmed. They were troubled by the environmental catastrophe that they believed would create the specific ship with its cargo.
They were also worried about the potential wound in the island’s tourism. But after a while, it became an attraction for domestic and non-domestic tourists. It is no coincidence that international newspapers rank it among the 23 most beautiful beaches globally.
Today, the shipwreck is stranded in the center of an inaccessible beach. It can be visited only by sea and helicopter. Yet, thanks to the area’s inaccessibility, its waters remain crystal clear and transparent to this day.
Red Beach, Santorini
The fantastic Red beach is just a few steps from the archaeological site of Akrotiri. To reach it, you can leave your vehicle in the open parking lot near the bus stop and start an almost 2-minute descent. Alternatively, you can access it by boat from Akrotiri.
As soon as you step foot in it, you will see a wonderful volcanic palette. The colors of white, red and black dominate the famous beach. Dark blue waters, two canteens for coffee, snacks, and refreshments, as well as sun lounges and umbrellas, complete the picture.
This beach is undoubtedly the most popular and the most famous to the international public. For this reason, it is one of the beaches of Santorini that you will rarely experience alone or without many people. The Red Beach is one of those rare landscapes of Santorini that changes from year to year as it is shaped by wind, water, or erosion.
No list of premium beaches would be complete without mentioning the famous Psarou beach in Mykonos. The most cosmopolitan beach of the island, with soft golden sand, is a favorite of local and international celebrities. Hollywood stars often frequent the beach, so prepare yourselves to be starstruck.
The beach service in Psarou is flawless, while there are many terrific suggestions for food and shopping. However, please beware that if you visit it during the months of July and August, the is a possibility that you’ll be overwhelmed by the large tourist masses. However, there won’t be such a problem; it is ideal and peaceful, perfect for a romantic getaway.
Another advantage of the beach is that despite the strong winds Mykonos is famous for, in Psarou, they subside. So book your sunbed ahead to ensure your spot on the beach. Once you’re there, wait until after 5-6 pm for the parties to start!
Were to stay
With Greece being one of the most sought-after luxury travel destinations globally, there is excellent tourist infrastructure all around the country.
Whether you choose the Greek islands or the mainland for your holiday destination, you will be met with an overwhelming amount of choice regarding the premium accommodation. They all promise to make you feel on top of the world.
Our top picks from the entirety of Greece include ‘Athens Capital Center Hotel,’ ‘Serenissima Hotel’ in Crete, ‘Myconian Ambassador’ in Mykonos, ‘Canaves Oia Boutique Hotel’ in Santorini, ‘Lilly Residence Boutique Suites’ in Paros, ’18 Grapes’ in Naxos, ‘Bassa Maina’ in Mani, ‘Casa Litore’ in Milos, ‘Ikos Dassia’ in Corfu,’ Onar Suites & Villas’ in Folegandros, ‘F Zeen Retreat’ in Kefalonia, ‘Lesante Blu Exclusive Beach Resort’ in Zakynthos, ‘Living Theros’ in Tinos, ‘Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa’ in Rhodes, and ‘Castellano Hotel and Suites’ in Nafplio. Of course, there are many more hotels and all-inclusive resorts in Greece for couples.
You can find those and much more here. One thing we should highlight though is that the earlier you book your accommodation, the better. This way, you will find what you’re looking for at much more affordable prices.
You will also make sure you are not left without a room. Especially during the high season months, most Greek islands are at total capacity. Yes, Greece is that popular.
What to do
For your vacations in Greece to feel luxurious, in addition to luxury accommodation, you should embark on several deluxe adventures in the country. They are not hard to find, and they will make both your heart soar and your trip unforgettable.
If you’re an adventure seeker, there is nothing like sailing the gorgeous Greek coastline and diving into crystal clear waters that wouldn’t be accessible on any other day. You can choose to spend a whole day or part of your day on the sailboat, sunbathing and living life like it is meant to be lived.
If you’re a foodie couple, then Greece is the right choice for you. No matter which city, island, or village you visit, there is a high chance you will be able to treat yourselves to food tours that will introduce you to the mouthwatering local flavors.
You will get to get acquainted with the rich culinary culture of the country and taste delicacies that will help you understand the hype surrounding Greek cuisine.
Apart from delicious food, Greece is also known for its wine production and its strong local spirits that never fail to lift the mood of everyone that dares to try them. As a result, you will have the opportunity to join wine-tasting experiences and local spirit tastings that will you ruin any other alcohol for you.
Of course, the incredible modern spas of the country can host you for a relaxing and rejuvenating treatment that will make you feel like a new person. Exactly how you should feel at the end of your luxury vacations in Greece.
What to eat
Greek cuisine, with the variety and quality of its ingredients, wise, beneficial combinations, and the knowledge of centuries, enjoys a privileged position in the world culture of taste.
Our country is characterized by the number of its islands and the intense relief of the mainland. This morphological variety creates “worlds within worlds.” Standard features are the excellent raw materials and aromas of the fertile land: oregano, thyme, laurel, rosemary, lemon, and, of course, olive oil.
Fine low-fat meats, fresh fish, delicious scallops, and legumes are also in the center of the attention. What’s more, fruits, vegetables, and cheese that have been recognized worldwide steal the show and the hearts of those who taste them.
Among Greece’s traditional dishes are the famous fricassee with sour herbs, the caper salad, the ‘mastelo‘ (baked lamb with herbs and wine), the chickpea meatballs, and the gingerbread of Sifnos are our recommendations. Also, the macaroni, the fennel fritters of Serifos, the ‘sardoumia‘ of Santorini, and the honey of Anafi are just some of the many recipes of the Cycladic culinary tradition.
What’s more, the dishes of ‘burdeto,’ ‘sofrito,’ ‘pastitsada,’ ‘strapatsada,’ ‘tsigareli,’ as well as the famous ‘pastitsio,’ are recipes that incorporate centuries of history and culture.
Wonderful wines and unique drinks, such as kumquat liqueur and ‘tsitsimbira,’ but also sweets such as sponge cakes, nougat, and pastels are the accompaniments of the rich and delicate at the same time delicious culture of the Ionian.
The pilaf from Chania, with rooster and lamb, the famous ‘ofto’ goat that one can find everywhere in Crete, is incredible. The dessert of ‘kalitsounia‘ and ‘diples,’ the fresh salads with stamnagathi, the traditional dakos, the snail stew -don’t knock it till you try it!- are also worth a try.
What’s more, the cuttlefish with fennel and crushed olives, the stamnagathi greens with lamb, the avronies with eggs, the chestnuts stew, the meat cake are just some of the recipes of traditional Cretan cuisine.
You can taste all of the above and enjoy luxurious Greek and international cuisine meals all around Greece. Some of our top picks include the high-end award-winning restaurants of ‘Etrusco’ in Corfu, ‘Fresco’ in Chalkidiki, ‘Spondi,’ ‘Botrini’s,’ and ‘Hytra’ in Athens, ‘Varoulko Seaside’ in Piraeus, ‘Lauda,’ ‘Ovac’ and ‘Elements Restaurant’ in Santorini, ‘Matsuhisa Mykonos’ in Mykonos, ‘Noble Gourmet Restaurant’ in Rhodes, ‘Calypso’ and ‘Dionysos’ in Crete, and ‘Salonica Restaurant & Bar’ in Thessaloniki.
Which is the most luxurious Greek island?
The answer will not take you by surprise: the most luxurious Greek islands are Mykonos and Santorini. We couldn’t pick one of the two as both boast a different -yet equal- kind of luxury.
Regardless, in both of those destinations you will probably need thousands of euros for a few days, the money you will never regret spending. A honeymoon in Mykonos, a Santorini honeymoon, or even a casual trip there will be the highlight of your life.
The expensive islands are costly for a reason; they offer top-notch services and luxuries you wouldn’t dare think of. So sit back, relax with a glass of champagne in hand, and let the high-end establishments of those famous Cycladic islands treat you like royalty.
What’s the prettiest place in Greece?
This is subjective and depends on personal preference. However, in our opinion, the prettiest place in Greece lies in the Greek islands, and specifically the island of Santorini.
Alternatively, in the Greek mainland, our favorite destination due to its beauty, allure, and ambiance is the cosmopolitan city of Nafplio. Nafplio is often described as the most romantic city in Greece, and we agree.
A sunset from Bourtzi, a walk by the coastal road, and a stroll around its scenic alleys will transport you to another world and time, encapturing you and your partner in a bubble of beauty and love.
Marble bathrooms, kingsize beds, and Egyptian cotton sheets do not seem to be enough anymore. The new luxury is synonymous with personalized experiences – it begins and ends with making the visitor feel special.
There is no destination like Greece for luxury vacations, and the world knows it. Follow our ultimate guide to luxury vacations in Greece and ensure you spend your time in this beautiful country, pampered, well taken care of, and drenched in opulence. You, your trip, or your Greece honeymoon, deserve the best!