It’s hard to walk the ancient streets of Greece, surrounded by temples, majestic amphitheaters and statues of gods and goddesses, and not feel the urge to fantasize about what it must have been like to live in such decadence. Fortunately for us, even though the temples of yesterday are gone, there are new ways to indulge in Greek luxury. From classic opulence in the heart of Athens, to legendary views high above the Aegean Sea, these five hotels are the stuff Greek mythology was made of, and perfect for turning your fantasy Greek getaway into a luxurious reality.
Situated right in the heart of Athens since 1874, Hotel Grande Bretagne provides breathtaking views of historic sites such as the fabled Acropolis, regal Syntagma Square and the Parliament, lush Lycabettus Hill or the original Olympic Stadium. Inside, Hotel Grande Bretagne features 320 elegant rooms and suites, three restaurants, four bars and the renowned GB Spa.
The amazing concierge team can arrange everything from private airport transfers, to tours of the city’s secret gems. If you’re lucky enough to be staying on the hotel’s 6th and 7th floors, or any of the suites, you’ll have access to a butler 24/7 so your every desire can be fulfilled. The only downside to Hotel Grande Bretagne is the fact that they charge for wifi, up to 3 devices per room, for 1 Day: €10, 2 Days: €16 and 7 Days: €28. There’s complimentary wifi in the lobby and other common areas, but when staying at a hotel of this caliber, that’s more of an inconvenience than a luxury.
There’s no doubt that Athens is the heart of Greece, but if you’re looking to escape the hustle, bustle and gawking tourists, consider a getaway to a part of town not on most people’s radar. Located in the the most exclusive area of the Athenian Riviera, The Margi Hotel is a heavenly oasis. At The Margi, the best of both worlds is at your fingertips with the Riviera’s most elegant sandy beaches just steps away, yet close enough to Athens’ historical sites.
All 89 rooms and suites offer bright, airy and comfortable living. Luxuriously designed with Margi’s unique ambiance embracing a combination of colonial, Mediterranean and ethnic influences. The newly renovated pool area offers the ideal setting for swimming, sun bathing and cabana lounging by day, but at night, it transforms into one of the Riviera’s most popular summer bars with upbeat vibes and fancy cocktails.
The best part of The Margi has to be its ‘farm to fork’ philosophy as the only hotel in Athens with its own organic farm. Guests can tour the vegetable gardens and watch a live cooking demonstration, while little guests can play farmer by feeding animals and building scarecrows.
If you’re looking for a truly unique and luxurious Greek getaway, look no further than Amanzoe. Surrounded by beautiful olive groves, Amanzoe’s 360-degree views take in the Peloponnese countryside and rocky coves. Keeping with the brand’s minimalist and holistic design, Amanzoe’s standalone Pavilions all open onto terraces with private plunge pools and views of the surrounding land and sea, while Beach Cabana rooms are situated directly on the beach with a terrace, private garden and swimming pool, and Villas are surrounded by olive groves, an open terrace, marble floors and come with a chef and host.
Dine on simple, contemporary Greek and Mediterranean dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, then head to the spa to indulge in relaxing massages, scrubs and facials, the yoga pavilion for Hatha, Vinyasa or Ashtanga classes, or enjoy full-moon yoga sessions in the Amphitheatre.
If you’re looking for culture, take a ten minute drive to the cosmopolitan stirrings of Porto Heli, set sail for the isles of Spetses and Hydra to explore quaint villages and pine forests by scooter, quad bike or bicycle,or visit and of the countless ancient ruins, from millennia-old amphitheatres to Byzantine monasteries.
And if you feel like doing nothing at all, simply lounge by the swimming pool or cozy up to a warm fireplace after dark.
Mykonos is known as one of the Greece’s many party islands, however, located just north of Mykonos town is a slice of tranquility known as Grace Mykonos. The beautiful Grace Mykonos features a sea view above the sandy and protected beach of Agios Stefanos and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxed and pampered Mykonian island holiday. The hotel offers complimentary wifi throughout (praises!), an art gallery with a carefully curated collection of contemporary Greek art, pool, gym, spa, and a superb concierge team who can assist in arranging baby sitting, horseback riding, cooking classes and more.
No trip to Greece is complete without a stay on one of the most romantic and most photographed islands in the world, Santorini. If you’re going to do Santorini, you need to do it right, and that starts with a stay at Mystique Resort. Perched on the steep caldera cliff in Oia with uninterrupted views of the cobalt blue Aegean Sea, this serene, exceptionally romantic Aegean hideaway is the island’s most sought-after location to take in Santorini’s legendary sunsets.
All 38 of its spacious, stone-built suites and villas are linked by cobblestoned pathways and boast secluded panoramic terraces that peer out onto the Aegean and the island’s quietly active volcano. Discerning travelers will revel in Mystique’s outdoor infinity-edge pool, Asian Spa, the “Aura” Bar, the “Charisma” Greek Restaurant, “Asea Lounge Restaurant” for Japanese cuisine and sushi and the “Secret” Wine Cave, a dramatic wine cellar with the most rare and indigenous wine selection.
As if the spectacular views weren’t enough, Mystique provides 24-hour front desk/bell boy/concierge desk/valet and butler service, 24-hour room service, home made liquor and local sweets upon arrival, daily fresh fruit amenity of your choice, complimentary transfers to/from airport/port, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Basically, they never want you to leave…and why would you want to.