Situated on the indescribably beautiful Aegean Sea and Ionian Sea, Greece is not only home to remarkable views of the pristine coastline and turquoise waters, but also views of the lush mountains that appear to reach the clouds, ancient ruins, and spectacular vistas. As a result of the overwhelming beauty the country has to offer its residents and guests, it is almost impossible not to find a hotel that offers outstanding views. Of course, this doesn’t mean that every view is created equally. There are some hotels and resorts that have managed to be perfectly positioned for the greatest views of the islands.
Whether you are actively organizing a trip to Greece or are simply planning a dream vacation that is years in the making, here are the top 5 five hotels in Greece with the best views:
Perched directly above the Santorini volcanic caldera, the Grace Santorini is a luxury boutique hotel that ensures all guests experience breathtaking views of the vista and sunsets. Entirely refurbished in 2016, the Grace Santorini has several accommodation options to choose from, ranging from deluxe rooms that start at $950 per night to suites ($1,295 per night and up) and private villas that start at $6,690 with a minimum 3 night stay. While the hotel has the largest infinity pool in Santorini, which boasts views across the caldera, that all guests are invited to use, certain suites and villas do include a private pool.
The Grace Santorini is equipped with a gym that includes the latest equipment and has qualified Pilates and yoga teachers, as well as a full-service spa, a store that includes objects for sale through the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens, Champagne Lounge, and a Mediterranean fusion restaurant and bar. The hotel also provides free WiFi, concierge services, and 24 hour room service.
Calme Boutique Hotel in Paros
Offering views of and access to spectacular sandy beaches, coves, and more, the Calme Boutique Hotel is a unique oasis that ensures visitors have a magical time on Paros Island. The stone hotel was designed by Iossif Alighizakis, an architect renowned for his luxurious Cycladic architectural creations, and includes rooms and suites decorated by top designers who have managed to take full advantage of every room’s exquisite views of Golden Beach. Depending on when you choose to visit, as well as which particular room you select, the nightly rate ranges from $500 to $3,000. There is also a 2-bedroom villa with private pool available, but you must contact the hotel for information on rates and availability.
Calme Boutique Hotel is home to the Seven Senses Restaurant, where world famous chef Iossif Sikianakis, creates authentic Greek meals using fresh, locally grown and caught products. The hotel also offers pools overlooking the mesmerizing sea, a fully equipped gym, free WiFi, a beauty center, and concierge services.
Elite Luxury Suites of Santorini
Boasting comfortable luxury villas carved into Oia’s cliff, Elite Luxury Suites guarantees all guests not only enjoy mesmerizing views of the Aegean Sea and volcanic caldera, but also have a completely unforgettable experience. All villas include 1, 2, or 3 beautifully appointed bedrooms, full kitchens, living areas, a private pool, WiFi, flat screen TV with satellite channels, and a continental breakfast served on the private terrace. Some villas are also equipped with a private gym. Prices range from $953 to $1,932 per night, depending on when you stay and which villa you choose.
Despite its quiet spot, Elite Luxury Suites is just steps from downtown Oia, making it easy to see all the quaint town has to offer. Be aware that you will need to book your stay well ahead of time because the hotel only has 4 suites to ensure all guests have plenty of privacy. In fact, there are no common guest areas at the hotel, so you will feel as if you are all alone on the cliff high above the sea, with the exception of the helpful staff.
Myconian Villa Collection in Mykonos
A recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2016 Travelers’ Choice award and Certificate of Excellence, Myconian Villa Collection touts itself as paradise on earth, a sentiment often shared by guests. Located right above the picturesque Elia Beach, the resort offers panoramic views of the Aegean Sea, along with opulent villas equipped with state-of-the-art conveniences, private pools and Jacuzzis, and designer interiors that are both comfortable and gorgeous. Villas, which include anywhere from 1 to 6 bedrooms, include champagne and an American breakfast buffet. Villas range in price from $842 to $3,903 per night. Guestrooms, a scaled down version of a villa, range in price from $272 to $630 per night. Some of them also feature a private pool or outdoor Jacuzzi.
A 5-star resort, Myconian Villa Collection offers concierge, valet, luxury transportation, and maid service, as well as in-house chef services at your request. The resort includes a private beach with sunbeds and umbrellas, a fitness and wellness center, beauty salon, infinity seawater pool with phenomenal views of the sea and an all-day poolside bar/ bistro, and gourmet restaurant serving traditional Mediterranean fare. In addition, a state-of-the-art Rejuvenation Spa, featuring a wide array of ancient and new age spa treatments, is onsite.
The Romanos Ionian Exclusive in Costa Navarino
Ideally nestled between the sea and gardens lush with olive groves, blooming flora, and indigenous trees, The Romanos Ionian Exclusive is a luxury, award winning resort that provides iconic views as the sun sets behind the Ionian Sea, as well as the resort’s gorgeous gardens. The resort offers guests a choice of elegantly appointed suites and private villas, ranging from $320 to $1,483 per night. All rooms include free Wi-Fi, while some also include a private pool.
The resort includes two signature golf courses and offers biking, hiking, and Nordic walking tours, as well as mountain climbing, water skiing, wakeboarding, yachting, surfing, and kayaking opportunities. It also features a recreational park, including pools, slides, a bowling alley, indoor cinema, and pool tables. In addition, a health club, more than a dozen restaurants serving traditional and international fare, and the Anazoe Spa at Navarino Dunes, where ancient beauty treatments are on the menu, are onsite.