Few destinations in the world boast ancient archeological sites, quaint whitewashed villages, stunning beaches, epic party islands, and world-class cuisine.
Greece is one of them.
The Mediterranean country is made up of a mountainous mainland and 6,000 idyllic islands and islets—only 227 of which are inhabited—dotted in the crystal-clear Aegean and Ionian Seas.
With natural beauty abound and endless things to do and see, the only problem with traveling to Greece is figuring out the best way to spend your time there.
In this Greece luxury travel guide, we sidestep the obvious must-sees (the Acropolis, Delphi, etc.) and uncover some of Greece’s most exclusive and spectacular places to stay, dine, relax, and party. Make them a part of your trip to experience Greece like a true god or goddess.
You cannot get closer to living like a Greek god or goddess than by staying at Amanzoe resort in Porto Heli. The modern-day acropolis is a luxury hotel and wellness retreat that sits amongst centuries-old olive groves and Unesco-protected ruins.
The spa is the star, with 2,850 SqMt of pools, relaxation areas, and treatment rooms inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates. But the accommodation is equally impressive thanks to a range of cabanas, pavilions, and villas all offering private pools, stunning views, fragrant gardens, and speedboats ready and waiting at the beach to zip between nearby islands.
If you don't stay at the resort, visit the Amanzoe beach resort club—one of the most exclusive in Europe—with 4 pools, a restaurant, boutique, non-motorized watersports, and its own overnight beach cabanas.
The Romanos is a romantic luxury 5-star resort perfect for couples, weddings, and honeymoons, that is located in the majestic Bay of Navarino in Peloponnese.
Recognized by Condé Nast and prized by many others as one of the finest resorts in Greece, the luxury Greek resort offers rooms with infinity pools, private villas, a 4,000 SqMt spa inspired by ancient Greek and oleotherapy practices. Guests also benefit from a range of gourmet restaurants and cultural, leisure, and sports activities, including two of the best golf courses in Europe.
The Aerie is a newly-built luxury villa (2021) that blends traditional Greek architecture with minimalist design and offers some of the best views over the Aegean Sea and the Town of Mykonos.
Sitting on a plot of 2000 SqMt, the luxury Greek villa is spread over 3 floors and has a large infinity pool with bar, several outdoor lounges, and a location just a 7-minute drive to Agios Stefanos Beach and an eleven-minute drive to Mykonos Town.
Epavli villa is built into a hilltop and boasts its own private rocky cove, making it one of the most exclusive vacation rentals on the magical Greek island of Crete.
A modern take on Greek island architecture, the property features 6 bedrooms, a seventeen-metre infinity pool, a separate 1-bedroom apartment, an impressive range of amenities, and panoramic views over the Cretan Sea.
More Greece luxury travel guide top picks for accommodation in Greece:
Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens—Marriott hotel opposite Constitution Square and the House of Parliament
Mystique Hotel, Santorini—Luxury accommodation carved into the Caldera cliffs
Starlight Luxury Private Villa, Mykonos—Spacious villa with 2 infinity pools and hammam
Villa Ultima, Corfu—cliffside villa with 2 infinity pools and wellness facilities
Spondi sits just 100 meters from the Parthenon and, as the only two Michelin-starred restaurant in Athens, is considered by many to be the best restaurant in Greece.
Within an intimate setting of charming dining rooms and courtyards, head chef Arnaud Bignon whips up world-class French cuisine, with creative and playful dishes such as smoked milk croquettes laid over green bedding to resemble eggs in a nest and a deconstructed Saint-Nectaire ‘cheese on toast’.
Located on the 7th floor of the 5-star King George Hotel, Tudor Hall
provides impeccable service and an expansive view of the Acropolis.
The elegant neoclassical restaurant is consistently on the list of best restaurants in Athens, serving seasonal fresh produce and traditional Greek recipes with a contemporary twist. The menu is always changing and the setting is one of the best in town for views of the Acropolis.
The world-famous Nammos Beach Club is home to an equally renowned restaurant that offers glamorous Mediterranean dining by the sea.
With a boat arriving every morning with fresh catches, Nammos is undoubtedly the place for fresh fish and seafood. People travel far and wide to enjoy its unique sushi, the finest beef cuts, and, of course, to relax and let go at the party hub of Psarou Beach.
Set in a magnificent 16th-century Venetian villa in Rethymno’s old town, Crete, Avli Hotel & Restaurant is an ode to the area's rich heritage and a tasteful gourmet restaurant.
In a nutshell, Avli is fine-dining with exceptional service in a traditional setting. Diners can expect gourmet meals built around Cretan traditions, locally sourced ingredients, and a great collection of Greek and Cretan wines.
More Greece luxury travel guide top picks for exceptional fine-dining and gourmet experiences in Greece:
Papadakis, Athens—Authentic Greek Cuisine
Botrini’s, Corfu—Angsana Corfu's in-house gourmet restaurant
Santoro, Santorini—Michelin-star restaurant in Grace Hotel
The largest island in Greece, Crete has nearly 1000km of coastline and some of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of Europe, including Elafonisi Beach—often named one of the world's best beaches.
Crete is also a great destination for walking and exploring historical sites. There are several picturesque towns such as Chania and Rethymno, Samaria Gorge, the longest trekking gorge in Europe, and Knossos, a large Bronze Age archaeological site and, so it has been called, Europe's oldest city.
The largest of the Cyclades island group, Naxos is well known for its long white sandy beaches, traditional villages, Greek history and mythology, and ideal conditions for wind and kite surfing.
Naxos is also becoming famous as a hub of gastronomic experiences. Be sure to check out Yazoo, with its buzzing atmosphere and amazing menu of cocktails and Cretan-Naxian dishes. It's also easy to combine a visit to Naxos with other Greek islands like Paros, Santorini, and Mykonos.
Since the 70s, Mykonos has been attracting the rich and famous for its stunning beaches, postcard-worthy villages, and, of course, its legendary nightlife scene.
The best beaches on Mykonos are Paradise, Super Paradise, Paranga, Platis Gialos, and Psarou. We recommend heading straight to the bustling Paraga Beach and home of 3 Mykonos beach clubs: the luxurious SantAnna, chilled-out Kalua, & the ultra-stylish Scorpios.
Paros may not have the glamour of Mykonos or the outstanding beauty of Santorini, but the Greek island excels in the fact it has a bit of something for everyone.
The main attractions on Paros include the main port of Parikia, a maze of streets and passages paved with marble, the sloping hill town of Lefkes, and Kolymbithres, the must-see beach of Paros with lunar-like granite rock formations.
One of the world's most spectacular destinations, Santorini is the quintessential Greek island and a top choice for a romantic getaway.
The volcanic island is famous for its sunsets, black sand beaches, eclectic nightlife, and cliff-side fine-dining restaurants. For those going on a romantic getaway or looking for a relaxing spa trip, this is the place for you.
More of our Greece luxury travel guide top picks for where to relax and party in Greece:
Jackie O’, Mykonos—Extravagant beach club
Alemagou, Mykonos—Bohemian beach bar and restaurant
Palm Beach Club, Crete—Bar and pool on Hersonissos beach
Navagio beach, Zakynthos—Beautiful beach with shipwreck, reachable only by boat
Contact our luxury travel team today and start planning your epic Greek adventure.