Greece has become a popular destination for many tourists over the years. Well known islands such as Mykonos and Santorini take the spotlight when it comes to islands to choose from. In 2019, Mykonos and Santorini saw a combined tourism rise of over 20%. Although the two islands are gorgeous and worth visiting, don’t skimp on a few other, lesser-known, islands that have a lot of charm as well.
Sleeping accommodations and foodie finds are key in making a memorable vacation. Below are the best of eating establishments and sleeping accommodations on Mykonos, Santorini and two other islands that you shouldn’t miss.
Sleep Here: Myconian Utopia Relais & Châteaux
Just minutes away from the longest beach on Mykonos, Myconian Utopia is one of the most exclusive getaway resorts on the island. You will feel like you walked into an interior design magazine at Myconian Utopia. Handcut stones, custom furnishings and sustainable design materials blend together in harmony to create the ultimate playful, bohemian setting. In addition, the hotel not only has a magnificent infinity pool, but guests also have the option of booking a room with a private infinity pool.
Eat Here: Pavilion at Myconian Utopia
It’s very rare that I recommend a restaurant inside of a hotel, but it’s hard not to recommend Pavilion’s exceptional menu, staff and ambiance. With spectacular sea views, a rich menu and an extensive wine list, guests can’t go wrong here. A few recommended dishes: Grilled octopus with warm potato cream, pickled red peppers and rocket pesto; Spinach tagliatelle with shrimps and fresh tomato sauce with lemon verbena; Seabass fillet with wild greens, portobello mushroom cream and homemade herb gnocchi.
Pyrgos: Carpe Diem
This extremely exclusive resort is the perfect getaway from civilization. With only ten rooms (all which have a private pool) and a gated entrance, don’t expect to see anyone other than guests and the staff walking around. This is a great place to finish an intriguing book and for peace and quiet.
Imerovigli: Remezzo Villas
Nestled on the cliffside of Santorini, Remezzo offer breathtaking views of the island’s mountainous coastline, volcano and stunning sunsets. Opt for a room with a private outdoor hot tub to enjoy the views from the comfort of your room.
Fira: Athina Luxury Suites
Perched on the cliffside of the caldera and just minutes away from the town of Fira, Athina Luxury Suites is truly an ideal place to stay in Santorini. Although guests can select a room with a private hot tub, the hotel’s pool is not to be missed. With lounge chairs built into the pool, bar stools and a swim-up bar, Athina is truly a paradise. Exceptional staff and room delivered breakfast options help to make it a memorable experience.
Eat Here: Canaves Oia Petra Restaurant
Located in Oia, where is arguably known as the best place to see the Santorini sunset, Petra outdoor restaurant is a must while on the island. Recommended dishes: Langoustines Risotto with almonds and cherries; Ravioli with blue crab and caviar; Honey Ryder cocktail.
Sleep Here: Abaton Island Resort & Spa
One of the most luxurious and beautiful resorts in the world can be found on the island of Crete. Abaton will awe you by its incredible interior design, food and luxurious amenities. Guests walk into another world when stepping onto this resort. The resort boasts five incredible restaurants, a spa, a beach, a fitness center, butler services and boutique shops. Do not select any room other than one with a private pool or jacuzzi as it truly will enhance your experience. Breakfast in Abaton’s indoor/outdoor restaurant will not disappoint with ample selections. The staff is nothing short of spectacular at this resort.
Eat Here: Avli
If you’re in the mood to venture out and eat somewhere other than the five amazing restaurants in Abaton, head to Rethymno for an enchanting meal at a quant restaurant called Avli. Lunch is a great time to go to enjoy the outdoor garden setting during the sunshine hours. The 3-5 course dishes will satisfy all of your taste buds and will leave you wanting to return the very next day.
Sleep Here: Villa Eva
It’s a shame that Milos is an often-overlooked island as it has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Stay at this famil- run AirBnB and you’ll feel right at home. The spacious villa has four bedrooms, a pool, a bbq set, a cabana, a patio and a large garden. The owners are beyond hospitable and are always there to give recommendations and to accommodate in every way possible.
Eat Here: Gialos
This is the right place to go for the freshest seafood in all of Milos (and arguably all of Greece). With a setting right on the waterfront and next to the chaos of the town, this is a perfect place for an incredible dinner. No recommendations here as you can’t go wrong with everything on the menu!