Greece is amongst the world’s most popular tourism destinations. And with a great range of variety on offer, you should easily be able to find a luxury five-star hotel that can help you take in the destination of your choice- with comfort. Here we share some of our favourites that we can’t wait to stay at again.
By Maria Athanasopoulou
Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses Island
This emblematic five-star hotel on the island of Spetses first opened its doors in 1914 and since then has become one of the most cosmopolitan hotels in the whole country.
The hotel delights guests from the first instance, with its well-kept common areas and its excellent rooms. There are several types of rooms to choose to suit each guest. What is certain is that whatever choice you make, you will be satisfied.
For your relaxation, we recommend a visit to the Library Brasserie. Relax from morning to night, overlooking the Saronic Gulf.
Poseidonion Grand Hotel created its own biological estate a few years ago. The “Bostani Farm of Poseidon” will offer you an unforgettable experience. Apart from the fact that many fresh products come from here, which enrich the dishes served at the hotel, here you can also take cooking lessons amongst nature.
Breakfast served at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel is a spectacular experience that will satisfy even the most demanding guest. Finally, there is the unique cocktail bar of Poseidonion Grand Hotel, the “Palms” bar, where you can enjoy your favourite cocktail overlooking the Saronic Gulf.
Spetses is very close to Athens and for decades has been a secular destination not only for Greeks but also for visitors from abroad. The island is beautiful, with its own special traditional style, while its cosmopolitan identity becomes apparent to the visitor from the first moment they arrive. The word ‘Spetses’ comes from the Venetians, who named the island after perfumes.
Porto Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki
This five-star hotel is housed in a historic 1923 building. Completely renovated, it retains its industrial architecture, while respecting the rules of luxurious hospitality.
Porto Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki features 176 rooms of various types, that is suitable for families, solo travellers, couples etc. The rooms are spacious and modernly decorated. What sets this hotel apart is the great importance given to high gastronomy. The hotel is also famous for hosting major business events.
The bar & restaurant URSA MINOR offers views not only of the pool but also to the whole city of Thessaloniki, which is a splendid sight. The onsite PULSE Gym & Fitness station has all the equipment needed to stay in shape while you are away, which may be necessary with the irresistible gastronomic temptations at ZAYTINYA Restaurant.
The city of Thessaloniki is known internationally for its beauty, its tasty food, the friendly locals who are carefree and its many important monuments. The Promenade of Thessaloniki is one of the most beautiful areas of Greece, while the city is famous for its vibrant nightlife. Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and its most famous attraction is the White Tower!
Thomais Boutique Hotel, Lefkada
Thomais Boutique Hotel on the stunning Ionian island of Lefkada is a unique four-star boutique hotel located in the area of Nikiana. The reception, lobby and breakfast area are designed in such a way to offer guests a relaxing and tranquil stay.
In 2019, all the rooms were renovated and now guests have two options for their stay- the executive and the deluxe rooms. Whatever category you choose, remember that each room has its own concept, the styling is functional and there is an inviting aesthetic; while at the same time each guest and the high level of hospitality is the main concern of the owners.
On the roof garden of the hotel, you will find the a la carte eatery Vivarium Wine Restaurant, serving authentic recipes of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, which can be paired with an impressive variety of more than 70 small Greek wine labels. The wine here is served in a glass with the Coravin system (a technology that allows the wine to be served without removing the cork) for almost all labels.
The island of Lefkada is famous for its breathtaking beaches such as the famous Porto Katsiki, its hospitable locals and its traditional villages. Even though it is an island, Lefkada is accessible by road, and by car, you can cross a bridge that connects the island with the land. It is one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece!
Maria Athanasopoulou is the founder of the tourism marketing company Respond On Demand. She is also the founder of the non-profit urban company Top Tourism. She serves as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the World Food Travel Association and she is also a Master Culinary Travel Professional. She serves as an ambassador of the World Gourmet Society in Greece and Cyprus, and she also serves as an ambassador of Green Destinations. She has given seminars for tourism professionals, as well as many speeches and presentations on tourism issues, in events in Greece and abroad. She is also a Sustainable Tourism marketing expert.
Cover image Poseidonion Grand Hotel