A Tranquil Getaway in Zakynthos

Boasting stunning views of the island from a hillside location, this unique 5-star hotel in Zakynthos is the ideal getaway.

Located on a lush green hill in Tsilivi, a small village on the island, Olea All Suite Hotel evolves organically around an impressive, 4000 sqm pool that marks the tranquil, relaxing feel of the entire space.  

Calming water is Olea’s main element; present in various forms throughout the hotel, seamlessly connecting the indoors with the outdoors with streams and pools flowing between island-like clusters of tropical-modernist cube structures, communal areas under skylights, hidden gardens, and historical olive trees.

Insights Greece - A Tranquil Getaway in ZakynthosLocation

Set on a picturesque hill and surrounded by layers of lush greenery, it is within walking distance of Tsilivi resort, 10 minutes from Zakynthos town and the airport; and it’s very close to the nearby village and the sandy beaches. 

Character & Style

Inspired by the island’s beautiful landscape and the calming effect of water, leading Greek architects Block 722 created a sprawling hotel featuring 93 suites revolving around a stunning pool that resembles a lake. The result is a contemporary, peaceful retreat that combines Mediterranean architecture with tropical modernism, seamlessly blending into the relaxing natural landscape that surrounds it.

Insights Greece - A Tranquil Getaway in ZakynthosRoom Types

All 93 suites boast modern charm and a romantic ambiance; they all feature outdoor living spaces with impressive views of the hotel’s surroundings, allowing guests to relax while enjoying views of the Ionian sea or the hotel’s lavish green gardens.

The Superior Suite Swim Up and the Superior Water Suite offer a shared pool, while the Executive Suite, the Honeymoon Suite, and the Presidential Suite come complete with a private swimming pool. 

Food & Drinks 

The hotel’s three restaurants and three bars serve a wide variety of culinary delights that celebrate Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with a modern spin. Enjoy a fine dining meal at Omikron, or for a more laid back vibe head to Cocoon Restobar, while Flow Wine and Dine serve creative Mediterranean dishes; while O Bar and F Bar serve a fantastic selection of Greek and international wines and signature cocktails.

Insights Greece - A Tranquil Getaway in ZakynthosFacilities 

A big part of the Olea experience is their dedication to wellness, with their Royal Spa offering soothing therapies using special aromatic and essential oils therapies using Mediterranean herbs. With indoor and outdoor pools, cryotherapy, hammam, a fully-equipped gym, a beauty salon, and a yoga pavilion, there is plenty of places to unwind and soothe the body, mind, and soul. 

Ideal for… Couples in search of a romantic getaway, solo travellers, or groups of friends in search of a wellness retreat and a place that offers complete privacy and moments of peace and quiet. 


  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Concierge service
  • Luggage storage
  • Ticket service
  • Tour desk
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk


Boho-chic Hotel Sits on Kastelorizo’s Beautiful Waterfront

A historical waterfront house on the island of Kastelorizo has been converted into a boho-chic hotel by French architect Marie Rivalant. With just seven rooms and a romantic island setting, this is the perfect place for complete escapism. 

Kastelorizo made Parisian designer Marie fall in love three times: first with the island itself, then with a man living there and finally with an old, waterfront house. So she moved to the island, married the man, and bought the house. 


Insights Greece - Boho-chic Hotel Sits on Kastelorizo's Beautiful Waterfront

Everything about this stunning little island is quiet and peaceful. Surrounded by the jewelled turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea, Kastellorizo allows you to experience authentic island life while enjoying its neo-classic architecture and all its charm. Cobblestone alleys and traditional colourful mansions dot the scenic village and the waterfront is lined with tavernas and café-bars that spoil you for choice. Mediterraneo Kastelorizo Hotel is away from the crowds at night, and by day this side of the bay is also quiet, making it an ideal place to swim in crystal clear water.

Character & Style

Marie decided to turn the house into a little hotel and did so without trying to make an overwhelming design statement. The house was charming enough as it was, so Marie kept its traditional flair but added pops of colour, arty bathrooms and oriental details- giving it a touch of the exotic. Its simple, unpretentious atmosphere is what makes this place special.

Room types

Insights Greece - Boho-chic Hotel Sits on Kastelorizo's Beautiful Waterfront

Overall, Marie has created a delightful little haven with seven vibrantly coloured bedrooms, some of which look over the harbour and a sunbathing terrace on the quayside. The rooms are spread over two floors and offer lots of light and a nice breeze as they face the sea, and others have a more oriental feel, with mattresses on a sleeping platform. A gorgeous suite occupies the ground floor that opens out into the azure waters of the Mediterranean. A bathing ladder leads you to your own private infinity pool where you can swim in the stunning turquoise Mediterranean Sea.


A Mediterranean breakfast is a blend of Greek, French and Turkish delicacies including yoghurt, nuts, homemade preserves, cheese and freshly baked bread; this is served on the terrace. 

Insights Greece - Boho-chic Hotel Sits on Kastelorizo's Beautiful Waterfront

Facilities/ Services 

  • Breakfast included
  • Attached bathroom with a dryer
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Snacks & drinks (on request)
  • Dinner (on request)
  • Sun beds & beach towels
  • Canoes & diving equipment
  • Laundry (extra charge)
  • Babysitting (extra charge)

Ideal for… families, couples and anyone looking to swim, relax and take in the island’s entire beauty. Also those in search of a wellbeing getaway as there are yoga retreats held here in the months of May, June and October. 

3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can’t Wait to Revisit

Greece is amongst the world’s most popular tourist 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

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThis 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 from 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

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThis 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 are 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 of 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, and 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 

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThomais 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

7 Hottest New Hotels in Mykonos 

When you’ve finished swimming and partying at one of the lavish beach clubs, kick back at one of the island’s sensational new arrivals – as these are the seven newest and hottest hotels in Mykonos for Summer 2021!

Destino Pacha Mykonos

Destino Pacha Mykonos is a glamorous new 5-star resort set to open this summer. This Spanish-based brand is planning on bringing the Ibiza lifestyle to one of Greece’s most popular islands. Overlooking the white sands and turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, the resort will open its doors on the first day of summer, June 1. Featuring 34 rooms with six spacious sea-view suites, it also has a lounge and bar, as well as an all-day Mediterranean restaurant and a wellness centre, which includes rooftop yoga.

Kalesma Mykonos 

The whitewashed collection of houses have been created to resemble a charming, exclusive Mykonian village, just a short walk from Ornos beach. Opened in June 2020, Kalesma’s location provides 360 vistas, providing guests with the opportunity to enjoy both sunrise and sunsets from the same spot. The 5- star boutique hotel offers 25 luxury suites and two larger villas. Inspired by Cycladic architecture and combining tradition with contemporary elements, Kalesma offers sleek and minimalist interiors using locally-sourced materials. Guests can also book in-room spa treatments, while a luxurious spa is set to open in mid- 2021.


This bohemian property offering 14 suites, is a private sanctuary designed for discerning travellers looking for a rustic yet stylish space to stay. Located just 200 metres from Kalo Livadi, one of the most beautiful beaches of Mykonos, NOMAD opened in January 2020. The luxury suites come with private pools and jacuzzis and offer an earthy yet luxurious feel with a private courtyard. Natural materials and organic cotton set the tone for the interior spaces, and the hotel’s restaurant is a celebration of fresh, seasonal flavours. You can also spend plenty of time relaxing by the pool with a handcrafted cocktail from the ‘mixology’ bar.

Once in Mykonos Luxury Resort

Located above Ornos Beach, Once in Mykonos features a blend of classic Cycladic style with chic décor. Having only opened in October 2020, the deluxe suites provide a place of endless comfort and ultimate summertime serenity. Guests can relax on the sun loungers surrounding the hotel’s private pool and don’t need to go far to enjoy delicious meals as the hotel’s restaurant serves a range of great dishes all day long. Massage and beauty treatments are also available.

Habitat Mykonos All Suites 

Located just steps away from the village of Agios Stefanos, this bohemian-chic, all-suite hotel is the perfect hideaway for immersing yourself in the laid-back rhythm of Mykonian life. Opening its doors in September 2020, Habitat is only 300 metres from Agios Stefanos beach and features a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a private garden, and a terrace. Comprising of 17 suites, the hotel is a mix of simple, rustic details with modern amenities and contemporary comforts. All come adorned with bohemian artisan elements, understated furnishings, plush linens, and unique decor.

Epic Blue 

Nestled above the beautiful Houlakia Bay, the brand new (opened May 2020) Epic Blue overlooks the alluring waves of the Mediterranean Sea. The suites and villas range from Junior Suites through to three-bedroom villas, providing guests with a glimpse of the Aegean Sea and all come complete with contemporary furnishings. The deluxe spa is set to open for the first time in May 2021. 

Koukoumi Vegan Hotel 

The first and only vegan hotel in Greece opened its doors in March 2020. Situated in the heart of the island, in the traditional village of Ano Mera, Koukoumi is a modern and sleek boutique hotel featuring a swimming pool and fitness centre. There is also a spa for those who wish to detox and destress, plus a restaurant serving dishes using premium quality ingredients and minimal or no processing; only plant-based food is handled in the kitchen area.


Located at Kalo Livadi, close to popular Agia Anna Beach, Euphoria Suites is a brand-new 5-star property with Cycladic charm and luxurious touches. Elegance and style blend in harmoniously with the breathtaking 180 degrees sea view that inspires relaxation, romance, and adventure. Savor the flavors of Mykonos at the hotel’s restaurant and bar with tasty cuisine made from fresh local produce or lounge by the pool, swim under the sun, and recharge at the fitness centre and spa. Each of the 31 suites has been designed to include refined finishes and elegant Cycladic touches, while all feature their very own outdoor jacuzzi or private swimming pool.

Add a Touch of Your Favourite Greek Hotel to Your Home

How often have you walked into a hotel room and wanted to know where the pillow cases are from? Or had a drink at the lobby bar and – before you’ve even finished your gin and tonic – lifted up the glass looking for the name of the brand?

If you would like to include some luxurious interiors and decor to your home- from bath and bed sets to coffee tables and teacups- here are a few chic pieces found in some of Greece’s leading hotels that you can now display in your own abode! 

COCO-MAT, Athens

Our pick: Bedhead and mattress

With four boutique hotels in the Greek capital alone, COCO-MAT is all about offering style and comfort, especially when it comes to their guests’ sleep. This unique brand is also one of the country’s leading producers of handcrafted beds and you can choose from a range of their locally made mattresses and headboards that are all made in Northern Greece, from locally sourced materials including wood, wool, cotton, and seaweed. 

Astir, Four Seasons Hotel, Athens

Our pick: Bedsheets 

An iconic hotel set on the glamorous Athens Riviera, Astir is nothing less than pure luxury. Chances are as soon as you check-in, quite a few pieces will catch your eye, and what stands out for us are the bedsheets that not only look stylish but also offer a decent night’s sleep. These crisp cotton sheets and duvet covers come with the hotel’s discreetly embroidered logo, and the soft feather pillows are available too. 


Our pick: sofa, coffee table, and bar cart

This bohemian boutique hotel overlooking the Mykonian sea combines Cycladic curves and nature-inspired interiors. Throughout the gorgeous spaces, you will find plush sofas, mix-and-match cushions, shelves full of cookbooks and ceramics that you can easily picture in your own home. And from velvet armchairs and brass drinks trolleys to luxe sofas and coffee tables, all the staples of the retro interiors found here can be sourced from Soho Home

Amanzoe, Porto Heli  

Our pick: Ultimate Bath Set

Known as one of Greece’s most luxurious hotels, this wellness retreat offers an exclusive and decadent experience, as Amanzoe’s sleek look is second to none. One of the best experiences during your stay here will no doubt be centred around the spa, where you can completely relax and unwind. And now you can have the ultimate at-home spa experience with Aman skincare range, which includes Purifying Auric Cleanse Bath Salts, Nourishing Golden Body Serum, Nourishing Body Mist, and Grounding Smoked Body Butter. 

Hotel Grande Bretagne, Athens

Our pick: drink glasses

This 18th Century landmark is unquestionably Athens’ most luxurious hotel. Immaculately restored to the height of its old-world grandeur, it is perfectly located at Syntagma Square, in the heart of the city. Here you can wine and dine with uninterrupted views of the Parthenon and if you would like to add some Grande Bretagne glamour to your next dinner party you can choose from a range of their drinking glasses, or pick up a few pieces such as candles, infusers, as well as tea sets. 

Ikastikies Suites, Santorini

Our pick: pillowcases

Ikastikies is a Cycladic-style boutique hotel that is charming and cozy, and as soon as you lay your head down on their soft pillowcases, you will no doubt want to sleep on them time and time again. Made of natural fabrics – these silk pillowcases are inspired by Santorini’s black volcanic stones and the island’s sugar-cubed white-washed homes.



Mani, Home to One of Greece’s Top Boutique Hotels

Having only recently opened its doors, Bassa Maina Villas & Suites in Mani has already managed to become one of the top boutique hotels in Greece, combining elements of traditional architecture, modern design and local culture. 


Bassa Maina is located in the middle of the three peninsulas of southern Peloponnese -the Mani peninsula. This mountainous region is incredibly beautiful, with its dreamy fishing coves, fortified villages, emerald waters, and captivating sunsets. The area where the hotel is built is located in a non-populated part of the region, approximately 2000 meters above sea level. There are many natural attractions, monuments, and villages close by, including scenic Areopoli, with the stone houses and cobblestone alleys, Limeni, with its beautiful fish taverns right by the water, and the stunning Diros Caves.

Insights Greece - Mani, Home to One of Greece's Top Boutique Hotels

Style & Character 

Unspoiled and brimming with rural charm, these seaside villas are where to escape if you’re looking for some downtime. The sheer beauty of the landscape that surrounds Bassa Maina gives it a serene feeling, drawing a unique setting of peace, relaxation, and much-desired calmness. Its fine architecture and chic interior design are truly impressive, while its location in a secluded area of inner Mani ensures privacy, and makes it an ideal destination all year round. 

From linen to decor, and from light fixtures to fabrics and colour schemes, everything has been carefully selected and meticulously designed to create a warm, cozy environment that inspires a deep sense of relaxation and an ability to switch off from the stresses of everyday life. 

Insights Greece - Mani, Home to One of Greece's Top Boutique Hotels

Room Types

The range of nine amphitheatrically built luxurious villas and suites, with private terraces, and a home-like ambiance allows guests to enjoy serenity and privacy without feeling disconnected. All villas and suites are built according to the local traditional architecture and have been decorated and furnished with hand-picked items, rich fabrics, and high-quality materials. The spacious rooms are cozy and make you feel as though you are in a house, not a hotel. All rooms come with unobstructed views to the Mediterranean, each one has its own layout, private terraces, exposed stone walls, beamed ceilings, comfortable beds, and designer furniture and decor, while some also include a fireplace and outdoor heated Jacuzzis. All villas have private entrances and are bathed in natural light and also feature fully equipped kitchenettes.

Insights Greece - Mani, Home to One of Greece's Top Boutique Hotels

Food & Drinks 

CROCUS, the main restaurant boasts views from its outdoor space, which is nothing short of breathtaking, while its cozy indoor lounge is incredibly inviting and warm; ideal for the colder months. Simple and authentic recipes from the Peloponnesian region are prepared here based on carefully selected local, fresh and organic ingredients. There is also a great selection of Greek wines to choose from that can accompany each dish.


The complex includes a restaurant, bar, guest lounge with incredible sea views, a boutique conference venue for up to 50 people, a small business centre, and outdoor space in front of the restaurant that can be used for weddings and other events. 

Ideal For…

Insights Greece - Mani, Home to One of Greece's Top Boutique Hotels

A romantic weekend, a business conference, solo travellers, and anyone looking to explore the Mani region; with a desire to return to a relaxing spot each day as you feel close to nature and just a footstep away from beautiful surroundings.  


  • Free parking 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Concierge service
  • Fitness Centre  
  • Luggage storage
  • Pool/beach towels 
  • Business Centre
  • Library 
  • Conference Venue 
  • Express check-in/check-out service