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Santorini - Most famous of the Cyclades

Santorini features on many 'bucket lists'. It only takes one photo to see why. White, blue roofed buildings adorn this crescent of dark, volcanic rock like snow, dazzling by day and mesmerising at sunset (the sunsets are just one of the reasons it's one of the best places to stay in the Cyclades!).

Santorini's guests are a mixed bunch. They:

  • Hike trials around the volcano, ending days in a volcanic hot spring;
  • relax on a different coloured beach every day;
  • uncover the island's archaeological treasures,
  • or dine in different restaurants every night and dance 'till spectacular sunrise.

For something a bit different, check out Chromata - definitely one of the best places to stay in the Cyclades. A series of cave houses cut into the cliffside and stylishly designed to make full use of beautiful views in the Aegean.

More of the best accommodation on Santorini.

Naxos - Big and green...

...But today also known for its beaches. Naxos appeals to:

  • Folks looking for a fun and sun drenched beach holiday,
  • and hikers, drawn to the ancient trails winding from ancient church to charming village.

Naxos is also one of the best places places to stay in the Cyclades if you're charmed by myths and legend. Let's just say a lot has happened on this island. And Naxian wine has, since ancient times, been considered a restorative for a broken heart.

Hotel Kavos has lush grounds and self contained, traditionally whitewashed accommodation. So it's ideal for families, but also for those looking for a bit of privacy and their own beach.

More of the best places to stay on Naxos.

Paros - One of the best places to stay in the Cyclades!

One of the best places to stay in the Cyclades for two reasons:

  • it's the ferry hub
  • and it's lined with gorgeous beaches.

Paros is the gateway to the Cyclades. But it's not necessary to go further. Stay in Parikia if you enjoy thriving nightlife, Piso Livadi for a quiet resort break, or Lefkes is one of the best places to stay in the Cyclades to experience traditionally serene island life.

After spending the day at the beach, Yria Resort is lovely to come back to. Though with its gorgeous pool and own beach you don't really have to leave this 'village'.

More great places to stay on Paros.

Mykonos - For the energy and nightlife

Mykonos is one of the best places to stay in the Cyclades if you're looking for a good time. You can:

  • party 'til dawn with fashionistas;
  • recline on a sun lounger beside oil drenched celebrities;
  • shop and play with hedonistic holiday makers in the stylish town
  • and yet still escape to a lonely beach or make your own discoveries in the old town's labyrinths.

And Mykonos is definitely one of the best places to stay in the Cyclades if you're looking for luxury. Stay at the Kivotos Club Hotel! They'll send a limo to collect you from the airport and you can borrow their 25 metre yacht.

More great Mykonos hotels and resorts.

Amorgos - Smooth sandy beaches, perfect for families

If you're travelling with a family, Amorgos is one of the best places to stay in the Cyclades.

  • Its sandy beaches are great for snorkelling;
  • there are loads of scenic walks across its interior;
  • the waters are clear,
  • and the villages are traditional.

Lakki Village is one of the best places to stay on Amorgos. Its bungalows surround a long, safe sandy bay, perfect and private for young families.

Still not sure which is the best place in the Cyclades for you to stay? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in the Cyclades, or feel free to call or contact one of our gurus for advice.

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  • Voreades


    Charming whitewashed rooms with balconies off a series of appealing courtyards in this charming seaside hotel. This home-hotel offers great views and reasonably priced self-catering options. Close to the port and local Taverns. The perfect stay for families and groups.

    Families  -  An ideal spot for your family holiday, self catering, pet friendly plus books, DVDs and games to keep the kids happy.
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Paradise Lifestyle Andros


    A peaceful mansion retreat. Elegant rooms feature high ceilings, four poster beds, crisp white linen and private balconies. A lovely pool has stunning views over the island. Beaches within walking distance. A wonderful tranquil spot and very reasonably priced.

    41 rooms from $33
    Beach Life  -  Walking distance from two beaches with soft sand and crystal clear Aegean water, plus a range of beachside activities.
    Value chic  -  Lovely tranquil spot to unwind in style- chic suites with private balconies and poolside bar with spectacular views.
    Birdwatching  -  Bring your binoculars, partridges, hawks, eagles, wild pigeons and martins can all be spotted on the island.
    Great walks  -  Lovely countryside to explore with olive groves, lemon trees, springs, rivers and seaviews.
  • Chateau Zevgoli


    The ultimate Naxos retreat in the heart of a typically Greek whitewashed town. Charming courtyard garden, art and family antiques. Cosy simple bedrooms, a few with balconies, and locally woven curtains and tablecloths. Close to a lovely beach with great views from terrace.

    8 rooms from $56
    Hideaway  -  For a charming and romantic hideaway choose the room with private bougainvillea covered courtyard and sweet handmade pillows.
    Beach Life  -  Just a short walk from Grotta Beach and Naxos Port, with rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient sight of the Temple of Delian Apollo, well worth checking out.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Syrou Melathron

    Mpampagiotou, Cyclades

    A lovely neoclassical building with sea views. Simply decorated rooms, wonderful roof top terrace, and walking distance to beaches and main attractions. Great value for a family or couple on a shoe string.

    16 rooms from $73
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Aegean and to neighbouring Cyclades islands
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of Ermoupolis, so close to all major attractions.
    Cooking classes  -  Check for timings.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Lakki Village


    Sand between your toes just outside a gorgeous white island village. Shallow waters and long beaches make it ideal for young families. Enjoy the luxuries of a pool, restaurant and bar on site. Rooms are breezy and comfortable - barefoot seaside fun with its own great taverna.

    10 rooms from $73
    Great walks  -  Up the hills or along the sea front.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Petali Village Hotel


    Low rise traditional building spread over different levels on an unspoiled romantic island. Cosy rooms with beamed ceilings and draped four poster beds. Lovely flower filled gardens. Stunning panoramic sea views. An ideal sun filled hideaway.

    23 rooms from $95
    Total relaxation  -  Spend your days relaxing by the pool, on the terrace pastry shop or being massaged in your plush room.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the neoclassic mansions, gardens and flowery courtyards in Artemonas.
    Sailing  -  Excursions on the hotel boat to surrounding beaches and islands.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Beach House

    Antiparos Town, Paros

    Beachside accommodation with terrace bar and outdoor dining. Suites are simple and comfortable, some with sea views. Decor is typical of the Cyclades - white everywhere with spashes of blue. The restaurant serves authentic Greek food using local island ingredients. Perfect for complete relaxation.

    9 rooms from $101
    Total relaxation  -  The perfect spot to kick back and do absolutely nothing!
    On the beach  -  One of the safest beaches on Antiparos
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Hotel Rochari

    Mykonos Town, Mykonos

    Medium-sized, full-service hotel with bright, simply furnished rooms. Best value on overpriced Mykonos - large pool, plenty of bars and eateries, and off street parking. Unbeatable views and family run, an unassuming gem.

    60 rooms from $110
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Sights nearby  -  Rent a car at the hotel and explore further a field.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
  • Notos Therme and Spa

    Vlihada, Santorini

    Beach hotel landscaped into volcanic cliffs next to an unspoilt fishing village, with stepped terraces and fabulous views. White on white interiors with pop coloured bed throws. A tranquil hideaway with great spa and range of natural treatments. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine. Wonderfully romantic.

    29 rooms from $110
    Honeymoons  -  A wildy romantic setting with secluded rooms, private terraces overlooking the Aegean Sea and poolside cocktail bar.
    Spa breaks  -  Indulge yourself with the wide range of therapeutic treatments based on the volcanically enriched springs.
    Sailing  -  Located next to the only marina of Santorini island making it ideal for those travelling with their own yachts or boats.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Rizes Hotel

    Cyclades, Serifos

    Private villa resort in the hills. Each contemporary apartment has rustic brick walls, white furnishings, stone floors and modern kitchens. Suites have private pools and terraces. Outdoor pool and sun decks. Superb fresh Greek cuisine, relaxed bar. Friendly, private and idyllic.

    13 rooms from $112
    Hideaway  -  An unspoilt Greek island, with dozens of empty beaches or just the privacy of your villa and pool
    Great walks  -  Abundance of marked trails of varying difficulty; hotel can advise
    Sailing  -  Serifos Yachts can provide boats and staff for day trips
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Semeli Hotel

    Mykonos Town, Mykonos

    A white, bright and relaxed oasis of calm. Chic luxurious rooms with contemporary bathrooms, some suites boast private hot tubs. Enjoy stunning views, an indulgent spa and a fine dining restaurant. Proximity to Mykonos Town makes this ideal for those wanting to mix relaxation with some nightlife.

    60 rooms from $122
    Hideaway  -  A spa, pool and the sea make for a great hideaway with plush rooms, lovely terraces with seaviews and excellent service.
    Spa  -  By Apivita
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Private Hot Tub
  • Hotel Elena

    Mykonos Town, Mykonos

    Simple, friendly small pension with sunny rooms. Charming, with some four posters, and well positioned in the heart of the village. Good value and simple Greek living as it should be.

    30 rooms from $155
  • Minois village Hotel & Spa

    Paros Island

    This stunning resort and spa is the ultimate Grecian getaway. The bright, airy rooms are the height of modern seaside chic, with clean white lines and modern bathrooms. Some include sea view balconies, living rooms and private villas. There is a restaurant, bar, spa and large pool. A luxury stay!

    40 rooms from $159
    Sailing  -  Trips to Santorini, Mykonos and other islands can be arranged.
    Great walks  -  Through the famous "Butterfly Forest".
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
  • Pino di Loto Suites


    A charming little hotel perched on a hilltop above a small fishing village. Just four chic suites all in white with kitchenettes and stunning views. Lovely pool and sun deck area, a romantic spot in the evenings. Lots of beaches and attractions around. An ideal choice for a couple.

    from $163
    Views  -  Stunning sea views from its clifftop perch.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Ermoupolis is a fascinating Grecian town.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Santorini Kastelli Resort

    Kamari, Santorini

    Brilliant white building in traditional Cycladic style set in pretty gardens. Fresh contemporary interiors with stand out artworks and soft pastel hues. Set steps from a beach and with bountiful in house activities and a spa. Romantic evening poolside al fresco dining.

    60 rooms from $158
    Total relaxation  -  Just steps from the renowned black volcanic sands of Kamari beach, with spa, hot tubs and cocktails by the pool.
    Diving  -  There is a diving center on Kamari beach where you can rent equipment and take lessons.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to the volcano, a wonderful way to explore the coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to check out the nearby archaeological site of Ancient Thira.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Anemomilos Apartments


    Spectacular cliff top views from this magical island hideaway. Clean cut cool studios, with self catering abilities and private balconies. Stone cut pool with snack bar, overlooking the sea. Enjoy the regional inspired restaurant or head down to the charming whitewashed Taverns in the village.

    3 rooms from $168
    Hideaway  -  This island hideaway is a real find- stunning cliff views, crystal clear waters, charming local village and pretty studios.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore Hora's cobbled lanes filled with whitewashed flower-decked houses, chapels, charming Taverns and friendly locals.
    Great walks  -  Trek along walled mulepaths to find your own cliff-ringed bay for private swims.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely outdoor pool
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers
  • Yria Resort


    Village-style luxury resort set in lovely bougainvillaea filled gardens. Smart rooms with large comfortable beds and terraces with gorgeous views. Ideally placed just steps from a sandy beach. An extensive spa to help unwind. A romantic fine dining poolside restaurant. Ideal for complete relaxation.

    65 rooms from $196
    Back to Nature  -  An oasis of calm- beautiful landscaped gardens filled with fragrant frangipani and palm trees and just two mins from the beach.
    Sailing  -  Cruise around the island discovering ‘hidden’ beaches and spots on the island of Paros.
    Great walks  -  Head out on the wide range of walking and hiking routes throughout the island.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Nissaki Beach Hotel


    Charming sea front hotel on outskirts of Naxos Town. Chic accommodation is contemporary and minimalist in style featuring neutral and earthy tones, and either a balony or verandah for sitting out. Great pool, excellent beachside restaurant - perfect for summer beach life!

    24 rooms from $204
    Views  -  Some of the rooms have lovely sea views
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
  • Hotel Kavos


    Chic villas, studios and apartments in simple stylish whitewashed cottages. Typical Cycladic architecture, with lush grounds, outstanding views from terraces into the sea. Delicious local food served on the verandas. Villas have their own kitchenette making them ideal for families.

    16 rooms from $208
    Families  -  Private villas with plenty of space to breath, babysitting for 'nights off', self catering but with a restaurant, bar and pool.
    Active Holiday  -  There are plenty of activties for land and sea- mountain biking, riding, hiking, wind surfing, swimming and sailing.
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Anemi Hotel

    Karavostassis, Folegandros

    Gorgeous minimalist seaside resort. All white rooms have verandahs, sea views, all the mod cons, honeymoon suites have private pools. Beautiful pool area and restaurant. Romantic, but still very family friendly.

    28 rooms from $213
    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet
  • Mykonos Theoxenia

    Mykonos Town, Mykonos

    1960s glamour with a 21st-century twist. Funky interior design, with bright colours, shag carpets and boutique detailing. Startling views of the famed windmills. Gastronomic delights whipped up in the oh-so trendy restaurant. Close to the nightlife in Mykonos Town. A chic option.

    52 rooms from $264
    Romantic Break  -  The ideal spot for a romantic getaway- chic suites with magnificent views, treatments at the spa and nights out on the town.
    Sights nearby  -  Walking distance from the famed Mykonos windmills.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Kiwi Collection
  • Mykonos Blu

    Mykonos Town, Mykonos

    Village style resort offering serious luxury, with private villas, pools and stunning views. White on white interiors off played by touches of cool blue. Boasting an excellent spa and a number of bars and restaurants. A wondrously romantic spot overlooking Mykonos's best beach.

    103 rooms from $314
    Total relaxation  -  Exclusive resort offering spa, sauna, private hot tubs, two-level infinity pool and gourmet dining with a view.
    Beach Life  -  Set on its private part of the lovely Psarou beach, with access to loungers and yacht rental.
    Diving  -  There are a number of dive centres on the island, make the most of the crystal clear waters.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
  • Kivotos Club Hotel

    Mykonos Town, Mykonos

    The private yacht, limo transfers and a caviar bar set the tone for this super luxurious hideaway, with it's own private beach. Traditional hillside building with uber contemporary interiors. Two fabulous restaurants and a chic bar. Top honeymoon and romantic break destination.

    39 rooms from $460
    Honeymoons  -  A dream like location- seriously romantic suites with welcome champagne on arrival, and fine dining overlooking the bay.
    Sailing  -  A privately owned stunning 25-meter schooner for day trips to the surrounding islands.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby Mykanos white washed windmills, a well known landmark on the island.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Fodors

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