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The island of Spetses is truly blessed. The sun here shines down on gorgeous beaches, charming old houses, elegant squares, traditional tavernas and stylish boutiques. And a lack of cars that harkens fresh air, quiet and a relaxed pace of life where there's always time for a tiny cup of Greek coffee and a game of backgammon while you watch the quay for the latest arrivals...Package tourism hasn't caught on here, and the majority of the best places to stay in Spetses are smaller hotels, or privately rented rooms.
Spetses's beauty, peace and well preserved streets create an authentic Greek island experience - which is a big draw for sailing crowds. And at times it can feel like a bit of a playground for rich and famous Athenians.
But the exclusive clientele have meant that the town can afford to stay as beautiful as it is - and encouraged the standards of food and accommodation on to new heights. Especially when it comes to seafood.
Most people arrive on Spetses by boat, coming down from Athens, but it's also possible to arrive on land, via Kosta, and catch the ferry or a water taxi over. Most people will alight at the quay at Dapia, which is also where you'll find some of the loveliest old mansions.
Behind Dapia, which is basically the new harbour, you'll find the Old Harbour. It's still a working harbour, crammed with vessels of all kinds, from fishing boats to luxury yachts. This area has plenty of character to it and is a good place to hang out and soak up the atmosphere of a really unique little community.
As well as the truly excellent restaurants Spetses has quite a buzzing nightlife for its size. Spetses also has gorgeous beaches. Private cars are banned on the island - one of the reason it has a reputation for being so peaceful - but there are regular buses to the island's best beaches, and you're able to hire a bike or motorbike.
In season you can also take a water taxi around to the main beaches, and to some of the harder-to-reach beaches and coves. Hilariously there are also apparently just four car taxis. A good indication of the size of Spetses!
As well as relaxing and enjoying yourself in some of Greece's most charming surroundings, Spetses also has a few museums to poke around.
The Hotel Guru's pick of the best places to stay in Spetses features a luxury grand dame overlooking the harbour and a chic hotel with villas for larger groups.
- As well as standard contemporary chic hotel rooms, the Orloff Resort also has two private villas which sleep ten each. Contemporary and chic, the rooms are fresh and white and packed with lovely details.
- If you're more about fitting in with the rich and famous crowds, then definitely one of the best places to stay in Spetses is the Poseidonion Grand Hotel. With not two, but three excellent restaurants to choose from, this hotel also has a spa, private balconies for all, wonderful views over the harbour and the 'wow factor'.
Still not sure? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Spetses, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Want to widen the search? Check out our recommendations for the best places to stay in the Peloponnese.
Best Hotels in Spetses
Orloff Resort 18 rooms from $137Spetses
Wonderfully contemporary chic hotel with rooms, suites and two private villas sleeping 10 each. Wonderful pool, spa, and all white rooms with all the mod cons. A great choice for couples, families or groups of friends.Private villas - 2 houses sleep 10 each.GroupsFamiliesSpaRecommended by - I Escape, Tablet
Poseidonion Grand Hotel 55 rooms from $205Dapia, Spetses
Super luxurious hotel on the coastline of Spetses overlooking the harbour. Film star all white bedrooms and suites are enormous with private balconies and all the mod cons. Three excellent restaurants, fabulous pool and excellent spa. A wow factor choice for any luxury traveller.Views - Fantastic sea views.Luxury - Mega luxurious.ChicSpa breaksRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape