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About Kos

The second largest of the Dodecanese islands, Kos has something for everyone. Epic ruins line the horizon in one direction and in another, there are secret rocky coves and towering hillsides. Dotted across the island are traditional harbour towns with clear azure waters. The island has a number of luxury beachside resorts that are ideal for families or couples on an exclusive break. However, for one of the best places to stay on Kos island we recommend choosing one of smaller ‘boutiquey’ properties that line the coast.

It’s the 110kms of long sandy coastline that attracts most tourists to Kos now, but some also come for the remnants of the ancient world. Asklepios was a healing centre, academy and temple and the excavated ruins of these are on a hill just 4kms from Kos Town which many health professionals pilgrimage to. It is also believed that Hippocrates practised under the plane tree north of Kos Town's ancient agora.

This is an undeniably popular summer holiday location, so if you are planning a trip over those months, we recommend booking early for one of the best places to stay in Kos.

The best places to stay in Kos

For luxury on the seafront

  • For the best of both worlds which typify Kos, stay at the Aqua Blu Hotel & Spa in Kos Town. It's a modern construction right on the sea front, but its gorgeous sea views and traditional spa treatments can't be far from what Hippocrates would have ordered. Easily one of the best hotels on Kos if you're looking for a beach holiday with a bit more!
  • The Kos Aktis Art Hotel is a modern hotel, enjoying a stunning seaside setting. The minimalist rooms are chic and boast fantastic views from their balconies. Spend the day relaxing on the beach or exploring the fascinating town of Kos before returning for delicious Mediterranean cuisine. A coastal gem.

For an Apartment or Holiday Villa

  • If you'd prefer your own space, don't hesitate to visit our online partner Booking.com for a wide range of properties across the island

Travel Information

  • Fly to Kos Island International Airport with plentiful connections to the mainland year-round and other European destinations in the summer months
  • There's a regular ferry service with connections to other Greek Islands and Athens
  • If you'd like to explore all over the island you may want to rent a car. For prices, we recommend visiting our online partner, Rentalcars
  • Best time to visit: June - September provides the warmest weather ideal for beachgoers and for exploring the island.

Still undecided?

  • Alternatively, check out all our recommendations in the Dodecanese.
  • Or contact, one of our friendly gurus for advice.

Best Hotels in Kos

  • Kos Aktis Art Hotel Kos, Kos 42 rooms from £97

    Romantic Break  -  With stunning sea views and luxurious rooms, it's perfect for a romantic break right on the coast of Kos.
    Sights nearby  -  Sights of interest nearby include the Muslim Shrine Lotzias and the Tree of Hippocrates.
    Local markets  -  Browse the local markets of Kos and pick up the cream of local produce.
    Designer  -  Uniquely designed interiors.
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels

    This modern hotel on the island of Kos, enjoys a stunning seaside setting. The minimalist rooms are chic and boast fantastic views from their balconies. Spend the day relaxing on the beach or exploring the fascinating town of Kos before returning for delicious Mediterranean cuisine. A coastal gem. See More

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  • Kos Imperial Thalasso Kos, Kos 384 rooms from £102

    Active Holiday  -  With tennis, diving, watersports, canoeing and windsurfing available, this hotel is perfect for an active beach holiday
    Families  -  Family friendly rooms, a kids club and a raft of activities to keep everyone busy
    Beach Life  -  Located right on the front in Kos' Psalidi Beach
    Sights nearby  -  Immerse yourself in the history of this island at the ancient Greek ruins, or enjoy the spectacular sea views

    A sprawling modern resort, offering a pantheon of choices in both gourmet and casual dining, beach and watersports activities, and wellness and relaxation treatments. Interiors have a cool Mediterranean style and feel more intimate than your usual resort. Perfect for a family beach break. See More

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  • Michelangelo Resort & Spa Kos, Kos 253 rooms from £110

    Spa breaks  -  Michelangelo's Therme Spa consists of 5 treatment rooms, offering Thalassotherapy, and wellness practices from around the world
    Beach Life  -  The hotel is located next to Agios Fokas' shingle beach and is a 10 minute bus ride away from Kos' sandy beaches
    Family  -  With cots, kids clubs, babysitting services and an over 16s spa, this hotel has something for the whole family
    Sights nearby  -  Many historical sights, as well as Kos' natural beauty, are a short journey away, such as the Tree of Hippocrates and Kos Castle

    With breathtaking sea views from the rooms, luscious gardens and indulgent spa packages and treatments, as well as excellent service and dining, The Michelangelo Resort and Spa offers holidaymakers a wonderful all round family experience just 10 minutes away from the town of Kos. See More

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  • Diamond Deluxe Hotel Kos, Kos 110 rooms from £113

    Total relaxation  -  Relax with an extensive and impressive range of wellness and massage treatments, local wines, luxury rooms and beachfront site
    Romantic Break  -  This adult only hotel boasts top of the range massage and relaxation services, some specifically for couples
    Beach Life  -  On the beachfront and fully equipped to provide the full beach holiday experience
    Spa  -  Mazarin Spa offers chromotherapy treatments, hamam, sauna, an indoor pool and 5 treatment rooms, charges apply for some services

    Luxury adult-only hotel boasting sumptuous relaxation facilities, with a fantastic spa, indoor and outdoor pools and two restaurants. Rooms & suites offer contemporary, clean and polished design; there are swim-up options, and Diamond Suites have their own pool. Perfect for a grown-up beach break. See More

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  • White Rock of Kos Kos, Dodecanese Islands, Kos 41 rooms from £139

    Architectural  -  Amid rocky outcrops, glistening in the sun, the impressive infinity pool gives way to a spectacular Mediterranean vista
    Romantic Break  -  Enjoy couples services in the spa, 24 hour room service and excellent room amenities in this secluded romantic paradise
    Country Escape  -  Set in countryside north of the nearest town, enjoy the quiet charms of Kos' more rugged landscapes
    Sights nearby  -  Enjoy exploring the traditional town of Kefalos' churches and architecture, the region has been occupied since the neolithic era

    The White Rock offers panoramic sea views and spacious rooms with luxury interiors on the island of Kos. Off the beaten track on the quieter side of the island, this adults-only hotel offers excellent spa facilities, in-room jacuzzis and some of the finest views the island has to offer. See More

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  • Ikos Aria Kefalos, Kos 370 rooms from £142

    Foodies  -  Foodies are spoiled for choice at this luxury resort, with 8 eateries offering cuisine spanning the Mediterranean to the Orient
    Families  -  With bright family suites, a children's pool and family-friendly activities, book this hotel for your next summer getaway
    Beach Life  -  With a coveted seafront location on the beautiful Greek island of Kos, this hotel is perfect for an unplugged beach break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel

    This luxury lifestyle resort hugs the southwest coast of Kos. Sleek, almost all-white suites boast sea views from panoramic windows, while a collection of Michelin-starred chefs whet your appetite in the resort's eight restaurants. Unwind on the beach or stay active with the resort's watersports. See More

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  • Lango Design Hotel & Spa Kos, Kos 55 rooms from £152

    Romantic Break  -  The perfect couples Kos experience with private pool suites and the Kocoon spa offering special couples services and treatments
    Luxury  -  Featuring a range of relaxation and wellness services, private options and exclusive beach access, offering a truly luxury stay
    Spa breaks  -  Outfitted with luxury spa, hammam and sauna facilities and a team specialising in massage, skin treatment and detoxification
    Gourmet  -  Enjoy all-day gourmet dining at KOAN Cuisine on-site restaurant offering Mediterranean cuisine, great wines and fine cigars

    The last word in luxury. Expect contemporary and minimalist design. There's an indulgent spa and gourmet Mediterranean dining. The spacious rooms are designed with aplomb and the best have private pools. With direct beach access, this is a luxury Kos retreat for discerning adult guests See More

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  • Albergo Gelsomino Kos, Kos 8 rooms from £153

    Beach Life  -  In easy reach of the famous Lambi beach, and with access to its own private stretch of beach on the doorstep
    City Style  -  Stay in one of the most stylish hotels on Kos, right in the centre of the islands biggest town
    Lively area  -  World famous for its bars and nightlife, Kos offers its guests an unforgettably lively stay
    Local markets  -  A stroll away from the town market at Eleftherias square, sample a range of quality local produce

    An exclusive boutique bolthole contained within one of Kos town's most beloved landmarks. The Albergo Gelsomino welcomes guests into the 1928 property to enjoy a supremely comfortable stay in luxuriously designed suites with access to a private beach-front and impressive Mediterranean restaurant. See More

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  • D'Andrea Lagoon Dodecanese Islands, Kos 80 rooms from £174

    Local exploring  -  With hiking, biking and historical tours in the local area, as well as cars for hire, this hotel is perfect for explorers
    Off centre  -  Away from the bright lights and noise of the bigger towns, this hotel offers access to unspoiled beaches and countryside
    Romantic Break  -  Each room is well equipped with large beds, a personal patio and private bathroom in an adults ony resort
    Beach Life  -  With a stretch of private beach, this is a perfect spot for a summer holiday

    Modern and laidback luxury awaits guests at the D'Andrea Lagoon, ideal for couples looking for a holiday in the sun. Equipped with a private beach, attractive and spacious minimalist rooms and private patios set in a quieter, more unspoiled region of the island. See More

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  • Aqua Blu Hotel & Spa Lambi Beach, Kos 53 rooms from £182

    Romantic Break
    Honeymoons
    Beach Life
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels

    An idyllic hotel on the sea front. Gorgeous rooms and suites in contemporary chic style with private balconies, some with private pools. Fantastic restaurants, luxurious spa, and sun trap pool area. A romantic choice for glamourous sun seekers. See More

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  • Kyma Rooms & Suites Kardamena, Kos 17 rooms from £217

    Families  -  Larger suites with cot options and child friendly design fixtures, welcoming guests of all ages
    Less £  -  While this hotel requires a 2 night minimum booking, rooms start at just £220 for two nights
    Local exploring  -  Explore the town of Kardamaina and its bars, restaurants and scenic countryside
    Beach Life  -  Right on the beachfront, with rooms overlooking the ocean

    A chic beachside hotel set in Kardamaina. Spacious, bright rooms are chic and contemporary and come in various sizes making this ideal for families. Large private terraces offer spectacular sea views. Just a stroll from the beach, this is a perfect base for a family holiday - it's great value too! See More

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  • OKU Kos Kos, Dodecanese Islands, Kos 100 rooms from £234

    Airport  -  6.2 miles from the airport, offering transfers to and from the resort, this secluded spot is easy to reach for those in-the-know
    Romantic Break  -  Couples can take advantage of private villas, stunning romantic vistas, sumptuous dining and pampering services par excellence
    Barefoot Luxury  -  Everything you need in a resort set in open gardens and private sandy beaches by some of the islands most beautiful scenery
    Outstanding location  -  With some of the best views on the island, slightly off the beaten track, this resort is a hidden gem

    Choose to stray away from the beaten track. A dreamy sea-front resort, with exclusive access to unspoiled beaches, a blissful spa and a more sustainable way of doing things. Chic minimalist interiors use natural materials. Unwind with guided meditations or yoga and enjoy organic local produce. See More

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  • White Pearls Kos, Kos 10 rooms from £272

    Contemporary  -  With modern design and conveniences, as well as an organic vegetable garden, this smaller resort is forward thinking and stylish
    Romantic Break  -  Suites can come with everything a couple may need for a romantic stay in Kos, hot tub, champagne, massage therapy and privacy
    Hideaway  -  A little smaller and further outside Kos than most, these semi-detached suites offer a degree more privacy than other resorts
    Boutique  -  With only 10 suites, a little outside the town of Kos, this hotel is a little bit different to the usual fare

    A little further from the hustle and bustle of Kos town centre than most, this smaller establishment boasting ten detached and semi-detached suites is an attractively designed base to explore the island. Featuring a stretch of private beach, great views, and organically grown cuisine. See More

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