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Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades

Sybaritic luxury resorts and upscale boutique hotels have made Santorini and Mykonos the jet-set islands for the 'it' crowd, so these two islands are where you’ll find many of the best luxury hotels in the Cyclades.

If your idea of the best luxury hotels in the Cyclades, is a large luxury resort with a host of facilities and plenty of space, Mykonos is the island to pick, with, as a bonus, a deeply style-conscious island village replete with expensive jewellers, cigar bars and gourmet dining.

Santorini has an wealth of romantic, smaller boutique hotels, most of them built since the 1990s; you'll find these facing west across the island's spectacular caldera around Thira, at Firostefani and Imerovigli, and most of all in the ridiculously pretty village of Oia on the island's north tip. These are some of the best luxury hotels in the Cyclades for couples.

Mykonos and Santorini both have the advantage of direct international flights, but Paros is also home to some of the best hotels in the Cyclades. It’s slightly trickier to get to, requiring a ferry or a connecting flight from Athens, but once you're there it has a pick of resorts, sandy beaches, and a lively, labyrinthine main village that is just as pretty, if a good deal less pretentious than its neighbours.

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades for Romance

Katikies in Oia is the dream white and blue boutique hotel of many romantic dreams, with gorgeous views from the infinitely pool and lovely food.

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades for a Beach Break

The Yria Resort is a private, village style resort right on the beach with a fine spa, a good restaurant and lovely gardens.

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades to Relax

The Paradise Lifestyle Andros on Andros is a peaceful mansion retreat with elegant decor and a lovely pool. Andros can only be reached by boat so you’re really a world away…

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades for Fun!

The Mykonos Theoxenia is a glamorous 1960s resort above Mykonos town with an injection of modern design aesthetic, or you could try the Kivotos Club Hotel, which is described as ‘Sex and the City’ goes Greek, with private yachts, limo transfers, a private beach and a caviar bar.

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades to Escape to

The Notos Therme and Spa resort has been spectacularly built into the volcanic cliffs next to an unspoiled fishing village with a top spa and exceptional views. Or try the Semeli Hotel in Mykonos, a mid sized whitewashed oasis of traditional Cycladic charm.

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades for Families

The Santorini Kastelli Resort is an affordable but upscale, low-rise resort next to a black sandy beach and a lively village, or you could go for Mykonos Blu, which is a village style resort you don’t have to leave, overlooking Mykonos’s best beach.

If you can’t find your idea of the best luxury hotels in the Cyclades on our Guru’s list you could:

The Best Luxury Hotels in the Cyclades

  • Katikies 27 rooms from £868


    A totally unique boutique honeymooner hotel draped over the cliffs of Oia. Cool and tranquil luxurious rooms with stunning views. Exceptionally lovely infinity pool and spa. Fresh mediterranean cuisine is served poolside as well as fine dining on the rooftop. The ideal place to completely unwind.

    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy A.Spa's restorative treatments, cocktails by the infinty pool, phenomenal rooftop dining and impeccable 24 hour service.
    Honeymoons  -  Sun, sea, tranquility and oh-so-romantic- five star service in these achingly chic cliff side cottages overlooking Caldera.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby village of Oia, the main square and sunset views are breathtaking.
    Swimming Pool  -  Gorgeous infinity pools - Top 50 Hotel pools.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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  • Santorini Kastelli Resort 60 rooms from £124

    Kamari, Santoríni

    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.

    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
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  • Notos Therme and Spa 29 rooms from £86

    Vlihada, Santorini, Santoríni

    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.

    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
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  • Semeli Hotel 60 rooms from £96

    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.

    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
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  • Mykonos Theoxenia 52 rooms from £206

    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.

    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
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  • Kivotos Club Hotel 39 rooms from £360

    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.

    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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  • Mykonos Blu 103 rooms from £246

    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.

    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.
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  • Yria Resort 65 rooms from £154


    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.

    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
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  • Paradise Lifestyle Andros 41 rooms from £25


    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.

    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.
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Written by Robin Gauldie

posted Friday, 12th February 2010
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