Eight Gorgeous Greek Mainland Hotels

We’ve hiked the pine-scented trails of the Peloponnese, paddled the gin-clear waters of Halkidiki and feasted like a local in lesser-known Greek villages to bring you the best family-run boltholes, eco-forward hideaways and grown-up retreats to visit this summer

We've taken to the pine-scented trails of the Peloponnese, paddled through the gin-clear waters of Halkidki's sleepy bays and explored lesser-known villages dotted across Greece's rugged, mountainous heart to bring you the most beautiful hotels the mainland has to offer. From family-run affairs to coastal hideouts and grown-up retreats, these are the addresses that should be on your summer radar.

The eight best hotels in mainland Greece



Gerolimenas, Mani

Located at the southernmost tip of the Mani peninsula, in the picturesque village of Gerolimenas, 23-key Kyrimai is exactly what we like our chilled-out, grown-up hideouts to look like. Viewed from the azure Aegean waters, the converted 19th-century farmhouse is backed by craggy cliffs, its grounds peppered with wild herbs and pine trees. Inside, calming interiors are characterised by metre-thick walls, dark wood and dry stone, with whitewashed and wicker furniture lending a contemporary finish. The beauty of this property is that it's full of surprises. Wander down winding staircases and weave through maze-like passageways, stumble upon sun-bleached courtyards and dance along the private pier, before snagging a sunny lounging spot. Food is very much a love letter to the fertile land, with homemade dips, spinach-stuffed pies, local meats and fish plucked straight from the ocean all served beneath an airy, sea-facing pergola.


Gerolimenas 230 62


Opora Country Living

Nafplio, Peloponnese

Calling all foodies: we've found your next culinary adventure. From April to August, leading Greek chef Kostas Papastamatis invites guests to learn the principles of local farming at Opora Country Living's eco-farm. Come alone or with your gang, but be prepared to have your newfound skills put to the test during the sampling extravaganza. Food aside, this is the sort of place that makes you forget what life looks like beyond the property's boundaries - picture wide blue skies as far as the eye can see accompanied by a live soundtrack of crickets chirping. Rooms come with private terraces, handcrafted furnishings and bathrooms brimming with organic wellness products courtesy of Olive Era.


Pyrgiotika, Nafplio 21100


Meraviglia Slow Living

Preveza, Epirus

Open since 2021, Meraviglia Slow Living was built from the ground up using raw and recycled materials, resulting in an eco-conscious hideout that will delight serenity-seekers. There are seven sea-facing suites, each equipped with a private pool framed by wild herb gardens and tall needle grasses. Bedrooms were purposefully designed to make the most of natural light - picture plush daybeds and wooden chairs streaked in beams of sunlight. Interiors are the good kind of minimal, with cushioned headboards, floors made from handcrafted mosaics and pendant lights. There is no designated restaurant space as such, but there is an exceptional food menu that will take you from brunch to dinner: think feta-packed parcels and shrimp-stuffed risottos. If it's live music and dancing you're after, visit the nearby city of Preveza.


Mytikas 481 00


Dexamenes Seaside Hotel

Kourouta, Peloponnese

Dexamenes Seaside Hotel is a piece of Peloponnese history. A 1920s winery converted into a minimalist coastal stay, with 34 old wine tanks refashioned into ultra-luxe suites, design details such as original pipework and rusting silos pay homage to the property's roots. Want to wake up to sweeping views across the Ionian Sea, surrounded by the sands of Kourouta beach? Book a Wine Tank Suite. Prefer your scenery green? There's a Courtyard Suite with vineyard vistas for that. We love the celebration of seasonal produce in the restaurant, but there's something extra-special about the wine-tasting evenings. Held in collaboration with local artists, events see live theatrical performances that make for a truly immersive experience.


Kourouta 272 00


Kinsterna Hotel

Monemvasia, Peloponnese

The castle town of Monemvasia tops our list for a slow-paced Greek getaway, with its white-sand bays, old-school fish tavernas and historical streetscape sprinkled with independent boutiques. It's one of the airy bedrooms at boutique Kinsterna Hotel that we suggest you make your crashpad of choice - all stone walls, upholstered armchairs, playful prints and bamboo ceilings. Rise early and take a dip in the outdoor pool, powered by a freshwater spring and perfectly scented by the surrounding citrus trees. Otherwise, head for a session in the hammam, followed by a treatment at the spa, where products are formulated from produce harvested on the estate, from olive oil and honey to rosemary and lemongrass. There are two restaurants and three bars to choose from, but it's the outdoor Linos Tavern we think you'll like best. The leafy set-up sees candle-strewn tables laden with salads, breads, vegetables and meats cooked to perfection in a wood-fired oven. Be warned: this foodie Eden is only open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.


Agios Stefanos, Monemvasia 230 70


Grand Forest Metsovo

Pindos, Peloponnese

They say that all good things take time, and so it's only fair that we forgive these guys for making us wait 20 years until we could finally experience the Grand Forest Metsovo magic - that's how long it was in the making. Set atop a mountain on the fringes of the dramatic Pindus National Park, the hotel is spread across eight stone buildings, showcasing 62 design-driven suites, a state-of-the-art spa, gym, boutique stocked with handmade jewellery and stellar food and drinks menus. While we love the snug bedrooms, it's the team's commitment to tailoring outdoor pursuits to each guest's needs that makes this place really stand out. Take your pick from activities including wild truffle hunting, cross-country skiing, off-road biking and canoeing.


Metsovo 442 00


Ekies All Senses Resort

Vourvourou, Halkidiki

Ekies All Senses Resort had a major makeover in 2017, and it's safe to say that we've been a little bit obsessed with it ever since. The renovation project was headed up by London-based Beetroot, which worked with eco-conscious materials to honour Greek tradition while creating a contemporary set-up. The 76 pared-back rooms and suites have been individually designed, featuring details such as glass screens, wicker baskets, platform beds, cushion-clad divans and courtyards kitted out with hammocks, private pools and coastal views. Elsewhere, an award-winning restaurant serves up dishes crafted from secret family recipes and signature cocktails infused with ingredients freshly harvested from the on-site herb garden. There's also access to a roster of wellness activities, a sizable outdoor pool and private beach.


Vourvourou 630 78

Euphoria Retreat, Mystras, Peloponnese


Euphoria Retreat

Mystras, Peloponnese

Euphoria retreat came to life after its founder, Marina Efraimoglou, used centuries-old healing therapies to aid her recovery from a serious illness. Today, her destination spa champions medicines that are said to balance the mind and body while uplifting the soul. A handful of different retreats are available: we're plotting our visit around the Feel Alive Again option - a four-day programme designed to combat burnout through meditation, breathwork and journalling. Not your vibe? The hotel is spacious enough for you to avoid seeing another guest for the duration of your visit. You'll find us flitting between our dazzling boudoir and the verdant grounds, fuelling our body with healthy Greek plates and regular dips in the pool.


Mystras 231 00

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