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Forget baecations; it's friendcations' season time to shine. While nothing beats heading off with the gang for a Grecian getaway, securing a place that suits everyone is a task we'll happily avoid - and the WhatsApp notifications too, please. Whether your mates prefer parties over peace or simplicity over the sublime, these are the villas on the island of Syros that make a spot-on crash pad. Spend days feasting at family-run tavernas, paddling in cliff-flanked coves and soaking up the creative spirit of the design-driven community.
Secluded Syros: Seven Greek villas to rent this summer
Villa Syros I
Renting a spread of a stay like this is close to living like a local - or a Love Island contestant (insert eye-roll emoji). You'd be forgiven for thinking that this place is a small village, thanks to its huge villa and two guest houses. Each of the five double bedrooms are individually designed yet share a Scandi-chic approach. We're talking logs for bedside tables, built-in brushed concrete bathtubs and fisherman-rope pendant lights. Outside, guests will find their own private terrace, connected to other rooms by one extra-large, saltwater infinity pool. There, crochet beanbags and expansive daybeds make for a choice spot to squeeze in downtime and recharge the social batteries.What it costs: from £8,100 per week Sleeps: up to 10-12
Overlooking the secluded sands of Ampela Beach, Villa Evelina offers guests tennis courts, a rooftop Jacuzzi and access to a Greek chapel. The real draw, however, is the state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen. Decked out with a wood-fired oven and an enormous marble island, you know where to send the chef of the group. Interiors are traditionally Greek with exposed brickwork and blue-shuttered windows. The main house, which takes centre-stage overlooking the infinity pool and ocean, flaunts two double bedrooms and the outdoor dining space - we can hardly think of a better place to unwind with our food-obsessed gang. Around the pool are three independent guesthouses, armed with sleek and stylish double bedrooms, private shaded terraces and roomy living spaces.What it costs: from £12,000 per week Sleeps: up to 10
An infinity pool that melts in the sparkling Aegean sea, a home-cinema spacious enough to reference the IMAX, and an outdoor gym are standouts at this five-bedroom villa perched high on Syros's Kokkina mountain. In 4,000sqm of wild terrain estate, Villa Olivares is proof that the little things make life that bit sweeter: braided parasols, handcrafted furnishings and a fragrant herb garden. Mornings should look like rolling between the Jacuzzi and hammock, while evenings feel easy spent lounging beneath the mesh-lined pergola - before the BBQ gets underway, obviously. Insider tip: this place comes with travel assistance and concierge service.What it costs: from £8,100 per week Sleeps: up to 10-12
Villa Gaia Syros
A stone-faced, 18th-century villa backed by stretches of golden sand and the boho streets of Ano Manna? Count us in. After a major refurb in 2017, the contemporary Villa Gaia Syros has been upholstered with today's traveller in mind. Inside the two-storey set-up, a large living space and two double bedrooms cradle a sun-drenched veranda. Outside, three acres of sprawling bougainvilleas, hibiscus and knotted vines make for a serene stroll. While there are no jaw-dropping pool or sea-facing views, there are plenty of quiet reading corners. Our favourite spot for basking the afternoon away can be found anywhere on the courtyard.What it costs: from £1,800 per week Sleeps: up to six
Syros Villa Wilton
Sitting pretty on the rolling hills of the island's rugged countryside, and close to the town of Ermoupoli, this three-bedroom bothole makes for a well-placed Grecian getaway. A blush-pink facade, leaf-clad pergola and lantern-laden courtyard promise a spectacular sunset set-up. In contrast to Wilton's serene exterior; once you step past the villa's dramatic archways, you enter a more eclectic mood - rooms with vibrant colours, ceilings clad with crystal chandeliers and corners crammed with traditional artworks. For freshly-caught seafood, be sure to swing by nearby Seariani restaurant.What it costs: from £2,700 per week Sleeps: up to six
Is it possible to fall in love with a property? Take a peek at Villa Amethyst and you'll likely give us a nod. Set in a spot carpeted with sun-scorched plants and fragrant with citrus, olive and pomegranate trees, this six-bedroom escape is a short stroll from the picture-perfect town of Posidonia. Feast around the 10-seater table, snooze on cosy beds in serene bedrooms and enjoy sunrise while stretching out on the villa's yoga terrace. Designed to blend in among nature, the property's earth-tone stone acts as a gateway to the citrus and herbal surrounds. Those who enjoy tracking their daily step-count will delight at the coastal path taking you from the villa's backdoor to the waterfront.What it costs: from £6,000 per week Sleeps: up to 12
For those who require a faster pace, Plagia Vilas is the place - although we doubt you'll want to leave this restful cocoon, the nearby village of Foinikas awaits. There are three villas to choose from, each centred around a shared pool. On arrival a welcome hamper greets you, brimming with all sorts of local produce including wine, cream cheese and freshly picked apples. Start your day with a juice on the outdoor terrace before slipping into town to wander between narrow passageways and browse a bevy of independent boutiques.What it costs: from £1,000 per week Sleeps: up to six