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Whether seeking parties or peace, sumptuousness or simplicity, the Greek Islands offer ample variety. With over 6000 islets dotted around the mainland, you could spend over 21 sun-bleached years visiting a new paradisiacal pocket each day. With that in mind, the only gripe that we’ll allow is that there is, perhaps, too much choice. To save you the time (and tantrums) we’ve totted up eight of the best hotels from Paros to Santorini.

Zannos Melathron Santorini

Given that most hotels on the Greek islands have white, undulating walls and minimal decor, Zannos Melathron stands out. Once an 18th-century mansion, Melathron’s sense of grandeur endures, giving guests a taster of Santorini’s aristocratic past. Maximalist exteriors are offset by minimalist interiors and most rooms are fitted with a simple kitchenette, meaning that there’s no excuse for not picking up some feta, olives and sun-ripened tomatoes from a nearby market and enjoying them on your private veranda.

San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos

Located 20 metres above the rocky shoreline, this hotel inhabits a prime spot on Mykonos and offers epic views of the Aegean. With hammocks dotted around every corner, a locally sourced menu, rejuvenating spa (complete with wellbeing talks and meditation sessions) it’s hard to believe that the hedonistic beach parties at Scorpios and Paradiso are just a stone’s throw away. This is perfect holiday equilibrium.

Olea All Suite Hotel Zakynthos

Olea occupies a dreamy spot amid olive groves and lush verdure close to the town centre. Killing it in the understated luxury stakes, its stripped-back aesthetic is offset by extravagant water features. With 93 terraced suites, three restaurants, two stylish bars and a spa, you’d be forgiven for being overwhelmed by choice. One of the easier decisions to make is where to sunbathe and swim – the best beaches in Zakynthos are just minutes away.

Coco-Mat Eco Residences Serifos

Located on the island of Serifos, nicknamed the “Iron Lady of the Aegean”, this mining town-turned-luxury-campus offers a hearty slice of Greek history. For a holiday filled with natural beauty and zen levels of relaxation, Coco-Mat Eco Residences is an excellent choice. All about eco-friendly elegance, the hotel’s roomy two-storey apartments have been crafted with an eye towards blending into the surroundings. Come for the Cycladic design and sophisticated eco-friendly construction – stay for the soothing sound of the waves.

Perivolas Hideaway Therasia

Famed for its Insta-worthy infinity pool spilling over a volcanic caldera, this five-bedroom retreat is all about escapism. Situated on the dozy little island of Thirasia in the Santorini group of the Cyclades, the hotel prides itself on peaceful seclusion. Reachable by boat or helicopter, the main building was built from the ruins of a former pumice mine – suffice to say rustic charm is something this place does very well. In the unlikely event that you want a change of scenery, actual Santorini is only a short ride away – but we’re pretty you won’t want to leave this idyllic islet.

Melenos Lindos Luxury Suites Rhodes

This small hotel comprising of just 12 suites is cocooned among tumbling vines and fragrant gardens. The hotel’s whitewashed and sandstone buildings feel like a village within a village, making it an ideal spot for those who say they like totally secluded getaways but are secretly thankful for their not-too-noisy neighbours next door. Balanced on top of an acropolis on the coast, Melenos Lindos is a hive of creativity. Every corner here is awash with colours and art, heavily influenced by the Ottoman Empire. With elaborate woodwork, hand-painted ceramics and impressive medieval-style tents, this is a whimsical spot to spend a long weekend.

Mr and Mrs White Paros

If you can no longer tolerate the party animals of Mykonos or selfie-stick-wielding hordes of Santorini, laid-back Paros is your island. Embodying the serenity of the island through its calming Cycladic design, Mr and Mrs White is as minimalist as the name suggests. Despite its secluded feel, it is in fact just a short drive from the centre of Naoussa – a small town laden with restaurants and bars along the port. The rooms are generous in size, the breakfast buffet is extensive and the atmosphere is distinctly romantic.

Zannos Melathron

San Giorgio Hotel

Olea All Suite Hotel

Coco-Mat Eco Residences

Perivolas Hideaway

Melenos Lindos Luxury Suites

Mr and Mrs White, Paros

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