Greece is a rising star among vacation destinations. It’s been a longtime favorite vacay spot for celebrities like Matthew McConaughey and Leonardo DiCaprio and has served as the backdrop for big movies like Mamma Mia and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. But don’t let all these famous names intimidate you – Greece is an attainable vacation destination for any type of traveler, and a recent favorite for agents. Here are six Greek hotels and resorts travel agents are loving.
Travelers will find welcoming staff, a convenient location and incredible views from the rooftop pool and bar at Melia Athens. Seriously – the location could not be better as it’s in the heart of the city center, walking distance to the metro station, the National Archeological Museum, Greek Parliament and more. The earthy yet modern décor make for cozy accommodations.
With amazing views of not just the city but the Acropolis and clean, modern décor combined with the familiar Hilton name, it’s easy to see why agents like this hotel for their European travelers. Plus it’s a quick walk to the trendy Kolonaki neighborhood for upscale shopping, plentiful art galleries and chic restaurants.
Santorini itself is a special place, but the beautiful Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites just adds to the magic. The island is southeast of mainland Greece in the Aegean Sea and is only comprised of 28 square miles and this hotel is on the west coast in the principal city of Fira. Guests enjoy the warm, welcoming staff; the proximity to restaurants, shops and the caldera, a cauldron-like volcanic depression formed during ancient times.
As the name suggests, the newly renovated Sellada Beach Hotel in Santorini is right on Perissa Beach, a black-sand beach on the Cretan Sea. Guests can choose from double, studio, apartment and duplex room categories, all designed and decorated in the traditional architecture of Cyclades, the classic Greek-isle feel (think whitewashed exteriors and blue-domed churches).
Another island off the coast of mainland Greece, Mykonos is a few hours north of Santorini. Well-known for its summer party atmosphere and dance clubs (Lindsay Lohan has a beach club there, that may or may not still be open), the island also offers relaxing beach time to more low-key travelers. Guests of the Myconian Imperial Resort love the amenities like a shuttle to the city (taxis are few and far between), a pristine pool and rooms with views of the sea.
This newly renovated luxury resort is one word: beautiful. It’s on a private peninsula on Mykonos between two famous beaches: Platis Yialos and Psarou Beach. The crisp white rooms complement the bright blue Agean Sea right outside your room. The dreamy views, luxurious rooms and attentive service will make relaxation come easy.