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Top 10 most amazing hotels in the Greek islands

Today (July 1, 2019): Top 10 most amazing hotels in the Greek islands.

Greece has a large number of magnificent islands scattered in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, with estimates ranging from somewhere around 1200 to 6000 depending on the minimum size to take into account. Only 227 of these islands are inhabited. The sunny weather, turquoise waters, magnificent beaches, romantic sunset, delicious food, unique ambiance, and archeological sites have made the Greek islands extremely popular among Greek and foreign visitors. From Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete, to Skiathos, Rhodes, and Kefalonia, the Greek islands ignate the travel spirit and promise a dreamy holiday. Here are my 10 favorite hotels in the Greek islands to relax and indulge in luxury.

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10. DOMES MIRAMARE, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CORFU

Domes Miramare Corfu is a new, fascinating chapter in the story of one of modern Greece’s most iconic buildings, designed by Charalambos Sfaellos and once owned by the Onassis family. After a recent multimillion pound renovation, Domes Miramare Corfu is true to the spirit of authentic hospitality and luxury experiences of the Domes Resorts family. It is an elegant seafront oasis with 113 bedrooms, suites and villas, for those who seek a luxurious getaway from the ordinary. Renovated with refined natural materials and decorated with contemporary art pieces, Domes Miramare Corfu is a legendary amalgamation of opulent style and design, set in an authentic Mediterranean landscape.

  • Hotel websiteDomes Miramare
  • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a bottle of Greek wine, daily replished fruit plate, and $100 USD resort credit).
  • 9. PERIVOLAS, SANTORINI

    Poised on a cliff high above the Aegean, Perivolas is a boutique escape, offering laidback luxury and designed as a place where you can let the rest of the world slip away. Built amphitheatrically, Perivolas’ secluded location combines expansive views with the luxury of absolute tranquillity. It’s just a short walk from Oia, the most beautiful village on Greece’s most romantic and dramatic island. Once the homes, wineries and stables of Santorini’s fishermen and farmers, this group of 300-year-old caves has been transformed into a complex of serene private houses. Intimate in scale and atmosphere, every house is different. Terraced gardens spill down the slope to the infinity pool, which seems to slip off the rim of the cliff and bleed into the blue horizon. Only the occasional toll of church bells or the whistle of a fishing boat far below breaks the meditative silence. It is easy to linger here all day, watching the changing light until the sun settles into the sea.

    • Hotel websitePerivolas
    • Other accolades: Perivolas also features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Santorini,.
    • 8. BLUE PALACE RESORT & SPA, A LUXURY COLLECTION HOTEL, CRETE

      Blue Palace Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for those seeking natural beauty, deluxe accommodations, fine cuisine, and a world-class spa. Terra-cotta-colored stone walls, mature palm and olive trees, and the endless blues of the 142 private pools and the serene waters of the Cretan Pelagos, blend together to create an extraordinary masterpiece. Blue Palace is composed of small units of stylish and spacious bungalows and suites as well as three magnificent private villas. All bungalows, suites, and villas enjoy magnificent sea views and are luxuriously furnished with marble-lined bathrooms. Showcasing exquisite cuisine in a myriad magical settings, the hotel features five exclusive restaurants offering a variety of cuisine from traditional Greek to Asian and Italian. Blue Palace is set near the village of Elounda, overlooking the isle of Spinalonga with its medieval fortress.

      • Hotel websiteBlue Palace Resort & Spa
      • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
      • 7. AMIRANDES GRECOHOTEL EXCLUSIVE RESORT, CRETE

        Designed in keeping with the grand palaces of the Minoan kings, Amirandes is an exclusive beach-side resort that epitomizes Crete’s most inspiring features: beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, excellent cuisine and stunning land- and seascapes. Themed around the lagoons that swirl through its center, the resort comprises six restaurants, private beaches, an Elixir Spa with indoor pool, 60 private pools, an outdoor Olympic-size seawater pool, and extensive children’s facilities. Amirandes’ 212 guestrooms range across 20 different types of accommodation, featuring indulgent details such as private gyms, home cinema and state-of-the-art bathrooms with colour-therapy and aromatherapy Jacuzzi bathtubs. Refined and considerate service mirrors the resort’s meticulous attention to detail and utmost respect for the privacy of its guests.

        • Hotel websiteAmirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort
        • Other accolades: Amirandes Grecotel Exclusive Resort also features in my top 10 list of the best hotels in Greece
        • Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, a 3 course lunch for two people, a 10% discount at the unique organic Agreco Farm experience and Taverna, and a selected gift from the Agreco Farm with Bio products upon departure).
        • 6. KIVOTOS, MYKONOS
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Must visit lakeside hotels in our collection

For better or for worse, oceans usually get the vote for the people’s most beloved body of water, but if you’re willing to give it a try, a holiday spent by the lakeside could very well change your mind. 

Relaxing on a dock with friends and watching the sunset over calm and cool water, is a recipe for instant zen which more people are choosing over crowded beaches and it’s easy to see why.    

The list below includes some the best lakeside hotels in our collection and most offer a list of exclusive benefits to our LCLUB members. Offering a central location in some of the world’s most beautiful cities, or a sense of seclusion in exotic locations, there’s a little something for everyone here.

 

 

VILLA D’ESTE: LAKE COMO ITALY

Villa d'Este

Italy’s Lake Como may not hold the title of the world’s largest lake but you’ll have no trouble arguing that it’s the prettiest.

Framed by the snow peaked Alps, the lake’s surroundings are picturesque and make it hard to believe that you can enjoy an excellent subtropical climate here, making it perfect for boating, water sports or simply to head out for a stroll.

Real estate on the lake’s shores has been a prized asset ever since Roman times and spotting a celebrity in one of the luxury villas dotting the shoreline is practically a given. But if you haven’t got access to a holiday home on the lake, then the Villa d’Este, is a worthy alternative and, there’s even a case for saying that it is better.

Commissioned by the Cardinal Tolomeo Gallio, in 1568, the Villa has not lost a single ounce of its old world charm or decadence throughout the years.

Each of its 152 rooms boast original designs and guarantee a level of comfort which surpasses many other hotels in the same category. Because, whether it’s the marble bathrooms, the handcrafted antiquities or the sublime silks and velvet of the upholstery, every element of the room is in a class of its own.

Villa d'Este bedroom

But it’s not just what’s inside that matters. The Villa’s 25 acre Renaissance Garden is a wonderland filled with elaborate fountains, waterfalls and period statues. Listed as a UNESCO heritage site, the garden has inspired many European gardens of the time and its influence on landscape design is felt to this day.

Villa d'este Gardens

 

 

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL DES BERGUES GENEVA

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues

Though it may not look like it, the Lake Geneva (or Lac Léman for the French) is one of Europe’s largest lakes and is bordered by Switzerland and France.

The Lake often hosts sailing events and competitions, and the villages and towns located around it seem frozen in time and are a joy to visit on hiking or cycling trips. This very timelessness can be found in the city’s oldest hotel, the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Geneva.

Four Seasons Hotel des Berges Izumi restaurant

The first hotel to be opened in the city back in 1834, the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues is a landmark in its own right. Only minutes from “Old Town” – Geneva’s culturally rich medieval city – and adjacent to the 140 metres high Jet d’Eau fountain, the hotel’s location is one of the most picturesque and well situated in the city.

New life was breathed into the Four Seasons by superstar designer Pierre-Yves Rochon and guests get to choose between contemporary designs or a classical French style for their rooms. Needless to say, both are pleasant on the eye especially with the lakeside views on offer.

Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues Genva classic roomFour Seasons Hotel des Bergues, contemporary room.

In terms of dining options, the hotel is home to two excellent restaurants: the Michelin-Starred Il Lago, which overlooks the Place des Bergues and serves excellent Northern Italian fare, and the Izumi, where you can feast on Nikkei cuisine and enjoy 360 view over the city from the hotel’s rooftop. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying out the hotel’s spa which draws its inspiration and design from the Alps to great effect.

 

 

THE LEELA PALACE UDAIPUR

The Leela Palace Udaipur Dancer

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic places on earth. Lake Pichola is an artificial lake created by flooding the village of Picholi (guess where the lake got its name) back in 1362. 

The Pichola is relatively shallow and its waters act like a mirror to the surrounding Aravalli Mountains and Palaces for a mirage like effect. Sunsets are especially beautiful and many tourists are desperate to catch a boat to make the most of it out on the water. But if you’re staying at the Leela Palace Udaipur, you won’t even have to lift a finger for that.

The Leela Palace Udaipur Sunset

The Leela Palace brings poetry to your window every morning at dawn and dusk as the sun dances over the waters of the lake and leaves you with memories to last a lifetime.

The palace’s interiors were re-designed by British designer Bill Bensley and instead of remaining doggedly faithful to tradition, they’re a contemporary interpretation of what an Indian Palace ought to look like. In other words, unabashedly opulent.

Leela Palace Udaipur Room Interior

The hotel is home to an ESPA spa overlooking the Pichola, where guests receive ayurvedic and ESPA signature treatments in a beautiful and exotic location which will leave a lasting impression. There’s not shortage of dining options here, but treating yourself to a touch of romance by dining al fresco at the Sheesh Mahal restaurant, is  a must.

The Leela Palace Udaipur Al Freco dining

 

 

HOTEL D’ANGLETERRE GENEVA

Hotel d'Angleterre

The Hotel d’Angleterre is another contender for your attention on Lake Geneva, and if you’re the quiet type, this one might just take the crown.

With a room count of only 39 rooms and six suites, the Hotel d’Angelterre is a home away from home where you’re more likely to be treated like a family friend than a guest. The hotel’s location on the Quai du Mont Blanc means it sits opposite the Jet d’Eau fountain and offers a direct view of the snow capped Mont Blanc and of course, the lake. Exceptional morning views are guaranteed.

Hotel d'Angleterre Room

Famous Swiss craftsmen such as Patek Phillips and Fabergé and international fashion houses (Luis Vuitton, Dior, Versace to name a few) can be found on the Rue Du Rhône which is a lazy 10 minute stroll from the hotel’s front door.

If you want a taste of local night life, you won’t have to go far because one of Geneva’s trendiest watering holes, the Leopard Bar, can be found at the hotel. Louis Vuitton suitcases serve as tables, leopard paintings and leopard print upholstery add to the unique vibe, and there’s excellent live music every night. The cherry on the cake, is the bar’s well stocked cigar lounge, perfect for an after meal drink.

The Leopard Bar

 

TAJ LAKE PALACE

Taj Lake Palace Palace Hotels

The Taj Lake Palace is the stuff of fantasy, a magnificent palace of stone and marble which rises from the depths of the lake Pichola. Originally the prince Maharana Jagat Singh II’s pleasure palace, this mirage like building has found new life in the form of a luxury hotel and we couldn’t be more thankful.

Home to some of the most exquisite suites in India and the only hotel “to float atop a lake”  this superstar has been immortalized in a James Bond movie and in postcards around the world. 

Taj Lake Palace Inner Courtyard

The rooms give onto the hotel’s courtyard (which looks like it’s form another era) or the waters of the lake, and it’s a headache deciding on which one is better. But it’s not just the looks that will have you under the hotel’s spell. No request is too much for the Palace’s private butlers (direct descendants of Maharana Jagat Singh II’s retinue) and the stellar service you will experience here may outclass your surroundings. 

Taj Lake Palace Room

HOTEL SCHLOSS FUSCHL

Schloss Lakeside Retreat

The Hotel Schloss Fuschl occupies one of the most picturesque spots in our collection.

The former hunting lodge and summer residence of the Archbishop of Salzburg is located on a peninsula overlooking the waters of Lake Fuschl and surrounded by acres of lush green forests. It’s a picturesque setting, even in the winter season, and made even better by the view of the Alps outside your hotel window.

Hotel Schloss Fuschl Room

You’ll love diving into the emerald waters of the lake during the summer season (It’s exceptionally clean) or booking one of the barges and discovering your surroundings by boat.

Hotel Schloss Fuschl

Golfers will delight in the hotel’s 9 hole golf course and for those after a challenge, the 18 hole championship Golf Course Eugendorf is only 10 minutes away. But whether you’ve got golfing, boating or relaxing on your agenda, make sure to end the day in the outdoor sauna or bathtub and make the most of the amazing view on offer.

 

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Why you should be spending your summer with Four Seasons

Summer is wasted on those who stay indoors. So don’t be one of them.  

Over the coming months, the Four Seasons Hotel Moscowthe Four Seasons Hotel London at Park Lane and the Four Seasons Hotel Milano, will be opening their terraces and bars so that you can soak in some in the sunshine while enjoying a glass of bubbly or a gourmet meal Al-fresco. If you’d like to know exactly what these hotels have planned, check out our description below. 

 

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MOSCOW

Four Seasons

Locals and visitors alike agree, the Four Seasons’ Moskovsky Bar is the best watering hole in Moscow, but as for the reasons why, that’s a whole different story.

Some say it’s the bar’s location – the terrace gives on to the Kremlin, Mazenhnaya Square and Red Square – or the fact that it makes the best Moscow Mule you’ll ever put to your lips. Whatever it is, you’re doing yourself no favors if you miss out. Especially this summer.

From June 15 2017 – August 31 2017 the Moskovsky showcases the work of Instagram power couple Murad and Nataly Osmann, creators of the #FollowMeTo photography series and presents an exclusive cocktail series inspired by their work 

To go with those cocktails, Chef Christian de Nadai’s specially designed menu combines flavors of the summer and the latest super food trend to create tasty and healthy options including Caesar salad served with kale and baby calamari and crab salad with spinach and yuzu and truffle oil. For the cherry on the cake, the city’s best DJ’s are there to keep you entertained up to 2.00 am closing time.

 

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL LONDON AT PARK LANE

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You’ll struggle to find a better place in Mayfair to soak in the sun than the Four Seasons’ hidden terrace.

Within this pristine space – surrounded by begonias, blue salvia, hydrangeas and other flowers that have no right to be in the middle of a concrete jungle – guests of the Four Seasons can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for some quiet time and  al fresco dining and drinks.

In an exclusive collaboration for the summer, the terrace is transformed into the Secret Garden Veuve Clicquot Champagne Terrace and features a concept menu showcasing street food from around the world, and the colorful work of the Four Season’ Floral Designer Rosalind Ackerley.

The tapas style street food menu comes courtesy of Chef de Cuisine Eliano Crespi and is an eclectic mix packed with dishes as diverse as calamari alla Romana with homemade wasabi mayonnaise, paneer tikka, or chicken and beef skewers with Malaysian peanut sauce.  

A curated Hennessy drinks menu along with the Secret Garden Spritz –  the Four Seasons take on the Aperol Spritz –  spice up the drinks options, and elegantly dressed staff with 1920’s flat caps make the Secret Garden Veuve Clicquot Champagne Terrace one of London’s hottest summer hangouts this year.

 

FOUR SEASONS HOTEL MILANO

Four Seasons Hotel Milano

A day spent scouring Milan’s fashion district is tiring work.

For some well needed respite, you can always settle down in one of the street side cafés and order a latte, but in our opinion, a pit stop in the Four Seasons Hotel Milano‘ cloistered garden, is much better.

Specially for the summer months, the Four Seasons Hotel Milano’s garden plays host to Swing & Chill, a live music aperitif starting as from 7.00 pm every Thursday evening.  Expect classic Italian style appetizers by Chef Vito Mollica, along with a selection of signature cocktails and Champagnes by Veuve Clicquot. If you’re into the atmosphere of a Milanese aperitivo, the crowd and vibe of the Four Seasons Hotel Milano, is among the best around.

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