6 fabulous boutique hotels in Mykonos and Santorini

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The fascination of the Greek islands draws travelers from all over the world under its spell. Greece welcomes an estimated 30 million international visitors annually, many of whom travel to the Greek islands. Of the 6,000 islands in the Aegean and Ionian Seas, there are 227 inhabited islands, and two of the most popular are in the Cyclades. Mykonos and Santorini are located in a group of islands in the southern part of the Aegean Sea known as the Cyclades.

This archipelago is south of Athens and north of Crete. Mykonos and Santorini each have their own virtues that make them popular tourist destinations. Mykonos has some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece, great shopping and a fantastic nightlife. Santorini is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth. The unique landscape was created when 1650 BC. A volcano erupted, which dramatically changed the circular land. The crater has sunk into the sea, the shape has become a sickle, and grapes grow on the fertile volcanic soil that produce award-winning wines. The romance of the cliff-top hotels, the iconic white churches with blue domes and the incredible sunsets are legendary.

There are many places to stay overnight on every island. You can choose between an ultra-luxurious experience, a boutique hotel or a budget hotel. Boutique hotels add a more personal touch to each guest and tailor visit, with amenities and options that larger chains or budget hotels typically don’t offer. There are fewer rooms so fewer guests can be more responsive to their needs or curated experiences. The locations are fantastic and the prices are cheaper than luxury hotels.

While large chains offer loyalty programs and point systems, boutique hotels do not offer these types of perks. However, since they have no corporate affiliation, they offer unique decor or organic, local ingredients in their kitchens that a larger venue usually doesn’t. Here are six different boutique experiences, three on each island. You’re in amazing locations, but there are plenty to choose from in each location. It is always recommended to research what is best for your budget and vacation.

Boutique hotels in Mykonos

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1. Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge, Magali Ammos

Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge is located in Magali Ammos, just a 10-minute walk from the exciting center of Mykonos. At this boutique hotel, you’ll be close enough to the center of it all, but far enough to feel relaxed. An on-site restaurant, catering project, is available to guests and visitors. It’s a haute cuisine experience where you can enjoy a modern take on traditional Greek dishes. The Sunset Lounge offers music and craft cocktails by the stunning infinity pool. The Valmont Spa offers the ultimate in relaxing spa treatments for complete pampering. The villas added in 2021 offer more extensive, private accommodations with all the services hotel guests receive. The second property is only a short drive away. Located on Agios Ioannis Beach, the Bill & Coo Coast Suites are an intimate adults-only getaway with restaurants and beach amenities. Guests at both locations have access to both properties via a free transfer service.

Tharroe from Mykonos Hotel;  Cyclades, Greece
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2. Tharroe Of Mykonos Hotel, Cyclades

Tharroe of Mykonos has a unique location high on a hill above the town of Mykonos. This place offers its guests a breathtaking panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the iconic windmills of Mykonos. The traditional Mykonian architecture and simple decor are unfussy and the personal service makes you feel welcome. There are 28 rooms, including suites for two to four guests, with sea or garden views and an in-house spa. A buffet breakfast is served daily by the pool. Dinner at Barbarossa, the hotel restaurant, is exquisite. The chef visits local markets to select ingredients that make up incredible appetizers. The reception staff is practical and at your disposal. We were offered a room upgrade, port transfers and even a suggested excursion list for our next destination. The location is great but it takes a walk or a rental car to get to the beach or town. Renting a car or ATV depends on your driving comfort.

The bus stop to the local beaches is a short walk away and the buses run on time (cash for tickets). You can take a short walk to the town square (Fabrika) for the bus and taxi depot (about half a mile downhill), but the walk is daunting as there is no sidewalk. If you do not want to rent a vehicle, ask the hotel to arrange a taxi. We had planned organized day trips with a bus service that picked us up from the hotel. We used a mix of walking, taxis, and public transport. It depends on your preferences.

Nissaki Boutique Hotel near Platis Gialos Beach, Greece
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3. Nissaki Boutique Hotel near Platis Gialos Beach

Nissaki Boutique Hotel is a beachfront boutique hotel. The rooms and facilities overlook Psarou Beach, the Aegean Sea and are just a few steps from Platis Gialos Beach. This beach is popular with both locals and visitors. The hotel’s sea-view pool, whirlpool and spa offer guests the ultimate in relaxation. You can experience massages by the pool or in the privacy of your room. The 11 guest rooms, including suites, offer luxurious details and beautiful views. The Coastal Life Villa offers three bedrooms for large parties. Phos Restaurant was recently awarded 14th place in the Traveler’s Choice Awards 2021 by TripAdvisor as the most romantic restaurant in the world, while it ranks second in Greece. At Phos the ambience resembles a luxury yacht with a sea view. The cuisine, Greek and Mediterranean gourmet cuisine, is prepared with fresh local ingredients. The breakfast buffet serves regional specialties, but room service is available and takeaway breakfasts for early departures or morning tours. The property has a fitness center, a doctor on call, and free transfers to and from the airport or port.

Boutique hotels Santorini

Athina luxury suites;  Fira, Greece
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4. Athina Luxury Suites, Fira

Athina Luxury Suites has 19 unique suites. Breakfast is served on the terrace in front of your room (you choose the breakfast selection and arrival times) at a private terrace table with a view of the caldera. The pool and restaurant overlook the sapphire blue Aegean Sea and the caldera. The pool bar serves craft cocktails and delicious lunch dishes. The staff and decor are amazing. We needed a doctor and he came to our suite. We asked for an early airport transfer and our bags were taken to our waiting taxi. Our bartenders and waiters were attentive, friendly, and kept checking us out. The location is perfect and close to all the action, but it was a five minute steep step to get to everything – shopping, restaurants, and nightlife. If you have limited mobility this can be a challenge.

We walked up and down stairs daily but were grateful to be near the bus depot to transport anywhere on the island and into town. We did not eat at the Esperisma restaurant during our visit. Even so, the dining area is breathtaking. Executive Chef Nickos Matsas’ menu uses local ingredients to create modern Mediterranean creations that are fresh and vibrant. I would stay here again in a heartbeat.

Santorini Princess Spa Hotel;  Imerovigli, Greece
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5. Santorini Princess Spa Hotel, Imerovigli

The Santorini Princess Spa Hotel is located in Imerovigli, about 3.2 km from Fira. It is the highest point on the volcano’s rim, about 1,135 feet above sea level. It’s nice but calm. It’s halfway between Fira and Oia, the two most visited cities on the island. However, if you like to get away from the crowds, Imerovigli is for you. The hotel also offers great views of the caldera, a lovely heated outdoor pool, hot tub and pool deck for relaxation. Craft cocktails and snacks are served in the bar and kitchen until the evening closes. There are 19 rooms and suites including the luxurious honeymoon suite with a private jacuzzi overlooking the caldera. The on-site restaurant offers creative Greek-inspired dishes made with fresh, local ingredients. The Maître d ‘Hotel offers a curated wine list from local vineyards and Greece to enjoy the incredible food.

Katikies Santorini;  Oia, Greece
Photo credit: Katikies Santorini

6. Katikies Santorini, Oia

Katikies Santorini is located in Oia, the very tip of Santorini, known for its beautiful sunsets and romantic ambience. The hotel is part of a group of five houses on Oia. Each offers its discerning guests luxury and sustainability. At Katikies, the accommodations work together to combine top notch service with a beautiful yet intimate setting in each location. They share amenities like six incredible restaurants, a gym, and a spa with free transfers. The rooms have private terraces but share a heated pool, poolside restaurant and bar, and two other unheated pools. Curated tours, available only to Katikies guests, include exceptional wine experiences, island tours, and yacht excursions that exceed all expectations.

There are no wrong decisions when choosing a boutique hotel in Mykonos or Santorini. Boutique hotels offer loving care, and whichever you choose, you are sure to be pampered and enjoy the best experience while visiting these gems of the Aegean Sea.

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