What’s the word on everyone’s lips in travel this year? Apparently indecipherable Greek islands by the sounds of things. If I see one more Instagram post about #Milos, I might just scream (namely only because I wish I could teleport myself there immediately).
The fashion crowd / travel crowd / Instagram influencers all seem to have flocked to one of the Greek islands this summer. We have seemingly gone back in time; think 1970’s perms, Mamma Mia dungarees and low-budget island hopping on tiny, white-washed boats that are captained by a man who is inevitably called Stavros.
We luckily know just where to stay when needing to move away from WIFI signal. Back to the simpler things in life (sun / sea / books / views). Read our guide to the most stylish Greek getaways for the ultimate brag of ‘Where was I this summer? Why, AntiParos and Folegandros of course. You haven’t heard of them?”
WHERE TO STAY: The Beach House, AntiParos
WHY TO GO: Expect back-to-basic surroundings with chi-chi clientele. Hang out with the celeb crowd (the island has played host to Madonna and Matthew McConaughey) on an island that is devoted to its understated ways. It can be reached by ferry in 4 hours from Athens or 30 minutes from Paros Airport.
WHERE TO STAY: Blue Sand Hotel
WHY TO GO: A mere 45-minute ferry ride from Santorini, Folegandros is one of the best connected islands on our list. The unspoilt views teamed with endless sandy beaches makes it the place to go. Team that with the fact that it’s one of the few Greek islands that boasts high end, boutique accommodation that suits the whole family with fabulous views.
WHERE TO STAY: Bratsera Hotel
WHY TO GO: Hydra is the closest you can get to being back in the 1970’s. This car-free island is perfect for long, lazy lunches shading from the sun, whilst the donkeys cool themselves with some vigorous tail-flicking. Hydra attracts the art crowd; novelists, artists and arthouse celebrities have all been known to frequent this picture-perfect island (Leonard Cohen lived here). Accessible from Athens on a 2-hour ferry.
WHERE TO STAY: Salt Suites & Executive Rooms
WHY TO GO: Well, you need to get there before every Instagrammer on the planet pitches up to take their Insta-worthy shot. This is one of the most picturesque of the islands. It also has over 70 beaches. Yes, you read that correctly. 70. In fact, we can’t think of a reason why NOT to go. The flight from Athens takes a mere 35 minutes.
WHERE TO STAY: Naxian on the Beach Hotel
WHY TO GO: The beaches here are just the BEST. You could work your way through them on a sunbathing marathon (there are also windier options for those who enjoy windsurfing and kitesurfing on the south coast) but then they have a lively capital to keep you entertained as the sun goes down. Team with Santorini and take the 2-hour ferry ride to Naxos.
WHERE TO STAY: Mr & Mrs White Paros
WHY TO GO: You can stay close to the bustling centre of Náoussa with tavernas and boutiques and yet venture out to an ‘authentic’ Greece in minutes. Expect ouzo-drinking men in the streets playing cards and beautiful buildings. Flights from Athens to Paros take 30 minutes.