5 of Greece’s Best Boutique Hotels and Resorts

Posted on: April 12th, 2012 by Mr Roaming 20 Comments

During my numerous visits to Greece, I have stayed at various hotels of all sizes: small boutique hotels, large resorts, and everything in between. Below, I have chosen 5 of my favorites located in the Peloponnese and Crete. They have been selected due to their uniqueness, their luxury – simple or extravagant, their individual respect for the surrounding environment and historical roots, as well as their attention to detail. Each has a particular approach and philosophy to hospitality which will satisfy even the most demanding patron.

With that brief prologue, let me introduce you to 5 of Greece’s best boutique hotels and resorts in the Peloponnese and Crete: So many choices . . . . so little time.

Costa Navarino

Messinia, Peloponnese

Located in the heart of Messinia, in southwest Peloponnese, Costa Navarino is what you could call an extravaganza of luxury and natural beauty. It is, without a doubt, Greece’s most ambitious hospitality project to date, as 90% of its endless expanse has been reserved for natural and cultivated greenery, in order to promote the area’s cultural heritage and natural beauty. Ranging from the traditional mansions that inspired the Romans and the rustic elegance of the Westin Resort, the first two resorts at Navarino Dunes, to the impressive, seaside Dunes Golf Course and the Anazoe Spa that feauture special oleo therapy treatments based on ancient Greek practices, Costa Navarino is luxury with an ecological conscience. With the first European Banyan Tree Resort anxiously expected to grace its grounds at Navarino Bay, the future is certainly looking bright and luxurious for this unique kaleidoscope of experience.

Extravaganza of luxury and natural beauty

Golf course with a view

Beach in front of the hotel

Kyrimai Hotel

Gerolimenas, Mani, Peloponnese

Nostalgic past, comfort and simplicity meet country chic elegant at the newly renovated historic building in Mani, an imposingly charming region in south Peloponnese. Located just a few kilometers from the southernmost point of the Tainaro peninsula, where the Ionian Sea meets the endless blue of the Aegean, Kyrimai’s rooms and suites feature elements of local stone and dark wood with luxury furnishings and linens. A member of the Historic Hotels of Europe, Kyrimai is steeped in local architecture and history, while the incomparable beauty of this proud, wild land and its crystalline waters appears to have jumped out of a postcard.

Dramatic beauty

Enjoy the seaside swimming pool, billiard room and lounge area all day before indulging in the delicious creations of award-winning chef Yannis Baxevanis.

Octopus and collard greens by the award-winning chef Yannis Baxevanis


Limeni, Mani, Peloponnese

I would say that Mavromichalai is the most unique of all on this list.  With only 6 rooms, all with stunning views of the picturesque bay and the village of Limeni, the hotel’s architecture reflects the original style of Mani which is based on stone and wood. The interior design boasts an impressive collection of antiques harmoniously integrated without compromising comfort or luxury. Perfect romantic getaway.

Interior design boasts an impressive collection of antiques

Amirandes Exclusive Resort

Heraklion, Crete

Amirandes by Grecotel is the first six-star hotel in Greece, and only the second in Europe. Located in northern Crete, it revives the grandeur of Minoan palaces and Venetian architecture, adding a twist of contemporary elegance.

Located just 20 minutes from Heraklion airport, Amirandes is an aquatic paradise that futures 60 private pools, a 2,000 sq.m. lagoon and verandas by the water and the best that Crete has to offer: warm hospitality and stunning land and seascapes. However, the hotel’s crown jewel is the collection of villas along a private beach. The principal elements of Crete dominate the exterior, while a pure Mediterranean style filters through the interior.

Amirandes: One of my favorite hotels in Europe

Casa Delfino

Chania, Crete

With just 24 rooms and suites, decorated with a mix of bespoke furniture and antiques, Casa Delfino is both intimate and exclusive.  Hospitality and personalised service are its strengths – when I stayed at this quint hotel 2 years ago, I met the owner at the breakfast buffet, who mentioned that this family-run hotel has remained in the same family for five generations. Located in the heart of the walled Old Venetian Town, it is the  jewel of the city.

Courtyard is a romantic oasis where guests can read, relax, or simply soak up the serene ambience

20 Responses

  1. Ozzy says:


  2. Ivan says:

    Amazing as all you write about Mr. Roaming. I share with you a review I did of Andronikos Hotel in Mykonos last summer. Is the latest review by IvanCh7: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g662620-d260280-r117804895-Andronikos_Hotel-Mykonos_Town_Mykonos_Cyclades.html

  3. Frank Rothschild says:

    I have visited two of the five hotels you have listed and I must congratulate you on your choices. Now, I must complete your list this summer.

  4. Mr Roaming says:

    Thank you, Ivan. I greatly enjoy reading your review which made me want to book it immediately. Please note that in this post I only wrote about Crete and the Peloponnese region. The Cyclades stayed out of this post.

  5. Mr Roaming says:

    Thank you, Frank. Looking forward to your impressions.

  6. Carolina says:

    What a beautiful places! Must visit.

  7. J.J. says:

    This is a stunningly beautiful island! I have to visit. Mr. Roaming, you’ve got the life! Great pic by the infinity pool . . . .

  8. anastasia says:

    I have been to Amirandes last years. Fantastic! Your images are special. And the other hotels – fantastic also! Greece is always so lovely.

  9. carlos says:

    I visited Costa Navarino last year during the Aegean Pro Am in which someone from my company participated. A stunning golf course, a luxurious hotel and a fantastic location. I now have to visit your other choices. Mr. Roaming congratulations on your choices.

  10. rachael says:

    These are stunning hotels. I can’t even believe their beauty. You have an amazing eye for photography and a spectacular way of presenting something so fascinating.

  11. stephanie says:

    Thank you Mr R! I have been looking for a honeymoon spot next summer. I just found it! Amirandes, Casa Delfino and Costa Navarino. Now I have to find a way to stay in all 3!

  12. Eleni says:

    You have picked some beautiful places: Messinia, Crete … And it’s so amazing here this summer!

  13. johans says:

    Things that make us dream and imagine a Grecian vacation. Spectacular! Greetings from Berlin.

  14. SW says:

    I have not been to these hotels. What a wonderfull list . . . Merci! Love love Greece.

  15. maya says:

    What a beautiful collection of hotels. I am going to Greece this September and am trying to make reservations. This list is definitely welcome. Thank you mrroaming.com

  16. calia says:

    La Grèce magnifique!!! En France nos aimons la Grèce et chaque année nous sommes la!

  17. Catherine says:

    JETSET GREECE!!! These are fantastic places and I want to stay in all of them!

  18. kellis says:

    these hotels are fabulous. which one to choose . ..

  19. linda says:

    These are some of the most beautiful pictures I have seen of hotels in the Mediterranean. I’m going to look them up ASAP! I can’t wait to go to Greece!

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