Think ‘Greece’ and you’ll probably imagine whitewashed villas set against a backdrop of lush olive groves and endless blue seas. And while there is a lot to reinforce the old stereotypes, the accommodation scene in Greece has plenty more to offer – from contemporary beachfront apartments to clifftop castles and swanky villas with views across the Aegean.
In this guide we’ve put together a selection of the country’s most spectacular rental properties, including modern hideaways in picture-perfect Santorini and historic hideaways in the quaint villages of Folegandros.
Soak up dramatic views from the comfort of Santorini 2. Set in the highest part of Fira, the island’s lively capital, this villa lets you admire the nearby volcano and submerged caldera. Stay here and you’ll be just minutes from the unspoiled old town, home to cafés, restaurants and bars. If you don’t feel like going out, no worries; it’s easy to relax on the alfresco dining terrace or in the villa’s open-plan living spaces, which are decorated with bold modern art.
Luxury living is easy at this 4-bedroom villa in Santorini. The rustic courtyard offers a private pool and a sheltered seating area. At nighttime the twinkling of distant lights is an unmissable sight. Prepare a BBQ and enjoy a glass or wine or two as you admire the heavenly mountain views. Inside, the villa offers a chic Aegean vibe: expect snug bedrooms, arched ceilings and plenty of natural light.
On a clifftop, Santorini 4 offers sensational views of the Aegean Sea. The whitewashed walls and immaculate furnishings are classic Santorini, and the hot tub on the balcony is the ideal place for a sunset soak. After a wonderful night’s sleep, tuck into a traditional Greek breakfast of natural yoghurt topped with honey and fresh fruit, then drink in the Instagram-worthy landscape.
Experience a slice of heaven at this ultra-modern villa in Santorini. With all-white interiors, the restored bakery offers 3 airy bedrooms and life-affirming views over the water. The alfresco dining area is the perfect for a slice of fresh watermelon or a cocktail as you flick through your book, listening to the gentle sploshing of waves far below. Take a dip in the bubbling hot tub or kick back on the open-air balcony, where sunloungers let you work on that sun-kissed holiday look.
With direct access to the Aegean, Paros 2 combines a private pool with beautifully sparse rooms. The bright Greek sunshine squeezes through wide French doors into vaulted rooms, giving the whole villa a wonderfully spacious feel. There are multiple balconies to choose from, some offering shade and others overlooking the beach. In a hurry to start your trip? You can enjoy VIP helicopter transfers from the airport.
A one-of-a-kind 4-bedroom property, Paros 3 overlooks The Golden Beach and Dryos Bay, and is located just minutes from the sea’s edge. Set across 3 levels, the traditional-style home offers stone-paved walls and a phenomenal pool area with epic views. Chill out in the hammock with a book or magazine, then take a dip in the pool or sip a few cocktails in the elegant dining area. The rustic setting is beyond blissful.
Set in a prime location overlooking a jaw-dropping stretch of coastline, Patmos 1 is the place for a quiet escape. Tucked away above a hidden beach between Chora and the port of Skala, the newly built 7-bedroom villa has its own private pool. The stone-built villa has all the traditional Patmian architectural elements including arches, vaults, arcades and split-level rooms. Sit back with your loved ones on the patio area and share a bottle of bubbly as you take in the beautiful view. Rustic outbuildings and stone archways offer a taste of times gone by.
An oasis of peace and tranquility, the 3-bedroom villa known as Folegandros 1 is found in the quiet village of Ano Meria. Its contemporary design is complete with whitewashed walls, polished cement floors, wooden ceilings and stone fireplaces. The stone-paved outdoor decking areas offer the idea place to relax, thanks to the remarkable views of the Aegean Sea. With little else but pepper trees, stone walls and bare hills acting as neighbours, this is the perfect place for a quiet escape in Greece.
Need more inspiration? Browse our complete selection of special Greek villas here.