The best adults-only hotels in Greece

Domes Noruz - one of the best adults-only hotels in Greece
Domes Noruz provides an adults-only sanctuary in Chania, Crete.

With several hundred sun-dazzled islands and a beach-studded mainland lapped by blindingly blue seas, Greece is the perfect destination for those who want to unwind with a loved one or enjoy fun in the sun with grown-up friends. From a tropics-inspired resort with overwater bungalows to coastal hideaways with cave suites, loved-up couples will find plenty of options for soaking up those romantic Greek sunsets and indulging in a spot of pampering.

For those who are planning a getaway with friends, Greece’s boho chic beach resorts and dynamic boutique hotels offering poolside DJ sets, live music – and even stand-up comedy evenings – are sure to woo. Whether planning a romantic stay with that significant other or longing to kick back and enjoy quality time with loved ones, here’s our pick of the best adults-only hotels in Greece.

How we review

Every hotel in this curated list has been visited by one of our expert reviewers, who are usually hosted on a complimentary basis. They stay for a minimum of one night, test at least one meal and trial other experiences that the hotel might have to offer.

At a glance, the best adults-only hotels in Greece


Becalming views of sparkling Vlycha Bay, dinner at the highly regarded Smeraldo Restaurant and exemplary service are what make this refined resort a stellar local vanguard of what five stars represent. The overall look is an elegant fusion of indigenous stone, steel, glass, dark timber and water canals on the outside, while indoors, abundant natural light flows in through floor-to-ceiling windows and shades of spirit-lifting azure dominate the contemporary rooms. Guests can easily reach Lindos and its ancient acropolis from the door, as well as explore lesser-visited and relatively undeveloped southern Rhodes. Back at base, the Blue Flag beach has a well-serviced section for guests.

With a soothing sense of privacy and peace, sea-view suites and several good restaurants, this adults-only resort is ideal for honeymooners or a romantic break. A stylish aesthetic brings together muted tones, modernist sculptures and water features, while a large, waterfall-fed infinity pool and clipped lawns descending to a small shingle beach with cabanas around a bar add to the beachy luxe factor. A deft massage using luscious Germaine de Capuccini products can be booked at the spa and concierges are on hand for tips and trips. In terms of rooms, all have sea views, some have private pools or an outdoor whirlpool bath, and most are open plan with either a classic or more modern look.

A sprawling beachside resort, inspired in design by Chania’s Venetian shipyards, Dome Noruz features a series of domed rooms and suites, which are clustered around two large pools. One of these pools offers panoramic sea views and comes with its own swim-up bar, while the other is located in the quiet zone. The ambiance is beachside hip, and with exercise areas, a pretty spa, beanbag loungers and scatter cushions dotted around, plus a restaurant serving lashings of healthy food, a casual cool vibe permeates this adult-orientated hotel. The style of the resort's rooms is ultra modern and coastal serene, with amenities including plunge pools or Jacuzzis.

Cool sophistication is the vibe of this Luxury Collection hotel in Oia. Hidden behind tall studded doors, the cluster of cave-like suites and villas with Cycladic-white façades spill over the caldera rim. Guests are welcomed with homemade lemon drinks before heading to their adobe-style enclave of cool colours and mineral textures (with good-sized terraces and picture-frame windows). Several villas have pools, but for the best views pick the two-bed Mystery Villa, which has its own gym and infinity pool. Elsewhere, there’s a spa plus two shared pools; the infinity is near the bar, so great for sunset cocktails. For seafood and sea views head to Charisma Restaurant. Other spots include a 150-year-old wine cave

This luxurious Mykonos pad is located on a slope just outside the quiet coastal town of Agios Ioannis, giving guests a beautiful view of the Aegean and access to a private beach. Guests can use the spa at sister property Bill and Coo Suites and Lounge (five minutes’ drive away), which offers therapies by Valmont, as well as arrange VIP services such as private jet services, yachting and sailing excursions. There are 25 suites at Bill & Coo Coast Suites, all with balconies and sea views that include Delos island and some with private hot tubs or a pool. Intimate dinners can be arranged on the beach, with dining venues at across the two locations then including the gastronomic restaurant YĒVO, a more traditional Greek restaurant and an all-day beach bar.

Built around huge winding lagoon pools, this stylish resort near Hersonissos is an adults-only water wonderland where couples lounge in sunken seating areas and islands dotted with beds and hammocks. The tropical 'Love Island' vibe is accentuated by a minimalist style (all white with blonde wood, canvas and bamboo) and glossy light-filled spa, while rooms are all about the tropical-inspired décor. Best for privacy are the South Pacific-inspired overwater bungalows with private terraces, or island villas with private pools. There are several restaurants and guests can use the beach and facilities of its neighbouring sister property, Stella Village.

Nothing was left to chance in the reimagining of this legendary Miramare hotel, which opened in 1962 and swiftly turned into a celebrity magnet. Centuries-old olive trees stand proud amid palms and lawns fronting a 400m-long beach where it’s deceptively easy to spend a day unwinding on sun loungers and cooling off in the aquamarine Ionian Sea. Recently, a new panoramic wing, seeing the conversion of a 1980s building, was added to the site, bringing additional accommodation and amenities to the resort. The Seafront Wing places accommodation close to the beach and pool, while the Panoramic Wing provides a hillside setting.

This romantic bolthole is a Paxos utopia, with thoughtful service, a small collection of beautifully styled suites, and excellent breakfasts served on a shaded terrace overlooking the pool. There’s a real Secret Garden vibe to the property, owing to its concealment behind a high stone wall with elaborately carved wooden doors, but once through, guests are met with the tranquil burbling of a fountain, spiky-leafed vegetation and a dazzling sea view. The design aesthetic is an eclectic mash-up of Greek and Moroccan influences, featuring terracotta urns and chunky floor cushions in bold prints, while the suites come with snuggle-inducing sofas, bold wooden furniture and tactile rugs. Each includes an outdoor space, a small kitchenette and Korres amenities.

Adults are in for a restorative treat at this hip yet understated hotel near Mykonos Town (10 minutes’ walk away). There are just 18 luxury suites, all of which have furnished sea-view terraces, enormous four-poster beds and marble showers; 11 have private infinity pools. The hotel itself is small but there’s an impressive spa next door shared with sister hotels Korali and Kyma. Chances are you’ll spend much of the day lounging on the circular love-seats or thickly cushioned loungers by the main pool. In the restaurant, dine on Japanese-inspired cuisine showcasing the island's excellent produce. The sea-view pool bar offers light bites and shareable small plates. Almost everywhere at this resort affords views of the sea and Mykonos’ famous windmills.

Frequently asked questions

Which is the best Greek island for adults?

Mykonos is renowned as a glamorous party island, attracting celebrities to its glitzy bars and beach clubs. For architecture, Corfu's Venetian capital is perfect for a stroll or a drink on the Liston colonnade, while Rhodes Old Town is a Unesco World Heritage Site with a medieval centre.

Contributions by Catherine Cooper, Helen Iatrou, Caroline Shearing & Marissa Tejada