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5 new Greek hotels to know this summer

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 09/02/2019 Laura Hampson
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With white sand beaches, alluring azure waters and endless sunshine, Greece has always been a favourite summer holiday destination for Brits.

Santorini and Mykonos often steal the spotlight among the Greek islands but Ios, Kos and Crete all have exciting new hotels opening this summer along with a stunning new Four Seasons offering perched on a peninsula in the Athenian Riviera.

Assos village in Kefalonia, Greece © Adisa/REX/Shutterstock Assos village in Kefalonia, Greece

From luxury spa resorts to villas overlooking the Aegean Sea, below are the best new Greek hotel openings to know about this summer.

Ikos Aria, Kos

a group of people on a beach next to the ocean: Enjoy the golden sands of Kefalos Beach while staying at Ikos Aria (Ikos Aria) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Enjoy the golden sands of Kefalos Beach while staying at Ikos Aria (Ikos Aria)

Opening: May 2019

This 47-acre, 370-room resort is fringed by the serene Kos coast, awash with private balconies, gardens and plunge pools overlooking the calming sea. By day enjoy the golden sands of Kefalos beach or relax in the Ikos Spa before unwinding at sunset in one of the eight on-site restaurants with a vast array of cuisines to choose from.

Rooms from £163 per night for their soft opening rates, ikosresorts.com/

Four Seasons Astir Palace, Athens

a bedroom with a large bed in a hotel room: Just 30-minutes from Athens, the Athens Riviera is a completely different vibe (Four Seasons) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Just 30-minutes from Athens, the Athens Riviera is a completely different vibe (Four Seasons)

Opening: March 2019

Situated on the enchanting Athens Riviera, perched atop a pine-clad peninsula, one of the newest Four Seasons offerings is just 30-minutes from the centre of Athens but feels a world away. The modern rooms with luxe furnishing open onto private balconies that look out over the soothing waters. The in-house spa has been inspired by the teachings of Hippocrates – with seasonal rituals and ancient remedies offered in private water-side cabanas.

Rooms from £372 per night, fourseasons.com/athens/

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Casa Cook Chania, Crete

a statue of a house: Casa Cook Chania is perfect for both couples and families (George Roske/Casa Cook) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Casa Cook Chania is perfect for both couples and families (George Roske/Casa Cook)

Opening: May 2019

Recently featured as our hotel of the week, Casa Cook Chania is the latest offering from the accommodations branch of Thomas Cook. This hotel is all about laid-back luxury, nestled among a pristine stretch of Cretan coast with facilities that make it perfect for both couples and families. Inside the hotel, you’ll find the 106-rooms have a modern, minimalist design in calming colours and each with a private terrace and some with private pools.

Rates from £2,819 for two adults and two kids, including seven nights and flights from London Gatwick. casacook.com/chania

Calilo, Ios

a rocky beach next to a body of water: Private beach? Yes, please (Calilo) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Private beach? Yes, please (Calilo)

Opening: June 2019

This summer, a five-star luxury spa resort will open on one of Ios’ untouched beaches in a remote 1,100-acre valley. With the private beach at your disposal, stay in one of their 30 suites all with private pools and Jacuzzis before helping yourself to fruit from the organic garden.

Rooms from £305 per night, calilo.com/

Panoptis Escape, Mykonos

Mykonos has long been a hot summer destination (stock image, Unsplash) © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited Mykonos has long been a hot summer destination (stock image, Unsplash)

Opening: summer 2019

While we are yet to have our first glimpse of Panoptis, it is part of the Myconian Collection – a family-owned hotel company with nine other luxury hotels on Mykonos. The Panoptis will be located on a hilltop overlooking the idyllic Elia Beach, with a philosophy that focuses on easy-going luxury. Immerse yourself in one of the 11 stunning villas and spend your days horse riding, dining on gourmet meals, watch mesmerising sunrises and relaxing with tailored spa therapies.

Villa rates TBC, myconiancollection.gr/

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