Marc Dubin, writer on the telegraph describes Hydra. “As a listed architectural reserve, all new construction is banned, and it’s blissfully free of motor vehicles except for a few miniature rubbish trucks – photogenic donkeys (or mules) do most of the haulage.” Our recommendation is the Orloff Boutique Hotel as it oozes old-world charm.
Address: Rafalia, Idra, Greece
Tel.: +30 2298 052564
The cosmopolitan capital is a charming clash of Venetian, British and French colonial influences. With its pastel villages, rolling olive groves and grand manor houses, the rest of the island recalls Tuscany – but with far better beaches. You should stay at the Rou Estate a hilltop hamlet transformed into a five-star retreat with an excellent spa.
Address: Sinies, 49081, Corfu
Tel.: (+44) 02083925854
Mykonos is known as being the glamorous attraction; it is renowned for its influx of supermodels and super yachts that make it rival to Ibiza. Mykonos has no shortage of luxury hotels yet our pick remains San Giorgio, overlooking Paranga beach which captures the original bohemian spirit of the island.
Address: P.O. Box 153, Paraga
Tel.: +30 22890 27474
Patmos has an indefinable je ne sais quoi – an otherworldly quality that radiates from its crowning glory, the medieval monastery of St John. And thus remains a must see. For your stay we suggest Serendipity as it has the most exclusive villas.
Address: Skoufa 77, Kolonaki, 10680, Athens
Tel.: (+30) 2107216071
Little Symi has the prettiest port in Greece. As you round the headland, neoclassical mansions in every shade of apricot and peach rise like a mirage from the sea. The Old Markets is the only smart hotel, but there are just five rooms so be quick and book one.
Address: The Old Markets
Kali Strata, Symi 85600, Dodecanese
Tel.: + 30 22460 71440