Greek Hotel of the Year 2019

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Judges’ Choice

Euphoria Retreat

Iconic Hotel

Set in a scenery of Mediterranean mountains and lush valleys at the foot of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mystras, this wellbeing destination spa offers treatments and therapies that blend ancient Hellenic and Chinese philosophies and practices.

Details we love
A dreamy ambience where Byzantine art meets Zen minimalism. The hotel’s philosophy about guiding each guest into becoming the healer of her own body and experiencing the state of health and joy known to the ancient Greeks as Euphoria.

Olea All Suite Hotel

Best Architecture

Athens and Stockholm-based architecture practice Block722architects+ created a sprawling property of 93 suites revolving around a 4,000-square-meter pool that resembles a lake. Olea’s tropical-modernist cube structures face the sea, the countryside, and the sunset.

Details we love
Sunset terraces, communal lounges, and suites that appear to float on streams that meander around a lake-like pool. Statement pieces of lounge furniture overlooking the resort’s waterways and the sea, inviting guests to enjoy the island from a unique perspective.

Astra Inn

Traditional Guesthouse

Nested in the magical nature of Papigo, Astra combines traditional architecture with modern comforts in total harmony with its natural setting. With easy access to the entire Zagori area, this guesthouse is an ideal base for exploring one of Greece’s most charming mountain zones.

Details we love
Local vegetables, cheese and herbs used in the hotel’s restaurant and sold in its store to take back home.

Winners

Casa Cook Kos

Lifestyle Hotel of the Year

Casa Cook Kos is the second of Thomas Cook’s new breed of lifestyle hotels which opened July 2017. This 100-room hideaway was custom-built with equal emphasis on cocoon-like spaces for private retreat and social areas that foster a sense of community.

Details we love
The hotel looks like a village developed organically over time. The hotel’s communal areas are inspired by the Greek notion of ‘paréa’, a get-together with friends.

Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa

New Resort of the Year

A 5-star premium all-inclusive luxury resort built on the southeast coast of Rhodes island in 2018. Classy, modern architecture blends harmoniously with the pristine waterfront.

Details we love
The spa’s Turkish bath and spacious indoor heated swimming pool. The mixology and cooking lessons offered.

Casa Cook Kos

Luxury Hotel of the Year

Casa Cook Kos is the second of Thomas Cook’s new breed of lifestyle hotels which opened July 2017. Soft natural tones accented by black contours set the overall tone for a mix of rustic and smooth materials. The restaurant’s farm-to-table concept bears the signature of Corfiot Italian chef Ettore Botrini.

Details we love
The yoga terrace set in a picturesque courtyard. Trail rides offered every morning and at sunset.

Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa

Adults-Only Resort of the Year

This stylish resort which caters exclusively to couples and honeymooners is built around an impressive lagoon-style pool, leaving room for everyone to find their own private spot.

Details we love
The Over Water Bungalows, whose residents can dive into the pool directly from their room’s timbered veranda deck.

Albergo Gelsomino

Heritage Hotel of the Year

Designed and built in 1928 by Italian architect Rodolfo Petracco, this historic hotel on Kos island was originally a guest-house for Italian officials. After 90 years, Kos’ first hotel has been fully restored and now incorporates modern artistic twists.

Details we love
Albergo Gelsomino’s high ceilings and its tall windows overlooking the sea.

Casa Cook Kos

Spa Hotel of the Year

Casa Cook Kos is the second of Thomas Cook’s new breed of lifestyle hotels which opened July 2017. A team of in-house and visiting spa therapists offer treatments which range from a Hippocratic Anatripsis Massage with Greek herbal oils to a traditional Turkish cleansing ritual.

Details we love
Workshops in creating aromatherapy oils and take-home products with herbs from the hotel’s own gardens. The sauna overlooking a lush courtyard and the domed hammam.

Contessina Suites & Spa

Spa Facilities of the Year

This adults-only luxury hotel whose name refers to noble ladies of Zakynthos’ old times, opened its gates on the island in May 2018. Kamara Spa’s treatments are also inspired by old Venice and Venetian-era Zakynthos.

Details we love
The look and feel of the spa’s cave pool, which resembles a lake in an underground cave.

Stella Island Luxury Resort & Spa

Romantic Resort of the Year

This stylish resort which caters exclusively to couples and honeymooners is built around an impressive lagoon-style pool, leaving room for everyone to find their own private spot.

Details we love
The Over Water Bungalows, whose residents can dive into the pool directly from their room’s timbered veranda deck.

Thalatta Seaside Hotel

Family Hotel of the Year

Thalatta Hotel Seaside lays between the green of the pine trees and the blue of the Aegean sea in northeast Evia. Its children’s program combines fun, education and meaningful family experiences

Details we love
The hotel’s beach library, with a section dedicated to children of all ages. The annual Family Run, where families gather for three day of fun and exercise.

Mayia Exclusive Resort & Spa

All-Inclusive Hotel of the Year

A 5-star premium all-inclusive luxury resort built on the southeast coast of Rhodes island in 2018. The hotel features 7 different restaurants and food corners, 4 bars and a night club.

Details we love
Mayia’s supreme branded drinking options.

Cosmopolitan Suites Hotel

Scenic View of the Year

A romantic suites hotel for couples seeking a central Caldera sea view luxury accommodation on Santorini island. The hotel’s infinity pool hangs from the cliff and its sunbathing terrace enjoys one of the most impressive views of the caldera and the volcano.

Details we love
The hotel’s sea view suites are part of a splendidly restored captain’s mansion.

San Antonio

Most Stunning Location of the Year

This luxury 4-star hotel is located on a natural volcanic plateau in Imerovigli, in the narrowest point of Santorini. Built into a natural cave formation, all rooms enjoy an unlimited sea view.

Details we love
The way the black stone texture of the hotel’s exterior blends into the volcanic landscape.

Highly Commented

Katikies Mykonos

New Resort of the Year

Katikies Mykonos intertwines boutique luxury comforts with a beautiful natural setting . Infinity pools blend into the azure waters of the Aegean Sea.

Details we love
Vaulted ceilings and whitewashed rooms of contemporary design blended with Cycladic heritage. Asia Minor’s culinary traditions served at Mikrasia Restaurant.

Antigon Urban Chic Hotel

New Hotel Of the Year

Located in Thessaloniki’s historical center, Antigon Urban Chic Hotel is a boutique hotel that opened its doors in August 2018. It is housed in a building that was constructed in 1931 and that was fully renovated with respect for its original character.

Details we love
The glass floor in the atrium bistro that allows diners to see sections of the street dating back to Roman times. The piece of succulent honeycomb placed on breakfast tables.

Lesante Blu Exlcusive Beach Resort

Luxury Resort of the Year

Its architecture inspired from the luxury of sailing boats, this resort opened its gates on Zakynthos island in May 2017. Lesante is amphitheatrically built in a privileged position with stunning views.

Details we love
A tour guide and a skipper on call so that you can discover famous Navagio Shipwreck Beach, Blue Caves and the emerald islands of the Ionian Sea.

Chromata Santorini

Luxury Hotel of the Year

A hip contemporary design hotel situated on the famous caldera’s rim, organically cascading down the cliffside of Imerovigli village. Chromata blends glamour and heritage with modern amenities.

Details we love
The infinity pool that seemingly spills into the volcano. San Nicholas Cave House, Chromata’s most exclusive villa.

Mykonos No5 Suites & Villas

Boutique Hotel of the Year

No5 stands for the 5 senses and their stimulation has a prominent role in this Mykonos hotel where luxury meets the Cyclades’ minimalist character.

Details we love
Binoculars to be found in every room bring the sight of Mykonos Town and Little Venice closer than you could imagine.

Astra Suites

All Suite Hotel of the Year

Beautifully set on the cusp of the cliff-top village of Imerovigli in Santorini, Astra Suites combines the aesthetics of traditional Cycladic architecture with the contemporary amenities and facilities.

Details we love
Cave-like spaces transformed into minimally designed suites.

Torri e Merli Boutique Hotel

All Suite Hotel of the Year

Built in 1750, Torri e Merli, is one of the few remaining fortified manor houses on the island of Paxos. Set amidst olive groves that descend into the pretty fishing village of Lakka, Torri e Merli was renovated to the highest architectural standards.

Details we love
The tea room, situated in the old cellar.

St. George Lycabettus Lifestyle Hotel

Lifestyle Hotel of the year

Set at the foot of the Lycabettus Hill in downtown Athens, this hotel offers unique views of the cityscape. All rooms & suites have been newly renovated with designs inspired by art, fashion and photography. Some rooms are thematically dedicated to famous Greek writers and poets who resided in the area while the Eco-Chic wing consists of ‘green’ rooms of high environmental awareness.

Details we love
SG Art Gallery, the hotel’s own art space, and “Rooms”, an annual art event in which a floor of the hotel is transformed into a huge art gallery. A VIP movie theater which seats approximately 30.

Notos Therme & Spa

Small Hotel Spa of the Year

Located by the sea and only a few meters away from Santorini’s iconic Vlychada beach, Nostos is a refuge from the island’s noise and crowds. Its spa is set inside a volcanic rock, which used to be an old ice factory and uses natural spring waters.

Details we love
The lunar ambience and spectacular rock formations at Vlychada beach. Notos Lounge Bar, built in the property’s old windmill.

Opora Country Living

Nature Lovers’ Hotel of the Year

Built to resemble a small village neighborhood in an olive grove, this new hotel in the vicinity of Nafplio proves that contact with nature can be both discreet and luxurious. In Opora’s 30 acre farm, cottages enjoy their own garden and easy access to the outdoor swimming pool, a fully equipped kitchen and fireplace.

Details we love
Wine tasting events, oil-harvesting seminars and beekeeping presentations. Bike rides in an enchanting natural environment.

NJV Athens Plaza

Suite of the Year

NJV’s presidential suite was fully renovated in May 2018 and is located on the hotel’s 7th and 8th floor. It is now a point of reference for high hospitality standards on Syntagma Sq. in downtown Athens. This classy split-level suite includes a dining area for 10 guests and its verandas enjoy panoramic views of Athens and the Acropolis.

Details we love
Furniture exclusively designed for the specific suite.

Kókkini Porta Rossa

Suite of the Year

This proudly restored 14th century knight’s residence is situated within the walls of Rhodes old town. The hotel’s six suites are named after people who lived in the house and are decorated with unique antiques, artifacts and carpets.

Details we love
East Mediterranean and oriental dishes served in the shady courtyard and presented together with the stories behind the recipe.

Astra Suites Santorini

Service of the Year

Astra’s general manager is proud to be the only general manager on Santorini who greets each and every guest personally. After welcoming visitors with gifts of local Greek products, he takes them on a full tour of the property and informs them on not-to-be-missed aspects of the island.

Honorable Mention

Athina Luxury Suites

Boutique Hotel of the Year

Built on the cliffs of the caldera at Fira, with unlimited view of the famous volcano and the island, Athina is a minimal chic hotel which was fully renovated in 2017.

Details we love
Heated jacuzzis in the suites’ balconies.

Boutique 5 Hotel & Spa

Boutique Hotel of the Year

This luxury boutique hotel on Rhodes island boasts minimalist aesthetics and a strong connection with the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea.

Details we love
Mediterranean-inspired cuisine at Impressions Restaurant.

Sakali Mansion Hotel

Mountain Hotel of the Year

The Sakali Mansion Hotel is built in the beautiful traditional Pelion village of Pinakates, between Saint George Nilias and Vizitsa. Guests are invited to lounge, by the oriental fireplace during winter, and savor the complimentary traditional Pelion pastries.

Details we love
The traditional “ondas” (Turkish style lounges) that offer a magical view of Pelion. The hammam’s marble thrones.

Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites

Family Lifestyle Hotel of the Year

Located in the heart of Fira Santorini, Aressana is composed of 48 guestrooms and Tefsion Kallos Spa. Minimalistic design creates a relaxing atmosphere and the hotel’s architecture includes hideaways for reading or relaxing with friends.

Details we love
Tefsion Kallos Spa’s double cabin for the parents who wish to unwind and indulge themselves, as the babysitter attends their child.

Porto Carras Grand Resort

Family Resort of the Year

This popular Chalkidiki resort boasts services and facilities as diverse as a Βowling Center, waterslides, an open-air cinema and walking as well as biking trails in the pine-clad property.

Details we love
Porto Carras Robotics Lab. Junior sports Academies with professional trainers.

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