For the past 30 years the influential US-based travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler has turned to its readers each year to find out which are the top performing holiday destinations, hotels, resorts and more around the world.
More than 300.000 people took part in the 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards, adding over 100,000 comments which the US-based magazine’s editors sifted through to create its lists of the best of the best – lists which include a number of Greek destinations, hotels and company’s.
Below are the places in Greece that are ranked among the best in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
The Greek Hotels Among the World’s 50 Best
The World’s 50 Best Hotels are “where service, style, good eats, and sublime views make for a memorable stay,” according to the magazine and the list in 2017 includes not 1 but 5 Greek hotels.
In 9th place is the Archipelagos Hotel in Mykonos which is described as, “about as idyll a retreat as you’ll find, despite sitting on one of Greece’s more popular spits of land” and where, thanks to the hotels amphitheatric design, nearly all of the rooms have stunning sea views.
In 17th place is the Mystique (Luxury Collection), Santorini, Greece which features stunning views over the caldera from its cave-like rooms carved directly into the cliff face. Its unique location also makes it one of the most private locations around the often-heaving village of Oia, affording guests a sense of isolation even on one of Greece’s most heavily touristed islands.
Also in Santorini is Sun Rocks which comes in at 24th place on the list. Carved into the cliff-face with incredible views, the hotel also won high marks for its gourmet dishes at Elea, the in-house restaurant.
In 26th place is the Aktis Art Hotel on the island of Kos which won praise for its minimalist décor combined with architectural flourishes like the floor-to-ceiling bedside windows, as well as its high quality breakfast made from traditional Greek goods.
And just two spots down at 28th on the list is Canaves Oia Santorini with its cliffside infinity pool, exceptional wines and gourmet fresh fish dinners.
Meanwhile in the ‘Best Resorts’ categories, Mykonos’ Santa Marina (Luxury Collection), was named the 48th best in the world, offering secluded stays in Ornos bay as well as private helicopter tours and speedboat rentals to take in other islands.
Santa Marina was also named the 2nd best resort in Europe in a list that included a number of other Greek names. Of the total 30 resorts named, 7 of them are located in Greece including: the Vedema Resort in Santorini (3rd place); Costa Navarino’s Westin Resort as well The Romanos by the same group (4th and 15th respectively); the Blue Palace Resort and Spa in Crete, Mykonos Blu (28th) and San Giorgio Mykonos (29th).
Best Islands and More
It is also little surprise that several Greek islands were named among the 30 best in the world by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler, namely Mykonos (5th), Crete (13th) and Santorini (25th).
Meanwhile Aegean Airlines added to its already impressive haul of awards by being named the 9th best airline in the world, “known for its professional, friendly staff.
Condé Nast Traveller With Two Ls (UK)
Condé Nast Traveller – the separate, UK version of the magazine – also recently released its own Readers’ Travel Awards. Here the more European readership showed even greater preference for Greece.
The collectively grouped “Greek Islands” claimed the top spot in the list ‘Best Islands in the World,” while Greece as a country was named the 2nd best in the world for a holiday, behind only Italy.
The same readers also voted Amanzoe in Porto Heli in the Peloponnese the 4th best hotel in Europe.