One Fine Stay: Discovering Dream Villas of Greece

Explore our list of some of the most sumptuous Greek holiday villas available to rent, from family-friendly residences to private, romantic getaways.


Stunning villas abound in Greece today, offering a deliciously regenerating change of scene as well as private, luxurious moments in a sophisticated abode. Throughout the country, you’ll discover residences for rent to suit every taste and need, which come with high-tech and designer amenities, expert services, authentic cultural features and jaw-dropping views.

Here we have selected some of the most sumptuous and covetable options for wherever you may choose to travel:

Villas in Attica & the Saronic Islands

Central Athens: Period House With Pool

Ideal for a couple or a single resident, this villa with an outdoor swimming pool and a pretty garden with a BBQ stands out for its singularly stylish, old-fashioned architecture and décor, including stone walls and mosaic floors, antiques, plush textures and warm colours. It also offers modern comforts like free WiFi, AC and a flat-screen TV and has a fully equipped kitchen.

Within 15-20 minutes you can walk to the National Archaeological Museum and Omonia Square, from where you can easily traipse to Psyrri and Monastiraki. The accommodation comes with round the clock help by professional staff.

Check it out here.

Aegina: Morton

Very modern, with cool elements of inox and glass and an emphasis on white, taupe and grey with displays of colourful modern art, this two-storey villa with three bedrooms for up to six guests is designed for visitors who can’t get enough of stunning sea views from every direction.

Ergonomically designed, with giant sliding windows that let in prolific vistas of the village landscape, the large pool and Aegean Sea, it provides privacy and closeness as well as plenty of room both indoors and outdoors.

Services here include a private chef and cooking lessons, childcare, wellness treatments and yoga/Pilates/cross training and VIP transport.

Check it out here.

Hydra: Villa Citrus

This three-bedroom villa housing six to eight guests is where a family or a group of friends can experience a dreamy seaside escape. Reachable by sea taxi or a longish walk from Hydra’s main town, the traditional-style house offers direct access to the sea and quenching views that surround the property. 

The interiors are open-plan, bright and airy, offering a lavish sense of space and comfort that’s enhanced by a comfy living room area. Traditional Greek pieces like a large and heavy monastic table and a covered marble well add a charming folksy-traditional touch to the décor, which also includes modern art and design features.

Services include daily housekeeping and (optional) breakfast.

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Sounio: Dream Villa

Located within the Cape Sounio Grecotel Boutique Resort, this villa, which houses up to four adults in two master bedrooms, is favourable for those who like all the pampering of contemporary services and comforts of a luxurious resort as well as the privacy of a home experience.

With arresting views of the sea and Cape Sounion’s famous ancient Temple of Poseidon, a swimming pool, spacious and naturally bright open-plan rooms and a large outdoor area, it’s an idyllic holiday haven. The luxe décor is modern and minimal, with handmade designer furniture, original artworks and soothing earthy textiles and colors.

Check it out here.

Villas on the Mainland

Mani: Casa Antica

Awarded as Best Built Project in Greece in 2012, this traditional Mani villa with streamlined, modern interiors offers six guests a cool, spacious and comfortable stay. With a pool, roomy yet cosy living room and two dining areas, the stone-walled residence is ideal for a family or a group of friends.

Just one kilometre from Stoupa town and the nearest beach, the (pet-friendly) villa overlooks quaint vistas of the local village and landscape as well as the sea, and is embraced by lush vegetation and trees.

Services include concierge assistance and travel advice and housekeeping.

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Pilio: Villa Eris

Almost every pocket of this ingeniously designed and decorated two-storey villa in Mouressi village offers a ‘wow’ moment. The eccentric interiors include a spa with a heated jacuzzi, hand-painted domed roof and hammam, a circular glass and metal staircase and giant columns in the entrance area, the kind of blue-purple lighting you’d find in a trendy bar, an authentic Renaissance painting, a home cinema with projector and a window seat ideal for reading.

As for the outdoor area, it includes exciting architectural effects like high, triple-arched doorways, a swimming pool and garden areas with stone and wood dining spots and a hammock. The house is surrounded by Pelion’s characteristically lush greenery and is 10-20 minutes’ drive from several beaches.

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Halkidiki: Negroni

Separated into a main, two-storey house and a ground-level autonomous residence, this cliff-edge villa hosts up to 10 guests. From almost every room, most of which have ceiling-to-floor glass windows, guests can delight in expansive views of the sea and sky. The interior design is highly contemporary, with an emphasis on smooth concrete and shades of grey, black and white highlighted by the earthy browns of wood and décor items.

With slick amenities like a pool, jacuzzi and gym as well as a home cinema and tranquil outdoor spots, it merges modernity with the comfort of lovely nature. The nearest beach is five minutes’ walk away and services include VIP transport, housekeeping, exercise lessons and a private chef.

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Porto Heli: Villa Pigna

This three-storey beach house is perfectly suited for a family – both because it includes a playroom, bedroom with a cot, basketball court and wooden playground, and for it’s bright and fresh yet comfortably homey interior style.

With a well-sized garden, outdoor dining areas with a BBQ, a large swimming pool and pretty sea views that look out to Spetses and Hinitsa islands, this fully air-conditioned 5-bedroom house can comfortably host up to 10 guests, who can reach the sea via a path a few minutes away.

Services include housekeeping and concierge assistance, transfers and water taxis.

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Villas on Popular/Trendy Islands

Antiparos: Aloni

Perhaps one of the most incomparable places one could ever stay at, this award-winning architectural feat – showcased in Taschen’s 100 Contemporary Houses edition – essentially forms a rectangular bridge between two slopes. Located on trendy Antiparos Island, the house is named after the antiquated threshing floor in its front garden. It combines simple modernity with Cycladic building tradition and aesthetically connects seamlessly with the natural landscape around it.

It houses up to eight guests in five bedrooms and includes a swimming pool, four breezy and naturally lit internal courtyards, dazzling sea views from the front side, a playroom and study. The wooden stairs lead to the lower level where an air-conditioned studio of 50m2 and a black and white picture gallery are located.

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Crete: Villa 7

Designed with film, photography and art lovers in mind, this villa keeps guests entertained as it’s decked out with high-tech facilities like a flat screen TV, stereo and Playstation 5 as well as a large pool with hydromassage, an al fresco garden dining area with a BBQ and a ping pong table. There is ample space for eight guests to enjoy their space in the naturally lit and airy interiors or the spacious pool deck and it’s also suitable for working holidays as it has a stylish downstairs office space.

Surrounded by trees, guests can enjoy being immersed in Cretan nature, while the Nea Hora and Chryssi Akti beaches are just a five to ten minute drive away.

Services include a welcome basket, shopping before arrival and cleaning every three days.

Check it out here.

Mykonos: Elodie

Experience the calm of luminous, light-infused white interiors of this Cycladic-style, curvaceous architectural villa with sprawling exterior in Agios Lazaros, which has four bedrooms that comfortably accommodate eight guests. Effortlessly luxurious, the fully air-conditioned lodging includes an infinity pool with a backdrop of heartening sea views and sacred Delos Island that are particularly superb at sunset.

For a dip in the sea, guests can follow a private natural path leading to a small rocky enclave. The villa also has a heated pool, BBQ, a wind-sheltered dining area, key modern amenities like a flat screen TV and WiFi access, and a helipad. Services include VIP transport, a daily housekeeping and concierge travel assistance.

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Paros: Villa Zorion

An exclusive place for a group to stay – hosting up to 11 guests in six bedrooms – this villa offers numerous relaxing enclaves, including a tiny chapel and a hammock in the garden, where guests can relish their privacy and space, almost always overlooking mesmerising sea views.

With modern and rustic furnishings, a strong element of brilliant Cycladic white, hints of boho-chic décor, large pool and picturesquely verdant surroundings, this gated beach residence is both elegant and unpretentious, capacious and cosy.

Services include cleaning, concierge consultation, and pool/garden maintenance.

Check it out here.

Villas on Lesser-Known Islands

Halki: Halki Sea House

If your fantasy is to wake up, pull on your swimsuit and dive off a rock outside your door into clean, glassy waters, this is the house for you. The artfully renovated 19th Century villa has two floors, with one bedroom in each, that can independently house two pairs.

Decorated in a traditional island style reflective of this tiny island near Rhodes, with authentic handmade textiles and gleaming, elegant antiques, this seafront abode is perfect for those seeking tranquillity. There’s no need for a pool here; the spacious deck with large sunbeds and a giant umbrella is literally built on the rocks lapped by the sea throughout the day.

Services include daily housekeeping, travel assistance and wellness treatments upon request.

Check it out here.

Sifnos: Villa Ari

Prestigiously perched atop a hill from where guests can take in panoramic views of the Cycladic landscape and glittering sea, this renovated aristocratic island home combines high-brow vintage with clean, modern lines. An infinity pool and jacuzzi offer ways to relax outdoors, while the al fresco dining experience on the scenic terrace is enhanced by large contemporary artworks.

Indoors, the villa has a pleasant lived-in feel, with a combination of folk-art items and classic antiques, comfy sofas and neoclassical-style, high-ceilinged rooms. The closest beaches are a 10–15-minute drive away and services include transport/travel assistance and daily housekeeping.

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Koufonisi: Villa Kalistie

This seven-bedroom accommodation is more like a beachfront villa complex than a house, as it’s separated into four buildings, all constructed in the same traditional Cycladic style, with simple lines and whitewashed walls. It’s an ideal residence for two to three small families, friends or even a small retreat in this ruggedly seductive and non-touristy island.

A sleek and minimal contemporary design style is combined with the natural warmth of rustic as well as neoclassical wooden furnishings, plush sofas in sea and sky tones and folksy textiles that bring in a traditional feel. Bathrooms are equipped with modern designer bathtubs and large windows, while the bedrooms also are filled with natural light and overlook the sea and greenery-studded terrain. There are plenty of dining and relaxation areas and in cooler months guests can gather around the fireplace.

Services include daily housekeeping and a complimentary use of the house car.

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Nysiros: Villa Nemesis

Definitely a property that stands out, this hilltop tower house is constructed using archaic stones from the 14th-century castle ruins that surround it.

Traditionally grey on the outside and brilliantly whitewashed thick walls throughout the interiors create a cooling feeling of natural calm and purity at once, which is enhanced by wood beams on the ceilings and arched doorways in some areas that create a cave-like experience. Furnishings and décor have been kept to a bare minimum and feature in pacifying earthy tones, making the views of bold blues and greens outside the windows even more striking as one passes them.

Check it out here.


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