Our best hotels in Greece: your insider guide


With a Greek mother and idyllic childhood memories of family holidays in Greece, Product Director Mathew Simpson feels very much at home in the Ionian islands, and his affinity with this magical region has helped our hotels collection grow and flourish. Part of the charm of the collection is that each boutique hotel has its own personality...read on for Mat's personal take on what makes each so appealing...



Katouna Suites, Lefkada
This was a huge project for us as we built the whole property from the ground up. The great benefit was that we could control all the layout and the decor, and I think this is definitely the most chic member of the collection. I love Lefkada for the variety you get, brilliant for watersports but also for exploring.

In a nutshell: ultra-stylish; for adults only
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Bay View, Paxos
Bay View is classic Simpson Hotel, from its charismatic and highly hospitable owner Villy to the comfy suites and fabulous views over Gaios and the sea. It's pretty much impossible not to relax here, and what I love most is just wandering into Gaios of an evening for a meal or a nightcap by the water - pure Paxos.

In a nutshell: wonderful views, easy access to restaurants
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Purple Apricot Hotel, Paxos
Purple Apricot is an inspired collaboration between my dad Graham and a local Paxiot couple. They were definitely ahead of the curve with this little gem: quirky, characterful and very comfortable, there’s still really nothing else like it on Paxos, and it has the most loyal following of all our Greek hotels.

In a nutshell: refreshingly unconventional; for adults only
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Thymari Hotel, Paxos
This Italian-owned gem is a real one off, comprised of five individual villas each with its own pool, so you get all the privacy of your own place along with the service of a stylish boutique hotel. The views are fantastic and you can walk into Lakka in about 15 minutes, though I prefer the taxi option on the way back!

In a nutshell: privacy, style and service in a stunning location
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White Orchid Hotel, Sivota
White Orchid really has the wow factor in terms of its location and design. This lovely unspoilt stretch of the Greek mainland has a hypnotic beauty and the whole place has a pared-down, contemporary elegance that just lets the incredible views speak for themselves. The suites are definite honeymoon material, especially if you book early and manage to secure the penthouse with its romantic terrace bathtub.

In a nutshell: hypnotic views; for adults only
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Bella Mare Hotel, Corfu
Beachfront Bella Mare is a little larger than our typical hotels, so we can offer a wider range of facilities, including Simpson Watersports and high season activities for children. For a touch of extra luxury, we've created ten new Exclusive Suites, offering a tranquil adult-only environment outside of the main school holidays. With tavernas within walking distance, you don't even need to drive, making this the ultimate relaxing beach break.

In a nutshell: NE Corfu's premium beach location; for couples, groups and families
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The Rou Estate, Corfu
Strictly speaking, Rou is not part of our hotels portfolio, but it’s such a unique place that I had to include it. These meticulously restored village houses offer the best of both worlds: elegant individual cottages and villas in a spectacular setting, combined with hotel-style services including a restaurant, gym and spa. What I love most however are the incredible views and the glorious gardens; many of our guests have been inspired to paint here, and some have even written poems! Each property has its own pool, so you get that extra level of privacy, and if the days ever get just too relaxing, we can arrange painting lessons, yoga, Pilates, cooking classes and personal training on request.

In a nutshell: elegantly inspiring
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