There's nothing quite like a luxury holiday to Greece, and we're hoping that by summer 2021, we'll be able to return to its inspiring islands for some much needed sunshine and relaxation. Whichever one you choose, you can expect rich historical hotspots, spellbinding sunsets, spotless beaches and bright blue seas, while each island flaunts its own distinct flair and flavour. So, which do you fancy?
Visit For: Beaches, Spinalonga Island and vast vineyards
As well as taking the title of Greece's largest island, Crete also contends to be the most diverse, home to spectacular mountain ranges dotted with caves, rolling vineyards, fertile plains and, of course, a captivating coastline. Discover incredible archaeological sites, Venetian fortresses, famed Spinalonga Island (a leper colony during the 18th and 19th centuries), traditional villages, to-die-for Greek cuisine and breathtaking beaches, as well as some simply superb luxury hotels.
Hotel Highlight: Elounda Mare Relais & Châteaux Hotel
Where? Scattered on the hillside overlooking Mirabello Bay, close to the small town of Elounda on the northern coast of the island.
Style: A serene and folksy yet luxurious Cretan style, with hotel rooms in the main building and exclusive bungalows with private saltwater pools.
Perfect for: Those seeking the calm of a boutique Greek property, while still wanting to access an array of facilities at sister hotel Porto Elounda - including a spa, golf course and kids' club.
Don't miss: Taking the short walk or buggy ride to the Six Senses Spa, a stunning space that spreads across 2,200-square-metres. The focus is on blending the best of modern science with individualised treatments and Greek produce, using the cutting-edge Biologique Research skin lab to provide a full skin diagnostic and a personalised approach to wellness. There is also a Finnish sauna, Turkish hammam, tepidarium and tranquil thalassotherapy pool.
Visit for: The Old Town, a fascinating history of invasion and millions of olive trees
A fascinating geographical location between Albania, Greece and Italy has made Corfu a prime invasion spot throughout history, owing to its intriguing blend of architectural styles and a feel that is often more Italian than it is Greek - particularly in the Venetian-esque Corfu Town, which just so happens to hold UNESCO World Heritage Status. Elsewhere, countless olive groves and pine forests give Corfu its nickname of the 'Emerald Isle', while there are also plenty of beaches overlooking the perfect blue of the Ionian Sea.
Hotel Highlight: Corfu Imperial Grecotel
Where?: Located on the exclusive Kommeno Peninsula on the east coast of Corfu, around 20 minutes from the Old Town by road.
Style: Old-world glamour with a contemporary edge and immaculate Italianate gardens
Perfect for: Both couples and families that are fans of elegance, fine dining, aristocratic furnishings and brilliant beaches - there are five here!
Don't miss: Strolling along the resort's bustling central promenade, the place to be as evening falls, lined with an elegant Italian trattoria, wine bar, traditional gelateria, boutiques and a farm shop selling local organic produce. Stop for a glass of vino and a charcuterie board, or a gelato if you'd prefer, and soak up the amazing atmosphere.
Visit for: Surreal sunsets, whitewashed buildings and its iconic caldera
In around 1,600 BC, a volcanic explosion blew out Santorini's heart, forming the island's exposed multi-coloured cliffs, beautiful black-sand beaches and iconic caldera, which continues to spellbind visitors with its stunning sunset views that simply scream romance. Head out on a boat trip, spot charming blue-domed churches, join a wine itinerary, hike the coastal path between Fira and Oia, party at an exclusive beach club or simply unwind in the sunshine beside your swimming pool.
Hotel Highlight: Grace Hotel Santorini, Auberge Resorts Collection
Where?: Located on the Imerovigli hillside, high on the island's famous caldera, with views over the Aegean Sea and towards Santorini's spectacular sunsets too.
Style: A super-cool Cycladic style with white-washed walls, various levels and elegant details.
Perfect for: Couples and honeymooners that are after the ultimate romantic escape with views to gush over for years to come.
Don't miss: The lagoon-like infinity pool. It's award-winning and, as soon as you set eyes on it, you'll see why. It boasts panoramic views over the caldera, across the bright blue Aegean Sea and towards the Skaros Fortress. Enjoy late, leisurely breakfasts, light bites and creative cocktails beside the pool, while on the terrace just above it you can find the 363 Champagne Lounge. Sitting 363 metres above sea level, this is the ultimate place to enjoy the iconic Santorini sunset.
Visit for: Secluded beaches, ancient ruins and lively Kos Town
Captivating Kos is part of Greece's Dodecanese islands, not far from the coast of Turkey. The impressive coastline, sandy beaches and idyllic islands are joined by lush valleys, rugged mountains, traditional villages, lively Kos Town and ancient Greek ruins - including the famous Asklepieion, a religious sanctuary dedicated to the god of healing.
Hotel Highlight: Ikos Aria
Where?: On the southwest coast of Kos overlooking Agios Stefanos Beach and the historic Kastri Island.
Style: An elegant, contemporary feel with a neutral colour scheme, beach-club-style restaurants and uber-cool wicker daybeds with cream cushions.
Perfect for: Families that are after an all-inclusive holiday with exceptional a la carte dining (three of the restaurants come from Michelin-starred Ettore Botrini), premium drinks, an excellent wine list and stocked in-room mini bar.
Don't miss: If you've got little ones in tow, you may not be able to drag them away from the incredible kids' clubs here - The Heros Creche, Heros Kids Club and Just 4Teens club - operated by UK-based childcare company Worldwide Kids. Fun for all the family, there is child-friendly entertainment nightly and plenty of watersports, while you can enjoy complimentary use of a Mini Cooper for a day to explore the island further.
Visit for: Loggerhead turtles, impressive seascapes and laid-back living
Breathtakingly beautiful Zakynthos (also known as Zante) is an Ionian island characterised by its rich flora, pine-covered mountains, aquamarine waters and stunning white beaches, the most famous of which is the landmark Navagio (or shipwreck) beach. The island is also home to dedicated nature reserve for loggerhead turtles, where these endangered animals swim, rest, nest and hatch.
Hotel Highlight: Porto Zante Villas and Spa
Where?: On the picturesque private beach of a secluded bay with views across the crystal-clear Ionian Sea and the nearby island of Kefalonia.
Style: A super-chic, luxurious hideaway, where villas feature selected pieces of Armani Casa furnishings, impressive artwork and large glass doors.
Perfect for: Those that want the exclusivity, privacy and space of a private villa (each with a private pool), while still able to access a duo of restaurants, two bars and wonderful waterfront spa.
Don't miss: Dining at Maya, a super-sleek, seafront restaurant that serves exceptional Asian fusion cuisine. Menu highlights include the signature raw and tempura oysters, superb sushi and sashimi made with fresh fish from the local fisherman, and the succulent and spicy local lobster. Fear not if you're not a fan of fish, as Maya also serves Japanese-style steak, grilled to perfection on the charcoal barbecue.
Visit for: Historic windmills, Mykonos Town and romantic retreats
Among Greece's most glamorous destinations, while still retaining its local charm and age-old traditions, Mykonos is known for its ultra-glam nightlife, whitewashed windmills and spectacular scenery. The island boasts beautiful bays, trendy beach clubs, historical hotspots and the cobbled streets of Mykonos Town, home to countless chic bars, stylish boutiques and art galleries.
Hotel Highlight: Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort
Where?: Set within five acres directly behind Ayios Yiannis Beach, made famous by 1989 film Shirley Valentine. It also overlooks the sacred island of Delos, said to be one of the sunniest areas in the world and the birthplace of Apollo.
Style: Understated luxury and minimalist indulgence awaits here, with white-washed walls, Cycladic curves and a glorious sea-view pool terrace.
Perfect for: Lovers longing to feel like the only two in the world, with the turquoise Aegean Sea and superb sunsets forming the backdrop to romance.
Don't miss: The impressive Althea Spa, which is named after the goddess of healing and embraces ancient Greek wellness traditions. All-natural, locally inspired treatments include a Mykonian sea salt scrub, massage with olive oil and a revitalising bath using the essence of indigenous flowers. For a yoga session to remember, head to the dedicated amphitheatre, which overlooks the island of Delos.