Greek Islands

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Kato Mili, Mykonos, Cyclades
Tel: 22890-22230

Designed by acclaimed Greek architect Aris Konstantinidis near the famous Mykonos windmills, this retro '60s haven has 52 rooms decorated with bold tangerine, avocado and turquoise hues, op-art prints, and groovy furniture and fixtures. While there's no beach associated with the hotel, its pool, new mini-spa (called b-healthy) and hipster fellow guests make it an innovative yet serene must-visit oasis.

School of Fine Arts District, Mykonos, Cyclades
Tel: 22890-25122

If you like to make the scene, this white-hot, style-conscious hotel, comprised of traditional village houses, is for you. While all rooms are equipped with AC and satellite TV with DVD, it's the sea-view suites that will really woo you with their outdoor living rooms—worth every extra cent! Two bars and a Nobu restaurant keep the stream of jeunesse dorée flowing.

Tagoo, Mykonos Town, Mykonos, Cyclades
Tel: 22890-28590

While the intimate size of this 17-room waterfront hotel, which is only a 10-minute walk from town, hardly qualifies it as a resort, the young owner delivers all the upscale amenities of its flashier counterparts, not to mention some cool extras: Hermès and Molton Brown toiletries, free mimosas on arrival and your choice of a soft or hard mattress! The pretty floodlit pool with bar is the centerpiece of this enchanting oasis. The breakfasts are spectacular too!

Oia, Santorini, Cyclades
Tel: 22860-71308

A group of traditional troglodytic peasant houses dating from the 18th century were painstakingly renovated into this complex of 17 private houses filled with local antiques and hand-woven fabric that guests can enjoy today. Retaining the original aesthetics of the 300-year-old homes, which were essentially caves, the private stone terraces, sinuous whitewashed interiors, cliffside gardens of geranium and bougainvillea, and a pool add value. It's the place that put Santorini on the map, and it still rocks.

Oia, Santorini, Cyclades
Tel: 22860-71983

There are just three suites in this 19th-century shipping family's mansion, all of them grand and crammed with modern conveniences (TV, DVD, CD, WiFi, AC) as well as antiques. The captain's on the ground floor is the most impressive, but the Venetian is so romantic and has better views. There's no restaurant, but dinner from either of the owners' two restaurants (Ambrosia and Ambrosia & Nectar) can be delivered.

Oia, Santorini, Cyclades
Tel: 22860-23747

The House of Portraits and the House of Nureyev are arguably the most romantic of these five divine villas, of which every inch has been art-directed by antiquities collector and owner Dimitris Tsitouras. Choice pieces from his vaults are generously deployed among the cathedral ceilings, decadent bathrooms and little terraces of the Tsitouras Collection, which perches on a thousand-foot cliff over the Mediterranean. There's a free bar and elegant breakfast, but mostly you're left alone.

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