From a peaceful eco farm in the remote eastern Peloponnese to a luxurious hideaway on the forested slopes of the Pindus mountains, get away from it all at one of these off-the-beaten-track hotels in mainland Greece.
Meraviglia Slow Living, Preveza
Scandi design meets Hellenic style at this secret retreat on the outskirts of Preveza, famed for its talc-sand beaches and feisty food scene. Perched high above the indigo Ionian Sea (the only sounds are swooping gulls and gulping waves), the seven plush suites have large private pools, sleek teak fittings and living roofs. Anticipate sumptuous al fresco dinners and organic breakfasts, floated across the pool (meraviglia-slowliving.com).
Tainaron Blue, Itilo
A short hike from Europe’s southernmost point at Cape Tainaron, this bouji bolthole stands on a rocky crag at the tip of the wild Mani Peninsula. Legend says that Hades, god of the Underworld, once lurked there. Three well-appointed suites in a centuries-old xemoni stone tower have vaulted ceilings, loft-style bedrooms and spectacular views. With hearty brunch-style breakfasts and plenty of local dinner treats, there is no earthly desire to leave.
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Mikro Papigo 1700, Papigo
This luxurious hideaway teeters on the forested slopes of the Pindus mountains, within hiking distance of the bear and rare bird-filled Vikos Gorge. Created from the ruins of a traditional Zagori village, it offers 18 cosy rooms and suites. Highlights include a gourmet restaurant dishing up creatively reimagined organic fare (think wild boar pate and Prespa trout doused in a rich ouzo sauce) and a spa fed by spring water (mikropapigo.gr).
MarBella Elix, Perdika
The remote Thesprotia region’s first luxury hotel rises like a stone-built, glass-walled fortress on a forested hilltop near the hamlet of Perdika. Spread across eight floors, and linked by a funicular to the blonde sands of Karavostasi beach below, the rooms and suites have spacious balconies with panoramic views over the Ionian Sea to touristy Corfu (marbella.gr).
Opora Country Living, Nafplio
Bathed in the scent of orange blossom and serenaded by buzzing crickets, this peaceful eco farm in the remote eastern Peloponnese is idyllic. Stay in one of four stone-built houses with high-beamed ceilings, plump Coco-Mat bedding and well-equipped kitchens overlooking the hilltop infinity pool, or hike out along pine-studded trails where the art-loving Mycenaeans once roamed (oporacountryliving.com).