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With stunning landscapes and one of the richest histories and cultures in Europe, Greece remains a top destination for even the most discerning traveller. Greece luxury villas take this reputation one step further by offering some of the very best stays along its many seas.
While the history of Greece is vast, the first coastal Greece luxury villas can be traced back to the 19th century. That’s when wealthy aristocrats began building summer retreats along the water and on the Greek islands. After World War II, interest in the Mediterranean lifestyle boomed, and with it so did villa construction.
Today, Greece stands out as one of the most sought-after rental locations in Europe, and Greece luxury villas are among the very best that the Mediterranean has to offer.
Renting a luxury villa in Greece is easy with Rental Escapes. First, find your travel dates and party size. From there, your Rental Escapes villa specialist will present you with the best available Greece luxury villas. After, your concierge customizes your trip, including transportation, excursions, tours, reservations, chef service, boat charters, and more.
Greece luxury villas can be found all across the country’s mainland and on its many islands. Each evokes a sense of time and place that reflects a long and proud history.
Some of the most popular places to rent luxury villas in Greece include Mykonos, known for its vibrant nightlife; Santorini, with its iconic white buildings and blue domes; Corfu, with its lush Ionian landscapes; and Crete, with its charming villages and historic sites.
No matter where you choose, expect to find top-of-the-line amenities. This includes private pools and hot tubs, modern kitchens, gorgeous landscaping, and, of course, stunning Mediterranean architecture.
You can also expect to find a beautiful melding of the traditional and the contemporary to create something wholly unique.
And you can expect 5-star service, including from the villa’s staff, your concierge, and any additional staff you may need.
The most famous island in the Cyclades Archipelago, Mykonos is known for its gorgeous Aegean beaches and its world-class nightlife. But there’s also a quieter, more charming side of Mykonos, with a picturesque main town and friendly locals. Mykonos luxury villas let you experience the best of both sides of the island. They include:
Mariza: Combining contemporary sensibilities with traditional Cycladic architecture, Mariza is a perfect blend of old and new. Its owner's appreciation for design shows from the inside out. It’s also ideally located on a hilltop overlooking the Aegean between Mykonos Town and several sandy beaches. This is one seriously stylish villa.
La Isla: Located beside the famous Paradise Beach but a world away with its Zen-like vibe, La Isla is a chic and striking choice for up to 12 guests. Take in the panoramic views from the terrace. Relax in the aesthetic interior. Dine under the stars by your private infinity pool. This is paradise.
Villa Mariam: A truly unique villa, Villa Mariam is carved into the hillside along Mykonos Town and the new port. The outdoor area provides breathtaking views, best enjoyed while relaxing in your private pool, or from the couches and sofas built into the building in typical Cycladic style.
One of the most romantic islands in the world, Santorini evokes images of white buildings with blue roofs overlooking azure waters. Santorini villas further this imagery with stays that honour the Aegean from the island’s many hillsides. They include:
Avant Garde: Easily one of the most masterfully designed villas in Greece, Avant Garde combines bold geometric abstraction with traditional Cycladic aesthetics to create something wholly unique. The effect continues inside, where every detail has been carefully considered. Fine touches like a second swimming pool for intimate moments on the roof only further the wonderment this villa provides.
Villa Ascani: Combining minimalist design with a rich, winemaking past, Villa Ascani emerges from Santorini’s hills with unpretentious style and sophistication. And with two swimming pools and a layout that can be split into two villas, it makes a perfect choice for groups of families or friends travelling together.
Summit: One of the most romantic villas in Greece (or anywhere), the 1-bedroom Summit perfectly captures what makes Santorini so special. Rich materials like wood, stone, and marble. A spa-worthy bathroom. A perfect, private infinity pool overlooking the Aegean. All set over a terraced estate. This is what honeymoons are made of.
Located on the Ionian Sea, Corfu is celebrated for its lush landscapes and its historical charm. Corfu luxury villas further this reputation by combining traditional architecture with modern amenities, all over stunning vistas. They include:
Villa Yaliskari: Utterly stunning, Villa Yaliskari combines minimalist décor with an evocative colour palette and traditional archways to create uncompromising vistas. Everywhere you turn, there’s a breathtaking view, whether you’re out in the infinity pool, dining alfresco, or just gazing out from your bedroom. Blissful.
Villa Maestro: Set amid lush, landscaped gardens and within walking distance of a sandy beach, Villa Maestro makes for a quiet retreat in the heart of Corfu. And with a variety of bedroom configurations, it is a masterful choice for families and multigenerational groups.
Villa Terra: Located in northern Corfu, the stone-built Villa Terra offers true rest and rejuvenation. It includes amenities like a fresh-water infinity pool, a gym, and a private chef, all wrapped together artfully with a loving mix of natural materials and contemporary architecture.
Most visitors to Greece will have to present a valid passport upon entry. Because Greece is part of the Schengen area, you will only need to present your passport once upon entering the area.
The most popular way to travel to Greece is by air. Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos) is the primary gateway to the country for international travellers, and from there you can book regional flights all along the country. International airports can also be found in Crete, Rhodes, Corfu, Santorini, and more.
Ferries are also a popular way to get around, especially when travelling to the islands. Ferries also connect Greece to countries like Italy and Turkey.
Private boat charters can also be arranged, with sailing charters being an especially lovely way to visit Greece.
Your Rental Escapes concierge can assist you with transportation, including airport transfers, ferry tickets, boat charters, rental cars, private drivers, and more.
Summer is peak season in Greece. The weather is warm and dry and the water is ideal for swimming. Nightlife is also at its peak at this time. For many, this will be the best time to go.
Others prefer to travel during the shoulder season, including the spring and fall. Temperatures and crowds are both lower, though the weather is generally still great. September and October in particular are considered ideal times to visit.
Winter is the off-season and sees many businesses shut down. Still, visiting at this time will allow you to experience Greece like a true local, while also giving you the best deals on Greece luxury villas.
Take in the history: Aside from the usual suspects in Athens, Greece is full of ancient sites to explore. This includes the Palace of Knossos on Crete, an ancient Minoan palace; Old Town Corfu, a UNESCO Heritage Site known for its Venetian architecture; Delos Island, accessible from Mykonos; and so much more.
Go beach hopping: From the iconic Paradise Beach in Mykonos to the otherworldly Elafonissi Beach in Crete, Greece is teeming with a stunning variety of beaches to explore. Each offers a different vibe and experience, so visit as many as you can.
Admire the beauty: The sunsets from the picturesque village of Oia in Santorini. The crystal-clear waters and caves on Paleokastritsa Monastery in Corfu. The stunning landscapes of Samaria Gorge in Crete. Greece is home to some of the most beautiful vistas in the world, and taking them all in is a focal point of any Greek vacation.
Souvlaki: Skewers of meat (pork, lamb, or chicken), often served in a pita with tzatziki sauce.
Gyro: A rotating split of meat (often a mix of pork and lamb), also often served in a pita.
Moussaka: Made with layers of eggplant, minced meat, and béchamel sauce.
Greek Salad: Made with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, olives, and feta cheese.
Tzatziki: A creamy yogurt-based dip made with cucumbers, garlic, olive oil, and herbs.
Spanakopita: Savory pie made with phyllo pastry and filled with spinach and feta.
Your concierge can also arrange villa pre-stocking and private chef service on any villa stay.
Spring sees the weather start to warm and the flowers begin to bloom, making it a great time to visit. Average temperatures are 15-20°C (59-68°F) and average precipitation is 40-60 mm (1.6-2.4 in).
Summer sees dry weather and warm water temperatures, making it ideal for swimming and going to the beach. Average temperatures are 25-30°C (77-86°F) and average precipitation is 10-20 mm (0.4-0.8 in).
Autumn also sees warm temperatures, and the water is still comfortable enough to swim in. Average temperatures at this time are 15-25°C (59-77°F), and average precipitation is 60-100 mm (2.4-3.9 in).
Winter sees mild temperatures, especially along the coast. The more mountainous regions can get snow. Average temperatures at this time are 5-15°C (41-59°F), and average precipitation is 70-130 mm (2.8-5.1 in).
If you’re hoping to visit this beautiful country, Rental Escapes can elevate your Greece villa rental into a true luxury experience.
Our portfolio includes the finest Greece luxury villas, including villas on Mykonos, Santorini, Corfu, Crete, and more.
Your Rental Escapes reservations expert can find the best villa for your group, and your concierge personalizes your trip to create the ultimate Greek villa experience.
Contact us today to reserve your next dream holiday!