While Greece may be universally regarded as the cradle of Western Civilization, it is currently one of the most popular vacation spots in the world. Attracting more than 28 million visitors a year, people flock to the cities, quaint villages and seductive beaches.

The Greek islands have a unique appeal with their deep blue waters, pristine coastlines, sun-bleached architecture and energetic nightlife.

A holiday in Greece can be the trip of a lifetime and discerning travellers know that the difference between an average vacation and a fantastic getaway is your location. Here is our list of the ultimate luxury hotels that offer million-dollar views.

Cretan Indulgence

Hugging the coast of Elounda, on the island of Crete; Blue Palace, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa is an upscale beachfront resort near the Areti Monastery.

Featuring stunning 2-3 bedroom villas with private pools and fireplaces, the luxury suites offer separate living rooms, jacuzzis and 4-poster beds. All rooms have panoramic views of the crystal-clear waters and 5-star amenities.

You also have easy access to both cultural and gastronomical experiences on the island in nearby historic villages and local wineries. The hotel has a private beach, five restaurants offering exquisite cuisine, three bars and a world-class spa.

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Magical Mykonos

Situated on 10 acres by the sea, Bill & Coo Suites and Lounge is a luxury boutique hotel in Mykonos. Each of the elegant and well-appointed suites has stunning ocean views with many excellent vantage points where you can watch a soul-stirring sunset and see the sacred island of Delos and the picturesque chapel of St. John.

Contemporary and chic, it’s a favorite hang for jet-setters that combines a gorgeous setting, pristine accommodations and superb amenities. The suites come with Jacuzzis, private pools, huge beds, high-end linens and ultra-modern furnishings. They also have an exquisite hotel restaurant, bar, stylish spa and a sleek infinity pool that delivers unforgettable views of the bay near Mykonos City.

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Santorini Fantasy

Carved into the rugged Caldera cliffs; Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, overlooks the turquoise expanse of the Aegean Sea on the island of Santorini. Sought out for its unique design based on Cycladic architecture, it boasts gentle curves and sculpted arches that seamlessly blend into the surrounding rocks.

Linked by a network of cobbled pathways. Mystique has 40 well-appointed cave-style suites and villas some with Jacuzzis, fitness rooms and open-air dining areas.

The hotel has two swimming pools, two restaurants, two bars, a wine cellar, a rejuvenating Asian Spa, and gym which all offer stunning views of the ocean and the active volcano that inhabits the island.

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Athens Antiquity

If you desire unparalleled luxury in the heart of Athens, look no further than Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Showcasing breathtaking views of the fabled Acropolis, Syntagma Square, Parliament and Olympic Stadium, it literally puts living history at your fingertips.

Opened in 1874, this historic hotel marries charming old-world elegance with state-of-the-art facilities. The sophisticated suites have antique furnishings, separate living areas and 24-hour personalized butler service.

You can indulge at their elegant rooftop restaurant and bar with Acropolis views, or relax in the refined cigar lounge. There’s also a fitness studio and luxury spa, as well as indoor and outdoor pools.

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Santorini Serenity

The Astra Suites is a contemporary and luxurious all-suite hotel located atop volcanic cliffs on the outskirts of the picturesque village of Imerovigli near the Santorini caldera. It is highly regarded for being one of the best locations on the island for enjoying the famous Grecian sunsets.

Experience this breathtaking natural wonder from your own private balcony, swimming pool or jacuzzi. Imerovigli is a tranquil respite from the bustling capital and is coveted for its peaceful and relaxed atmosphere.

You can stroll along the white-washed streets and buildings or visit the iconic blue-domed Cycladic churches and chapels. At the hotel, swim in the stunning infinity pool, indulge at the Astra Restaurant, relax by the pool bar or unwind with a restorative massage.

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