Skip the Islands and Drive Greece Instead
Collected by Andrew Richdale, AFAR Contributor
Filellinon 16, Athina 105 57, Greece
Owned by the world-renowned art collector Dakis Joannou and smartly decorated by quirky Brazilian designers the Campana brothers, the New Hotel is the city’s coolest upscale design-centric property, with 79 rooms (including seven suites) and...
1 Vasileos Georgiou A' str., Syntagma Square, Athina 10564, Greece
For iconic hotels in Athens, there are multiple addresses to call into, including sister property King George next door, but the Grande Bretagne is the city’s grande dame. The King and dame share an unbeatable location on Syntagma Square,...
Koutsi 205 00, Greece
It takes a bit of a scenic drive to get to Semeli, located in a small town near Nemea that winds up several rural residential roads, but when you get there you are rewarded with sweeping views of the Peloponnese and their exceptional Moschafilero,...
People will tell you that the drive to Elafonisos island is just 30 minutes from Monemvasia but allow 45 to navigate the adventurous roads through small towns. Wait for the ferry that allows cars (there are two) and then take the road to the left...
Monemvasia, Laconia, Peloponnese 230 70, Greece
Kinsterna Hotel & Spa is in an 800-year-old mansion. Guestrooms feature such details as original fireplaces and Byzantine domes. The hammamlike spa was inspired by the natural springs that flow through the property.
From $234. 30/273-206-6300....
From $234. 30/273-206-6300....
Monemvasia (meaning "one entry") is a medieval settlement in the Greek Peloponnese that is surrounded by a natural moat: the Mediterranean Sea. A bridge connects to land and parking is easy enough to find. Wander the streets and you'll pass a few...
Kallidromiou 94, Athina 114 73, Greece
If you tire of the crowds of tourists in Athens, wander a mile or so from the noise into Exarcheia. You'll find loads of cool bars, bookstores, and coffeeshops along with local punkish types in leather with mohawks. It's rough around the edges and...
Acropolis, Athens 116 36, Greece
The Acropolis is, for most people, the "can't miss" site. Because of its popularity it can be very busy, and the hours seem to change constantly. There's also the possibility that the workers might go on strike, which can mess with your plans as...
3/2 Khao Rd, Khwaeng Wachira Phayaban, Khet Dusit, กรุงเทพมหานคร 10300, Thailand
Just the tonic after a sticky-hot day in the city, Bathers Bar centers around a deco black-and-white-striped infinity pool. Crisp white chaises on the strip of croquet-perfect lawn offer front-row seats for watching the boats chug up and down the...
The Standard, High Line, 848 Washington St, New York, NY 10014, United States
With a floor-to-ceiling view of the city and massive chandeliers, this lounge (“The Boom Boom Room”) is the grandest bar in a town that prides itself on doing things big. Go before 10 p.m., when it closes to the public for private parties. For...
2727 Indian Creek Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33140, USA
Walk through the It Hostel of the U.S., The Freehand, and you'll find the Broken Shaker, which has redefined what it means to drink in Miami. You don’t have to be surrounded by oontz-oontz raves and a gaggle of muscle-y tourists. This James...
112 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704, USA
A compound-like hideaway on a leafy street a block from trendy South Congress, Hotel Saint Cecilia is a retro-glam love letter to the 1960s and '70s rock music scene, named for the patron saint of music and poetry. But that doesn’t mean that...
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