Why Syros and Tinos are the luxury Greek islands to visit now

Villa Enyalos on the Cycladic island of Tinos, designed by architect Alexis Kontodimas

There are – literally – several thousand more islands dotted around Greece than you might imagine. Between one and six thousand, allegedly. Family holidays, year after year, have taken me to a very special destination: Corfu. Without being overly cliche, its diamond blue seas, pebble beaches and rustic tavernas effectively blinded me to the other Greek island options. Why look beyond heaven?

In the name of travel, that’s why. In 2022, finally, I have successfully ventured beyond the northwestern border of Greece – helped by White Key Villas, the top luxury villa rental company, which was snuffed out by The Thinking Traveler in 2021. And what a union: The Thinking Traveler, founded in 2002, already has a fleet of the best places to stay in Sicily, Puglia, Corsica and Mallorca – and their entry into the Greek market is welcome. The thing about Thinking Traveler is that they only accept villas that have a “soul”, from a legendary palace to a minimalist Le Corbusier-style villa in pristine white. It’s a mantra that has served them well – these places are aesthetically stunning, sculpturally placed and, above all, unique. It’s luxury with a capital L – think: “if James Bond made villas”.

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