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BEST WEDDING VENUES IN GREECE



THIS POST WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN FOR AND PUBLISHED IN ELLWED MAGAZINE (15/05/2021) - GREECE'S LEADING DESTINATION WEDDING PUBLICATION. YOU CAN SEE THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE.



7 DESIGN HOTELS ANY COUPLE GETTING MARRIED IN GREECE SHOULD CONSIDER


If I were to tell you my recipe for the perfect destination wedding, it would go something like this: warm Mediterranean sun, breathtaking sea views, staples of local cuisine on the menu, and ...great design.


Exclusively for you, I have curated a list of the 7 Greek hotels that will leave all of you design-aficionados in awe.

Whether what you are planning is an elopement, an intimate affair for just your family and friends, a bigger celebration or a honeymoon - you'll find here true wedding venue gems that seamlessly combine laid-back contemporary mediterranean interior design, fine architecture, and pristine nature. And all that across some of Greece's most stunning locations.

1. MILOS COVE

Inspired by the island's lunar-like, dramatic landscape, Milos Cove is the perfect venue for those looking for something out of the ordinary among the Greek islands. Milos Cove puts a contemporary spin on the "white house by the sea" aesthetic Greek islands are usually associated with. Instead, it embraces the volcanic greys, softened by shades of beige allowing for a sophisticated yet unpretentious feel.


WHERE: Milos FOR WHO: Explorers at heart & couples dreaming of a different kind of island wedding WHY WE LOVE IT: Epic ceremony backdrop potential



2. DEXAMENES SEASIDE HOTEL

A post-industrial space turned into a chic boutique hotel, with old wine tanks transformed into modern, elegant suites? No need to pinch yourself, it's not a dream, it's Dexamenes hotel. Designed by no other than K-studio, this hotel has everything: clean lines, raw, almost rough textures, complemented by the excellent choice of furniture and finishes. Allowing for complete exclusivity, this daring venue is perfect for a bigger yet private celebration, and all while marveling at the stunning sea views.


WHERE: Kourouta, Peloponnese FOR WHO: Bold minimalists looking for a 360 wedding experience and a big, fun party WHY WE LOVE IT: "Not your typical wedding venue" in the best way possible


3. THE WILD HOTEL BY INTERNI

The essence of relaxed luxury infused with an authentic Mykonos experience. This is the type of venue design-loving, cosmopolitan couples will fall in love with. Sitting right on the cliffside this venue offers a real, almost unspoiled island feel, carefully balanced with contemporary design. Perfect for brides&grooms looking for world-class comfort surrounded by pristine nature, where ceremony back drop opportunities are endless.



WHERE: Mykonos FOR WHO: The wild at heart, eclectic travelers WHY WE LOVE IT: Quiet luxury feel and Mediterranean lied-back coolness


4. THE ROOSTER

If there is one hidden gem the wedding industry insiders were guarding jealously all this time, it must be Antiparos. Tucked away on this piece of the paradise-on-earth island is The Rooster. Thanks to the intimate atmosphere, this boutique venue is perfect for small, intimate destination weddings and elopements. The earthy tones and the natural, almost organic finishes add an elevated feel to the idea of slow living. It is a dream location for those planning a celebration that feels authentic and easy, without losing on the romance and quiet elegance.



WHERE: Antiparos FOR WHO: Modern bohemians WHY WE LOVE IT: For their own, redefined luxury - slow living & reconnecting with nature


5. KALESMA

With a star-studded team working on this hotel, Kalesma makes for one of the most dreamy destination wedding venues out there. While the world-renowned K-studio designed a place that doesn't feel like a hotel at all, responsible for the interior Studio Bonarchi ensured it feels like a home away from home. Located off the main tourist area of the island, Kalesma offers privacy and uninterrupted, breathtaking sea views. Ideal location for medium to bigger size celebrations.

Added bonus? This venue does not only tick all the design boxes but also is approved for all sorts of civil and religious ceremonies. And it has an on-site chapel too!


WHERE: Mykonos FOR WHO: Design-conscious luxury travelers WHY WE LOVE IT: The state of the art design and craftsmanship


6. ISTORIA

Picture this: a boutique retreat right on the seafront of the famous black sand beach of Perivolos, modern Mediterranean design mastered to perfection, and a quiet, peaceful atmosphere that makes you feel time runs at a different pace here - it doesn't get much more perfect than this, does it? Carefully crafted by the Athens-based Interior Design Laboratorium, Istoria seduces with its tranquility, intimacy, and quiet, relaxed luxury - a perfect place to celebrate and romance.



WHERE: Santorini FOR WHO: Sophisticated aesthetes & romantics at heart WHY WE LOVE IT: For showing us a side of Santorini that we can't get enough of


7. PARILIO

The essence of the Cycladic serenity, where the scenic nature meets contemporary Mediterranean architecture. Parilio is the definition of minimalism done right - stripping the design of everything unnecessary to let the raw, quality materials take the center stage. Appreciated by the design and traveler communities alike, this sublime 33-suite retreat might just be the truest depiction of the "less but better" mantra.



WHERE: Paros FOR WHO: modern minimalists with a soft spot for Northern African design influences WHY WE LOVE IT: For the clean lines and making us fall in love with the elevated simplicity




All images curtesy of the mentioned hotels, all rights reserved.

Milos Cove: https://www.miloscove.com/, Dexamenes Seaside Hotel https://dexamenes.com/, The Wild Hotel https://thewildhotel.com/ , The Rooster https://theroosterantiparos.com/ , Kalesma https://www.kalesmamykonos.com/ , Istoria https://istoriahotel.gr/ , Parilio https://pariliohotelparos.com/