Antiparos at Greece One of top 10 destinations for spring 2023

With every wannabe influencer and their mother draping themselves over Santorini and Mykonos this summer, it might be time to turn your attention to another Cyclades stunner. {Booking now here}

Antiparos’s quiet beauty has increasingly drawn seclusion-seeking celebs: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson bought a villa here 15 years ago, while Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Matthew McConaughey have all been spotted enjoying an under-the-radar getaway (no, not with each other). {Booking now here}

The excellent selection of private villas with ridiculous Aegean views (Villa Melissa from White Key, Villa Emerald with Elite) probably helps. There’s also the many, many sandy beaches lapped by electric-blue shallows; the unpretentious fun of ’til-dawn cocktail bars (Boogaloo, Loco); and even a beach club/restaurant/boutique hotel, The Beach House, hidden in its own secret cove.

Where to stay: For whitewashed walls against bright blue skies and typical Cycladic architecture, Artemis hotel ticks the boxes. Or, for independent travellers, this Airbnb with its own large pool shouldn’t be missed. {Booking now here}

Featuring the traditional Cycladic architecture, Artemis Hotel is just 400 m from Agios Spiridonas Beach. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi and balcony overlooking the sea or surrounding areas. A sun terrace with snack bar is also offered.

The air-conditioned units include traditional wooden furnishings in white hues and a TV with satellite channels. They also have a private bathroom with shower.

Psaralyki Beach is 701 m away while Antiparos Port lies within a distance of 500 m. A supermarket can be found in 400 m . Free private parking is possible on site. {Booking now here}

The Rooster, Antiparos

The tiny island of Antiparos is a curious mix of go-slow wilderness and upscale Cycladic chic. Highfliers come and go to their modernist villas by helicopter, but hippies still hang out on the island’s campsite and party all night in the pint-sized port town. Straddling a peaceful valley overlooking Livadia bay, The Rooster bridges the two faces of the island beautifully. {Booking now here}

You could come here for a romantic escape, a wellness retreat, or even a family holiday. 16 stone villas, each with a private pool, are scattered among flourishing Mediterranean gardens. The vibe is more second home than hotel suite: tan-and-tawny interiors come with wine coolers and kimonos, and shady terraces with outdoor kitchens and showers let the natural surroundings sing. {Booking now here}

Although the location is remote, there’s plenty to fill slow days and star-spangled nights: sunrise salutations or sound baths in the House of Healing, a picnic on the empty beach, sunset margaritas in the open-air bar, seasonal Cycladic tapas in the Secret Garden, made with ingredients from the hotel’s organic farm. Should the urge to tap into your inner hippy strike, it’s only a ten-minute drive to the dinky bars in ‘downtown’ Antiparos. {Booking now here}

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