Hot new holiday spots on Mykonos and the Sporades

Fishermen’s cottages, architect-designed villas and a smashing mansion

Jura villa on the Greek island of Alonissos, through The Thinking Traveller
Jura villa on the Greek island of Alonissos, through The Thinking Traveller

The islands of Greece have maintained their cachet for millennia, and no surprise; their blend of ample sun, placid cobalt seas and genial, unfettered Mediterranean culture is hard to top. So much so that Italy specialist The Thinking Traveller (www.thethinkingtraveller.com) – whose Think Sicily and Think Puglia private villa portfolios range from quirky converted barns to Lampedusa-calibre palazzi – has expanded its reach here. The focus: the sparsely populated, sylvan Sporades – Skopelos and Alonissos – with a compelling mix of elegantly upcycled fishermen’s cottages and architect-designed modern statements (from £1,218 a week). Over on Mykonos, Ileana von Hirsch, co-founder of Five Star Greece (www.fivestargreece.com) and the once-and-forever doyenne of all things Cycladean, has the exclusive on a smashing five-bedroom mansion (price on request) overlooking the opalescent waters of Agios Ioannis, with sleek white-on-blue interiors and, outside, an infinity pool from which to watch the sun set behind Delos.

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