Greece Hotels on Points/Miles

Pam

I am planning a trip to Greece next Spring with a friend and have been looking at Greece hotels on points/miles. If I’m doing all this research, I might as well write a post about it! I’ll be looking at the main islands and what you can book on each. Athens has soooo many options, so that will be easy for you to find—let’s concentrate on some of the islands.

 

Santorini

If you are going to Greece, you need to stay in Santorini for a couple of nights to experience the drop-dead views that it offers. There are a couple of options in Oia (my favorite area of Santorini), but they are sometimes hard to book. It seems like SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World) isn’t giving a lot of availability ahead of time. I hope that will change. For my upcoming trip, I am going to book a stay in Imerovigli, too, just for a different option.

 

santorini greece

Oh, the views in Oia, Santorini!

 

My first choice would be the Canaves Oia Suites which Jess stayed at. It is a Hyatt SLH hotel, and I haven’t found availability yet for it, but I am hoping it pops up soon. It is a category 8 hotel, so standard award nights cost 40K Hyatt points/night. I definitely won’t be staying more than a couple of nights there.

 

Breakfast items on table overlooking blue water

Jess said breakfast at Canaves Oia Suites was amazing!

 

I am thinking of going to the San Antonio, which is located in Imerovigli (about 24 minutes from Oia). It, too, is a category 8 Hyatt SLH hotel. It definitely has a gorgeous view! Standard pricing is also 40K Hyatt points/night.

 

 

Pool area of hotel with ocean view

Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

 

A more economical stay in Imerovigli would be On the Rocks, a category 6. This can be booked for 30K Hyatt points/night.

 

Sun deck of hotel

I could see myself enjoying this beautiful sun deck at On the Rocks!

 

Magma Resort Santorini is 20 minutes from Oia and looks amazing. If you want to be out of the frenzy that can be Oia, this SLH hotel looks gorgeous. It is located in Vourvoulos and is a part of the Unbound Collection by Hyatt. This would allow me to check off another brand with my Hyatt Bingo, otherwise known as the Brand Explorer Award. It is a category 7 hotel, and I can book it for 35K Hyatt points/night.

 

Lounge chairs by infinity pool

This infinity pool with a sea view has me wanting to book this resort. Photo courtesy of Hyatt.

 

There are several Marriott hotels in Oia, but they are hard to find availability at and cost so much more in points/miles. The ones that you might stay at include Marriott Mystique (100k points/night), Nous Hotel (80K points/night), and Vedema, A Luxury Collection (73K points/night).

 

Screenshot of Mystique hotel cost

 

Crete

On my next trip, I want to go to Crete, so these are some hotels that I will consider. I will take a high-speed ferry from Oia to Crete that will take about 2 hours.

Marriott Blue Palace Elounda is a consideration for me. It has been highly recommended and can be booked for 70K points/night if I can find availability. The hotel is carved into the beautiful Cretan hillside with stunning views of the sea.

 

Hotel pool with views of ocean

Photo by Marriott.

 

Domes of Elounda, an Autograph Collection at 73K points/night is another option for me. I have always liked the boutique feel of Autograph Collections, and this is an all-inclusive resort. Now, that makes it more desirable to me. 73K points/night for an all-inclusive stay doesn’t sound bad. Elounda is the location of many nice resorts in Crete.

 

Pool are of hotel with view of ocean.

Photo by Marriott.

 

Domes Zeen Chania, a Luxury Collection Resort is located in the Chania area of Crete and is supposed to be a popular area of the island. This is the hotel my daughter is staying at in the fall, and I am waiting to book until she gives me the full report. The cost for a night here is 73k points.

 

Lobby of hotel with views of water.

Photo from Marriott site.

 

Mykonos

Jess loved her stay at the Mykonos Riviera Hotel & Spa which is an SLH and can be booked for 35K Hyatt points/night.

 

Girl relaxing on lounge chair overlooking pool and marina

Jess loved her relaxing stay here.

 

For a less expensive stay, I would choose the Archipelagos Hotel, which is only 21K Hyatt points/night (off-peak). It, too, is a Small Luxury Hotel. Drenched in the blue and white colors that are “so Greece,” it looks like a great choice for fewer points. It is a category 6 hotel.

 

Hotel balcony view of sea.

Photo from Hyatt site.

 

The Mykonos Ammos Hotel is also a category 6 hotel and can be booked for 25K points/night. It is adjacent to the azure waters of the Aegean Sea and comes with private beach access for guests.

 

Lounge chairs on beach in front of blue water.

This beach access is a major draw. Photo from Hyatt site.

 

Again, there are several Marriott properties. These run about 70K points/night, and when compared to a top Hyatt stay for 45K points/night, you can see why Hyatt offers outsized value. Some Marriott contenders are Myconian Kyma and O by Myconian, Mykonos, a Member of Design Hotels.

 

Paros

I loved my stay in Paros a couple of years ago. The Cosme, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paros would have been a great choice to stay at. However, it costs over 100K Marriott points/night usually. I did find one night for 84K points. Yikes!

 

Overview of hotel near sea.

Photo from Marriott site.

Milos

Milos is a Greek island that I would like to visit also. In fact, it was a major contender for my upcoming trip after a friend raved about it. The Domes White Coast Milos would be a great place to stay there. It is a category 6 SLH and would cost 25K Hyatt points/night.

 

White hotel with pool view

Photo from Hyatt site.

 

Bottom Line

There are many hotel brand options in Greece. Hyatt just partnered with the Mr. and Mrs. Smith brand, and they have many hotels on the Greek islands. As that rolls out, we will see more and more hotels to book. IHG and Hilton also have hotels in Greece but, like Marriott, they cost considerably more to book. Once again, if I am going to Greece, I will most likely stay at a Hyatt hotel as the price is so much lower. Greece hotels on points/miles prove that Hyatt is king.

White buildings overlooking blue water

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  1. Shawnna Rule says:

    Greece is my ultimate dream vacation. I’m newer in this game and have previously only booked AI vacation packages that include transfers and air. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed trying to figure out all the details of how to get from one place to another in Greece, how much money to budget for excursions and food/souvenirs. If you don’t mind sharing, I also would be very interested in the other detail of your planning besides the hotel options (which were helpful)! 🙂 Thanks!!

    • Pam says:

      Look at all of our destination reports about Greece to learn more about what we’ve done and how we’ve flown to Greece. We either take a ferry or a plane to the other islands. It’s so hard to figure out a budget as everyone does it different. When I go, I don’t do a lot of excursions – usually a catamaran tour and then relaxing. Our other reports give what to do on the different islands.

  2. Tara says:

    Thank you for sharing this info. I am planning a trip to Greece in Sept 2024. I also have some Marriott and Hyatt points to burn, and have been looking at many of the hotels that you mentioned. In particular, the Canaves Oia Suites is not showing any reward rooms available. In your experience, could that change as we approach our travel dates? I appreciate any help.

  3. Jennifer Harrington says:

    What airline did you fly that had the best use of points ?

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