Sifnos: the most delicious Greek island

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A bedroom at Verina SuitesDavid Loftus

Where to stay on Sifnos

Verina Hotels has three stylish boltholes: with its cliff-side setting, Verina Astra (doubles from about £145) is effortlessly sexy. All suites have stunning sea views, exclusive access to the dazzling infinity pool and small spa, and priority booking at new (in 2022) field-to-fork restaurant, Bostani. 

At Verina Terra (doubles from about £135), minimalist maisonettes are set around peaceful gardens and a family-friendly pool. Most guests take advantage of the daily yoga classes in a bamboo pavilion. Across the road on sandy Platis Gialos beach, there are sunbeds, pedalos, a couple of low-key beach bars, and half a dozen superb waterfront restaurants (including hot ticket Omega 3). 

Bang on Vathi bay, white-on-white Verina Villa (sleeps 18; from about £17,800 per week) has a gym, hammam, tennis court and saltwater pool, plus a fleet of canoes, kayaks and surfboards you can take to the beach, which is just beyond the garden gate. 

Hidden in an olive grove, Kamaroti (doubles from around £95) excels at mid-century-modern style in peaceful rural surroundings. Built and operated by two Spanish brothers, the vibe is seductively laid-back, and the Greco-Iberian food is fantastic. Gazpacho, spinach and halloumi salad, and Spanish potato salad are served poolside or under the olive trees. Genuinely friendly and stylish in a completely unpretentious way, this is one of those rare hotels that appeals to everyone — from loved-up couples to multi-gen families.

Nos (doubles from about £254) opened in summer 2022, bringing some much-needed pizzazz to the sleepy fishing village of Faros. Sun-kissed suites in shades of sand and olive are clustered around the photogenic pool and outdoor restaurant, where the modern Greek food is beautifully plated on local ceramics. Ask for a suite with views of Chryssopigi, the island’s prettiest monastery, which is a lovely 30-minute hike along a coastal trail. The outdoor treatment room has even more sensational views.

Sifnos House (doubles from £135) has simple, quiet rooms set back from the little port of Kamares and its seaside tavernas, sandy bay, and painterly sunsets. An effortless option for long weekenders and young families. 

Get inspired

Read The Greek House, Christian Brechneff’s lyrical memoir of his 30-year love affair with the island.

Getting here

From Athens, Sifnos is three hours by catamaran or five hours by ferry. For boat schedules, check openseas.gr. For maps and hiking trails, visit Sifnos Trails (sifnostrails.com).

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