Despite being an extraordinarily beautiful and hospitable country, with no fewer than 227 inhabited islands and a cultural history that is second to none, Greece has long been a paradoxical place for affluent American travelers. Surprisingly, it can boast relatively few hotels of note, and, worse, many of the ones that do exist are located on either Santorini or Mykonos, islands that have become badly overcrowded, haunted by large cruise ships and plagued by the prevailing obsession with Instagram. Recently, however, there have been signs that things are changing for the better.
On Paros, an island in the Cyclades, to the southwest of Mykonos, Parīlio is a new 33-suite enclave, located close to the pretty fishing port of Naoussa. The resort has been designed in a traditional style, with natural stone and a neutral color palette, and it offers a dramatic pool, a spa and a restaurant serving seasonal Greek and Mediterranean cuisine under the supervision of well-known chef Alexandros Tsiotinis. Paros can be reached via a 40-minute flight from Athens. Parīlio is not alone, though. The upscale international brand One&Only Resorts recently broke ground on the construction of a 75-villa property on the Aegean island of Kéa.