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Kos

Our verdict:

One of the Dodecanese chain of Aegean islands, with nonstop flights from many UK airports, Kos wins Oscars for its long sandy beaches and a broad spectrum of 4 and 5 star contemporary hotels, some adult only and several all inclusive. If you want an injection of culture, stroll the narrow streets of the old town, explore several archaeological sites and visit an imposing castle.

Recommended tour operator: Classic Collection

Classic Collection says

The Greek island of Kos, one of the Dodecanese, is rapidly emerging as a top choice for luxury holidays with a raft of contemporary hotels which feel a million miles away from the party atmosphere of Kos Town.

  • Adult-only hotels
  • All-inclusive options
  • Great beaches

There’s so much more than just top notch hotels, though. Kos also boasts some fantastic sandy beaches, ancient Roman sites, Venetian castles and even Hippocrates’ plane tree, where the famous philosopher shared his thoughts.

Kos is easy to reach too with non-stop flights from a choice of 13 UK airports.

Our team has selected only the best hotels in Kos – they represent outstanding value for money as well as excellent service, facilities, accommodation and contemporary style.

Opened in May 2019, the Ikos Aria is part of the award-winning Ikos group, renowned for their five star all-inclusive resorts. Popular amongst couples and families alike, Ikos’ Infinite Lifestyle plan includes dining options in eight restaurants, including local tavernas, as well as a host of activities.

The Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel & Spa is for adults only with a contemporary vibe just across the road from a  fabulous sandy beach and only 20 minutes’ stroll from Kos Town.

Five outdoor pools, an excellent kids club and wide choice of restaurants help make the Astir Odysseus a popular choice. It’s located in a peaceful spot bang on the gorgeous Tingaki beach and we love the fact that all rooms have a sea view.

For grown-up pampering, it’s hard to beat Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso with its outstanding spa, lagoon pools and lazy river plus its own private shingle beach. The resort even has its own PADI dive school on site.

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