Luxury holidays in Dodecanese

Through the centuries, the Dodecanese (‘twelve islands’) have been scrapped over by a succession of knights, Crusaders, Ottomans and Romans. You can see why these postcard-perfect islands in the sunniest corner of the Aegean called siren-like to all those pesky invaders: the sea here is so achingly blue and bright that your eyes need time to adjust. While Rhodes and Kos can be tourist-heavy, the crowds are easy to swerve in favour of secluded beaches, archeological gems and island-hopping. History buffs can sit under the ancient plane tree on Kos where Hippocrates once taught, avid walkers can clamber over craggy Kalymnos and sun-seekers will find serenity on Pserimos…

When to go

July and August are the busiest for tourists, so we prefer June or early September. Temperatures are balmy from Easter through October, though you’ll need to plan ahead: there are less frequent flights and ferries in the quieter months.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Both Easyjet and Ryanair fly direct to Rhodes and Kos. You can reach Astypalaia, Kalymnos, and Karpathos by domestic flights from Athens.
  • Boats

    The islands are connected by ferry and hydrofoil.
  • Automobiles

    We’d hire a car for exploring Rhodes and Kos, but you can easily scoot around the smaller islands on a rented moped.