Luxury and boutique hotels in Kos

The art of hospitality arguably originated on the Greek island of Kos, when Hippocrates (he of the ‘oath’ fame) established the world’s first ever hospital. And wellbeing remains a mainstay of this Dodecanese isle, where today you’ll find a new crop of boutique stays emerging helping to banish its long-held association with package holidays. Uncover gloriously secluded beaches, clamber over the mountainous interior, scamper among the many Greek, Roman or Byzantine ruins, or relax and do as the ancients did: sip the island’s locally produced wines and stare out across the Aegean to the glittering Turkish coast. Good health, indeed.

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Getting there

  • Planes

    Kos International Airport is on the western side of the island and is served by hundreds of European and global destinations. London is well-served, with direct British Airways flights starting in May, 2019.
  • Boats

    You can island-hop from Piraeus in Athens on a ferry that takes 11 hours to get Kos, stopping at Rhodes, Patmos, Leros, Kalymnos and plenty other sun-soaked isles. There’s also a boat that takes 40 minutes from Kos Town to Bodrum, on the Turkish mainland.