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Last updated: 26 December, 2022
Expert travel writer: Rachel Howard

Bang on Hydra’s only sandy bay, Mandraki, this five-star, adults-only resort wears its historic setting lightly.

Originally, the 200-year-old property was the home of Admiral Miaoulis, who led Hydra’s fleet into battle during the Greek War of Independence. Fortified Mandraki bay was the base for Hydra’s navy, and battle ships were built on the beach. Now plush sunbeds line the shallow bay, and you can eat sushi while you sunbathe.

The 17 minimalist suites and waterfront cabanas have beamed ceilings, arched windows, stone walls and soft lighting.

It’s a 3-minute boat ride or a 20-minute stroll from the animated café life of Hydra’s harbour, but it feels a world away.

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Key facilities

Airport transfers: Not available
Beach: Onsite
Fitness centre
Fitness classes
Golf course
Hot tub
Parking: Not available
Pool (adults only)
Pool (indoor)
Pool (outdoor)
Pool (kids)
Tennis courts
WiFi: Free

Food & drink

All inclusive
Kids menu
Restaurant on-site
Self catering
Additional charge

Room types


Room facilities

Air conditioning
Flat screen TV
Jacuzzi (private)
Pool (private)
Tea & coffee making facilities

Bedding options

2+ bedrooms
3+ beds
Connecting rooms
Rollaway/sofa bed

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Anemone Patisserie

Anemone Patisserie

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Best for ages: 4+ | Free

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Tetsis Home & Studio

Tetsis Home & Studio

Hydra, Greek Islands, Greece[2 miles]

Near Leonard Cohen’s old house is the former home of the late painter Panayiotis Tetsis – an evocative trove of tender portraits and luminous landscapes of Hydra. Downstairs, the general store run by his grandparents has been preserved as they left it, with dusty bottles of cherry brandy and hand-dipped beeswax candles.

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