Updated September 4, 2016
Tips and Recommendations
- Ios has incredible beaches. Mylopotas and Manganari are two of the best in Greece.
- Ios is known for its nightlife (and it’s great) but if you want to avoid the parties and just have a relaxing visit that’s easy to do too.
- Ios has great local food and restaurants. Some of the best places I’ve eaten at on the Greek islands have been in Ios.
- If you visit Santorini but then feel you’ve missed out on the idyllic greek beaches you’ve been dreaming of then a visit to Ios is a great choice. The 2 islands complement each other perfectly and are only 50 minutes apart by ferry.
- The 2 best restaurants on Ios are Ammos (Chora) and Salt (Mylopotas Beach). The best nightclub in Ios is Traffic (Chora) – it starts getting busy about 11pm.
The Best Hotel on Ios
Ios does not have the variety of luxury hotels that Santorini or Mykonos have but it does have great beaches, wonderful food, and an unhurried feel. Below is my favorite luxury hotel on Ios and a few others if Ios Palace is fully booked (as often happens).
Ios Palace – Mylopotas Beach – Check Prices
Hotel phone: + 30 22860 92000
This is a great hotel set directly on one Myloppotas Beach, one of Greece’s best beaches. The hotel has 3 pools, a very good restaurant, and pool bar that overlooks the beach. The largest town on Ios, Chora, is a short 5 minute bus ride or a steep 20 minute walk away – and there you’ll find a beautiful traditional Greek village, with some great restaurants, and a very active nightlife.
3 More Great Hotels on Ios
If the Ios Palace Hotel is sold out then have a look at these hotels.
Agalia Luxury Suites – Chora – Check Prices
A super luxurious hotel in a semi-secluded area. The port is 1 mile away and the Chora about 2.5 miles. Two very good (and quiet) beaches are within walking distance. 3 of the 14 suites have private pools.
Liostasi Hotel & Spa – Chora – Check Prices
The best hotel within an easy walk of the Chora’s nightlife and restaurants. Buses run regularly to Mylopotas beach. Rooms are simply decorated but large and relaxing.
Levantes Boutique Hotel – Mylopotas Beach – Check Prices
A very nice hotel with an elegant pool and great views from it’s perch on the hill. The only caveat here is that’s it’s a steep walk down to Mylopotas Beach or into the Chora (less steep but longer). If you stay here you’ll probably be taking the bus a fair bit.