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Luxury Kos Holidays

Ancient ruins and beautiful beaches


You'll find the island of Kos in the south-east of the Aegean Sea, just a short hop from Turkey. It's one of the biggest Dodecanese islands, with a verdant interior (ideal for walkers and cyclists) and a coastline edged with sandy beaches and peacock-blue waters.

Beach resorts line up along the island’s north coast – Lambi and Mastihari both offer golden sands and traditional tavernas. In the West is the whitewashed town of Kefalos, where a mix of stunning beach and charming old buildings draw visitors in.

Kos lines up plenty of history, too. There are Roman ruins and the 15th century Castle of the Knights of St. John in Kos Town (the unmistakably Greek island capital), plus the ancient healing temple of Asklepion, a few kilometres outside town.

As for day trip options, the Turkish town of Bodrum is a short ferry ride from Kos Town’s harbour and features an Ottoman castle and a smart waterfront area filled with restaurants and cafés.  

Samantha Grist

For fantastic views over Kos, I'd recommend a visit to the village of Zia, up in the mountains in the centre of the island.

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Georgina Bunn

If you're interested in history, pay a visit to Nerantzia Castle, or the Castle of the Knights. Built in the 14th century on the site of a former Byzantine fortress, it stands tall at the entrance to Kos Town's port.

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Our pick of the top hotels in Kos
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel and Spa

Kos, Lambi

Blue Lagoon Village

Kos, Kefalos

Neptune Resort and Spa

Kos, Mastihari
Destinations in Kos
Kefalos is the name of a peninsula and town in western Kos. The whitewashed town – once the island capital – sets itself back from the miles-long sands of its sought-after beach.
Lambi is the next-door neighbour of island capital Kos Town. The beach-skimmed suburb gets progressively more peaceful as you move north towards the tip of Kos.
Mastihari is a portside village with a sandy beach on one side and bay-side hotels on the other. It’s also the starting line for day trips to mountainous Kalimnos Island.

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Flight Information

The flight to Kos is around 3 hours 45 minutes from the UK. 

When to go

Kos has a long holiday season, with pool-perfect temperatures kicking in from around May and staying put well into October. Rain is a rarity, so expect (and dress for) long hours of sunshine. July and August are the hottest months, where temperatures stick firm in the low 30s. 

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Greece


In Greece, a service charge will be included in the bill at restaurants and bars. Much like the UK, an additional tip is not required, although is appreciated for particularly good service. It is common to round off the amount when paying cash, particularly with wait staff and taxi drivers. 

Introduction to languages

The official language of Greece is Greek.  English is widely spoken, too, so getting by is easy. 

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