“Spectacular views and spacious rooms built in Cycladic style atop a vertical cliff on Folegandros, one of Greece’s tiniest islands”
After a brief drive past mysterious moonlit cliffs and glimpsed white-washed chapels, his smiling wife Cornelia shows you to a spacious and spotless blue-white room. When you wake up, step out onto the balcony for a view you will never forget. A plunging drop to a sea so clear and turquoise you can see the urchins on the seabed; a trio of humped islets floating on a misty horizon; and above, a pyramid of rock crowned by a graceful, white-washed church. Your troubles are over; prepare to relax.
- The clifftop location is breathtaking - you could spend days just soaking up the view
- The studio rooms are spacious and Greek-chic, with sitting areas and kitchenettes
- We loved the way the hotel feels like an extension of the picturesque village of Hora, whose tavernas are on your doorstep
- The impeccable and welcoming service from Cornelia and her fabulous team
- You'll have to drive or take a boat cruise to reach Folegandros' lovely little beaches
- It books up early, especially for summer
- The restaurant is new since we visited so we're yet to sample the food for ourselves, but we've heard great things
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 1 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
The studios and suite are stylishly simple and classically Greek: each has white-washed walls, blue shutters and bedclothes, a blue striped sofa, marble-topped table, kitchenette with electric rings and fridge - and view to die for. There are some pretty touches - an antique wooden swivel chair, a stencilled black cat over the window, intricate lace doilies made on the island - but nothing too fancy. Directors' chairs and a paraffin lamp await on the balcony, for star-filled evenings al fresco. And everything works beautifully: plenty of hot water, soft sheets, large towels.
The sea-facing Blue Studios are worth the extra cost for the stunning views, but the village facing Green Studios get a slice of view too, often framed by flowers. The Suite offers a separate living area and kitchen, 2 spacious balconies and a prime spot overlooking the old town and Aegean Sea; but, location aside, we actually preferred the Blue Studios. Every bathroom has a shower cubicle and hairdryer. Most rooms have double beds and 1 or 2 single beds as well. One has been made accessible for wheelchair users, with a small space from where you can see the view. All have satellite TV, WiFi and air conditioning.
- Air conditioning
- Beach umbrellas
- Central heating
- Coffee maker
- Extra beds
- Hob or stove
- Pillow menu
- Pool / beach towels
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
All meals are served at the lovely poolside restaurant, which, like the rest of the hotel, perches on the edge of the clifftop and comes with those killer views. Alternatively, if you prefer privacy, choose to have your food brought to your room.
Breakfast includes piping-hot omelettes, Greek cheese pies, toasted sandwiches, preservative-free jams, yoghurt and fruit salad. Feasting on all this while admiring the view from beneath the bamboo-shaded pergola really is a fabulous way to start the day.
The lunch and dinner menu, though not particularly imaginative, features dishes that are light, fresh and perfect for a summer evening - think pasta with local shrimps, Greek salads, sea bass with hazelnut and fennel. At sunset, head to the poolside bar for a zingy cocktail or a glass of delicate Greek wine (or perhaps a milkshake for the little ones) before ambling over to the restaurant for dinner.
If you prefer to eat out, follow your nose down to one of the churchside village squares. Previous clients have recommended the Punta restaurant (in Chora), where the buses from the port turn around.
- Coffee maker
- Hob or stove
- Lunch by arrangement
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Explore the delightful village on your doorstep, with its whitewashed flower-decked houses, its cobbled and part-covered lanes, its century-old chapels with carved marble doorframes, its open-air tavernas with their friendly cats
- In summer, book a boat trip around the island (leaves around 10am from Karavostasis port), stopping at secluded pebble beaches with gin-clear waters
- In the off season, you can hire a moped or small car (if you don't mind steep, narrow lanes) to explore the island's only other village, Ano Meria
- Or hike along walled mulepaths to find your own cliff-ringed bay for solo swims
- Back at the hotel, cool off in the circular pool built around the living rock, stopping for snacks and fresh juices under the pergola
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
Well behaved children are welcome at the hotel, there are 3 cots available for little ones and a please-all lunch menu. Babysitting isn't available and its cliffside location is not ideal for toddlers. Children over 3 years pay a supplement for an extra bed.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Family friendly accommodation:
Extra Beds Available