Anemomilos Apartments

Hora, Folegandros, Greece Book from Book from £133 per night

Spacious studio rooms built in Cycladic style on the clifftop of Folegandros, one of Greece’s tiniest islands
Have you ever had one of those days where you just want to close your eyes, and wake up on a remote island where everybody is friendly and everything is clean and the sun always shines? Then here’s what to do next time. Fly to Athens or Santorini, take the evening ferry to the tiny Cycladic island of Folegandros and hop into the waiting minibus of bright-eyed Dimitris Patellis.

After a brief drive past mysterious moonlit cliffs and glimpsed white-washed chapels, his smiling wife Cormelia 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.

Highs

  • 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
  • There's also a small swimming pool and a snack bar, all with those plunging sea vistas
  • We loved the way the hotel feels like an extension of the picturesque village of Hora, whose tavernas and whitewashed alleys are on your doorstep

Lows

  • You'll have to walk, drive or take a boat cruise to reach Folegandros' lovely little beaches
  • It books up early, especially for summer
  • It's hard to reach, especially outside summer, when ferries do not run every day
  • It's even harder to leave

Best time to go

Without doubt, May-June and September are the best times: pleasantly warm, delightfully uncrowded (an island this size fills quickly). April and October are also lovely if you don't mind the cooler sea / weather respectively. In high summer (July-August) you will be jostling for elbow room (and Anemomilos rooms) with Athenians, but there is a lovely friendly buzz in the tavernas and bars.

Our top tips

Don't rush this place. Allow 2 more days than you initially planned. Bring some novels (you can swop them when you're done); borrow a backgammon set from the hotel (they'll explain the rules); let yourself slow down and switch off. But if you do get itchy feet, buy the 1:15,000 Anavasi map to explore the footpaths, or bring a mask and snorkel to make the most of the boat trips.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Breakfast (+ snacks)
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Daily Maid Service
  • Towels & Bedlinen
Room: Green Studio

Rooms

The studios and apartment are stylishly simple and classically Greek: white-washed walls, blue shutters and bedclothes, a blue striped sofa, marble-topped table, kitchenette with electric rings and fridge - and a 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, a bath plug which fits, 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. Bathrooms have a shower cubicle and a hairdryer. Most rooms have a double bed 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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Tv
  • WiFi

Eating

The hotel provides a healthy breakfast including piping-hot omelettes, homemade cakes, preservative-free jams, freshly-squeezed orange juice, yoghurt and fruit salad - choose from the menu daily. The view from the bamboo-shaded pergola is stunning - just as well, as you may have to wait a while for your breakfast to arrive.

A homely snack menu of, according to island stocks, omelettes, dips, pies and juices is available throughout the day and all rooms have kitchenette with electric rings, fridge, cooking equipment.

For dinner, follow your nose down to one of the churchside village squares where, under the branches of a mulberry tree and a swinging string of light bulbs, a laughing waiter will avoid the darting children to serve you unbeatable home cooking on a wobbly wooden table. Artichokes with dill and potatoes, fava (split pea purée), kontosouvli (roast sweetbreads) and hot apple pie are springtime highlights. Previous clients have also recommended the Punta restaurant (in Chora), where the buses from the port turn around.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Hob stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • 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 frappé coffees under the pergola. But don’t forget which day your ferry leaves

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

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.

Best for:

Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Extra Beds Available

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

10/10
Room
9/10
Food
10/10
Service
9/10
Value
10/10
Overall

The service and attention to detail were unsurpassable. Cornelia and Diana could not do enough for us. We were so sad to leave!

10/10,

We really loved this place, the strictest critic in the world couldn’t fault it , guaranteed!
The rooms are comfortable and spacious, great balcony, bathrooms with all amenities, nice touches ( beach umbrella, beach bags and towels..)
The public areas are outstanding with breathtaking views of the sea and the rest of the island. Watching the sunset from their bar on the edge of the cliff whilst drinking a glass of wine..it is just something you can’t put a price on and leaves you truly speechless. Nice area around the pool , although the pool itself is not big , it is pleasant enough to spend a lazy day.
What made the stay really special, was the service provided by the family ( Diana , the mother, brother and father) and the waiter Alex.
Thanks to them and to their flawless service and kindness and professionalism, the atmosphere of this place is just magic and as soon as you walk in you somehow feel at home.
For the first time I really experienced the “home away from home” sensation. There aren’t too many restaurants and I have to say, this isn’t a bad thing at all. Pretty much all the little restaurants around the square are quite authentic and they serve very good local food, you can spend the week trying every night a different one, you won’t be disappointed..
Folrgandros isn’t really the place for tourist traps. So relax!
The restaurant the really stands out is Spitiko ( I hope this is the right spelling). A middle aged woman ( the typical Greek “mother”) cooks the most amazing home made food and as I said at the end of the meal …she makes you want to hug her and thank her for the outstanding culinary experience.
Definitively try to get to Folegandros via Santorini ( I think it is the nearest main airport…maybe Milos but I can’t imagine there are too many international flights ) if you can find a decent flight
We went via Athens and although the ferry trip with SeaJet was smooth it is certainly 5 hours (10 return) we could have saved for yet more amazing time on the island, too long.
Beach:
Ambeli, Agios Nicholas and Stefanos , Katergo , Livadaki top top top …
For most of them you only have 2 choices
1. Rent a car or a scooter but there is only so far you can go, then the road stops and the dirt track begins and then…….it’s a HIKE!! ( The hike to Livadaki beach and back almost killed us …way way too hard! 50 minutes each way under the scorching, relentless sun)
2. Get information about the boat services. There are boats from the main beaches (port and Angali, Livadi etc) that can be easily reached.
Generally speaking, there are 2-3 boat services in the morning to take you there and other 2-3 in the afternoon to take you back, so you have to plan your day around their time schedule.
This hotel is a great choice and fits perfectly your website and the concept of uniqueness you are trying to convey.

10/10,

We had a wunderfull stay at Anemomilos Apartments. An idyllic place with breathtaking views.

10/10,

Anemomilos is one of the loveliest places I have ever stayed. From the beautifully appointed and maintained apartment to the fabulous food served on the terrace, with its unrivalled view of the Aegean.
Sat atop the beautiful village of Hora, Anemomilos is the ideal place for the world-weary to unwind: peaceful and relaxing, secluded yet lively, with a twist of good conversation thrown in, should you need it.
For those who also want to escape corporate blandness and saccharine smiles, Anemomilos is the perfect antidote. The people here are special, combining a warmth, kindness and generosity of spirit that I have never encountered before - I felt like one of the family rather than a guest.
I cannot thank Cornelia, Diana, Dimitris and Alex enough for such a wonderful visit.

10/10,

Anenomilos was fantastic. I'm in awe of the beauty of the island and undoubtedly Anenomilos has the best spot on the island.
The family and team were faultless - talked to us as much or as little as we wanted and were very helpful when we caught up with the ferry strikes.
would recommend highly

10/10,

We really would recommend anyone going to Folegandros to stay here. Run by a lovely family with first class service and spectacular views. Can't wait to return!

10/10,

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