Anemomilos Apartments

Hora, Folegandros, Greece Book from Eur150

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
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Breakfast (+ snacks)
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 28 Oct 2015 - 27 Apr 2016...
  • 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
  • Wifi internet

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...

10/
Rooms
9/
Food
10/
Service
10/
Value
10/
Overall

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