Anemomilos Apartments

Hora, Folegandros, Greece Book from Book from £193 per night

Spectacular views and spacious rooms built in Cycladic style atop a vertical cliff on 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 the sun always shines? Then here’s what to do next time. Fly to Athens or Santorini, take the 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 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.

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
  • 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

Lows

  • 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

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, consult the hotel's magazine or ask the staff for recommendations for things to see and do on the island: walks, boat trips, snorkelling spots etc.

Great for...

Beach
Family
Honeymoon
Wedding
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 19 Oct 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
  • 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:

Rooms

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.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Central heating
  • Coffee maker
  • Extra beds
  • Hairdryer
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Pillow menu
  • Pool / beach towels
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

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.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee maker
  • Hob or stove
  • Kitchenette
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • 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 fresh juices under the pergola

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:

Location

Anemomilos is a short walk from the centre of the beautiful white-washed village of Hora on the island of Folegandros. It overlooks the spectacular Aegean sea.

By Air / Ferry
There is no airport on Folegandros. Fly to Santorini (30km) and then take a ferry / hydrofoil to Folegandros (1-3 hours). Or fly to Athens and take a ferry / hydrofoil from Piraeus (4-8 hours). In summer, ferries run twice-daily; be aware that outside of peak months they may be less regular.

From the Port on Folegandros
You will be met for the short drive up to Hora.

By Car
If you wish to hire a car to explore the island, the hotel has a free car park.

Detailed directions with be provided when you confirm your booking through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Santorini 30.0 km JTR

Other:

  • Beach 3.0 km
  • Shops 0.2 km
  • Restaurant 0.3 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 7 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

We had a wonderful stay there..the setting is beautiful, room was lovely, although we were garden view and view was actually of the road. The staff were all exceptional, very friendly, helpful and kind with kids. The food, especially the breakfasts were delicious. Will definitely return!

10/10,

Such a wonderful relaxing place! Cornelia, Maria, Alex and all the rest of the staff could not have been more helpful and friendly and we just loved the peace and tranquillity of Folegandros. The setting is superb and the village has a lovely vibe, lively enough in the evenings to be fun. Would go back in a heartbeat and it's clear many people do.

9/10,

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,

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