Anemomilos Boutique Hotel

Hora, Folegandros, Greece Book from Book from £124 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. Flagged paths lead to the hotel's pool and restaurant, the other way into the photogenic alleys of Hora town. 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; some have rooftop terraces or bougainvillea-shaded patios
  • Most can sleep 2 additional children (or adults) using the very comfy built-in sofabeds
  • 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 terrace bar sometimes fills up with non-residents enjoying a sundowner here
  • Some rooms are more private than others

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
Romantic
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 17
  • Restaurant and bar
  • 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
  • Laundry Service
Room:

Rooms

The studios and suites are stylishly simple and classically Greek: each has white-washed walls, blue shutters and café chairs, a stone-built sofa or two, and a balcony or terrace (most with sea views to die for). There's a pleasing mix of contemporary comforts (kitchenette, air-con) and pretty touches (local lace doilies, stencils of black cats which make you look twice); 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.

We think the Sea View Studios are worth the extra cost for the stunning views, but the village-facing studios give you a pretty, flower-framed slice of island life. The Superior Suite offers a separate living area and kitchen, 2 spacious balconies and a prime spot overlooking the old town and Aegean Sea; perfect for honeymooners or long stayers. Every bathroom has a shower cubicle and hairdryer. Most rooms have one double bed and a pair of stone-built sofabeds, which we can confirm are very comfy. 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 balcony.

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 church-side whitewashed village squares. Previous clients have recommended To Spitiko (authentic home-cooked fare) and Windmills (seafood including prawns and swordfish); and don't miss tasting matsata (rabbit or rooster tagliatelle) or rakomelo (grappa with honey).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • 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 (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. To preserve a peaceful ambiance, the hotel tries to ensure there aren't too many children at one time. Children over 3 years pay a supplement for an extra bed.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

Most rooms can take a family, using the double bedroom and the 2 (or in a few cases 3) comfy stone-built sofabeds.

Children's meals:

Kid-friendly dishes such as pizza and homemade chicken nuggets. Breakfast options include chocolate pancakes

Kids Activities on site:

Pool

Kids Activities nearby:

Beach

Families Should Know:

The hotel is located on a cliff so there are many steep drops to watch out for: don't let children run around.

Distances:

  • Ferry port: 15-20 mins' drive
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 6 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

We had a lovely stay at Anemomilos. The staff were friendly and helpful and made us feel most welcome. The view from the terrace was amazing. The pool area was relaxing with sun beds for all and shady areas for those of us with fair skin. Breakfast was very appetising. We also dined in the restaurant a few times and thoroughly enjoyed the food....and the cocktails were superb!
There were plenty of places to eat in Chora, but we particularly enjoyed Eva’s Garden. A hotel we would be happy to return to and a holiday to repeat.

10/10,

Stunning accommodation. Was most impressed with the attention to detail and the management are very professional and caring. Highly recommend.

10/10,

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.

Pretty much all the little restaurants around the square are authentic and serve very good local food; you can spend the week trying a different one every night, you won’t be disappointed. Folegandros isn’t really the place for tourist traps! One that really stands out is Spitiko where a typical Greek “mother” cooks the most amazing home made food. At the end of the meal you want to hug her and thank her for the outstanding culinary experience.

Try to get to Folegandros via Santorini if you can find a decent flight. We went via Athens and although the ferry trip with SeaJet was smooth, it is 5 hours (10 return) which we could have saved for yet more amazing time on the island.

Our favourite beaches were Ambeli, Agios Nicholas, Agios Stefanos , Katergo and (especially) Livadaki. 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 - 50 minutes each way under the scorching sun) OR 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.

Overall this hotel is a great choice and fits i-escape perfectly - the concept of uniqueness which you are trying to convey.

10/10,

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