Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

Folegandros, Greece Book from Book from £126 per night

A gorgeous little beachside hotel with stunning views and a laid-back vibe
Tucked into a steep valley overlooking dazzling Agali Beach, this pretty little 15-room hotel tumbles down the craggy hillside straight into gin-clear waters. With a white and hushed-grey palette, Blue Sand is the epitome of Cycladic chic. Cosy rooms have killer views, there are wicker “bowl” chairs, and designer parasols dance in the breeze. If you want to simply chill out, bronze up and sink into alluring azure seas, this is the spot; a salty-hair-and-sand-between-your-toes kind of place. Lazy days are spent flopping beachside on the terrace's comfy bean bags, then sampling Greek salad and stuffed vine leaves at local tavernas before watching the sun set from your balcony.

Take a short walk (or shorter boat taxi) along the coast and you’ll find a string of other stunning coves to explore (clothes optional). We particularly liked Agios Nikolaos, where a blissfully low-key taverna provides chilled wine and fresh seafood, served by grizzly locals living life in the slow lane. It all retains that elusive laid-back island vibe. Chuck in mellow afternoons pottering around pretty Chora, the island's capital, and you've got yourself the Greek ideal.

Highs

  • Killer sea views from all bedrooms and the restaurant - you won’t want to bat an eyelid
  • We loved the décor: stylish, but relaxed and informal. A step above your average Greek cube
  • The best beaches on the island are just a short walk along the coast (only accessible on foot or by boat, creating a wonderful bohemian feel)
  • Staff are genuinely friendly and charming
  • Relaxed evening meals under the stars - pizzas, pastas and fresh salads

Lows

  • Service can be a bit haphazard, but once you mellow out and get into island time, you won't mind
  • Buses to Chora (a 10-minute drive away) don’t run in the evening and taxis are rare; you might want a car here
  • No pool but you're just a hop, skip and jump from the beach and sea for swimming
  • Some room terraces are compact and lack privacy; no twin rooms
  • Families are welcome, but there aren't any kids' facilities

Best time to go

May, June and September are pleasantly warm and delightfully uncrowded - an island this size fills up quickly. In July and August, the temperatures rise and there’s a friendly buzz in the tavernas and bars.

Our top tips

You can easily combine a stay on Folegandros with a couple of nights on Santorini - although we found the crowds there slightly overwhelming, and hankered for lazy quiet afternoons on Folegandros.

If you know someone who claims, “seen one sunset, seen them all”, take them to Panagia church. With giddy views overlooking Chora and dramatic cliffs, sunsets don’t get much better.

Great for...

Beach
Honeymoon
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 15 double rooms and suites are decked out all in white, some with driftwood sculptures, and all with doors opening onto sea-view balconies or terraces (no twin rooms).

We stayed in a top-floor Superior Room and it was worth paying a little extra for the space, privacy and beach views (smaller ground-floor rooms open straight onto the restaurant terrace). Our terrace was the perfect spot to relax and take in the golden glow of the hills at sunset.

Beds are super comfy and it’s blissfully quiet at night, with only the waves lapping on the shore. Bathrooms feature showers only, but you get lovely Apivita toiletries. Nespresso machines and beach towels are a nice touch, too.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Beach towels
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Breakfast is a feast: baskets of local breads and pastries, homemade jams and cakes, yoghurts, fruit and cereals, coffee and juice. Oddly enough, you can have boiled eggs, but all other egg styles incur an extra charge. It’s all served up on the restaurant terrace - did we mention the views?

Lazy lunches of pizza and Greek salads are taken on pillow-strewn alcoves shaded by billowing cotton. As the daytrippers shuffle off the beach down below, you get the smug satisfaction of enjoying the last glows of sunset all by yourself.

Evenings meals are as relaxed as the setting - dining under the stars is impossibly romantic. Expect pizzas, pasta dishes and fresh salads. Down in the bay, you’ll find a few rustic characterful family-run tavernas, plus there are plenty of eateries in Chora (a 10-minute drive away). We ate at Chic one night - it was cute as a button, with little wooden tables outside under fairy lights. The hearty Greek food included lots of mezze dipping plates, plus a really good lamb and prune slow-cooked dish.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Snorkel just below the hotel on beautiful Agali Beach, where the clear blue waters look good enough to drink
  • Take your pick of the beaches dotted along the coast - our favourite was Agios Nikolaos Beach (a 15-minute walk or 5-minute boat taxi). It’s an absolute stunner, with olive trees for shade, a pretty white church and a laid-back taverna for lazy lunches
  • Discover hidden coves accessible only by boat - you can set sail from the cove beside the hotel
  • Hire a moped or quad bike to explore the island. Traffic is almost non-existent
  • Historic Chora is one of the prettiest towns in Greece, with a pedestrianised centre, bougainvillea-filled squares and welcoming restaurants
  • Walking trails cover the island, but it’s quite barren and there’s limited shade, so watch the heat and take plenty of water

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

Children are welcome but there are no specific kids facilities or pool at the hotel. Best for older kids who will love snorkelling, and can walk 10-15 mins to more sandy beaches.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

A baby cots or extra bed can be added to most rooms. There's a Family Suite which sleeps 4 (a double bed and 2 single sofabeds).

Kid Friendly:

Location

Blue Sand overlooks Agali Beach, on the small island of Folegandros. Chora, the little island capital, is a 10-minute drive away.

By Air & Ferry:
There is no airport on Folegandros. Instead, fly into Santorini (30km) then take a ferry / hydrofoil / catamaran to Folegandros (1-3 hours). Alternatively, fly to Athens and take a ferry / hydrofoil from Piraeus (4-8 hours). Ferries are daily during summer; 3 times a week for the rest of the year.

From Folegandros Harbour
The hotel provides complimentary transfers to and from the harbour (a 15-minute drive).

Getting Around
The most popular way to explore the island is by hiring a scooter or quad bike.Public transport is limited. Buses to/from Chora run during the day; an evening out in town requires a taxi (the hotel can arrange).

By Car:
You might want to hire a car to explore the island. There's a car park a 2-minute walk away.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.

More on getting to Greece and getting around

Airports:

  • Santorini 30.0 km JTR
  • Athens 252.0 km ATH

Other:

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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

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

This is the most charming hotel in a brilliant position on a hill above a beach. We could not have enjoyed our stay more, and the manager Andreas is supremely helpful and charming. We loved our room - and the rooms are nicer (I think) than the suites although very small. The view is what matters and it is glorious, so pick a room on the upper floor. I could happily have stayed another week.

9/10,

We thought the breakfast was a little bit boring, because every day the same. The boiled eggs were nearly cold, when we got them. We missed cheese and tomatoes/cucumber. It would be great to have some things as a buffet to choose, for example the bread. Every table gets the same breadbasket on the table and you need only 2 slices.
We only ate once in the restaurant on the last evening, was nice food, but a little bit expensive for Greece. White wine by glass was from South Africa, would be nice to have a good Greek one.
Very nice young hotel manager, makes a good job. Cleaning women were top. Very nice driver, who pick you up at the port for free and give you a lift, where ever you want to go (other beach) or pick you up from Chora in the evening (rate 10.-). You really feel save with him and he was always smiling.
I really liked the place, very nice view from our terrace by the room and also the restaurant terrace, where you have breakfast and meals is top. Swimming in the morning is great, later the beach get a little bit crowded. Chora is a very nice little town. We rent a car and so we see all the beaches, you can reach by car ( some are only reachable by boat). You should go to the end of the island, to Ana Merea to see the sunset in one of the tiny little restaurants up there.

9/10,

Very nice hotel with amazing design and decoration. Great staff. Wifi could be improved. Would be great to have canoes available for the guests

10/10,

Lovely stay - amazing service. We enjoyed every minute of our stay here and we will definitely be back.

10/10,

Food was delicious but for a five day stay the menu was limited and to get to other restaurants involved travel that we preferred not to do.

8/10,

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