“A gorgeous little beachside hotel with stunning views and a laid-back vibe”
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.
- 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
- 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
Our top tips
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.”
- Boutique Hotel
- Restaurant and bar open daily
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 21 Mar 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
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.
- Air conditioning
- Beach towels
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
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.
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- 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
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.
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).