Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites

Folegandros, Greece Book from Book from £119 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.
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  • 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 - we think their hideaway villa is more family-friendly

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...

  • Boutique Hotel
  • 15 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 16 October - 30 April
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


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 Seaview 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


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


  • 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


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:


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

More on getting to Greece and getting around


  • Santorini 30.0 km JTR
  • Athens 252.0 km ATH


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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 4 independent reviews from i-escape guests


A lovely place to stay. Glorious setting with a spectacular view. The staff are genuinely kind, warm and helpful. Excellent breakfast and coffee with a great choice of items. Highly recommend going out on a boat trip organised by the hotel. Only negative is that there are limited places to sit and relax in the hotel (save your balcony) but the beach is 2 mins walk and umbrellas and seats provided for free by the hotel. This is our 3rd visit to Folengandros and it’s such a wonderful island to relax and recuperate on. This was by far our favourite place to stay from all our visits to the island.


Blue Sands is a beautiful hotel in an incredible location, miles apart from the over commercialised Santorini, with friendly staff who do everything to make you feel at home. Definitely do the cliff walk over to Agios Nikolaos beach, (an absolute gem) or take the water taxi if you're any way afraid of heights. Dimitri will drop you in to Chora any night, an absolutely charming little town with plenty of wonderful restaurants to choose from - Melissa's was excellent! Blue Sands was such a find...we will definitely be back.


Beautiful location, beyond imagination. Crystal clear water downstairs and a nice beach to enjoy. Very nice caring service personally supervised by the owner Katerina. Excellent breakfast. I believe other meals are of the same quality. A perfect place to relax, you feel at home and never want to leave. Standard rooms facing the restaurant terrace have view and are ok but you don't enjoy the privacy you get on the higher categories - I would definitely suggest superior rooms and up. I really loved the place and the people there.


The Blue Sand Hotel was exactly as I expected - beautiful design and aspirational features. We wanted a relaxing, peaceful stay and that box was well and truly ticked. The beach was typically Greek, with a sweet little taverna and a couple of more touristy snack bars to retreat to when the sun got too hot. A much welcome addition from the hotel were umbrellas and seats to use on the beach, as there really is nothing there. If you want to buy water there's no shop, so we bought much needed bottles of water from one of the bars.
The restaurant was beautifully designed with a killer view, The menu was a little limited, and the wine list in my opinion was too expensive. I don't want to spend 60 euros on a bottle of wine, which was what I was being encouraged to do each time we dined there. Unfortunately for the hotel, there is a really wonderful restaurant just above, with a fresh Greek menu of fresh fish (I was invited into the kitchen to choose my fish), meat and vegetables. We saw lots of hotel residents up there in the evening.
My other small criticism would be the piped music in the restaurant. Our rooms were on the ground floor, literally feet from the restaurant tables and the music drove us a little mad. When you have the wonderful sound of the sea you don't need anything else.
The service is wonderful, nothing is too much trouble. The room was restored to perfection every day by the cleaning staff. The rest of the staff were friendly, and happy to drive you to town etc. for a small charge.
In summary, a lovely hotel on a very quiet. peaceful island. Great holiday. Thanks.


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