Diles & Rinies

Agios Fokas Tinos, Greece Book from Book from £144 per night

Eight luxurious villas (for 2-11) on little-known Tinos island, each with astounding views over the Aegean and access to full hotel facilities
Quaint little Tinos remains largely undiscovered by foreigners, but is known among Greeks for its Orthodox significance (one if its churches is an ancient pilgrimage site), its artistic roots and its burgeoning foodie reputation. Legend has it that Apollo and Artemis were born just across the strait from here, on neighbouring Delos island, one of Greece’s best-preserved archaeological sites. What could be more alluring than having the heart of ancient Greece floating on the horizon?

Diles & Rinies sits on a quiet, herb-scented hillside looking directly at its mythical neighbour. More luxury retreat than self-catering complex, this private estate houses eight boutique villas of varying sizes (2-4 bedrooms). Ideal for families, couples or groups, each comes with the added benefit of full hotel services, so you have the option to be as independent or sociable as you please. There’s an infinity pool (plus some villas have their own pools), a gourmet restaurant specialising in locally-sourced ingredients, a wellness kiosk for massages or yoga overlooking the Aegean, and a concierge service for tips on what to see and do on Tinos. Discover the island's creative roots by doing a workshop in pottery, marble art, or basketry; stroll down to lovely Agios Fokas beach (15 mins); or shop for handmade trinkets in the main town, a short drive away. But you’ll want to return for sunset – the sight of golden colours dancing over ancient Delos and untouched Rhenia island is said to be quite the spectacle: a gift from Apollo, the god of light himself, perhaps?
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.

Highs

  • Self-contained villas with hotel facilities and the option to self-cater or be catered for
  • Astounding views from every spot: all villas and communal areas face south over the Aegean
  • Great for families: each villa has a kitchen, some have bunk beds, the restaurant has a kiddie menu, and there are lots of creative activities
  • The restaurant has a zero-kilometre concept, so the menu incorporates lots of local ingredients and dishes
  • Tinos island is a delight – much quieter than neighbouring Mykonos, with lots of lovely beaches, creative roots, sacred Orthodox sites, and a growing gastronomic reputation

Lows

  • Although it’s only four kilometres from the port, you’ll probably want a car to get here and to explore (though it is possible to walk to the nearest beach and town)
  • The access road to the villas isn't very well lit - something to bear in mind if arriving at night
  • Not cheap by Greek standards, and a minimum stay of 2-5 nights

Best time to go

High season is July and August, when the island is a popular weekender destination for Athenian city types; the Meltemi winds blow from mid-July to late August and can make beaches on the north and east coasts a bit choppy. The island gets extremely busy around 15th August, when pilgrims come to visit the Panagia Megalochari church - book well in advance if your trip coincides with this, as festivities take place across Tinos. If you plan to do some hiking, come in April-May or October.

Our top tips

Tinos has gained a reputation for its gastronomy in recent years, having established the Tinos Food Paths, which celebrate the island’s produce. There are lots of good wineries and breweries scattered across the island, too – ask the concierge to book you a tour and tasting.

Great for...

Family
Foodie
Beach
Eco
Great Outdoors
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 8 serviced villas (for 2-11)
  • 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
  • Concierge Service
  • Laundry Service
Room:

Rooms

The eight villas are very generous in size, varying from 100-180m2. They all face south, span two floors, and have stunning verandas with outdoor seating and sea views. Their topsy-turvy layout, with bedrooms on the lower level and living spaces on the upper, means that communal areas benefit from the finest views. The decor is simple yet chic, with pastel hues, traditional concrete walls, smart kitchens and vintage furniture pieces. Wicker and white linen feature heavily, and fireplaces, barbecues and private parking areas are found in all.

The villas are divided into five categories, ranging from the Two-bedroom Comfort Villa to the Four-bedroom Grande Villa. Some of the larger villas (Grande and Premium) come with their own private swimming pools. Although the villas stand side-by-side in neat rows, none are overlooked, with partition walls and leafy gardens ensuring maximum privacy.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Barbecue
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Fan
  • Fireplace
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Hairdryer
  • Oven
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Terrace
  • Toaster
  • Toiletries
  • Washing machine
  • WiFi

Eating

Food is a big part of the concept at Diles & Rinies. Emphasis is placed on sourcing ingredients locally, with regional products such as sundried tomatoes, capers, cheese, fish, sausages and a variety of herbs featuring heavily.

Breakfast sounds healthy and delicious, with a menu of seasonal fruit salads, yoghurt and local honey, and a variety of egg options. All-day brunches are on offer poolside, as well as sharing platters served on boards, and cocktails whenever you please. Dinner takes place at Moonrise restaurant, at candlelit tables overlooking the water. Vegetarian and kids’ menus are available – just ask.

If you prefer to eat in, all villas have well equipped kitchens, and you get a complimentary welcome basket with Nespresso coffee, tea, olive oil, olives, fruit, a bottle of wine and local raki. For supplies, you’ll need to head into the main town, which has plenty of supermarkets and a daily street market.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Dinner by arrangement
  • Dishwasher
  • Food blender
  • Fridge
  • Full kitchen
  • Lunch by arrangement
  • Oven
  • Restaurant
  • Shopping service
  • Toaster
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Start the day with a sunrise yoga session, either in a group class or individually.
  • Rent bikes to explore Tinos. There are more than 60 villages and 1500 Orthodox and Catholic chapels and churches scattered across the island.
  • Spend a day on one of the island’s beaches; Agios Fokas is the closest (15-min walk).
  • Discover the island’s artistic roots: browse the on-site art gallery or do a workshop in pottery or marble art.
  • Visit Panagia Megalochari church to see the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary. The site is known among Greeks as a sacred place of spiritual pilgrimage.
  • See the lunar-like landscape of Volax. The village is also famous for basket weaving – visit a workshop to learn about its heritage.
  • Take a day trip to Delos island to see the famous ruins. Daily excursions are also available to the nearby islands of Mykonos, Syros, Andros and uninhabited Rhenia (for great beaches).

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Art classes
  • Boat trips
  • Cooking classes
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures
  • Trekking
  • Well being
  • Windsurfing
  • Wine tasting
  • Yoga

Kids

Diles & Rinies is brilliant for families as you get the independence of a villa rental with full hotel and concierge services. The villas range in size, from two- to four-bedrooms, so there are options for all group sizes, and each has a twin room for kids. The estate itself has plenty of space for little ones to play in, there’s a communal swimming pool with inflatables, and there are special creative play sessions available on request. Tinos offers lots for families to see and do, with great beaches, watersports and day trips to neighbouring islands.

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Any villa would work for a family, it just depends on how many bedrooms you need. Premium and Grande villas come with additional bunk beds, and some in these categories also have private pools, which might be useful if you've got water babies in tow.

Baby equipment:

  • Stair gates
  • Baby bedding
  • Baby monitors
  • Kids books / toys

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

The restaurant has a kids' menu.

Kids Activities on site:

  • Swimming - inflatable toys are available
  • Board games
  • Toys for little ones (dolls, Lego, teddy bears)
  • Creative play available on request: music movement, art & play, face painting and balloon creations

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Playgrounds in the main town
  • Art workshops
  • Boat trips
  • Watersports, including windsurfing, sailing and scuba diving
  • Archeological sites

Families Should Know:

Pools are unfenced.

Distances:

  • Ferry port: 10 mins
  • Hospital: Doctor available on-call, nearest hospital is 10 minutes away
  • Supermarket: 5 mins
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Location

Diles & Rinies is located on Tinos island in the Cyclades. It sits on a hillside 4km east of the port in the main town. Agios Fokas beach is a five-minute drive away.

By Air:
You'll need to fly via Athens or neighbouring Mykonos.

By Ferry
Tinos port has ferries arriving from Mykonos (20 mins), Athens (2-4 hours) and other neighbouring islands.

From the port
Transfers can be arranged, but you'll want to hire a car to explore the island - see our car rental recommendations. Alternatively, if you're feeling flush, there's a helipad 800m away.

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

Airports:

  • Mykonos International airport 10.0 km JMK

Other:

  • Beach 1.8 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 0.8 km

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