Eleonas Hotel (Evia)

Rovies Evia, Greece Book from Book from £53 per night

A tranquil, impeccably run guesthouse set amid olive groves by the sea, offering delicious home cooking and eco-friendly hospitality
There aren't many hotels that can offer guests a ride in a Lamborghini. But that was what pitched up to take our son around the 35 acres of grounds at Eleonas Hotel. Granted, it was a Lamborghini tractor, and the journey was bumpy - but he was thrilled. At the wheel was Stefanos, who together with wife Marina, moved back to Evia in the late 90s to settle on the farm that had been in their family for almost 2 centuries. Over the next couple of years they built a charming 10-bedroomed guesthouse perched on a hill that overlooks their olive groves and out across the Evoikos Gulf (eleonas is Greek for 'olive grove') - a peaceful agrotourism experience for lucky guests in the know.

It's mainly Athenians who have discovered this sleepy island, which is in fact the second largest in Greece. Crystal-clear water, deserted beaches and pine forests are the main drawcards for those making the trip north from Athens. But it was Stefanos and Marina's thoughtfulness and extensive local knowledge that really made our stay unforgettable. Sweet touches such as handmade games for kids, ever-changing home-baked breakfasts, beach umbrellas to borrow - plus, of course, those ravishing views.
Covid-19 update: some services and facilities may be changed as a result of Coronavirus measures.


  • Excellent prices and delicious home cooking
  • Simple, light and airy bedrooms with sea views; most have outdoor space, and 3 have additional bunk rooms for kids
  • An impressive commitment to eco tourism, and a careful balancing of sustainability with luxury comforts
  • Breathtaking sunsets and star gazing from the terrace
  • Hiking and biking trails galore on your doorstep: ask Stefanos to organise bike hire for you, and borrow GPS map apps, waterproof backpacks and binoculars


  • No pool, and the beach is an 8-minute walk down a steep track
  • Limited dining options - lunches aren't available and evening meals are only by prior arrangement
  • No kids under 5
  • Might be too quiet for some, although the small village of Rovies, with its bars and restaurants, is only a 5-minute drive
  • A 3-hour drive from Athens, but it's straightforward, with a bridge separating Evia from the mainland; no need for a ferry

Best time to go

Come for the walking, wild flowers and birdwatching in April, May and June. Or in September to see the olive harvest. High summer is glorious but extremely hot, but you can quickly escape into the mountainous wooded interior; and the weather on Evia is typically a few degrees cooler (and a little wetter) than the Cyclades or Crete.

Our top tips

There's a secret beach just south of Rovies, which you can access directly by car - ideal if you're with younger children who won't enjoy a long walk to the beach in the heat. Just drive along the track, pull in and you're within 5m of the shore - bliss. There's no shade so ask Marina to lend you an umbrella.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
  • Boutique Guesthouse
  • 10
  • Breakfast + dinners on request
  • 5+ year olds welcome
  • Closed: November to March
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym


There are 10 light and airy rooms, all sea facing. Each is different, simply furnished with tiled floors, ceiling fans, A/C and excellent Coco-Mat mattresses on kingsize beds. Hues are pastel - pale blue, green and yellow walls - and linens are hand-printed with olive designs, a nod to the farm. There's even a polished olive tree trunk in each room for hanging clothes.

Most rooms have either a private terrace or garden area; some have both. Those on the first floor have better views. Three are Family Rooms with a separate bunk room adjoining the main bedroom. We stayed in one of these - Myrtia - and our son was delighted by the under-the-sea wall murals. Another featured a forest scene; the third, a road circuit complete with magnetic cars. Larger families can book one first floor and one ground-floor room which connect via an internal staircase. There's also a Small Suite, with twin beds, a separate seating area with a single sofabed, and a spacious balcony.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Mosquito net
  • Phone
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries


Meals are served on the terrace and all homemade by Marina. Her breakfasts are especially good; a daily changing spread of fresh juices, homebaked breads and cakes, fresh doughnuts, homemade jams and unusual touches such as chocolate tahini. And, of course, olives in various guises.

Lunches aren't available, though coffee, a pastry or a drink can be served at anytime during the day on the terrace or in the gardens. Dinners are available if requested in advance, and the food is simple but delicious. We loved the mainly vegetarian dishes made with their own olive oil, including a fava-bean hummus and stuffed vine leaves followed by a rich chocolate and biscuit torte.

It's a short drive into Rovies for bars and tavernas if you fancy a change of scene (walkable in the daylight), and a little bit further on to Limni for even more choice. Ask Stefanos and Marina for recommendations.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children's meals
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Organic produce
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Rovies beach is an 8-minute walk away, a narrow strip of sand and shingle with tiki umbrellas and beach bars. For more solitude, there's a lovely stony beach just south of here - see our Author's Tip
  • Walking paths are signposted around the farm. There are also longer hiking routes straight from the guesthouse, mapped on a GPS phone which guests can borrow
  • Yoga lessons can be booked ahead and take place in a stunning clearing in the woodland; Marina has also built a series of quirky outdoor exercise stations
  • We love the red-roofed seaside town of Limni (10 mins' drive), with its pretty cobbled streets and harbour
  • Edipsos, one of Greece's best-known natural spa towns is 30 minutes drive away, with thermal springs to swim in
  • The dramatic waterfall at Drimonas is a 40-minute drive inland
  • Stefanos can arrange river trekking, rappel and kayaking, as well as bike hire; cycling is very popular here
  • Back at the guesthouse there's table tennis and table football in a games room, as well as a small football pitch for kids to enjoy
  • With virtually no light pollution, the star gazing is amazing at night; there's a telescope on the terrace

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Birdwatching
  • Boat trips
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Star gazing
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing
  • Yoga


5+ year olds are welcome and kids will love the sense of freedom here. There are 35 acres of farm to explore, and beaches are close by.

Best for:

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

Family friendly accommodation:

The 3 Family Rooms (a double/twin bedroom and adjoining bunk room) are perfect for younger families, and charmingly decorated. Those with older children should book the 2 Connecting Rooms with the interconnecting staircase to give themselves extra space.

Children's meals:

Kids meals on request

Kids Activities on site:

  • Playroom with books and games
  • Play tipi
  • A mini football pitch
  • Animals to meet, including kittens and chickens
  • Musical instruments made from recycled pots, pans and fans

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Beaches
  • A playground in Rovies for little ones

Families Should Know:

The nearby beaches are pebbly not sandy so bring jelly shoes and watch out for sea urchins.


  • Airport: 3 hours' drive (Athens)
  • Shops: 5 mins' drive (Rovies)
Kid Friendly:


Eleonas Hotel is set just above the Evoikos Gulf, outside the village of Rovies in the northwest of Evia island, Greece.

By Air:
Fly into Athens (166km). From here, you'll need to hire a car and drive over the bridge at Chalkida (Chalcis) to Evia; there’s no need for a ferry. If coming from northern or central Greece, the regular ferries from Arkitsa to Loutra Edipsou will save you driving time.

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


  • Athens 166.0 km ATH


  • Beach 0.5 km
  • Shops 1.0 km
  • Restaurant 1.0 km

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 3 independent reviews from i-escape guests


We have travelled all around Greece and Eleonas Hotel is definitely one of a kind. It’s an elegant, delicate and comfortable guesthouse, surrounded by beautiful nature. The area is magical as well with green mountains falling into clear blue waters. Marina is a great host - very informative, interesting and a sensitive person, as well as a good cook! Make sure you stay for at least a few days to really enjoy the serenity of this place.


Charming hill top hotel in olive groves with amazing views and lovely facilities. Proprietors Marina and Stefanos were extremely helpful making endless phone calls to retrieve our lost baggage. Also a mine of information and mythology about the local area. We never went to the same beach twice as we wanted to explore. Pebbles on the west coast sand on the east. Good tavernas in nearby towns Limni and Ilia and also local town Rovies. Best way to get there is by ferry as the road from Chalkida is very twisty although with wonderful views


We absolutely loved Eleonas, all of us, including the children. Marina and Stefanos are utterly charming hosts and take the time to speak with everyone. Marina gave us excellent advice on places to go (although always take a map/GPS with you too). We stayed for a week - longer than anyone else - and could have stayed for longer.
The view from the hotel is phenomenal. Breakfasts are delicious and different every day. The rooms are spacious with really comfortable beds, good showers, air-con and fans too. The cats are hilarious and the dog is adorable. The only very small drawback was that the 'kitchenette' didn't really have the facilities for us to eat in our rooms very easily.
The beach is very nearby and the sea was the perfect temperature with enough fish to keep the children occupied for hours. We bought beach shoes as the stones can be hard on delicate feet and in some places there were lots of sea urchins. And you'll need at least one umbrella as there's not really any shade. Marina lent us one from the hotel but take your own if you can.
We had supper at the hotel twice which was excellent (and vegetarian). It is more expensive than eating out locally though by quite a long way - although we probably could have asked for our children to share as the portions were the same for everyone.
Places we visited:
Rovies,the local village. We ate at two good beachfront tavernas - Senioras and Litsa. The mini-market is great, the bakeries are good and there's lots of little fruit and veg places. Limni is very pretty with a lovely water-front. We didn't make it to the Galataki convent (I was out-voted) but that also sounds great. Ellinika beach on the east coast - the beach is sandy and shaded in the afternoon. Wonderful swimming again. The waterfalls at Dhrymona are beautiful - green pools under rocky cliffs in the pine woods. You can swim - but it's cold! Aidipsos is handsome and a bit more cosmopolitan than Limni or Rovies. We ate at Kalyva, a taverna recommended by Marina and the food was really good. It's not on the waterfront but there is a lovely courtyard shaded by big trees, lots of comedy cats and a very fat dog. We then drove on towards the north-west of the island and took a dirt track about 1 mile before the Gyalta and found a strange slightly wild collection of houses and an almost deserted beach with fantastic swimming... We'd love to go back - and hope we will one day. Evia has lots of places to explore, and Eleonas is a really special place.


{{ review.rating }}/10, {{ review.firstName }}Anonymous{{ review.countryName ? ', '+ review.countryName : '' }},

Rates for Eleonas Hotel (Evia)

Arriving on: