“This small resort overlooking the sandy sweep of Ayios Prokopios has secluded studios, a sleek swimming pool and spadefuls of style”
The first thing that jumps out at you when you enter the grounds are the colourful and well-tended gardens: red geraniums, roses galore, fanning palms, aromatic herb bushes and a pink halo of bougainvillea around every white-washed wall. This gives a sense of space and softness which is rare in Greek hotels, and ensures that each studio, villa and veranda is well screened from its neighbours.
Interiors are carefully styled with tones of Cycladic blue offset by cool creams and white. Overall, the feel is simple but stylish. You'll find a satellite TV, air-con and a private vine-shaded veranda with sea views, wooden furniture and occasional visits from one of the resident cats. Bathrooms gleam with local marble and shiny chrome fittings; separate showers and decent hot water pressure are proof that Greek plumbing need not always be a dampener on your spirits (and the floor and the toilet paper).
Studios suites are lovely open-plan rooms for 2-3, with a living area on the lower level (full-sized sofa bed, kitchenette with fridge, hotplates and kettle) and, up a few steps, a twin- or double-bedded sleeping area with shower room alongside. They may be the smallest, but are in no way the duff choice: they would be perfect for a couple, or a couple with 1 child.
Villas are free-standing bungalows (for 4-5 or 6) with 2 or 3 bedrooms, a living room (sofabed and French windows to the veranda), a fuller kitchen (including mini oven) and 2 bathrooms (one with bathtub as well as a shower, the other an ensuite with shower). Several of the villas also have spectacular roof terraces to enjoy a panoramic sea view to the surrounding islands. The Apartment has a large living room (2 sofabeds), a further open-plan kitchen-diner-lounge area and a double bedroom with shower room.
Breakfast, which is excluded from the room rates, is served on the poolside terrace. You can order a cheese-filled omelette made with local eggs, a snowy mountain of Greek yoghurt and honey, even a jam pancake if you’re lucky; and, if that hasn’t kickstarted your taste buds, the fresh-pressed citrus juices will.
Light meals and snacks are served throughout the day - salads, sandwiches, ice creams, cocktails - and in the evening there’s a comprehensive dinner menu including fresh grilled fish and locally sourced produce.
If you fancy eating out, Axiotissa in Kastraki (a 20-minute drive away) is a delight, with lots of fresh, home-grown ingredients combined in unusual Med-meets-Oriental ways. In the labyrinthine backsreets of Hora there are some delightful tavernas spilling onto the whitewashed cobbles and tiered rooftops. See our island guide for details.
Alternatively you can dine on your shady veranda (or, in some houses, on your own roof terrace): each suite has a small kitchenette with a 2-ring hob, a fridge-freezer, sink, kettle and basic cutlery and crockery and pans (villas and apartments also have a mini-oven). It's enough, say, to whip up a spag bol with Greek salad, but you would struggle to cook a moussaka (and, with their own restaurant a few paces away, this is understandable).
Children of all ages are very welcome, and the various types of accommodation suit couples with 1, 2 or 3 kids. The beaches nearby are very safe: sandy, gently shelving, no tides, no signifcant currents, and rarely any big waves. One child is free if sharing a room with 2 adults. Baby-sitting can be arranged.
Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
The 2-bedroom villas are ideal for parents with 1-2 children (or 3 if you don't mind using an extra bed, though we'd recommend the 3-bedroom villa for that). Each studio can take one child (on the sofabed), but studios 5 and 6 interconnect to sleep 4-6 - handy if all the villas are full.
Babysitting is available by arrangement
Baby cots, baby baths and high chairs are available on request, plus a few beach toys for kids to borrow.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
There's a creche on the edge of Naxos Town, on the road towards Angidia.
There is no railing around the pool, and the drop is about 1m / 3ft in places.