“A breathtakingly sleek boutique hotel on the turquoise-and-green isle of Ithaca, Odysseus' mythical homeland”
All the trimmings are here (TVs, fridges, air-conditioning), but it’s the design that takes the breath away. Rooms come in shiny white: white four-posters, glossy white wooden floors, pristine walls to soak up the light, the crispest of Egyptian linen. But there are splashes of colour everywhere. Yellow silk drapes hang from a four-poster, plump green and orange scatter cushions are piled high. One room is part-lit in bubblegum pink, others have padded headboards. The odd verse of poetry is inscribed on the walls, huge mirrors lean against the walls.
Head into the bathroom and find excellent black-and-white tiled rooms with powerful overhead showers. Bamboo ladders serve as towel rails, smart bath robes and top-of-the-range Korres lotions and potions await. Of twelve rooms, three don’t have a terrace or balcony and four don’t have a sea view. Those on the upper floors at the front have doors onto big terraces with imperious views across the harbour. Those to one side open onto a wide terrace, which is sprinkled with wicker chairs and sofas, a great place to curl up and read.
The hotel serves breakfast only, but you get the full works. You can scoff caviar and salmon, or stick to more pedestrian delicacies such as home-baked croissants hot from the oven or utterly irresistible cakes. Platters of hams and cheeses are left for you to help yourself; coffees and teas are brought to the table. You’ll also find freshly-squeezed juice, island yoghurts, homemade jams and cereals.
You can eat in the airy dining room on 1960s white designer plastic chairs, with an old Ithaca portrait stencilled onto the wall, or out on the terrace with harbour views (though if you’d like breakfast in bed, they’ll bring it to your room). There are bowls of fruit all over the place and cakes are left out in the dining room all day; if you’re hungry, you help yourself (everyone does).
For lunch and dinner, a 5-minute stroll will get you to the other side of the harbour for restaurants in the square, on the lanes or by the water. Staff will happily advise and book tables in high season.
The stylish interiors and tranquil ambiance are not ideal for children, but having said that, one Executive suite (Rosa) is split over 2 levels, with double bed upstairs and sofabed downstairs, so would suit a couple + 1 or 2 kids. Children are free up to the age of 6 and there is no charge for baby cots.
Cots Available, Family Rooms
Baby cots available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking