“A gorgeous 6-suite hideaway set above the pretty fishing harbour of Kini on western Syros, with access to stunning beaches”
Hidden above the pretty fishing village of Kini on the west coast of Syros, Pino di Loto ticks all these boxes, and a few more. First off, it's all done with a touch of class: the just-baked croissants and loose leaf green teas at breakfast, the net-draped four posters and salvaged mirror frames in the all-white suites, the generously tiered outdoor spaces (patios, pool-bar, pergola) - and all for a maximum of 16 guests. The service, from multilingual young Terezdina and her cultured parents (Mum did the interiors), is also a cut above; nothing is too much trouble. And Syros itself is something of a hidden gem: overlooked by most foreign visitors, though popular with Athenians in high summer. The northwest hides some of the Cyclades' loveliest little beaches, accessible by boat from Kini; Ermoupolis, too, is a real eye-opener, with its grandiose Neoclassical buildings, opulent churches and labyrinthine hill quarter of Ano Syros.
- With just 6 rooms and devoted family management (staff consists of Terezdina, her parents, two maids and a bartender), it feels just like staying with friends
- Hook up with 4 other couples and book the whole place for a heavenly house party
- Each suite has a sitting room as well as a kitchenette
- The sublime food at Tzitzikia, one of Kini's seaside restaurants, will make you rethink Greek cuisine
- Just an hour by boat from Mykonos (direct flights from Europe), not much more from Tinos, Paros and Naxos; or you can fly here from Athens in a little prop jet
- This is strictly a summer place: in April/October it can be chilly and there's no cosy indoor sitting area
- These are more like serviced apartments than hotel proper
- Syros is not Greece's prettiest island: the south is dotted with summer villas, there's a working shipyard - but the north is wonderfully wild, Kini is sweet and Ermoupolis is impressive
- It's not right on the beach but 5-10 mins' walk above Kini and Loto, both sandy and sheltered, with parasols and eateries
- Children and young teens are not accepted (guests must be 15 or over)
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique B&B
- 6 suites for 2
- Limited self-catering; restaurants nearby
- Children aged 15+ only
- Closed: 19 Dec 2018 - 23 Apr 2019
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Bicycles Available
There are 4 Suites and 2 X_ecutive Suites that occupy a pair of low bungalows one level up from the pool, each with dazzling white walls, dove-grey shutters and plenty of patio space out front. All feature a pair of rooms inside: a sitting room with attached kitchenette, and a semi-separate double bedroom behind a folding screen. There's a (smallish) bathroom with shower, and A/C to keep it all cool (or warm in shoulder season).
The interiors are pleasingly simple: lime-washed walls, polished cement floors and a mix of Ikea-style furniture and antiques from the family home, which is next door, under the shade of the homonymous pine. The bed might be a wrought-iron four poster draped with decorative nets, or a wicker beach-house affair. There's a bit of art on the walls (simple watercolours, sepia photos of Kini), a hatstand, a couple of mirrors in salvaged frames, maybe a driftwood monolith or a smooth white beach stone to prop open the French doors. You also get Korres toiletries, free bottled water, stacks of towels, a good bottle of wine and some Turkish Delight.
Overall it feels comfy and unpretentious, not trying too hard to be boutique, which makes a nice change. If you're being picky, you might find the bathroom tight, or the sitting room sparse; and don't expect to whip up 4-course meals in the kitchenette (see Eating). But we liked it.
All 4 Suites are very similar. If anything, number 4 has the edge for its corner location with marginally better sea views. Although we are yet to see the X_ecutive Suites, we have already fallen for the idea of our own private plunge pool that looks out to the glistening Greek ocean. They sound enormous, each with 2 bathrooms, a kingsize bed and a large terrace.
- Air conditioning
- Bluetooth sound system
- Coffee / tea making
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
Served around the pool, breakfast is a classy spread of freshly baked bread, local ham, Cycladic cheeses (try the flavour-packed San Michali, from the island) and local jams and honey from Syros. Drinks-wise you get just-squeezed orange juice, freshly brewed coffee and beautifully presented teas (which included a blossomy loose-leaf green tea when we visited). It's all very flexible and nearly all local; you can ask for muesli with yoghurt, or toast and ham if that's your thing, plus eggs cooked any way.
For dinner, stroll down to Kini (5-10 mins) and you've a choice of 2 fantastic seafront tavernas, plus a couple of simpler eateries a block or two back. On Terezdina's recommendation, we chose Dyo Tzitzikia st'Armirikia (usually shortened to a more manageable Tzitzikia) on the first evening - and never looked back! Refreshingly different salads (minted tabouleh with cucumber and tomato, or lentils with grated carrot and orange) are followed by fresh fish (we had the most delicious sargos whose flesh is so soft and white it was like melted snow), or home-cooked dishes like courgette fritters with cheese and herbs. It's all washed down with an extremely palatable draft white wine which costs less than a soft drink - though beware, the fresh fish is not cheap.
In your suite, you'll find a small kitchenette - a functional all-white affair with fridge, 2-ring hob, sink, basic pans and crockery - where you can prepare a light lunch or snacks: maybe a Greek salad or pasta dish. During the day, fresh salads and snacks are on offer from the bar. There's a mini-supermarket in the village, a fantastic deli in Ermoupolis (Prekas), and you can dine outside on canvas chairs overlooking the pool and valley (or perch on stools inside).
- Coffee / tea making
- Restaurants nearby
- Room service
- Wander down to the sandy beaches at Kini or Loto (5-10 mins' walk); both are sheltered and safe, with parasols, showers and eateries. Swimming and snorkelling is wonderful
- If they're too crowded for your liking (possible in July-August, when Kini fills with holidaying Athenians), follow the small path from Kini's fishing harbour around the headland to Delfini beach (30 mins' hike): it's stonier but there's some sand at the far end, by the lovely seasonal taverna (which you can also reach by car)
- Better still, take the Perla speedboat (normally leaves around 11am in summer, or on demand) to the secluded beaches of Lia and Grammata in the north of the island; backed by rugged stony hills (there's no road access) and a brilliant green fringe of pines, they feel blissfully remote and Crusoe-ish
- Take the taxi or bus into Ermoupolis (9km) to explore this gracious town, the administrative centre of the Cyclades island group, with its handsome Neoclassical town hall, whose marbled square becomes a de facto playground for pigeon-chasing, scooter-riding kids; browse the pedestrianised alleys where fish stalls sit cheek by jowl with Swarovski outlets; climb to the summit of Ano Syros, a winding hillful of photogenic, pastel coloured lanes topped by the Catholic church of St. George
- Explore some of the old footpaths - the Anavasi map marks them all - which bissect the terraced hillsides of the interior; one takes you from Ermoupolis, past the sleepy hamlets of Richopo and Plati Vouni, to a Bronze Age hill fort; others from San Michali / Papouri to the coves of Grammata / Aetos respectively
- There's horse riding in Manna, a windsurfing school on Voulgari Beach, and pedalos and kayaks in Galissas
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Horse riding
- Shopping / markets
Only teens aged 15 and over are accepted.
- Hospital: 15 minutes
- Nearest shop: 15 minutes
Pino di Loto is at the top of the village of Kini (labelled Kinio on Google Maps) on the west coast of the Greek island of Syros, in the Cyclades group. It's 9km from the main town, Ermoupolis, and 11km from Syros airport. Syros is nearest to Tinos and Mykonos; and also has ferries to Naxos, Paros and Andros.
Either fly via Athens into Syros (domestic flights only), or fly to Mykonos / Athens and take a ferry across to Syros (Mykonos is closer than Athens). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving these airports.
There are sailings (daily in high season, not necessarily in low) from the port of Rafina, a short taxi ride from Athens airport, to Syros. Most go by way of Andros-Tinos-Syros-Mykonos-Paros-Naxos and sometimes on to Santorini or other islands. There are also a few sailings from Piraeus, on Athens' west coast, to Syros.
We advise that you check boat timetables before confirming your hotel booking; and if flying back from Athens / Mykonos, it is always wise to have at least 1 night there before your flight (in case strong winds delay boat sailings).
From Syros Airport or Port
Take a taxi (very cheap) or hire a car.
For car hire see our car rental recommendations.
Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through i-escape.com.
More on getting to Greece and getting around.
- Syros 11.0 km JSY
- Athens 160.0 km
- Beach 0.3 km
- Shops 0.4 km
- Restaurant 0.3 km