Pino di Loto

Kini, Syros, Greece
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A gorgeous 6-suite hideaway set above the pretty fishing harbour of Kini on western Syros, with access to stunning beaches

When you think of Greece, chances are you picture a turquoise bay bobbing with fishing boats, a sandy beach with a couple of table-in-the-sand tavernas, a sprinkling of white-cube houses. One of them - perhaps at the top of the village - has some stylishly simple suites, maybe a patio with views of rugged hills and island-studded horizons; if you're lucky, there's a glistening azure pool flanked by oversized lanterns and inviting daybeds. The sun shines, there are boat trips to secluded coves, wild flowers in spring, fresh grilled fish at dinner, fresh squeezed OJ at breakfast.

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, generously tiered outdoor spaces (patios, pool-bar, pergola), a small Jacuzzi, and salvaged mirror frames in the all-white suites - and all for a maximum of 16 guests. The service, from multilingual young live wire Terezdina, 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 Terezdina's really personal touch, it feels just like staying with friends
  • Each suite has a sitting room as well as a kitchenette; and the X_ecutive suites (if you can get past the name!) are truly spoiling, with private plunge pools
  • It's just a short walk to Kini's seaside restaurants, including sublime Tzitzikia which 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


  • These are more like serviced apartments than hotel proper; there's no indoor sitting area for example
  • 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 a 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

As with most Cyclades islands, the best times to visit Syros are between May and September, but avoiding, if possible, the month of August (and July to a certain extent), which can get very busy with holidaying Athenians. If you come in April or October, be prepared for some chilly evenings, and don't count on using the pool or local boat service.

Our top tips

The island is small enough, and taxis cheap and plentiful enough, that you can easily manage without a hire car. This also allows you to explore without having to retrace your steps to your car. For example, for Ano Syros, have the taxi drop you at the top by the windmills, and walk down, stopping for a coffee at Lily's, the bouzouki bar where rembetiko legend Markos Vamvakaris sang his way to fame. At the town hall, head left to Vaporia district for the opulent church of St. Nikolaos, then end up at the harbour front taxi rank.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Boutique B&B
  • 6 suites for 2
  • Limited self-catering; restaurants nearby
  • Children aged 15+ only
  • Closed: Mid Oct-mid April
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Bicycles Available
  • Excursions


There are 4 Suites in a pair of low bungalows above the pool, and 2 newer X_ecutive Suites one level below the pool. We love the look of these newer suites, with their chic white decor, generous size (2 bathrooms, kingsize bed), and secluded patios - each with its own plunge pool - looking out over the glistening Aegean Sea. Perfect honeymoon material.

The older suites are more than fine for the rest of us. There's a sitting room with attached kitchenette, a double bedroom behind a folding screen, a (smallish) bathroom with shower, and plenty of patio space out front. Expect comfy beds, dove-grey shutters, polished cement floors and a scattering of antiques from the family home, which is next door under the shade of the homonymous pine. There's a bit of art on the walls, and maybe a driftwood monolith or a smooth white beach stone to prop open the French doors. If you're being picky, you might find the bathroom tight; and don't expect to whip up 4-course meals in the kitchenette. But overall it feels comfy and unpretentious, not trying too hard to be boutique.

Whichever you choose, you get A/C, Korres toiletries, free bottled water, stacks of towels, a good bottle of wine and some Turkish Delight.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth sound system
  • Hairdryer
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Slippers
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Served around the pool, breakfast is a classy, locally sourced spread of freshly baked bread, Syros hams and jams, Cycladic cheeses (try the flavour-packed San Michali) and a local daily special – we had loved the juicy portokalopita (orange pie - don't ask, just try it!). 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 if that's your thing, plus eggs cooked any way.

They offer a few options for a light lunch at the pool - maybe dakos or Greek salad - not a huge selection, but both our dishes were light, with fresh local ingredients; perfect for an afternoon bite.

For dinner, stroll down to Kini (5-10 mins) and you've a choice of 2 fantastic seafront tavernas (Tzitzikia and Allou Yialou), plus a couple of simpler eateries a block or two back. We loved Tzitzikia's refreshingly different salads (minted tabouleh with cucumber and tomato, or lentils with grated carrot and orange), its fresh fish (we had the most delicious sargos whose flesh is so soft and white it was like melted snow), and home-cooked dishes like courgette fritters with cheese and herbs. And at buzzing, super-friendly Allou Yialou we had one of the best meals of our holiday: slow cooked lamb with chickpeas.

In your suite, you'll find a small kitchenette - a functional all-white affair with fridge, sleek 2-ring hob, Nespresso machine, 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).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fridge
  • Kitchenette
  • Minibar/fridge
  • 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
  • Spend some time relaxing at the hotel's Wellness Corner, which features a small Jacuzzi for two and an indoor space with workout equipment. Massages, personal training, yoga, Pilates and aqua fitness sessions are all on offer

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Windsurfing


Only teens aged 15 and over are accepted.


  • Hospital: 15 minutes
  • Nearest shop: 15 minutes
Kid Friendly:


Pino di Loto is at the top of the village of Kini 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.

By Air
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.

By Sea
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.

By Car
For car hire see our car rental recommendations.

Detailed directions will be sent to you when you book through

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

Our guests' ratings...

Based on 2 independent reviews from i-escape guests


Beautiful hotel where the owner and staff could not do enough for us. We were looking for a relaxing time which is exactly what we had. Our room was beautiful, spotlessly clean with a beautiful outside pool - definitely worth the extra. The main pool and bar area are spotless and welcoming with large sun beds, Breakfast was lovely.
We wandered down the hill to the village and loved the local restaurants, which offer traditional Greek food. The main town is around 10mins away by taxi with plenty of restaurants and bars
It wasn't busy when we were there but there seems to be plenty of space on the beech and beds available if you buy a drink in the attached bar. Otherwise take a towel. Will definitely return.


We stayed in an executive suite for 12 nights in September. We were a little anxious about travelling because of the virus, but we are so glad we went. Once you're on the island almost everything is open-air and there is only minimal need for face masks.
The suite is perfect. It's large, elegant but understated, and brilliantly appointed, the design being carefully thought through. There are two main rooms, one with a sofa, small kitchenette and fridge. There's a large patio with plunge pool overlooking the sea, and french windows that open from the bedroom onto the patio, with a fab view of the sea and hills. There are 2 beaches within easy walking distance, both great to swim from (with some snorkeling). The best nearby beach is called Delfini and is maybe 2 miles away, so better to have a vehicle to get there. It has a very good taverna, and we spent several days here. Also within walking distance of Pino di Loto are the several tavernas, and one restaurant, of Kini village. The restaurant is excellent and right on the water.
Taking this all together, Pino di Loto is a gem - all you need is in walking distance. No need to drive for miles to swim or eat, and no need to refrain from the very good local wine with your meal! Bliss! Ermoupolis, the capital of Syros, is definitely worth a visit and has some good restaurants - Peri Tinos is great for seafood.
Leaving the best to last, Terezdina. Such a great host, very helpful with all our annoying questions, with lots of good tips and advice. But also respectful of privacy. Her staff are excellent too. We never return to hotels, but this may be the one exception. In a word, Pino di Loto is sublime.


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