“A stylish, modern hotel with wonderful sea views and friendly service, on one of Greece’s most unspoiled islands”
For a small hotel, Pylaia has a lot of different room categories. Bright and spacious, bedrooms differ widely in size and vantage point, but all have excellent all-natural mattresses and bed linen, and décor is clean, neutral and uncluttered, with the odd designer piece. Bathrooms are attractive, too, with walk-in showers plus tubs in the bigger categories. Every room has outdoor space though most are tiny terraces and the larger ones tend to be quite exposed.
Executive Doubles near the top of the hotel have big bathrooms and fabulous views across the valley to the sea. The Junior Suites at the bottom of the hotel are the most peaceful and private, with unbroken sea views. Split-level Honeymoon Suites have steep stairs down to rather dark, musty bathrooms, but lovely terraces. The Master Suites, clustered around the pools, are best suited to families, with separate bedrooms and large indoor and outdoor living areas. There’s not much of a view or privacy when the pools are busy, though.
There's also Pylaia’s House, a serviced apartment with 2 bedrooms (double and twin), a shower bathroom, an open-plan living/dining area with a kitchen, and a spacious veranda.
Breakfast is a generous spread of freshly baked breads and cakes, saffron and raisin pastries, pouggia (cream cheese and cinnamon turnovers), eggs, bacon, heaps of fresh fruit, and freshly squeezed orange juice. Only the cappuccino, which is charged extra, was a letdown.
The top-floor breakfast room doubles as Plori for lunch and dinner, a smart restaurant with a modern Mediterranean menu that’s anything but traditional. Dishes such as cheese and lavender rolls, monkfish with lemon, fennel and lemongrass, or sea bass with martini sauce are delicious and make a welcome break from standard taverna fare. There’s a decent selection of Greek wines, too. Room service covers the basics (burgers, club sandwiches, Greek salad), but is underwhelming. Simple snacks and refreshments are served at the small pool bar throughout the day, but it’s closed in low season.
Akti, the hotel’s sister restaurant, was already closed for the season when we visited in late September. However, there are plenty of other eating and drinking options in Chora, a 5-minute walk.
The hotel is very welcoming to families, and messy eaters are tolerated with good humour. Travel cots and highchairs are provided free of charge, and there's a special room service and even a spa menu for kids! However, the hotel is built on multiple levels with lots of steep stairs, so it’s best suited to older children who are steady on their feet.
Children (4-12 years), Teens (over 12)
Most rooms can fit a baby cot or rollaway bed. Master Suites have a double bedroom and a large lounge with space for 1-2 baby cots or rollaway beds. Pylaia's House has a double bedroom and a twin bedroom, plus space for a baby cot or rollaway bed.
Travel cots and highchairs.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking