“A stylish seaside guesthouse set on its own beach, with 7 spacious suites and delicious, inventive Greek cuisine”
The suites each have a double (kingsize) bedroom and a separate sitting room, with a small shower room in between. The palette is glistening gold and grey, with large abstract tableaux on brushed concrete-effect walls (actually just stud walls, as we discovered when noisy neighbours arrived), softened by cherubic candlesticks and provencal dressers in the sitting room. We liked it, though if you're after that simple whitewashed Cycladic look, you might not.
Open eaves keep the bedrooms tall and airy while, most importantly, the beds are fantastically comfy, with sink-into Cocomat mattresses and vast stacks of pillows. Tiled wetrooms have a generous assortment of Cote Bastide smellies.
Deluxe Suites boast a small sunken jacuzzi in the sitting room and a big stone fireplace in the bedroom, but the former seems superfluous with the sea on your doorstep, and the latter is purely decorative (anyway the hotel is closed in winter); so in all honesty you'd be better off booking the cheaper Standard Suites. These can sleep up to 4, using both sofabeds, but for more space families might prefer the larger, split-level Executive Suite. There are no twin-bedded rooms.
Food here is a highlight, as you may have gathered. Under the tutelage of Athenian superchef Iannis Baxevanis - Greece's Heston Blumenthal, if you will - the kitchen produces some astonishing dishes based on traditional Hellenic recipes with innovative twists and underused (often foraged) ingredients.
Our melitzanosalata (aubergine purée) came with still warm carob bread and beef carpaccio; our rolled pites were packed with wild greens or minced lamb, and served on a slate alongside dollops of tangy cottage cheese dusted with pomegranate seeds. Every mouthful was a delight.
When it came to the mains, our sea bass stuffed with herbs and ouzo was wonderfully juicy, the fillet of red mullet enhanced by a rich confit of lemon and fennel. It may sound showy, but it really works. There are meats too (rib-eye steak, pork belly from the tiny island of Schinoussa), handmade pasta and refreshing desserts, including pepper sorbet with stuffed figs and lavender from the garden. The well-priced 15-page wine list is mostly Greek - but not a retsina in sight.
You eat in the rustic-chic dining room, among vintage posters, fresh flowers and glass candlejars; or grab one of the sea-facing veranda tables for a prime sunset view.
For breakfast, choose (the previous evening) from a menu card of pastries, homemade jams, pancakes with cheese and honey, cold cuts, omelettes, local yoghurt and seasonal fruit. Lunch is also available, but we liked to wander in to Afissos (15 mins) for a light snack at one of the waterside tavernas or bars.
Children are welcome and each suite has 1 or 2 sofabeds in its sitting area, plus space for a cot (available on request), so they can sleep a family in reasonable comfort. But on balance we don't think this in ideal place for families, given the lack of facilities (no pool or high chairs, for example) and the refined gourmet angle. Most of the guests we encountered were couples.
Cots Available, Family Rooms