Despite being extraordinarily beautiful, Greece has long been a paradoxical place for affluent American travelers. Surprisingly, it can boast relatively few hotels of note, and, worse, many of the ones that do exist are located on either Santorini or Mykonos, islands that have become badly overcrowded. Recently, however, there have been signs of change. Our editor ventured to the island of Paros, at the center of the Aegean Sea, to investigate the opening of several quietly luxurious hotels. He came away recommending two.
Set on a ridge with a view across the sea to Drios, this delightfully intimate and tranquil 15-room hotel was designed by the Greek architect Iossif Alighizakis, who is considered to be a pioneer in contemporary Cycladic architecture. All the guest accommodations are named for herbs that grow locally, and some lodgings come with private terraces and plunge pools. Amenities include an outdoor swimming pool offering spectacular views of the sea and the Seven Senses restaurant serving contemporary Mediterranean cuisine. Complimentary bicycles are furnished, and shuttle service to Chrissi Akti (Golden Beach), the most famous stretch of sand on the island, is available. The hotel also hosts a unique hagiography painting exhibition.
From the editor: “The next two days were delightful, not least because the staff were so eager to please. Much of our time was spent beside the large outdoor swimming pool with spectacular views of the sea.”
Read more about Calme Boutique Hotel.
Created from an existing set of white sugar-cube buildings situated a five minutes’ drive to the west of Naoussa, this magnificent hotel is the work of husband-and-wife team Kalia Konstantinidou and Antonis Eliopoulos. Created by Athens-based Interior Design Laboratorium, the tastefully appointed interiors showcase both sophistication and simplicity. All guest rooms have private terraces, but Uranus Suites also come with Jacuzzis (Sun Suites are augmented by private plunge pools). The property encompasses a striking cross-shaped swimming pool flanked by a lively pool bar, a well-equipped fitness center and an attractive spa, as well as an excellent restaurant, helmed by well-known chef Alexandros Tsiotinis, offering a market-driven “New Greek” menu.
From the editor: “We loved our stay at Parīlio and would gladly return to spend a week there, refining the art of complete idleness and remaining resolutely incommunicado.”
Read more about Parīlio Hotel.