Acron Villas is a rustic, all-villa escape perched in the rugged hills above Paros’ famous Kolympithres Beach and the village of Naoussa. The two-to-five-bedroom villas offer plenty of privacy for families and honeymooners alike – each comes with sweeping sea views, a private pool terrace, unfussy interiors and kitted-out kitchens. In other words, they’re the perfect blank canvas for unstructured days of sun-soaked serenity. Down in the bay, strollable fishing villages, traditional tavernas and golden beaches lie in wait.
11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm. Late check-outs (until 6pm) are charged 50 per cent of the daily rate.
Double rooms from £303.50 (€350), including tax at 13.5 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional government tax of €0.50 per room per night on check-in.
Rates are room-only; there are no meals served on site.
Paros has impressive eco aspirations – it’s aiming to completely banish single-use plastics.
The villas are open for the summer season, from early May to mid-October (the exact dates vary annually).
At the hotel
On-site parking, free WiFi. In rooms: private pool, terrace and garden, fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, air-conditioning, TV, espresso machine and Korres bath products.
Our favourite rooms
Big families or groups will have plenty of space to spread out in the Indigo 4 Bedroom Premium Villa. It’s got sprawling sea views from the master bedroom and a large table on the terrace for alfresco dinners to remember.
You only need to take a few steps from bed to splash about in your villa’s own private pool.
Sleek monochrome swimwear in neutral hues of white, black, navy and green will go perfectly with the khaki-coloured surrounding countryside.
Steep slopes around the villas mean the hotel is unfortunately unsuitable for wheelchair users.
The villas are on the sheltered northern shore of Paros, overlooking the Cycladic island’s most scenic beach, Kolympithres, famed for its million-year-old granite rock formations.
The airport in Paros, which you can reach via Athens, is a 30-minute drive away – the hotel can organise transfers for €60 one-way (up to six people).
Many people arrive to Paros’ port town of Parikia via ferry from Athens, Santorini or Mykonos. Once here, you can also hop on to other Cycladic isles, such as larger Naxos and little Antiparos.
Worth getting out of bed for
The fishing village of Naoussa is along the bay, five kilometres away (it takes about 10 minutes to reach it by car) – wander the labyrinthine lanes and you’ll be rewarded with fashionable boutiques, artisanal delis and trad tavernas on the waterfront.
Further around the bay, you’ll find Monastiri, another popular beach with a great sand-side restaurant. Here you’ll also find 800-acre Paros Park, with its walking trails and open-air cinema set in a stone, sea-facing amphitheatre. On the east coast, Chrissi Akti or ‘Golden Beach’ is a renowned windsurfing spot. Further afield, two of the most photogenic, strollable inland villages are Marpissa and nearby Prodromos, which you can link up via the Byzantine Road walking route.
To seek out shade during a day on Kolympithres, head to beach bar and restaurant Paros on the Rocks. Corner café Sousouro is a great place for fresh smoothies, power breakfasts and punchy craft cocktails. Another great bet is seafood-serving Ouzeri Mitsi – one of the oldest tavernas on the island – which serves up local wines and the day’s catch on the sand of Naoussa’s Agios Dimitrios cove. For a formal dinner one night, head over to fellow Smith spot and nearby island neighbour, Parilio Hotel.
Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from these secluded villas near Naoussa and unpacked their sturdy sandals and sun hats, a full account of their Cycladic island break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Acron Villas in Paros…
Let the madding crowd clamber over the rest of the Cycladic isles – you’ve got peaceful Paros: just as sun-drenched and idyllic, but with less than half the holidaying hordes. It may take some time to adjust to the tortoise-like pace here, but practice makes perfect. Start by honing your thousand-yard stare: from your villa, that’ll include the glittering Aegean, the rock-strewn countryside and the boats bobbing in Naoussa’s bay, a fishing town so nostalgic it should be sepia-toned. Next, do some lazy laps in your private pool, have a languid and wine-fuelled lunch at a taverna in town (if you finish before 4, you’re doing it wrong), and take a siesta in the shade on your outdoor terrace. Soon, you’ll be suspended in that permanently-swimsuit-clad haze that holidays at Acron Villas are made of.