Folegandros, Greece

Anemi Hotel

Rates from (inc tax)$173.41

Price information

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Minimalist shore-side luxury


Unspoilt Aegean island

As you sail through the Aegean on your way to Folegandros, the buildings of the all-white Anemi Hotel look like giant sugar cubes perched high above the sea. And, once you get up close, this Greek-island getaway guarantees a stay as stylish as the views are stunning.

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Photos Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece

Need to know


44, including 12 suites.


Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from $173.41 (€159), excluding tax at 13 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR180.00), via, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates generally include a la carte breakfast, local taxes and transfers to the port and heliport.


If you’re heading out to explore the island, request a lunch hamper and a parasol for a perfect picnic.

Hotel closed

25 September to 20 May.

At the hotel

Free WiFi in common areas, a tennis court (also used for basketball and football games), gym and DVD library. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, minibar, free wired internet and air-conditioning; some suites have Nespresso machines.

Our favourite rooms

The spacious Junior Pool Suites are honeymooners’ heaven. There’s a large bedroom and separate living room, and you can lounge in your private pool while admiring your sweeping sea views.


Lay out your lounger by the hotel’s main clifftop infinity pool to take in the stunning Aegean views. There’s also an indoor pool, which is more of a family-friendly place to splash.

Packing tips

Bring your camera or easel to capture scenes of the ever-changing sea and sky.


The hotel – and rocky Folegandros itself – aren’t particularly suited to wheelchair users.


Pets are welcome by arrangement, and will be greeted with a basket and food bowl. See more pet-friendly hotels in Folegandros.


Welcome. Cots and extra beds are free for under-12s and €70 a night for older kids; you’ll find highchairs and a kids’ menu in the restaurant. Babysitting is available for €15 an hour, and there's a children's pool too.

Food and Drink

Photos Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece

Top Table

Sit outside by the pool, which is lit enchantingly in the evening. Or, cosy up on the soft seating tucked away in the back of the restaurant indoors.

Dress Code

Relax: don’t dress up for dinner. Jeans or even shorts are fine.

Hotel restaurant

Enjoy innovative dishes inspired by Aegean islands favourites, such as orzo with langoustines and lemon zest. The small, intimate restaurant is a slick space decorated in dark shades, in contrast to the hotel’s gleaming white exterior. It also extends outside, around the main pool.

Hotel bar

Sip a mojito with mint leaves freshly picked from the hotel’s garden in the poolside bar; there’s a lengthy cocktail list and an extensive array of whiskeys. If you’ve got any special cocktail requests, the accommodating barman will happily go off menu.

Last orders

Tuck into breakfast from 8.30am to 11am, and lunch or dinner until 11pm. The last drinks are poured in the restaurant and bar at 11pm

Room service

Order meals or snacks from 8.30am to 11pm.


Photos Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece
Anemi Hotel
Karavostasis, Folegandros


The most convenient airport is on Santorini, 45 minutes from Folegandros via boat or 18 minutes away by helicopter. Fly to Santorini National Airport ( from international destinations including London, Manchester, Rome, Paris and Barcelona.


If you choose to rent a car (or a scooter) to explore the island, there’s free parking on-site (rent on the mainland and bring it over on the ferry). If you choose not to drive, the local bus should be all you need to get around tiny Folegandros.

Worth getting out of bed for

Folegandros is a relatively unspoilt island, where the main attractions are the views and the unspoilt beaches. The nearest shore to Anemi Hotel is a pebbly swimming spot, but there are plenty of sandy beaches surrounding the island, ranging from popular sun traps to hideaways you can only reach by boat.

The island’s mediaeval settlement, Kastro, is an amazing clifftop spot with spectacular views. Or, get a glimpse of Chrysospilia, on the northeast side of Folegandros. The 300m cave, tucked in the edge of a cliff 30m above the Aegean, has ancient names (mostly male) scrawled into its walls, but currently it can only be viewed by boat.

Local restaurants

The fresh fish on offer at the Good Heart, a very traditional, 100-year-old taverna, is excellent. Tucked away in an alley behind the port, the Good Heart is run by four generations of one family, including the great grandmother  (+30 22860 41212). For a fancier dining experience, Eva’s Garden is a beautiful restaurant in Folegandros town, which spills out on to the lane and into its small garden, scented with jasmine, lavender and herbs. The gourmet Mediterranean cuisine (made with locally grown ingredients) and stylishly romantic setting make Eva’s Garden an ideal date-night hideaway (+30 22860 41110).


Photos Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece

Anonymous review

‘Nothing,’ the receptionist smiles at us, knowingly.

We’ve just arrived at Anemi Hotel and have asked what there is to do on the 32-square-mile island of Folegandros. I smile back, confused, and then look at Mr Smith nervously. I don’t know what to do with this information. I’m not one for doing nothing. I live in London! I work on a newspaper! Every day represents a deadline for getting out there, conquering the world, pulling oneself up another rung. I can’t do nothing. And not for 48 hours. But that’s just what we do. And what a place to (not) do it in.

Folegandros, a tiny island smack in the middle of the Cyclades, is practically not on the map. In the lead up to our minibreak, Mr Smith and I are met with blank stares when we say we’re going there. When mention we’re going to Santorini for a few days first, the blank looks transform into smiles. Everyone knows Santorini, which is a 45-minute boat ride away. Lucky for the Folegandrians, very few know Folegandros.

Arriving at the port of Karavostasis via a bumpy five-hour hydrofoil ride from Athens, I wonder how anyone makes it here. There’s no direct flight (there are some to Santorini), so up until now you needed Popeye’s sea legs and you had to be happy to listen to folks throwing up around you. As we disembark, it quickly becomes clear why people make the trip.

The village looks like a 1970s postcard that’s only just turned up after decades being stuck down the back of a sorting-office radiator. It’s the Dorian Gray of holidays. The green-grey waters off the pebble beach are dotted with ramshackle fishing boats over which tanned young men dangle their fishing rods. Wooden cabanas double up as beach bars. We spy an old woman not unlike Nana Mouskouri kicking back in a deckchair with a glass of red in hand.

Next to the jetty where our boat dropped us is a blackboard with bus times scribbled in chalk. With one bus an hour to cover the entire island and another sign advertising ‘the only taxicar on the island!’ we realise this is no Florida Keys. Thankfully, we have a lift waiting for us – for the whole two-minute drive to Anemi.

From a distance Anemi hides its luxe well. Strict building regs means that Anemi’s architects had to create a 44-room complex that blended with the local centuries-old houses. From the road it’s all tiny whitewashed sugar-cube two-storey buildings set amid a desert-like landscape that, Mr Smith, notes excitedly, befits a Star Wars set. But after checking in, the luxury, while still quiet, is very much on show.

Mr Smith remarks upon walking into our junior pool suite it’s like a swish Wendy house for grown-ups. It’s so well equipped (kitchenette, terrace, DVD, iPod dock) that you could holiday here for a week and never have to set foot inside the main hotel. The double kingsize bed is gratuitously vast – that night I have to roll across to reach for Mr Smith. Plus, if we’d been in any kind of sociable mood (we aren’t) and we made friends, we could invite them to kip over on the sofa bed.

The view from our suite is so perfect it’s like the kind of fake picture window you can buy from out-of-town furniture stores. The sea, 300 metres walk away, is visible from every lookout. If that isn’t blue enough, the suite’s private pool breaks up the vista.

It’s so cleverly designed that despite the terrace being overlooked by other rooms, there is complete privacy while you’re in the pool. Filled with sudden, uncharacteristic body confidence, we whip off our clothes for a skinny dip; the attentive gardener who moments later pops over the bush with a pair of secateurs is commendably discreet in his total embarrassment.

Mortified at having already flashed the locals, we head for the main building and the restaurant’s shaded outdoor tables overlooking the Olympic-scale seawater pool. Anemi’s food is fantastic all day, but its breakfast is fit for the Greek gods. We order the Folegandros bun ­– a bagel-like pastry coated with honey and filled with chopped tropical fruit and cheese – and quickly discover it’s a king among bakes. The next morning, knowing this is our last chance to scoff, we panic-order four to the waitress’s quietly horrified reaction; she then watches on as we bashfully leave half.

After gorging, we roll to the pool and wait half an hour before ordering pancakes and milkshakes to be delivered to our loungers. (Did I mention I’m pregnant?) Told you there was nothing to do. Which, really, we quickly come to realise is just what you want. No-guilt lazing. This is a hotel built not to be left. Even the kids here are experts in doing nada. The kids’ room is a lesson in minimalism and the few rug rats there largely snooze in the sun and play on white iPads.

As Londoners who don’t know a good thing (relaxation) when it hits us, later that day we take the (only) boat trip around the island. We stop at five beaches, diving off the back of the boat (I plopped) into the clearest green waters. Lunch is made by the mother of the woman who sells the tickets at the island’s only travel agency – cheeses, meats, melon and a glass of rakomelo (grappa with honey), it’s more Greek god food.

Realising all we’ve done is eat, we take the bus up the dirt track road to Chora, the island’s main village and zigzag up the path to the Church of Panagia for a bird’s-eye view of the clifftop village and the sprawling landscape of rock and sea. We look at each other. There’s nothing to do for nautical miles around. ‘Let’s book in for more doing nothing next year,’ smiles Mr Smith. ‘I rather like it.’

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Anemi Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The slow pace, the perfect infinity pool, daily tennis and the cleanest sea water anywhere. The beach at the harbour.

Don’t expect

Noise, entertainment and nightlife.


Stayed on 7 Sep 2016

We loved

We had our own private pool as we were there on honeymoon and with our 5 month old son. It was such a treat and I'm pleased we paid the extra for it. The main pool is stunning though so it would be fine to go there as well. The port beach was our favourite and only 5 minutes away by foot. We went to most of the others but many had no shade at all or had no cafe. The staff were absolutely lovely. They couldn't do enough for us and they were so kind to our baby son. We were offered high chairs everywhere and most waiting staff wanted a cuddle so we loved travelling with him. It was a very child friendly island. It's worth hiring a car although there is a bus if you don't want to hire one. The island is so small but we wanted the freedom to get about on our own schedule. The restaurant on Ag Nik beach was the best. You can walk overland but we got a lovely scenic boat for 10 Euros. The food was delicious and the views were stunning. Chora is a sweet town without the plastic neonness of Santorini and other main towns. It's really pretty and you don't feel like there are people desperate to flog you something.

Don’t expect

The foot wasn't great. We had various meals there and it wasn't quite what we had hoped.


Stayed on 21 Jul 2016

We loved

The staff, they were super friendly couldn't do enough to help. The stylish interiors, the magnificent breakfast, the layout of the resort and the pool. The village of Ano Meria gives incredible views over the island. A boat trip takes you to all the beaches and is a fun day out.

Don’t expect

An easy walk into the main town. To have many dining options nearby.


Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

The spacious rooms, the a la carte breakfast and water servings throughout the day. A visit to The village Chora is worth the trip

Don’t expect

Entertainment shows, it is all about peace and quietness


Stayed on 11 Jun 2016

We loved

Near Perfection


Stayed on 4 Jun 2016

We loved

The polite and attentive and discreet staff. And the quiet location. Good fish restaurant in walking distance, and friendly casual (and basic) restaurants on the water's edge.

Don’t expect

It's not in or near a lively town. Strictly for couples wanting to chill.


Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

The relaxed atmosphere and the staff were just fantastic. You must try to get to Rakentia for a sunset drink. the most amazing views.

Don’t expect

Lots to do... if you want a party holiday go somewhere else


Stayed on 21 May 2016