At Casa Cook in the eastern Aegean isle of Samos you can pretty much walk on water…the floors are mostly liquid after all. Concrete pathways are out, in favour of six swimming pools and a number of H2O installations. Other transcendent experiences here include an epicurean adventure at the Beach House (care of its Josper grill), days spent on cabanas suspended above (more) water and sundowners next to a fire-pit. It’s walking distance to the town of Pythagorio, named for Samos’s famous son, where traditional tavernas line the harbour in a suitably ungeometric pattern.
Double rooms from £135.64 (€152), including tax at 9 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €4.00 per room per night prior to arrival.
Rates usually include breakfast.
For specific snack requests, send your minibar wishlist ahead of your arrival and staff will gladly stock it to order.
The hotel opens for the summer season between May and October.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, daily yoga classes, gym, boutique. In rooms: TV, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine and bath products made on Crete.
Our favourite rooms
Make new friends with a swim-up suite where you can chat with your neighbour as you cool off – or if you’re feeling territorial about your water, request a room with a private pool. And if still water won’t do, book one of the Rooftop Suites overlooking the main pool that has a Jacuzzi.
There are six swimming pools, some of which have a set of swim-up suites built around them.
Book in at the spa between 11am and 8pm for Elemis facials, hammams, experiential showers and more water features (hearing the rushing trickles are all part of the relaxation). Some of the treatment rooms have a Jacuzzi.
Since your new neighbourhood’s essentially a water park, pack a suitable selection of swimwear.
There’s a specially adapted room for disabled guests.
This hotel is for grown-ups only – if you are bringing your brood, they must be 16 or over.
Plastic bottles are banned, local craftsmen built all of the furniture and the hotel is planting its own herb garden. The team helps keep the island tidy after the season ends by cleaning up litter from walking trails.
The breezy Beach House serves buffet breakfasts and Mediterranean meals, with lots of the ingredients sourced on the island. Dishes include moussaka croquettes, triple-fried potatoes with feta and wild oregano, and chickpea and lamb fritters with sumac sauce – and there’s a Josper grill for Iberico (but farmed in Greece) pork chops, ribeyes and octopus souvlaki. Lighter lunch options include poke bowls, tuna tartare and shrimp tacos.
Locally inspired drinks (which extends to classic Greek-holiday favourites that come in pitchers) are there to hydrate you.
The Beach House is open all day, with drinks available at the bar all the way up until 2am.
Meals from the Mediterranean menu can be delivered to your room at any time of day (or night).
Casa Cook is on the south-eastern shores of Samos, a Greek island in the east Aegean that’s just off the coast of western Turkey.
The island’s airport is a 15-minute drive away from Casa Cook. The hotel can arrange transfers on request. There are some direct flights during the summer, but you may have to connect to a domestic service in Athens.
The hotel is within walking distance of the neighbouring village but if you want to pay homage to Hera or be a Pythagoras pilgrim, a car will be useful. There are public parking spaces nearby.
Ferries dock at Samos from the capital’s port of Piraeus, Thessaloniki (also on the mainland) and other islands, including Mykonos.
Worth getting out of bed for
Samos’s trigonometry titan and mathematical mastermind gets his own namesake town here – Pythagorio is within walking distance of the hotel. You’ll also be able to visit the archaeological site where the Temple of Hera once stood, visit vineyards producing the island’s celebrated sweet muscat wines and clamber through the Tunnel of Eupalinos, an aqueduct built under Mount Kastro in the sixth century (also home to some pleasing geometry that would make Pythagoras proud).
There are lots of traditional tavernas to pick from in Pythagorio, where you can sit out on the waterfront and select your venue based on its choice of music.
Between the hotel and Pythagorio, stop off for refreshments at Asterias, a beach club with fun for all the family.
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 this island hotel in Greece and unpacked their shorts and swimwear, a full account of their beach break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Casa Cook Samos…
In the birthplace of Epicurus, good food and fine wine are guaranteed – and with one look at the menu at Casa Cook’s Beach House, it’s clear the chef is committed to the finer things in life. Samos is also somewhere you’ll be able to pay homage to the hypotenuse, but that’s another story.
At the newly unveiled Casa Cook in this eastern Aegean isle, just off the coast of Turkey, there are indeed angular terracotta buildings (though not many triangles), most of which are connected by vast pools of water. Some are installations, but there are six open for swims. It’s a water world of various floating neighbourhoods, where you can swim-up to your suite (and next-door’s) for convivial cocktails, friendly banter and even a cup of sugar. As well as raising a glass to Epicurus and tipping your hat to the godfather of triangles, you’ll be able to visit the Temple of Hera and pay respect to Zeus’s fiery wife (/sister). The good times are guaranteed.