Need to know
17, including seven suites.
12pm (flexible subject to availability). Earliest check-in, 12pm.
Double rooms from $158.90 (€142), excluding tax at 13 per cent.
Rates include traditional breakfast. A three-night minimum stay applies for this hotel.
The rather important-sounding Ministry of Planning and Public Works has pronounced the hotel a site of ‘significant cultural importance’, and no wonder: the lounge is built around the original olive press and there’s even a little museum, stocked with artifacts.
At the hotel
Gardens, mountain bikes, CD/DVD library and free WiFi in reception, the restaurant, the lounge area and by the pool. In-rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, minibar and free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
All rooms share the same distinctive decor: stone walls, floors and arches, wooden beamed ceilings, chunky wooden furniture including carved benches beside the beds; with private terraces and bathrooms boasting turquoise and jade tiled showers. What distinguishes the living quarters are the views; Orion has seductive seascapes, as does Pegasus. If you’re a fan of the characteristic stone arches that separate the bedrooms and living areas, book Perseus or Lyra.
The rectangular pool is set amid the olive groves, on a pretty white stone patio. Vivid flowering shrubs, sunloungers and parasols are dotted around the turquoise water.
Cool cotton, bikinis and beach shorts, a paperback copy of Homer’s Odyssey.
Give the owners advance warning, and pets can come too for free. Smoking is allowed in all communal areas apart from the restaurant.
Little Smiths are welcome, with free cots and beds for 14 year olds and under (€20 a day, high season; €15, low season).
Food is locally sourced and organic; everything that can be is recycled and the village’s restoration relied on natural, local materials.