Need to know
The hotel has 22 suites and six rooms – all have ocean views and are uniquely decorated.
Check-out time is 11am, and guests can check-in from 3pm. Flexible arrival and departure requests will be accommodated where possible, and waiting guests have free access to the hotel’s facilities and a shower.
Proprietor Despina Denaxa is a Cycladian by birth, and she leads Greek cooking lessons where she shares her family recipes and the flavours of the island – enquire when booking.
Due to Covid-safe practises, the hotel is not currently providing an in-room minibar, but 24-hour room service is available.
The hotel is closed during the winter and shoulder seasons, from mid-October to early May each year.
At the hotel
Cocktail lounge, open-air cinema, swimming pool with sunloungers and sea views, spa with Jacuzzi and hammam, fitness room. In rooms: All rooms have a private balcony or terrace with Aegean sea views, television with satellite channels, free WiFi, Nespresso coffee machine, air-conditioning, Olive Era biological bath products, free bottled water, black-out curtains.
Our favourite rooms
When the vivacious hotelier Despoina Denaxa teamed up with interior designer and theatre director Antonis Kalogridis, he devised ways to add intrigue to Greece’s traditionally white decor in suites, with whimsical details. For Mrs Smith, however, the Liostasi Sea View Suite’s aquarium infinity pool made it a true stand-out.
While you’re gently lapping Liostasi’s main pool, before you unfurls a palette of bright blues: the pool, the sea beyond, and the sky above. A crimson sculpture by Greek artist Kostas Georgiou flawlessly frames port Ios below for your Instagram shots, and the customary Mediterranean tones of dusty stone, whitewash and olive meld with the arid Cycladic landscape. The Bar is a self-titled ‘ode to slow living’ and has your poolside cocktail needs attended to, and there’s a sequestered Jacuzzi in the Spa, too. Six of the suites also have access to their own exclusive sharing pool, and shaded Gialos Beach is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
Down a narrow sunlit path and through a pair of traditional kamaras (stone arches) you’ll find the intimate Liostasi Lifestyle Spa, a sanctuary of organic wellness founded on traditional treatment principles and using only local, organic spa products from Greek brand Ariadne. The two naturally-lit treatment rooms give you plenty of opportunity to contemplate that signature ocean view, and can accommodate couples and special honeymoon treatments. The Cretan body ritual zhuzhes up the skin using natural elements from the nearby island, including organic honey and bee pollen, dittany oil, saffron, and raki, to renew, tighten, massage and hydrate. There is also a steam room for hammam rituals, a beauty salon and access to the spa’s own outdoor Jacuzzi. For an extra charge, treatments can be made off site, including in the hotel’s suites or on private yachts.
Bring your copy of Homer’s Odyssey – the influential poet is reputedly buried on Ios, and the opening verse of the famous epic is translated and inscribed in stone around the pool, running through into Grandma’s Restaurant. Once you’ve begun reading, you’ll have no choice but to see the full tale through.
Guests under 18 are priced as a child. There is a Kids’ Club, and a babysitting service is available on request for €20 an hour (48-hours’ notice is required).
Children under 10 will get the most out of the children’s pool and Kids’ Club activities.
The Junior Suites have space for a crib, and the Connecting Design Sea View Suite and Adjoining Superior Sea View Suites sleep four and have additional space for two cribs. These suites can be connected for larger groups or families.
The hotel offers a Kids’ Club – enquire when making a reservation.
There is a children’s swimming pool, and the shaded Gialos Beach is a 15-minute walk from the hotel.
A babysitting service is available and charged at €20 an hour, and must be booked with reception a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
The hotel uses fully recyclable packaging in rooms, and the majority of restaurant ingredients are supplied by local farmers.