Need to know
100, including 50 suites.
12 noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
So, we can’t all flee to a Grecian isle for good – life isn’t Mamma Mia, ya know? But, with the right stoneware pot, straw basket and stylishly whittled footstool, you can maintain the illusion of an elongated getaway. The hotel’s concept store has all you need to recreate its look.
The hotel closes annually from 3 November to 5 April.
At the hotel
Beach, spa with a hammam and sauna, gym, concept shop, small library, laundry services, free WiFi. In rooms: flatscreen TV, wireless Marshall speakers, a minibar, coffee- and tea-making kit, free bottled water, bathrobes and slippers and free WiFi.
Our favourite rooms
For the full this-is-my-life-now experience, choose one of Oku’s three villas. They have the same stylish look as all the rooms, but come with a private pool, a terrace a group can spread out on, and a separate lounge, too. There are two bedrooms, but a solitude-seeking couple would be equally comfy. Alternatively, plump for the more intimate Suite with a Private Pool.
There are two. The open-air, unheated freshwater pool has beckoning turquoise waters, pillowy day-beds lining the deck and frilly thatch parasols and a pavilion to provide shade – you’ll need to move fast to secure your lounging spot, but if you miss out you can decamp to those laid out on the beach. If temperatures lower, the indoor spa pool is bath-tub warm.
The spa may be petite, but it’s central to the hotel’s soul-restoring philosophy and it’s as stylish as the rest of the stay: the hammam has dove-grey tadelakt walls, perfumed plants grow around the entrance and attractive stone and wood elements abound throughout. Treatments use all-natural treatments, including those grown onsite and approved by the resident herbalist, and are designed to leave you feeling floaty and serene after. Try the signature Hippocratic anatripsis massage that uses a rhythmic ancient technique, or the Aegean scrub for silky smooth skin. Yoga and Pilates classes are held daily on the beach too, and personal trainers are on hand to motivate – the gym is probably one of the most chic we’ve seen with its mid-century-esque NOHrD work-out equipment.
Both active and less-active wear will come in handy during your stay.
Some ground-floor rooms are suitable for guests with mobility issues and have adapted bathrooms.
The patter of tiny feet is antithetical to Oku’s ‘hey, sit down, relax’ ambience, so this stay is just for adults – sorry kids.
Dining is duly seasonal, local and organic, and Earth-kind cleaning products and toiletries are in use. And, the hotel is aiming to be plastic-free by the end of 2021.