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The second largest of the Cyclades archipelago, Andros is relatively untouched. Its mountains and valleys are strewn with waterfalls, and a paradise for ramblers. The sweeping golden bay of Mpatsi is the only resort to speak of, though there are plenty more virgin beaches to discover. Here’s our pick of the best hotels on this Greek island, bookable with Culture Trip.
Run by florists, Casa Di Fiori (House of Flowers) has been beautifully refurbished with interiors that clearly draw from its owners’ green-fingered sensibilities. Rooms are named after herbs and botanicals and pot plants and nature-nodding prints abound. It’s located on a winding hilltop road, with spectacular views over Hora town and its shimmering bay. All eight elegantly-finished suites offer vistas towards the sea.
Perched on a cliff at the end of the capital’s slender peninsular, Camara Suites could hardly be better positioned to enjoy the surrounding bay. Part of an old fortified tower, the family-owned mansion traces its roots back over eight centuries. Each of the four suites is individually styled with original artworks, atmospheric lighting and plush furnishings that reference the building’s past. Breakfast is a real treat with local produce and homemade breads.
When it comes to luxury lodgings, the OW Andros is one of the island’s finest. The lush valley setting is picturesque and within strolling distance of the lovely Fellos Beach. Each of the five suites comes with a large hot tub, a wonderful lounge-kitchen and premium king-size beds. Landscaped gardens also feature a shallow walk-through pool, where you can lie on loungers above the water, chilled cocktail in hand.
Located on a hilltop, on the outskirts of Hora town, Edem Suites offers serene lodgings with fabulous views over the neighbouring valleys. There are a dozen suites in all, each sporting sleek contemporary styling with designer lighting and modern artworks. Step out of your hydromassage shower, don your comfy bathrobe and slippers and relax on your furnished balcony while soaking up the vistas.
This family-run guesthouse began life as a poultry farm supplying the island with eggs. The grandmother soon decided to transform the business into holiday lodgings and today the hotel’s chicken motif is a constant reminder of its roots. Studio and one-bedroom apartments are smartly modern, with cooking facilities and verandas – most enjoying sea views. The hotel is located just steps from Kipri Beach, one of the island’s prettiest shorelines.
Positioned at the end of a verdant valley with broad views over the Aegean Sea, Blue Bay Resort Village scores top marks for its setting. Bright modern rooms and suites provide views over the nearby water, as does the expansive sun terrace with two pools – one with jacuzzi and the other just for kids. A poolside bar serves up drinks, plus there’s a restaurant on site. Alternatively, there are numerous waterfront restaurants in Batsi resort, a pleasant 15-minute stroll away.
With spectacular views stretching from the mountains to the horizon, the pool terrace at Hotel Perrakis is a spot you’ll want to linger on. Every one of the 44 rooms provides sea-view balconies, too, with higher suites overlooking nearby Kypri Beach. Here, you can enjoy the hotel’s beachfront bar while dipping in and out of the calm waters. Fancy a romantic dinner for two? The Cyclades Restaurant offers quality cuisine – from crab salads to tuna tartare and pumpkin ravioli – and the best views in the house.
With its classical architecture, antique-style furniture, and whispy white drapery, there’s certainly an air of refinement about Paradise Art Hotel. Rooms continue in the same vein, with some opening onto balconies with views over the capital and shimmering bay. There’s a lovely big swimming pool to lounge beside, as well as a tennis court if you’re in the mood for a game. Feeling peckish? It’s just an easy 10-minute walk into town.