Epirus, one of Greece’s best-kept secrets, is a paradise for nature lovers, hikers and those looking for quiet horizons in which to relax. With picture-perfect villages, extensive trekking trails, and photogenic beaches surrounded by lush mountains, it has a lot to offer to the discerning traveler. To convince you further, here is a list of the best boutique hotels in Epirus.
White Orchid Hotel, Vola
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A picturesque hotel on the outskirts of Syvota, White Orchid overlooks a cliff, offering views of a verdant mountainous coastline. With eight spacious suites equipped with modern and elegant furniture, White Orchid includes a stunning infinity pool, but if you prefer dipping your toes in seawater, the nearby beach will certainly satisfy your needs. You will have a fantastic time exploring the region of Thesprotia, shopping in Syvota, a 30-minute drive away, or simply relaxing at the pool.
For those who prefer urban areas, Ioannina offers everything a city can in a pocket-size setting. Enjoy walks on the lakeside, drinks in one of the many bars and sightseeing, especially its lovely old quarter and medieval and Ottoman-era monuments. Go further by opting to stay at the Hotel Hagiati, a charming boutique hotel in the citadel. Conveniently located near many of the attractions, Hotel Hagiati is a beautifully restored townhouse with exposed stone walls and cozy rooms.
The Zagori region is known for its charming and quaint villages connected by stone bridges. Do yourself a favor and opt for a stay at the Monopatia Resort, an elegant stone-built establishment in the true Epirotic architecture, in Ano Pedina. With wooden floors and warm colors, Monopatia includes eight cottages and two mansions. It’s likely you will fall in love with the area, as well as the delicious breakfast served in the resort restaurant, housed on one of the two stories of the mansion. End your day at the bar, on the ground floor, and relax with a glass of wine while listening to the soothing lounge music.
If unparalleled mountain views tickle your fancy, then the stunning Archontiko Metsovou, a gorgeous mansion located in the center of picturesque Metsovo, is the place to be. An ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area or enjoy some ski fun at the nearby ski resort, Archontiko Metsovou includes modern facilities such as a spa center, sauna, and hammam, as well as a pool and outdoor hot tub. Savor a refreshing drink in the hotel lounge after a day of exploring the great outdoors and relax in the comfy room. Your stay at Archontiko Metsovou is bound to be memorable.
Give the lovely seaside town of Preveza a visit and stay at the Dioni Boutique Hotel, an entirely renovated boutique hotel a stone’s throw away from the historical center and shopping district. True to its environmental principles, the hotel offers free bicycle service around town as well as private bike parking. Add to that some modern facilities and fully equipped rooms with all the comfort you need. You will love discovering this charming town by the sea, taking walks around the old town and the harbor, cycling to the nearest beach and exploring the area, along with its numerous archaeological sites and green surroundings.
A historic traditional 16th-century mansion in the heart of Kato Pedina, in the Zagori region, Apeiros Chora is a family-own establishment offering boutique-style accommodation. Located within reach of many of the attractions in the area, including the impressive Vikos Gorge and the Monastery of Agia Paraskevi, it boasts a small collection of seven rooms, each adorned with a different color. The hotel, fitted with eco-friendly facilities, has received the GreenLeaders Platinum Award in recognition of its environment-friendly practices. Enjoy a relaxing dip in the jacuzzi, a rejuvenating hammam session or a warm evening by the fireplace in the winter lounge.
Feeling more like a small village than a resort, Kipi Suites is a boutique hotel situated in mountainous Zagori. The hotel, which features five buildings, counts eight suites, all fitted with separate entrances and fireplaces. A great base from which to explore the area of Zagori, it features two houses transformed into a guesthouse while respecting the local techniques and methods. Offering seclusion for those in need of some quiet time in nature, Kipi Suites makes for a perfect home away home in Epirus.
Located in the central square of the picturesque village of Dilofo, Aithrio is a spectacular 17th-century mansion offering rooms and suites to its guests. With beautiful stone walls and décor in earthy tones, the rooms include spacious bathrooms, with a hydromassage shower cabin and every bathroom amenity, and offer views over the patio. Gather in the traditional lounge area by the fireplace for a hearty homemade breakfast before heading out to explore the village and its surroundings. Since cars are not allowed in the village (free parking is available 200 meters [656 feet] from the premises), you will take delight in the quietness of the region.