Staying on the Greek island of Folegandros means days spent dipping in the translucent Aegean Sea and exploring bougainvillea-clad, cobbled streets, and at night you can rest your head in some of the island’s lesser-known and lovelier boutique hotels, all bookable on Culture Trip.
A ferry ride away from Athens and rising from the Aegean Sea between Paros and Santorini, Folegandros is an ideal base for island-hopping to the rest of the Cyclades islands, but a beautiful destination in its own right. Its main town (Chora) is like a mini, more understated version of Santorini’s Fira, with the same uniformly whitewashed houses built atop a craggy cliff face – and a zigzag, white path winding away from the chichi village centre and into more rural depths, to the church of Panagia above. And the island’s boutique stays are equally charming, with options for every taste and whim. Here are the best hotels in Folegandros, Greece.
Owner Dimitris Patelis built and designed this hotel himself, which explains the care taken over its touchpoints – like the “infinity” balconies, which have incredible 360-degree views of the Aegean Sea. On a clear day, you can spot up to 11 islands on the horizon. It’s just a short walk into the beautiful white-washed village of Chora, but don’t leave without trying a mango drop cocktail at the hotel bar, made with amaretto, passion fruit liqueur, fresh mango and lime juice.
Choose between the Blue Sand’s hotel or its suites, all of which offer affordable luxury – just a stone’s throw from Agali Beach. Dinners are taken al fresco on the candlelit terrace, with freshly caught fish, handmade pasta or locally sourced crawfish on the menu. The resort has its own upscale cocktail bar, and the Blue Sand Cocktail, with fresh melon and lime, is exactly what you’ll need after a hard day’s relaxing.
The Aria Boutique Hotel is perched on a cliffside terrace, so each of its 11 luxury rooms and suites offers uninterrupted views of the gently lapping water below. Some of the rooms have jacuzzi hydro-massage bathtubs, and there’s a hot tub and stunning pool on the sun terrace. Best of all, you can walk to the centre of lively Chora, with its restaurants, tavernas and crêperie, in mere minutes.
The Kallisti Folegandros is built in the style of a small Cycladic village but is just a minute’s walk from Chora’s main square. It has 14 rooms, all with stone beds and wooden beamed ceilings, which help add to its traditional character. There’s plenty of shade by the pool and by the pool bar, which overlooks the town and the beautiful church. And if you’re lucky, you can grab the big shaded bed on the terrace.
If lounging by the pool all day isn’t your thing, the Chora Resort Hotel and Spa has enough to keep you busy. Play mini golf, work out in the fitness room or give the games room a whirl – and when that all becomes too much, cocktails are waiting at the swim-up bar. After all that activity, you’ll have definitely worked up an appetite for a baked treat from the on-site Cafe and Pastry Shop.
With its paved courtyards covered in fuschia bougainvillea and the smell of fresh coffee in the air, the Aegeo Hotel is a pleasant assault on the senses. The stunning white hotel, with its traditional blue paintwork and balconies, has lots of outdoor chill-out spaces where you can relax or take in the view of the town (which is just a three-minute walk away). The hotel has 14 rooms, which are a mixture of singles, doubles and triple rooms, so there’s something for every type of guest.