The buildings of the all-white Anemi Hotel on Folegandros look, from a distance, like giant sugar cubes overlooking the turquoise Aegean. And, once you get up close, this Greek-island getaway guarantees a stay as stylish as the views are stunning.
At the hotel
Free WiFi throughout, a tennis court (also used for basketball and football games) and a gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV, minibar, air-conditioning, Nespresso machines.
Our favourite rooms
The spacious Junior Pool Suites are honeymooners’ heaven. There’s a large bedroom and separate living room, and you can lounge in your private pool while admiring your sweeping sea views.
Lay out your lounger by the hotel’s main clifftop infinity pool to take in the stunning Aegean views. There’s also a child-friendly pool for splashing.
Bring your camera or easel to capture scenes of the ever-changing sea and sky.
The hotel – and rocky Folegandros itself – isn’t particularly suited to wheelchair users.
Small- to medium-sized dogs are welcome by arrangement. Just let the hotel know when booking. See more pet-friendly hotels in Folegandros.
Welcome. Cots and extra beds are free for under-5s and €70 a night for older children; you’ll find highchairs and a kids’ menu in the restaurant. Babysitting is available for €15 an hour, and there’s a children’s pool too.
Enjoy innovative dishes inspired by Aegean islands favourites, such as orzo with langoustines and lemon zest. The small, intimate restaurant is a slick space decorated in dark shades, in contrast to the hotel’s gleaming white exterior. It also extends outside, around the main pool.
Sip a mojito with mint leaves freshly picked from the hotel’s garden in the poolside bar; there’s a lengthy cocktail list and an extensive array of whiskeys. If you’ve got any special cocktail requests, the accommodating barman will happily go off menu.
Tuck into breakfast from 8.30am to 11am, and lunch or dinner until 11pm. The last drinks are poured in the restaurant and bar at 11pm
Order meals or snacks from 8.30am to 11pm.
The tiny, unspoilt island of Folegandros is one of the southwestern Cyclades, which dot the jewel-toned Aegean sea. Anemi Hotel is perched on the isle’s east coast.
The most convenient airport is on Santorini, 45 minutes from Folegandros via boat or 18 minutes away by helicopter. Fly to Santorini National Airport (www.santorini-airport.com) from international destinations including London, Manchester, Rome, Paris and Barcelona.
If you choose to rent a car (or a scooter) to explore the island, there’s free parking on-site (rent on the mainland and bring it over on the ferry). If you choose not to drive, the local bus should be all you need to get around tiny Folegandros.
Room rates include hotel transfers from the local port (five minutes away) or the nearby helipad. Boat journeys from the port of Piraeus in Athens take from four to six hours, and if you’re coming from Santorini the daily catamaran takes less than an hour (the hotel are happy to book transfers in advance, including a five-minute transfer between the port and the hotel). Check www.openseas.gr for up-to-date timings – the catamaran runs daily between June and 15 September. There are also daily connections between Folegandros and many of the neighbouring islands.
Worth getting out of bed for
Folegandros is a relatively unspoilt island, where the main attractions are the views and the pristine beaches. The nearest shore to Anemi Hotel is a pebbly swimming spot, but there are plenty of sandy beaches surrounding the island, ranging from popular sun traps to hideaways you can only reach by boat.
The island’s mediaeval settlement, Kastro, is an amazing clifftop spot with spectacular views. Or, get a glimpse of Chrysospilia, on the northeast side of Folegandros. The 300m cave, tucked in the edge of a cliff 30m above the Aegean, has ancient names scrawled into its walls, but currently it can only be viewed by boat.
The fresh fish on offer at the Good Heart, a very traditional, 100-year-old taverna, is excellent. Tucked away in an alley behind the port, the Good Heart is run by four generations of one family, including the great grandmother. For a fancier dining experience, Eva’s Garden is a beautiful restaurant in Folegandros town, which spills out on to the lane and into its small garden, scented with jasmine, lavender and herbs. The gourmet Mediterranean cuisine (made with locally grown ingredients) and stylishly romantic setting make Eva’s Garden an ideal date-night hideaway.
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