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Throughout recent years Naxos has experienced big growth in the tourist industry and more and different types of hotels make their appearance on the island. Here is a list of some that gained our attention, each one for a different reason. From a local stay at the mountains to a family villa by the sea and from affordable studios to luxury 5star hotels, we cherish excellence and accommodation with personality!
“Villa Matakia” is definitely not what to expect when you imagine a home in the Cyclades. Located in the village of Ano Potamia, one of the most fertile parts of Naxos, this old stone mansion with the big verandas and a garden with lemon trees surrounded by cypresses, reminds more of a cottage house in Tuscany rather than a house in Naxos. Yet this is what makes it so special. The decoration is made with respect to the island’s folklore history, using iron beds, huge clay pots, and wooden ceilings among other traditional details, whereas the exterior spaces can beat even the most amazing sea views. Imagine taking breakfast under the shade of a pergola of vine leaves while listening to bird and cicada singing. If you are looking for a local stay and love nature, then “Villa Matakia” is the place for you. The village of Ano Potamia is away from the touristic path, with a very vivid local color. The tavern of “Pigi” at the entrance of the village is very famous for its traditional Naxian dishes. If you are up to some hiking, you can follow the signs and visit the beautiful neighboring villages of “Mesi Potamia”, “Kato Potamia”, and “Melanes”. And remember, you are always on an island and although the beach is not right across the street, it is not more than 20’ away by car!
Sometimes decisions are meant to be easy. If your number one priority is to have one of the most amazing beaches on your doorstep and you like the simple and minimal design but don’t want to pay a fortune, then “Ploes” studios is the place to host your Greek holiday. “Ploes” seaside houses are located in Plaka beach. The complex consists of 3 maisonettes and 2 rooms that can host from 2 to 7 people. The building follows the “less is more” principles, highlighting the simple lines of the Cycladic architecture. Most of the furniture such as sofas and beds are built-in and part of the construction and only a few decorative details like the wooden mirrors or an oak table are detachable, adding a warmer tone in the space. Overall “Ploes” stand out for their minimal, modern, and Cycladic interior design in addition to their very advantageous location.
Ayiopetra exclusive getaway is more than ordinary holiday accommodation. This complex of five luxury suites is located in the sacred land of Sangri, overlooking a true patchwork of the beauty of the Naxian mainland. Olive trees, the archaic temple of Goddess Demetre, huge rocks, Byzantine churches, “xerolithies” and ruined “mitata” is what your eye can catch. Living in this place will make you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere and at the same time, in the heart of everything. Ayiopetras’ architecture and design were based on an open dialogue of the past and the future. Unique pieces of antique furniture blend in with minimal spaces. An important part of your stay at Ayiopetra is the custom made breakfast with the finest products of the island’s land cooked by the owner herself. Tonia Agiopetritou is an honorary member of the Hellenic Chef’s Club and a pioneer in greek gastronomy press. Staying at Ayiopetra is not yet another luxury accommodation but a true experience itself.
“Naxian on the beach” is one of Naxos’ most luxurious and prestigious hotels. Its location is idyllic since it is situated no more than 10 meters away from the amazing beach of Plaka. Beautiful wooden craft sunbeds with bamboo shading are placed on the pure white sand taking over a quiet, exclusive spot of the beach. When it comes to design, boho-chic vibes prevail here. All of its 10 suites are decorated with attention to detail while maintaining a mixture of Cycladic, ethnic, and oriental atmosphere. Of course, modern amenities are always present. Right next to the hotel is the famous restaurant “Tortuga” where some of the most gastronomically acclaimed dishes of the island are served.
Naxian Utopia is a complex of Luxury Villas and Suites built on top of a rocky hill just 2km away from the Chora of Naxos (Main town) and just 500m from Agios Prokopios beach. Its iconic signature swimming pool with beautiful views of the island will catch your eye first but this is only one element of a series of many, that make this resort so unique. The 4 villas and 3 suites are designed very carefully taking into consideration the Cycladic architecture and contemporary design. Luxury here is the issue and you will not be let down. Each villa and suite has its own private swimming pool which will be definitely a key point on your holiday.
“To Armiro” Boutique houses, is a complex of maisonettes and villas located on the beach of Plaka and is the ideal place to host a family Greek getaway. Enjoying an amazing sunset in your veranda every day, walking a few meters through a garden for a morning dive in the most beautiful waters of the island, drinking a glass of wine, and feeling the Aegean breeze are just some details that will add quality to your holiday. “To Armiro” boasts of Cycladic charm and tranquillity. It is your dream Greek summer house on the island. It is the place that will make you switch off and recharge your batteries; bond with your family and friends, and enjoy together careless and joyful moments that no travel guide can ever describe.
At Eighteen grapes suite boutique hotel, you can find the essence of Cycladic-chic leisure. Located only a few meters away from the busy Agios Prokopios beach, “Eighteen grapes” preserves a relaxing atmosphere and an elegant, effortless-chic, luxury living. It is a 5-star leading hotel that remains loyal to the traditions of the Greek philoxenia. Each one of the 18 signature Rooms & Suites is designed in an atmosphere of unpretentious elegance and soothing minimalism and is destined to provide you with an outstanding vacation experience.
For a complete guide with the best hotels on the island, you can check here.