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Hotel Highlights

  • Unspoilt island setting
  • Amazing Aegean sea views
  • Stunning infinity pool
  • Just a short boat trip from Santorini
  • Stylish design and decor

Overview

As you sail through the Aegean on your way to Folegandros, the buildings of the all-white Anemi Hotel look like giant sugar cubes perched high above the sea. And, once you get up close, this Greek-island getaway guarantees a stay as stylish as the views are stunning.

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A welcome drink and snacks on arrival

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Facilities

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Anemi Hotel - Folegandros - Greece

Need To Know

Rooms

40, including 12 suites.

Check–out

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $222.36 (€181), excluding tax at 5 per cent.

More details

Rates generally include a la carte breakfast, local taxes and transfers to the port and heliport.

Also

If you’re heading out to explore the island, request a lunch hamper for a perfect picnic.

Hotel closed

Mid September to late May

At the hotel

Free WiFi in common areas, tennis courts, gym. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, free wired internet; some suites have 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.

Poolside

Lay out your lounger by the hotel’s main clifftop infinity pool to take in the stunning Aegean views. There’s also an indoor pool, which is more of a family friendly place to splash.

Packing tips

Bring your camera or easel to capture scenes of the ever-changing sea and sky.

Also

The hotel – and rocky Folegandros itself – aren’t particularly suited to wheelchair users.

Children

Welcome. Cribs and extra beds are free for under-12s and €70 a night for older kids; you’ll find highchairs and a kids’ menu in the restaurant. Babysitting is available for €15 an hour.

Pet‐friendly

Pets are welcome by arrangement, and will be greeted with a basket and food bowl.

Food & Drink

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Anemi Hotel - Folegandros - Greece

Hotel Restaurant

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.

Hotel Bar

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 George will happily go off menu.

Last orders

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

Room service

Order meals or snacks from 8.30am to 11pm.

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Dress code

Relax: don’t dress up for dinner. Jeans or even shorts are fine.

Top table

Sit outside by the pool, which is lit enchantingly in the evening. Or, cosy up on the soft seating tucked away in the back of the restaurant indoors.

Local Guide

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Anemi Hotel - Folegandros - Greece
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Folegandros is a relatively unspoilt island, where the main attractions are the views and the unspoilt 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 (mostly male) scrawled into its walls, but currently it can only be viewed by boat.
 

Local restaurants

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  (+30 22860 41212). 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 (+30 22860 41110).

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Unspoilt Aegean island

Anemi Hotel

Karavostasis, Folegandros, Folegandros, 84011

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.

Planes

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.

Automobiles

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.

Other

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.

Reviews

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Anemi Hotel - Folegandros - Greece

Anonymous review

by Ellie O'Mahoney , High-tailing hack

‘Nothing,’ the receptionist smiles at us, knowingly. We’ve just arrived at Anemi Hotel and have asked what there is to do on the 32-square-mile island of Folegandros. I smile back, confused, and then look at Mr Smith nervously. I don’t know what to do with this information. I’m not one for doing nothing. I live in London! I work on a newspaper! Every day represents…
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Anemi Hotel

Anonymous review by Ellie O'Mahoney, High-tailing hack

‘Nothing,’ the receptionist smiles at us, knowingly.

We’ve just arrived at Anemi Hotel and have asked what there is to do on the 32-square-mile island of Folegandros. I smile back, confused, and then look at Mr Smith nervously. I don’t know what to do with this information. I’m not one for doing nothing. I live in London! I work on a newspaper! Every day represents a deadline for getting out there, conquering the world, pulling oneself up another rung. I can’t do nothing. And not for 48 hours. But that’s just what we do. And what a place to (not) do it in.

Folegandros, a tiny island smack in the middle of the Cyclades, is practically not on the map. In the lead up to our minibreak, Mr Smith and I are met with blank stares when we say we’re going there. When mention we’re going to Santorini for a few days first, the blank looks transform into smiles. Everyone knows Santorini, which is a 45-minute boat ride away. Lucky for the Folegandrians, very few know Folegandros.

Arriving at the port of Karavostasis via a bumpy five-hour hydrofoil ride from Athens, I wonder how anyone makes it here. There’s no direct flight (there are some to Santorini), so up until now you needed Popeye’s sea legs and you had to be happy to listen to folks throwing up around you. As we disembark, it quickly becomes clear why people make the trip.

The village looks like a 1970s postcard that’s only just turned up after decades being stuck down the back of a sorting-office radiator. It’s the Dorian Gray of holidays. The green-grey waters off the pebble beach are dotted with ramshackle fishing boats over which tanned young men dangle their fishing rods. Wooden cabanas double up as beach bars. We spy an old woman not unlike Nana Mouskouri kicking back in a deckchair with a glass of red in hand.

Next to the jetty where our boat dropped us is a blackboard with bus times scribbled in chalk. With one bus an hour to cover the entire island and another sign advertising ‘the only taxicar on the island!’ we realise this is no Florida Keys. Thankfully, we have a lift waiting for us – for the whole two-minute drive to Anemi.

From a distance Anemi hides its luxe well. Strict building regs means that Anemi’s architects had to create a 44-room complex that blended with the local centuries-old houses. From the road it’s all tiny whitewashed sugar-cube two-storey buildings set amid a desert-like landscape that, Mr Smith, notes excitedly, befits a Star Wars set. But after checking in, the luxury, while still quiet, is very much on show.

Mr Smith remarks upon walking into our junior pool suite it’s like a swish Wendy house for grown-ups. It’s so well equipped (kitchenette, terrace, DVD, iPod dock) that you could holiday here for a week and never have to set foot inside the main hotel. The double kingsize bed is gratuitously vast – that night I have to roll across to reach for Mr Smith. Plus, if we’d been in any kind of sociable mood (we aren’t) and we made friends, we could invite them to kip over on the sofa bed.

The view from our suite is so perfect it’s like the kind of fake picture window you can buy from out-of-town furniture stores. The sea, 300 metres walk away, is visible from every lookout. If that isn’t blue enough, the suite’s private pool breaks up the vista.

It’s so cleverly designed that despite the terrace being overlooked by other rooms, there is complete privacy while you’re in the pool. Filled with sudden, uncharacteristic body confidence, we whip off our clothes for a skinny dip; the attentive gardener who moments later pops over the bush with a pair of secateurs is commendably discreet in his total embarrassment.

Mortified at having already flashed the locals, we head for the main building and the restaurant’s shaded outdoor tables overlooking the Olympic-scale seawater pool. Anemi’s food is fantastic all day, but its breakfast is fit for the Greek gods. We order the Folegandros bun ­– a bagel-like pastry coated with honey and filled with chopped tropical fruit and cheese – and quickly discover it’s a king among bakes. The next morning, knowing this is our last chance to scoff, we panic-order four to the waitress’s quietly horrified reaction; she then watches on as we bashfully leave half.

After gorging, we roll to the pool and wait half an hour before ordering pancakes and milkshakes to be delivered to our loungers. (Did I mention I’m pregnant?) Told you there was nothing to do. Which, really, we quickly come to realise is just what you want. No-guilt lazing. This is a hotel built not to be left. Even the kids here are experts in doing nada. The kids’ room is a lesson in minimalism and the few rug rats there largely snooze in the sun and play on white iPads.

As Londoners who don’t know a good thing (relaxation) when it hits us, later that day we take the (only) boat trip around the island. We stop at five beaches, diving off the back of the boat (I plopped) into the clearest green waters. Lunch is made by the mother of the woman who sells the tickets at the island’s only travel agency – cheeses, meats, melon and a glass of rakomelo (grappa with honey), it’s more Greek god food.

Realising all we’ve done is eat, we take the bus up the dirt track road to Chora, the island’s main village and zigzag up the path to the Church of Panagia for a bird’s-eye view of the clifftop village and the sprawling landscape of rock and sea. We look at each other. There’s nothing to do for nautical miles around. ‘Let’s book in for more doing nothing next year,’ smiles Mr Smith. ‘I rather like it.’

The Guestbook

Reviews of Anemi Hotel from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This is a beautifully presented hotel with sleek design and excellent amenities. The breakfast options are extensive. There are also a number of very secluded, beautiful beeches within walking distance. 

Don’t expect

The location is a short bus ride from the main village so dining options are somewhat limited in the immediate area. The hotel restaurant serves excellent food but at a very high price!

Rating: 8/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We had a great welcome and stylish rooms. There was a lovely terrace and pool. The staff were charming and very helpful. The hotel restaurant was also good. 

Don’t expect

Some kind of shuttle bus to the main town would be good as the hotel is 3km away. For vehicle hire, the vehicle needs to be brought to the hotel - riding pillion on a moped is somewhat alarming!

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms were beautifully designed and very spacious and our standard room even had its own privately-lit terrace.

Don’t expect

The food was extremely overpriced and the location was near a run down port so the views were not great. It's also very hard to get around the island without a car and the hotel does not offer any sort of shuttle service.

Rating: 4/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The décor and hotel environment were fantastic. The staff were very helpful.

Don’t expect

A hotel bus shuttle to the main town would be good as there are only two taxis on the island! And the local bus timetable is only every hour or other which is not good for getting small boys back to the hotel after dinner.

Rating: 10/10 stars