Rise and shine!
You wake up to the sound of rippling waves and a silky beige curtain rustling in the morning breeze. Not far away fresh coffee is being prepared for you; its heady aroma blending with the unmistakable tang of the salty sea air. You tiptoe across your room; a dazzle of pristine whites with that painting,hanging over your comfortable bed, a spectacular flourish of vibrant island colours. Around you, vintage ultra-chic and striking contemporary pieces of art and furniture encapsulate the ambience of the moment, the ineffable touch of the Cyclades, creating a sense of restful timelessness. Here it seems to you that art, nature and life are suspended in perfect harmony. Already that exquisite laid-back island feeling is welling up in your soul. You step onto your balcony to be greeted by the shimmering cerulean of Ornos bay, spectacular yet intimate and inviting. Just beneath, your own private beach beckons. Perched on the headlands, the tiny whitewashed homes sparkle with the sunrise. A yacht, the Prince de Neufchart, bobs on the water, standing by to navigate you through a day of dreams made real.
From 12th May onwards, every morning will start like this at Kivotos Hotel. This is a hotel for which five stars are not enough, nestling seamlessly into the idyllic coastline, totally at one with nature and the prevailing island architecture. Every moment of your stay gives you the chance to make a holiday into an art form, to fashion a day according to your desires.
Begin with a delicious energy-boosting AM breakfast buffet in La Meduse restaurant, then a dip into one of the pools overlooking the bay accompanied by underwater music and a midday cocktail from the Del Mar, the hippest swim-up bar on the island. Next, perhaps a spot of sun worshipping or yoga lessons on the hotel’s very own shoreline before boarding the delightful retro-styled schooner to discover coves and islets, exclusively yours for a few hours.
On returning to the hotel, a light lunch in Le Pirate poolside restaurant offers you the pinnacle of Mediterranean cuisine, after which you can treat every sense in the sumptuous SPA; the ultimate indulgence as the soothing hands of a masseur syncopate with the tender brush of the nearby waves. And for your fitness programme, the state-of-the-art Neptune Fitness Centre will keep you toned and beautiful. Of course, who can the artistic vision that first brought the hotel to life? Not only are its suites, rooms and common spaces adorned by objects d’art, but there are regular exhibitions, giving you a chance to browse the works of distinguished Greek artists and marvel at their style and daring.
And we can’t possibly leave the evenings out of the picture! You’ll be elegance personified, sipping champagne, puffing on an expensive cigar in the hyper-trendy K-Bar, the island’s last word in cosmopolitanism. La Meduse gourmet restaurant is the pride of the island, a true experience in taste in all senses of the word, where you’ll enjoy unparalleled cuisine in a fine marble setting surrounded by the ubiquitous stunning art work. If you so wish, a romantic meal for two or an exclusive cocktail party can be arranged on the beach or back on board the Prince… you can even get married here!
So ends a most perfect day for you, the most discerning traveller. And the best part is that at Kivotos, after a blissful sleep, you will wake up refreshed, ready once again to reimagine the art of luxury.