If you want to live a true Greek hospitality experience with traditional island values, you won’t be disappointed by Lakki Village, a family-owned beach hotel, sitting idyllically on Amorgos’ Aegiali beach. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised!
When Michael and Kalliopi Gavala began building Lakki village back in the 1960s, they didn’t know that they would soon be blessed with five daughters, known affectionately as the Gavala sisters, who would grow up to love the hotel and manage it like they would their own home. The sisters and their children are today a welcome part of the hotel’s landscape and breathe a special life force into it, so get ready to be enchanted.
Set in a garden that’s practically on the seafront, the property today remains a little piece of paradise that it once was, lying serenely on a gorgeous part of the island that will win you over with its aura. The local Cycladic architecture in the form of cozy whitewashed rooms and suites, combined with the island-style outdoor restaurant that serves tasty regional dishes made with lots of fresh ingredients, offers a great backdrop for a true Greek island vacation. On warm summer evenings, a lot of drinking and Greek dancing put you in the mood, thanks as well to the Cycladic wines and Greek spirits.
The accommodation is also worthy of note. Apart from a handful of regular rooms and spacious studios, there are family apartments with kitchenettes that can certainly feel like your own home on a Mediterranean island. We love the natural design touches such as the wooden decorative items, natural stone walls peppered around the property, maritime murals and traditional furniture pieces. Each room or apartment seems to have its own character, yet all embrace the whitewashed Cycladic design with a bit of old-world Greek family charm thrown in for good measure.
Activities, nature-filled and holistic
This is a family friendly property, where kids can enjoy their time at one of two pools, ride on some of our beloved and well-fed donkeys, enjoy the playground, play in the treehouse or collect shells by the beach.
The adults have their fair share of activities, such as local Greek cooking lessons that take place right in the property’s very restaurant. The hotel boasts an adjacent yoga and meditation area if you’d like to go on a health or continue your spiritual journey. Both yoga and meditation classes can be arranged if you get in touch with the hotel owners early enough. The area is also ideal for writing and for hiking, with many local trails (at least 8 officially mapped hiking routes and many unofficial ones that can also be navigated).
If you go hiking, you must visit some of the churches and monasteries on the island, particularly St. Mary Hozoviotissa which was founded over 1000 years ago. Gorgeous little villages, captivating wilderness and the great blue that greets you in Amorgos will create a deliciously enjoyable and very possibly a unique lifetime experience.
By just being a family hotel with true local values, Lakki Village is a sustainable property in the way it is being operated. The local restaurant and cooking lessons reinforce local culture, while what little food waste remaining always goes to the needy or to the animals. Other waste is recycled where possible, with all old jars being reused to store homemade jams that the guests can enjoy. Glass bottles are also being reused, in line with old Greek family values.
You’ll be happy to know that the main pool uses sea water, which means no precious fresh water is wasted. The property also asks guests to reuse towels and takes measures to save on energy and water. While Lakki Village may not have an official eco-certification, their efforts and philosophy surpass other hotels that do have one, so we duly commend them on their efforts!