Tradition and comfort have come together to create the perfect getaway on this idyllic island. To begin with, the breathtaking views from Kallichoron are truly out of this world. From your balcony, you can see Astypalea’s main whitewashed little town on the hilltop against a backdrop of superb sea views and blue shadows, which turn into moonlit landscapes once the evening sets in.
The property itself, though relatively new, has stayed true to the local architecture and design. Classic wooden furniture, traditional blue Greek-island tables, large verandas with a view, and lots of whitewashed walls add to the serenity and charm of this place. Then there are the details that make Kallichoron special, such as the contemporary art exhibitions and the island-inspired artwork in the rooms, as well as products by Apivita (a Greek natural company for personal care). Facilities such as free wifi internet, hairdryer, air conditioning, equipped kitchenettes, bathrobes and slippers are all part of the package.
The award-winning Grandma’s breakfast…
Here, in the island’s environment, good food is a natural phenomenon. Wake up to the award-winning “Grandma’s Breakfast”; a hearty breakfast curated by the dietician-nutritionist Mary Micheli (MSc) and experience delicious homemade jams, cakes, and pastries, as well as savory pies made with organic ingredients that will delight your palate. Fresh country eggs, island honey, and excellent bread from the local baker are also part of the breakfast menu, so is the freshly squeezed orange juice. You’ll certainly love having breakfast in full view of the island, its white houses and the Aegean Sea. Kallichoron is the only hotel in Greece that has been awarded with the Green Marketing Excellence Award 2015 for “Grandma’s Breakfast”, as a means to promote sustainability and green practices in the Hotel Industry.
The fully equipped kitchenettes in the apartments will also invite you to prepare your own meals with goodies from the town’s little markets. If you feel like dining out in one of the more traditional and tasty restaurants, let the reception reserve a table for you in one of the fine local tavernas for good seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes, plus lots of fresh salads, Greek wine, and ouzo.
From hiking to rock climbing…
The island opens up its natural beauty to explorers, eco-tourists and simple beach-goers. There are great beaches to visit, such as the double-sided Kounoupi, the sandy Koutsomytis and Agios Konstantinos beach with its little church. Some more secluded beaches are accessible only by foot, opening up opportunities for hiking as well. If it’s windy, ask your hosts to point out the best side of the island to swim. Beyond the beach, you must visit the Venetian castle, the ecclesiastical museum at Panagia Portaitissa church and the archeological museum at Pera Yalos.
As you hike across the island, you will pass by old windmills and wild scenery, best done during any month but August where the sun is at its hottest. There’s a rock-climbing field called Fthera just 20 minutes away by car from town. Whatever activity you choose, Kallichoron is an excellent base for discovering the island. Lastly, it is worth noting that the management itself organizes hiking excursions and theme weekends that enable visitors to see the true side of the island. Both Kallichoron and Astypalea will not disappoint you.