Elegance and comfort have come together with tradition 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 was established back 2014 with very innovative offerings and since then 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 Wi-Fi internet, hairdryer, air conditioning, equipped kitchenettes, bathrobes and slippers are all part of the package. A tablet will be your companion at your room for the duration of your stay to help you enjoy an unforgettable experience at Kallichoron. Also, remember to download Kallichoron’s mobile application with the local’s information and tips for Astypalea Island.
Kallichoron is a Green Key eco-labelled Hotel and in line with their dedicated travel green program “Kallichoron Goes Green”, guests are invited to join the efforts in making a green difference with small daily actions.
Moreover, it is worth mentioning that it’s part of Kallichoron’s culture to act in a responsible manner and with your stay you are becoming part of it, as through their CSR initiative “Kallichoron Room2Give”, an amount is allocated from each reservation to support a local community project and the education and development of local children and workforce.
The award-winning, astypalean Grandma’s Breakfast…
Here, in the island’s environment, good food is a natural phenomenon. Greek Breakfast plays an integral part of Kallichoron’s hospitality. 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 from organic fruits, cakes, and pastries, as well as savory pies made with organic ingredients from our garden that will delight your palate. Fresh country eggs, island thyme honey, and freshly baked bread are also part of the breakfast menu, so is the freshly squeezed orange juice. The breakfast tray, customised to each guest preference is brought at the room at no extra cost or if preferred can be enjoyed at the hotel’s breakfast hall.
There is also the option of Grandma’s Breakfast Basket with the most fresh Astypalean ingredients to prepare your breakfast yourself. Each and every guest is approached individually, aiming to enjoy a well-balanced and enjoyable meal based on their individual special diet requirements. 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. Also, Kallichoron has been awarded in the Best Greek Hotel Breakfast at the Hospitality Awards 2019 for its unique personalized breakfast offering.
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 cycling and 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. Notably, Kallichoron is the only certified bike-friendly hotel on Astypalea Island, offering a friendly environment to travellers, who wish to explore Astypalea on two wheels. Bike rentals services of mountain, city and specialized bikes is available at Kallichoron. So, both Kallichoron and Astypalea will not disappoint you.
Wellness in the heart of the Aegean Sea
Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel in partnership with the Mood Life Wellness experts’ team, offer body and mind wellness services that give you the chance to relax and dispel the everyday tension and stress build-up. Don’t omit to visit the hotel’s wellness space with the best view to Chora and a Mood’s therapist will help you choose the ones most suitable to your needs.
Learn more about the local traditions of Astypalea through the Kallichoron’s blog page.[https://www.kallichoron.gr/en/blog ]