Ios, famous for attracting the affluent youth of European countries and for its vibrant nightlife, has something new to show off. A retreat that's so hidden from all the commercial noise, it has its own helipad and boat port in case you would find the road leading there lengthy. However, the 30-minute drive from the main village, Chora, and the port is brilliantly beautiful.
The retreat lies on its own beach in a picturesque environment surrounded by 1,000 acres of dramatic hillsides of yellow rock and ancient olive-dotted landscape. Calilo's distinctive style was designed by the owners and carved from native stone. The facade is dominated by the custom-made curvy edges of pools and high-ceiling verandas.
Across Calilo's premises, you'll see unique artworks and installations and the signature hanging furniture. Cocoon chairs are hanging above the outdoor pools elegantly held by pieces of handcrafted tree trunks. Some suites have oversized swings to fit two people – perfect for romantic shots – and some even have beds hanging above private pools overlooking the Aegean Sea. Can life get any better than this?!
Calilo's 30 suites are, of course, uniquely designed too. Their walls and ceilings are decorated with 72,000 mosaics (per room!) made from locally sourced marble. On top of that, most rooms are equipped with a private pool or even multiple pond pools with gentle artificial waterfalls - if your budget allows. Panoramic views of the bay or direct access to the beach? It's up to you.
Food is served all day to your room if you prefer to eat beautifully chopped exotic fruits by your private pool. Don't worry if your room doesn't include a private pool, as you can book a place by the rock pools and have the butler bring you a set of Greek tapas, mezze platters, and cocktails. Besides, the retreat's restaurant offers a variety of traditional Greek dishes and contemporary European cuisine made from the freshest ingredients from their organic kitchen garden.
If you are heading to explore the island's charming Greek architecture and gorgeous hidden beaches, the super friendly staff will help you with information. Or how about you take one of Calilo's boats and embark on a journey to scout around the natural beauty and beaches of the Cyclades?