Greece – This is Aegean’s best kept secret
Those looking to explore a new destination should look no further than Patmos, a small Greek island in the Dodecanese complex offering a scenic escape for discerning travellers. An unspoilt haven of discreet luxury and adventure, Patmos is paradise for jetsetters hoping to disconnect from the everyday and embrace a slower pace of life. Once referred to by locals as the ‘holy island’, it served as the backdrop for St John’s Book of Revelation and has since maintained its wild Mediterranean beauty, inviting visitors to explore its religious past and revel in its cosmopolitan present. Four miles south of the main port of Skala, the chic boutique Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa is the only five-star resort on the island and makes the perfect base to discover this Grecian gem.
Located on the picturesque Grikos Bay overlooking the glistening Aegean Sea, Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa, is an archipelagic idyll. Architecturally integrated into the surrounding landscape with traditional whitewashed exteriors and low-rise buildings, designed to offer unobstructed views of the sea, the resort seamlessly blends contemporary interiors with the region’s rough, untouched foliage. Boasting its own spot on the beach and a private jetty for guests to dock their boats, the hotel provides a stylish sanctuary for both domestic and international travellers. Raising the bar for island living, the resort offers enticing gastronomic experiences in the form of two waterfront restaurants and the island’s only five-star wellness centre with a curated menu of treatments to rejuvenate the body and mind. Those seeking an adventure by land or sea can opt for several off-site activities, from hiking and diving to boat trips around the surrounding islets and pristine beaches.
With 56 spacious and elegant suites to choose from, sleeping between one and five guests, the resort welcomes couples and families alike. From incredible sea views and expansive balconies to private swimming pools and ample living areas, there’s a suite to suit all traveller’s needs. Both restaurants offer up authentic and gastronomic dining experiences, incorporating the freshest ingredients, locally sourced from selected farms. Drawing inspiration from local cuisine, dishes showcase classic Mediterranean flavours with a creative twist and are guaranteed to tantalise tastebuds.
Guests of the hotel are encouraged to head out and explore all the island has to offer, including trips to the main village of Chora, just a ten-minute drive from the hotel. The beating heart of Patmos, it boasts dramatic views of the island’s impossibly blue tides, charming tavernas and an animated nightlife. Meander through the cobbled streets, peppered with quaint boutiques, explore the island’s historic treasures, like the Cave of the Apocalypse and Windmills of Patmos, before ending the day in one of the Chora or Skala’s bustling bars. Be it a culture-filled getaway or a relaxing retreat, the cosmopolitan island of Patmos holds everything for an authentic Grecian escape and Patmos Aktis Suites & Spa is the key.