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Hotel Experience: Calilo, Ios

In a remote corner of unspoilt Ios, in the heart of the Cyclades, and just a pebble's throw from party islands Mykonos and Santorini, this 30-suite sanctuary offers an escape from the clamour and the crowds. Think sun-drenched seclusion surrounded by an ancient olive-pricked landscape - nature and art at its heart. 

Visit and indulge in marble interiors, private pools and breathtaking sea views. Just a short walk away, beautiful powdery sands and crystal clear waters await. All of this is surrounded by the stunning landscape of one of Greece’s finest islands.

Rising out of, and carved from, the native rock, Calilo is cradled by 1.000 acres of protected land and fringed by 9,65 km of golden sand, lapped by a cerulean sea. 

In a remote corner of unspoilt Ios, in the heart of the Cyclades, and just a pebble’s throw from party islands Mykonos and Santorini, this 30-suite sanctuary offers an escape from the clamour and the crowds. Think sun-drenched seclusion surrounded by an ancient olive-pricked landscape – nature and art at its heart. 

Calilo is a tranquil retreat, a visionary conservation project – and one family’s vision. It is a place like no other because from the architecture to the interior design and the striking artworks and installations it is their creation, a family whose aim is to preserve, protect and nurture this tantalising land – and to share the dream and the island’s mesmerising magic.

Discover its playful vibe and unique philosophy. Relax, realign and reconnect with yourself – and nature. Feel the sand between your toes, the salt on your skin, the sun seeping into your bones. Sleep deeply, dream, linger. Just be.

Whether your priority is absolute privacy, panoramic views of the bay or direct access to the beach, Calilo has the set-up to suit. There are 30 sumptuous suites, each individually designed and featuring sleek marble interiors. From one- to three-bedrooms each has its own USP from panoramic sea views to footsteps-from-the-sand beach access, dreamy plunge pools, swim-up bars and romantic day beds…

In the heart of the Cyclades, between Santorini and Mykonos, Ios is easily reached whether you’re looking to fly in directly to Calilo and decompress in the luxury of your private suite (the resort has a private helipad and dock) or whether you’re planning to stop off for a few days to soak up the island’s cultural sights, spectacular beaches, pristine natural landscapes and buzzing nightlife as part of a wider island-hopping itinerary. The fact that there is no airport on Ios explains why the island has avoided mass tourism and maintained its natural beauty.

Book your suite at: www.calilo.com

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