This is a long overdue review of my experience at the Iria Beach Art Hotel. But what it lacks in timing, I hope I'll make up for by raving about just how great it was.
I visited Naxos as a solo female traveler in early September 2012. I had corresponded via email with Maria at the hotel a few times in advance of my arrival, and she had arranged a cab for me at the ferry. Once at the Iria Beach, I was greeted with a hug from Maria as well as an upgrade to a second floor room with a balcony. Everything was clean, light, airy and quiet. Just lovely.
I stayed four days and wish I'd planned to stay longer. Each day I walked to a different beach and parked my [--] under an umbrella and just relaaaaaxed. One thing that would have been great if the Iria Beach had umbrellas on their little spot of beach - because you can't sit there without some shade.
There's a grocery store on the block behind the hotel where you can buy what you need to stock the refrigerator in the room. Buses run on that same road into Naxos town where you visit the shops and walk up to the ruins at the arch.
Maria and Poppi (?) were so gracious. And the breakfasts each morning were fresh, homemade and varied (not the same stuff trotted out each morning).
Travelling alone always means thinking through some additional steps - but the Iria Beach was a perfect choice for me, and I felt well taken care of throughout my stay. I will definitely be back, hopefully same time this year. I hated leaving!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- IRIA BEACH is a boutique hotel, located at Aghia Anna - one of the most beautiful beaches of Naxos - a few steps from the sea and just 5 km away from Naxos town. The hotel has 23 rooms and suites of the highest standards, which combine comfort and relaxation with a modernised perspective of Cycladic architecture, a gym and a spa. Home-made breakfast is served at a buffet and our staff is commited to offer the Xenian hospitality making your stay an unforgetable one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Iria Beach Art Naxos