If you are looking for serenity and beauty, then Hotel Ploes is a must.
Imagine a Venetian palazzo, the front of which faces the Aegean sea, the back of which provides glimpses of all the landmarks of hilly Hermopoulis, the most cultured city of the Cycladic islands. With its direct access to the sea, its amazing main terrace, its sea-facing balcony and roof terrace, the hotel is integrated into a symphony of light, colour, breeze and water that delights all human senses.
We found our room beautifully stylish, yet cosy, and in wonderful harmony with the turquoise shimmering sea just outside its windows. Starting the day with a Ploes breakfast, served on the main terrace by excellent staff, is a treat second to none: The colourful arrangement of fresh fruit, the perfect Latte, the delicious egg dishes and different assortments of bread is the perfect inducement to lingering and relaxing. And what a priviledge to be able to end the day on that same terrace - now candlelit - over a glas of wine with the lights of the town dancing over the blackness of the sea!
As art enthusiasts we initially found it difficult to leave the hotel at all, as it exhibits an exquisite selection of original works of contemporary fine art (mostly Greek) and high-quality reproductions of ancient Greek sculptures, and kept luring us into its fine art library (books in Engl. and Greek!). Inspired and guided by the harmonious proportions of the mid 19th century mansion, its decorated ceilings and wooden or mosaic floors, the chandeliers, carpets, and decorative elements must have been chosen with great deliberation, care and immaculate taste. To us, it seemed as if it extended the art motif from the architecture and the exhibited art work to the hotel's interior design. Yet, Hotel Ploes is not a museum. It rather feels like an idyllic home, in which people are extremely well looked after. Our children (not yet teenagers) liked the place as much as we did and seem to have been as fascinated by the house and its atmosphere - with countless photos to prove it! - as we were.
Everything, from the warmhearted welcome and service we enjoyed, to the accommodation and the well chosen suggestions of where to go and what to see on the island made our stay at this hotel a wonderful experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Art "Hotel Ploes" is a neoclassical mansion of 19th century with the contemporary five-star services. The hotel has high painted ceilings and is delicately furnished, with the enchanting decorative touch of handmade rugs and genuine Venetian chandeliers. The lobby and the rooms are decorated by paintings of modern artists.Terrace and balconies offer a beatiful view to the Aegean Sea and veranda has access to a private swimmining area with relaxing sun beds, perched above the water. ... more less
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