My experience at Villa Abela this past summer was even better than I anticipated. Although I had looked at the accommodations online, the actual being there is quite different than just seeing it—it is the aesthetic and sensual experience of the villa, its secluded location and the Greek people that makes this a memorable vacation spot.
The villa is located on the southern shores of Syros—just a 15 to 20 minute drive from the port town of Ermoupoli. The drive out of town allows one to see the rocky hillsides, covered with native wild plants, goats and sheep grazing, and houses built in the native Greek style. Villa Abela is located in a remote and beautiful location; there are other homes and a taverna nearby, however it is a private haven.
The two-story house rambles across a hillside, surrounded by porches, patios, and verandas—all sorts of wonderful trees and shrubs—with splendid views from everywhere you turn. From palm trees and eucalyptus to gardens with medicinal and ornamental herbs and bright-blooming flowers and shrubs, you will love being outside in this Grecian paradise. There is a perfect, protected cove for swimming in the vivid blue Aegean sea—which is part of the great view from the house—and it is a short walk to the sandy beach.
Probably, my favorite spot, was the bougainvillea and palm-covered outdoor veranda where we held cooking classes, craft workshops, and dined al fresco. Not to say, that we were always busy there; it is a peaceful restful place just to sit and look at the view, catch the sea breeze, enjoy a cocktail, or do yoga (which i did every morning). Another great plus about the veranda, is a wood-fired pizza oven that we fired up and made pizzas in!
Inside the house, the cool marble floors and modern interior are inviting on hot afternoons. Lots of windows and doors throughout the house allow the sea breeze to keep things cool; it blows most of the time. The living and dining area are comfortable and brightly lit from picture windows. The kitchen is large with lots of workspace and is well-equipped with a 5-burner stove, 2 ovens, double sink, and full-size refrigerator. There is even a view of the mountainside from the kitchen sink.
The villa has a washer and dryer, telephone, tv, and computer access. My cell phone worked best from the roof, which has a great view too.
I highly recommend Villa Abela for a great getaway and a Greek island adventure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Villa Abela is a spacious, light, and airy home, with stunning views down over Abela Beach. The villa features four bedrooms, marble floors, air conditioning, wireless internet and marble terraces and gardens at every turn. This home is meticulously furnished with a blend of antiques and modern decor. In addition to the main villa, the property includes a separate building with three comfortable inn style rooms to let that can be rented seprately. These are an affordable and comfortable accommodation choice for your holiday in the Greek islands!Abela is small town on the sought after southern end of the island. It features a charming safe beach with a delightful taverna.Villa Abela's manager lives on Syros year round and is fluent in Greek, English, and Finnish. The villa is a non-smoking property and provides peace & tranquility, yet a gentle stroll to Abela beach, ten minutes to airport, fifteen minutes to Hermoupolis, the capital of the Cyclades and named the Paris of Greece. ... more less