Astir of Paros was our favorite part of an extraordinary trip to Greece. We only stayed for three days and nearly cried when it was time to check out (and we were heading to Santorini!). From the moment we checked in and were greeted by Nick, the owner, we knew we were in a very special place. I will say a few words about the fine property below, but the absolute best thing about the hotel is that it is one of those rare finds when traveling: a hotel where everyone you meet there is genuinely interested in making you comfortable. If you have a problem, they immediately make it theirs and work hard to make it disappear. And I do mean everyone, from the front desk, to the maintenance people, to the bartenders and waiters in the bar and restaurants.
The property is an oasis of color with spotless white suites, lush green grass, blue sea and incredible flowering trees. Our room overlooked the beautiful bay near Kolimbithres, and we often relaxed in the late afternoon on our balcony. The food was amazing, using the freshest of ingredients from their little farm located across the street from the hotel. Several weeks later, we still often discuss the sumptuous breakfasts served each morning - a far cry from the usual "continental breakfast included".
We booked a Junior Suite Sea View and it was great for us (a couple with an 11-year old son), although my son would have wished for a slightly more comfortable cushion on the couch that converted into his bed. The room was a great size with a roomy sitting area separated from the bedroom by draperies. The bathroom was also roomy and very well appointed, and always seemed to have a ton of fresh towels waiting for us when we returned to our room (a small but important sign that they attend to the details).
The resort is on the north-east coast of Paros, and has a lovely little sandy beach where we spent a lot of time. The water is crystal clear and I recommend bringing goggles or snorkeling stuff if you have kids, as there are a lot of small fish and hermit crabs to see under water. We walked to nearby Kolimbithres taverna (about a 15 minute walk along the road on the water) which I recommend for its great authentic food and view of the bay. We also did a hike up a nearby hill to see the Mycenean Acropolis. The hike offered just enough challenge to make us feel good about ourselves and we were rewarded with a spectacular view of the area. There was not much to actually see in terms of ancient ruins (at least to our untrained eyes), although the literature says the site dates back to 13th century B.C. In any event, it was a nice diversion and the view from the top was well worth it.
On our third day we rented a car and toured the rest of the island, which is small enough to easily drive all around in an afternoon. Although I recommend taking more time and really relaxing in some of the great little coastal villages around the island. Folks at the hotel made some great recommendations for beaches and lunch-stops, and also recommended Parasporos beach to catch the sunset. There is a fairly large and well-serviced beach there, but we drove out to a point overlooking the Aegean for our mandatory sunset pictures, which was quite lovely.
If we had it to do all over again, and I sincerely hope we do, we would stay longer, and rent a car for the full duration so we could enjoy both the island and the hotel even more than we did.
Efharisto Astir of Paros!!!
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- Also Known As:
- Astir Of Paros Hotel Naoussa
- Astir Hotel Paros
- Astir Of Paros Naoussa, Greece