A more iconic Greek island would be hard to find in the Aegean. With barely a tree in sight, except for those planted by man, Folegandros is a barren, rocky island covered in sun-baked scrub, swept in summer by the notorious ‘Meltemi’. Its whitewashed cubistic dwellings, typical of the Cyclades, are simple and minimal providing some relief to the earthy tones of the landscape, like gleaming white porcelain.
Without an airport of it’s own the port of Karavostasis is the island’s lifeline; sheltered from the prevailing north winds but at the mercy of Poseidon and the turbulent Aegean. A smattering of restaurants and shops grace the environs of the harbour whilst a white-sand beach sweeps around the bay. A little further up the Anemi Hotel occupies a slightly elevated position just off the main road to Hora, the island’s main town. The hotel’s architecture blends with the surrounding buildings, the clean-cut white facades cool against the midday sun. A huge infinity pool with sun beds on two sides appears to overflow into the azure waters of the sheltered bay a few hundred metres away, the mast of a moored yacht can be seen bobbing on the swell. The peace and quiet is palpable, almost enveloping and the fact that you are on a tiny island at the mercy of Aeolus, god of the winds, is isolating yet somehow comforting at the same time.
The hotel comprises of a dozen or so double storey buildings connected by raised stone beds filled with shrubs and bushes, each with its own balcony or terrace, forming an intimate boutique complex. Interiors are chic and stylish incorporating traditional Greek island elements with more contemporary pizazz accessories adding depth and colour. Facilities include a poolside cocktail bar and a la carte restaurant serving fresh Mediterranean cuisine, making the most of local produce from the land and sea. With many people likening the island to Mykonos before it became notorious, this is perhaps the time to plan your visit.
The Anemi Hotel offers MedClub members the following rewards:
Premiere Member Welcome drink on arrival
Prestige Member Snack in room
Privilege Member Early check-in (subject to availability)
Members who return to the Anemi Hotel having spent at least 7 nights within a 12 month rolling period will also be rewarded with:
A further 20% discount on hotel rates.