There's no airport on Patmos; ferries depart regularly from Athens, Rhodes and Kos. One-way journeys take around seven, five and three hours respectively
Service can be spotty at times — be prepared to check some of your expectations at the door
Rooms on the ground level around the pool and along the beach can be noisy
If a view is what you’re after, request a second-floor room for the best vistas of the Aegean
Parking on site
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Sleek white suites, a sublime spa and a locavore restaurant make up this chic retreat on Grikos Bay
Built in the traditional Dodecanese architectural style, Patmos Atkis is made up of a series of low-slung whitewashed cubic buildings. Its clean-lined simplicity caters to those with modernist tastes while still evoking a sense of place. And the theme continues in the hotel’s public spaces and suites, which forgo colorful flourishes in favor of sleek, white styling. In the guestrooms the palette is softened with a taupe or gray bed throw here, a blond wood headboard there. Furnishings are modular in style; the point is not to pull the eye from the gorgeous Aegean and island views.
Bed and Bath
The 56 rooms are all called suites, but entry level Deluxe Doubles are more like standard hotel rooms with a slightly extended seating area. Pool Suites are on the ground floor and hug the pool (in fact, you can pretty much swim up to your private patio) — which means you sacrifice stunning vistas for pool views. On the plus side, if your plan is to spend most of your holiday lounging poolside, this is the place to be (each room comes with a sun lounger and its own patio). If the sea is your passion, then splurge on an Aegean Suite. The spacious accommodations all have drop-dead views of the ocean and a location steps from the sand. Marble bathrooms feature large walk-in showers and stone vanities.
The Aktis’s main calling card is its excellent location, right on Grikos Beach — in fact, the hotel is so close to the surf you can step straight from the lobby onto the sand. The property has a number of (slightly uncomfortable) loungers and beach attendant service on offer for those who want to spend their days on the sand. But there’s still plenty to keep non–beach bunnies happy. A well-equipped gym caters to active types, while those who want to dial things down can enjoy the hammam, the quiet indoor pool, and the several thalassotherapy-inspired treatments at the spa. Begin your days with the delicious breakfast (copious pastries, fresh-squeezed OJ) at the excellent Apocalypsis restaurant. At night, head to the bayfront bar for a glass of Greek wine at sunset, followed by Apocalypsis’s modern take on Greek fare for dinner.