Pylaia Boutique Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily buffet breakfast
- All 26 rooms have balconies or terraces overlooking the sea
- Eco-friendly property champions solar power and rain harvesting
- WiFi is free
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
What To Know
- Astypalea's off-the-grid location is the main attraction but the island may prove too quiet for some
- The property has a small spa and a petite fitness center
- Astypalaia is a one-hour flight or a 10-hour ferry ride from Athens
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With its rugged beaches and mountainous meadows, Astypalea is an under-the-radar Greek island idyll. On a hillside overlooking one of the island’s best beaches, Livadi, Pylaia Boutique Hotel is an eco-friendly retreat with designer digs and a top-notch restaurant. A series of whitewashed buildings linked by cobblestone paths wrap around an inviting pool and the 26 guestrooms are positioned towards the sea. All come with balconies or terraces overlooking the coves of Agios Konstantinos, Pappou and Tzanaki. Inside, a soothing color scheme (taupe, sea greens and blues) combines with traditional Aegean touches (whitewashed walls, wooden ceilings, window shutters). Soft Cocomat mattresses and Apivita toiletries up the luxe factor. Breakfast is served poolside and in the evening you can dine on classic Greek dishes and fresh seafood at the Plori Restaurant-Lounge Cafè Bar overlooking the island’s Venetian castle. The eco-friendly property embraces solar power and rainwater harvesting and the designer lamps use energy-saving lightbulbs.
In the Area
Explore the imposing 14th-century castle built by the Quirini family when the island was under Venetian rule. The Archaeological Museum in Skala is home to a small collection of treasures from the prehistoric Mycenaean period to the Middle Ages. Head to Chora to see the island’s traditional windmills which are still in use, although one has been transformed into a gallery and one houses Astypalea’s tourist office. Livadi beach is close to the hotel and is a quiet spot to soak up the rays. A number of boat trips run throughout the summer to remote stretches of sand on neighboring islands.
How to Get There
Very good location, very nice view, amazing balcony, very kind service. Had dinner there, really good food, highly recommended. Breakfast also very rich with delicious snacks and choices. Friends who stayed there were also very satisfied with the rooms.
Someone from Athens, who has stayed here before recommended it to us. We spent 5 nights and loved it. It is centrally located (5 minute drive to Chora and even closer to Livadia beach). Outstanding staff including Konstantinos and Victoria (and the cleaning staff very friendly too). The breakfast was superb and included in the room rate: fresh fruit and OJ daily, lovely house made tortes and pastries, made-to-order pancakes, and fresh scrambled eggs and meats. Beautiful, elegant clothing boutique attached - very good prices. Would definitely recommend this island and this lovely hotel.
In a “luxury hotel” is the details that mater, especially for a expensive one which you chose because you’ve been satisfied in the past. In our 5th visit to the island, we chose again this hotel. Over the past few years we’ve tried almost every type of Pylaia rooms (the one with the indoor pool, junior suite etc). The problem was not in the room as a type of room, bat in the details and the poor new management. Flickering lights on the stairs towards the rooms (one week and nobody bother to change it), and the kids swimming pools which was dirty we go into the room..! Dirty and torn couch, dirty mirror in the bathroom (we had the dirty palm on the bathroom mirror from the first day until the last), cistern that needed to to play with the button 2-3 to stop dripping (we complain about it but it was never fixed) and don’t forget to mind your feet every time you want to use the bathroom due to the gap in the floor. And those are the minor things which we started noticed after our encounter with the technician who tried to barge in the room while we were in. The light on the door indicating that we are in the room, was on. They knocked 2 times and the tried to get in. I quickly dressed and managed just in time to open the door. They informed me that they were there for the air conditioning (we didn’t have any issues with the a/c) and demanded to know what time we’ll live the room. We told them and we saw them at the hotel area when we were living. Imagine my surprise the next day, when I woke up by the air conditioning dripping on my face. Of course we complained for the above and we found out that the technicians are not even hotel staff. So when you live your room, they let unauthorized personnel unsupervised to get in your room (with the excuse that the manager wasn’t available to supervise them- so it’s the manager or no one at all). Again at some point a couple of days later they send another a/c technician in our room, without letting as know and again unsupervised. Totally unacceptable. The hotel unfortunately doesn’t live by its standards.
We stayed for 4 nights in this magic hotel just a few minutes walking distance from Chora of Astypalaia. The view, the room, the amenities, the pool, the breakfast and the people were terrific!! Konstantinos, Tania and the rest of the team were always kind and helpful and managed to fulfill all our needs and create for us a great experience of hospitality!
Definately will come back guys !! Many thanks for everything
Nice choice for the island of Astypalaia. Elegantly decorated rooms, very clean, close to the center and the beach. The staff is really helpful, all the guys and girls at the reception and restaurant are kind and well mannered.
My only comment is that the cleaning ladies make a lot of noise, they speak loud at their mobiles and to the others at all times which I find inappropriate for a hotel of this category.