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
This was our second visit to Astypalea and this time we decided to stay at The Pylaia, having visited for lunch on our previous visit.
The hotel itself is very nicely done in a classic but contemporary Greek style. We had a junior suite on one of the lower levels/terraces of the hotel which was perfect for us as it provided more privacy and an unobstructed sea view. The room itself was spacious and had a Coco-Mat bed (these are excellent and it’s great so many Greek hotels are now choosing this brand). An area for improvement would be the cleanliness - whilst the room wasn’t dirty, the daily cleaning didn’t seem that thorough, particularly in the bathroom which meant there was often a musty smell, which was unfortunate.
The bar and restaurant, which is also where breakfast is served, is great. Stylishly furnished with great views. The breakfast offering was good but a little more variety would have been good. We only ate in the restaurant one evening and the offering was great.
Whilst all the staff were very friendly and helpful, given that this hotel certainly pitches itself as top end (whether or not it achieves this across the board is debatable) they need to up their front desk service. For example, the one day we wanted to book a car transfer to another beach we had to ask several times with a fair degree of back and forth and when we checked out there were several mistakes on our final bill.
Overall this is the Pylaia is a great option to be within walking distance to both the Chora and Livadi beach (both of which have excellent restaurant options) but it could do with sharpening up its housekeeping and front desk offering.
An amazing Hotel at a great location! Rooms are superb with magnificent sea views over the Aegean. Breakfast offers great variety while the Italian menu at the Cucina Italian restaurant for lunch and dinner is indeed mouthwatering.
However what makes this place unique is the service and the Hotel Team. Everybody is so friendly, helpful and hospitable. Special thanks to KONSTANTINOS who oversees the whole Team and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He is for sure the Heart of the hotel! Well done, keep up the good job! We will be back soon and we highly recommend the Hotel to anybody considering staying in Astypalaia for a relaxing holiday with superb service!
The place itself is really nice, elegant, well kept and extremely relaxing. But the real difference is made by the staff: Konstantinos, Vittoria and Demetria (forgive me, I surely mispelled your names!) are pure kindness, always ready to help you smiling even in the worst week of the highest season! Thank you again! Hope to come back soon!