If you would rather enjoy your holiday staying at a beautiful and meticulously maintained 19th Century villa than a standard hotel, the Archontiko Angelou is the ideal place for you.
What was once the owner’s family’s summer mansion has today become Greece’s only hotel with not only a love for nature and the romantic beauty of the past but also healthy vegan-vegetarian and gluten-free cuisine. With a lovely, sprawling garden and rooms decorated in an old fashioned yet contemporarily comfortable style, the hotel wants its guests above all to feel at home. Homemade jams and other foods are lovingly prepared for guests to enjoy a truly home-like and authentic traditional experience.
In Alinda fishing village, Leros island, in the Dodecanese. Once called the ‘island of Artemis, with a temple erected in honour of the Goddess of Hunting, the island is near Patmos and Turkey.
Wanting to be more like a summer mansion than a modern hotel, this place has few services. Yet the very accommodating proprietor and staff are happy to help guests arrange outings like boat trips, and can rustle up a meal for you if you prefer to stay in than visit a fish tavern at the beach a few minutes away. The hotel offers room service too and has WiFi access.
Style and Character
With many original furnishings and decorative items belonging to owner Marianna’s family, the Angelou Mansion, built in 1895, transports its guests to a different era. A time when one could enjoy their summer sojourn with relaxing meals in the garden, swims at the lovely nearby Alinda beach and reading lazily in a breezy bedroom during siesta time. Evenings are quiet too, and ideal for sitting with friends to sip wine in the garden, which is surrounded by farmlands, and enjoy relaxing chats. The garden is indeed one of the hotel’s greatest attributes, with well cared for olive trees, a carob tree, vines, figs, prickly pears, myrtle, pomegranates, lemons, oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, guavas, plums, apricots, tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, cucumbers and other vegetables, greens and herbs.
A Yoga space has also been created in the garden under the huge trees.
The transportive ambience of this place adds to the sensed of understated luxury – the luxury especially of being away from the noise of social media, modernity and high-speed living. In fact, the hotel states that it has “consciously avoided” including television sets in the rooms.
The 10 elegant and vintage rooms at Archontiko Angelou are each individually decorated with antique furniture and minimal yet charming traditional style. The rooms of the top floor have are high-ceilinged and look out to the garden and surrounding fields, and the ground-floor rooms have thick stone walls and cooler temperatures. The rooms are decorated with a combination of original furnishings and décor from the family’s summer mansion and other antique furniture. The beds have CocoMat mattresses and top-mattresses, and the bathrooms, which include natural organic toiletries, have been decked with replicas of the original early 1900’s tiles and fittings.
Food and drinks
An abundant vegan-vegetarian and gluten-free (optional) breakfast is served in the garden under the shade of a jararaca tree. Most of the flavoursome and nutritious foods are organic and homemade, sourced from ingredients grown in the garden or bought locally. In the garden, there is also a little bar where guests can grab a coffee or fresh juice. Raw food options are also available.
Price range- 70-90 € per room