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Hotel Review: Mèlisses in Andros

Staying at Mèlisses in Andros is an experience of unparalleled elegance, serenity, and laid-back luxury.  

This quaint, and immaculately designed seaside B&B combines the charm of traditional Cycladic hospitality with the finest comforts. 

The lowdown

As soon as we arrived at Mèlisses main house, we were immediately greeted by our warm and attentive hostess Allegra, and her lovely staff who prepared homemade lemonade and a decadent freshly baked chocolate cake served with a dollop of thick cream alongside, which set the scene for the next few days. 


Mèlisses is a masterpiece of modern architecture that blends seamlessly with its natural surroundings. The outdoor space features an exquisite stone terrace overlooking the salt-water infinity pool and nearby gardens boasting varieties of fruit trees, local herbs and blossoming flowers. But it’s those uninterrupted views of the Aegean Sea and the sound of waves slowly splashing against the rocks that helps solidify an all-day soothing experience. As for the notable décor – you’ll find antique furniture, local ceramics, and vintage chic objects sourced from France, Italy and Greece, carefully placed in every corner. 


There are five bedrooms at Mèlisses, all beautifully styled with Allegra’s signature touch. Each room features sea views, and natural sunlight, as well as antique pieces, exquisite artwork, plush French mattresses, Italian crisp white linen sheets, traditional handwoven blankets, and locally made organic bathroom products – such as lavender shower gel and rosemary shampoo that smell just as good as they feel on your skin. 

Food + Drinks

Each morning in the open space kitchen-living room, you’ll find Allegra and her small team lovingly preparing a delightful breakfast spread. Think freshly baked bread, seasonal hand-picked fruits, and a variety of homemade jams, spoon sweets, and biscotti – all laid across a wooden communal table where like-minded guests come together to start their day. As each one takes a seat, they are served freshly squeezed juices, local cheeses, Greek yogurt drizzled with honey, cherry tomatoes (from Allegra’s garden), as well as perfectly made fried eggs with fresh herbs. 

In the evenings, Allegra is happy to create a private dinner for anyone who requests it, and each week Mèlisses prepares a signature feast highlighting Mediterranean cuisine. This includes a light aperitivo followed by a three-course meal served on antique porcelain dinnerware – adding to the soft, dreamlike ambience.  

Extras touches

Walking down a few steps of the property gives guests direct access to a private bay- so you can dive straight into the refreshing sea for some snorkelling (Allegra will provide you with fins and gear). Or you can order a picnic basket filled with a variety of cheeses, cured meats, pastries and pickles, then take a seat under the nearby wooden hut to savour each bite. 

What’s close-by

The property is completely isolated, adding to its unique charm and beauty. You will need a car to get around and it’s about a 10-minute drive to Batsi, a pretty fishing village with plenty of good tavernas and a great little beach for a nice dip. Also note that it’s about a 25-minute drive to Gavrio (port) and around a 40-minute drive to the Chora (main town). 

Highlight of stay

Knowing that your days are filled with endless possibilities for nearby exploration, followed by the comfort of returning to a breathtaking place that offers absolute relaxation (and a magical sunset)! We should also mention that not only does Allegra share her curated guide with must-visit spots in Andros before her guest’s arrival, but she is also there to let you in on local secrets, such as what beach to visit on the day (depending on the wind) or a recently opened art exhibition.

Ultimately, Mèlisses is not just a place to stay – it’s an inspiring escape that leaves you with wonderful memories of tranquillity and exceptional hospitality.

Perfect for

Couples, solo travellers, a girls’ weekend away, or anyone who appreciates good food, slow living and attention to detail. 

Accommodation type: Boutique B&B 

Location: Aprovato, Andros 



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