If you are after a chic-but-private, honeymoon-style sanctuary amid the Thassos island bustle, Meli Suites Isle, the latest hotel of the Meli Suites collection in Skala Potamia, offers an elegant stay with style, relaxation and culinary delights- all achieved in one place.

The striking architecture of Meli Suites Isle is the first thing you notice when walking through its stone-built entry. Picture scattered olive trees, beige sandstone walls, rattan hanging chairs and outdoors raffia roofing all intertwined with one big swimming pool – the focal point of the entire place.

But it’s not just a swimming pool! Just as ‘meli‘ (honey in Greek) is the ingredient that makes any Greek breakfast special, respectively, this swimming pool is the ‘meli‘ that makes this place so unique- as it connects the rooms giving access to the water directly from each suite.

This concept is not only one I’ve never seen before but it also contributes to the harmony of the entire place.

“It takes an architectural genius to build a place like this,” is what another guest told me while we had our breakfast by the pool one morning.

Then, you get to know that the owner, Stelios Nikoloudis, is a London-based civil engineer with a keen eye for textures and materials.

The isle in the middle of the swimming pool with a growing olive tree, the brilliant marriage of all the textures and natural materials, plus the painstaking attention to detail, and then it all makes sense.

There are three rooms and eight suites all individually styled and named after their unique features. We stayed in the Arch Room and every morning it felt like waking up in paradise with views of the swimming pool and the swim-up private deck with direct access to the water right by our bed.

Having breakfast by the pool was another unique experience. The owner, Yianna, is the epitome of Greek hospitality, serving you a homemade breakfast and being there to facilitate you in any way she can, let that be making recommendations for places to visit on the island or sharing local secrets, including how to find the most gorgeous beaches.

We tried the floating breakfast on our last day in the hotel and it was the ultimate luxury! Presented on a large tray complete with homemade Greek pastries, freshly squeezed juices and eggs- it was the best start to our day and something to remember.

There are plenty of spaces to stay in Skala Potamias but Meli Suites Isle is most certainly our favourite place to book. Not only will you fall in love with the impeccable design and architecture of the place but you will also adore their hospitality. Book your stay at the Deluxe Suite with a bathtub now and you can thank me later.

Images by: Alexandros Iconomidis ©
Architecture design: BMMB Architects 
Anastasia Fountouli

Born and raised in Greece, Anastasia spent her adult life living in the UK and travelling around Europe. She is a serial traveller and a lifelong experiences seeker who believes travelling is a self-finding pilgrimage. After finishing her PhD studies in Scotland, she worked in various Universities in the UK before moving back to Greece where she currently lives. Founder of a travel blog that made it to the Top 10 Scottish Blogs list, Anastasia has contributed in many travel magazines covering topics related to travel itineraries, luxury hotels and experiences. Her mission is to make you fall in love with the Greek mainland as she believes there is more to Greece than just the islands.

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