Ref: GR24, Syros, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £2920 to £3630 pw
Kini Bay Villa is a newly-constructed, private, luxury four-bedroom villa with four bedrooms, a very large terrace, and delightful private pool. Situated in one of the most beautiful locations on Syros Island in the Cyclades, the villa enjoys unparalleled panoramic views of numerous Cycladic islands, the western beaches and coves of Syros, and the most magnificent sunsets over the Aegean. The villa sits about 600m above Kini Bay, with its beach and tavernas, in a very private setting as it is not overlooked.
Living/dining room/kitchen, sitting room, 4 shower rooms and wc, 3 double bedrooms, 1 twin bedroom
Washing machine, dishwasher, dryer, cot, no telephone, WiFi, satellite TV, DVD player, Ipod docking/speakers/stereo system, central heating, air conditioning, ceiling fans
Bed linen and all towels are provided. Linen change once per week is included, and the house is cleaned mid-week. There is a good laundry service in Kini, at extra cost. A cook can be arranged, at extra cost. Boat excursions and other seaside activities and water sports can be arranged. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The lovely swimming pool is set in a very large terrace of around 250sqm, with expansive sunbathing areas, and a covered pergola with a large built-in table for al fresco dining. The pool has steps leading into the shallow end, and an outdoor shower. The house faces west-northwest, and there are spectacular sea views from the terraces. The surrounding garden is fully planted, and there are olive trees set into and around the terrace. There is a parking area for several cars situated at the drive entrance to the property.
The entrance to Kini Bay Villa brings you into the spacious open-plan living/dining room/kitchen. The fully-equipped kitchen and its bar-island are very functional with all modern amenities. Also on this level is a queen-sized bedroom, with a separate shower room which can also be used as a cloakroom for guests, as it is easily accessible from the living room. The living area gives onto the pool area, dining pergola, and terraces, with fabulous views to the sea.
A twin bedroom and a queen-sized bedroom sharing a shower room and a terrace are on the next level down. The spacious master bedroom is a couple of steps up from this level, and has its own dressing room, a king-sized bed, and an en suite shower room with wc, and opens onto the front of the house with fantastic sea views. There is a small fifth bedroom with a sofabed, a separate shower room and wc/laundry room, on a lower level that can be used for staff.
There is air conditioning in the entire house, except for the fifth bedroom which is cool. There are also ceiling fans in the living room and master bedroom for those who prefer fans.
EOT (Ellinikos Organismos Tourismou - issued by the Greek tourist board) licence number: 177K91001138401
Changeover day: Flexible
Depth 1.10-1.9 m
Kini Bay 600m
Kini Bay is a delightful beach village with three tavernas on the waterfront, as well as a mini-mart, a souvlaki shop and a newspaper kiosk. There is a larger supermarket about 1km away. The villa is walking distance from the beach, but it is uphill on the way back.
Finikas harbour (4km) is very scenic and attractive, with a lively but laid-back nightlife during high season months. There are many caiques and fishing boats as well as larger yachts and chartered yachts moored in the harbour, and the lovely sandy beach is excellent for swimming and watersports. There are very good tavernas, bars, and cafes on the sea front, and there are two other sandy beaches nearby, Kokkina and Psachno. There is also a diving school within easy reach.
Possidonia is about 5km away, with its parade of fine neoclassical mansions. Lottos Bay is the same distance away and to one side of Kini Bay, and also has a good taverna. About one kilometre away is Delfini and another lovely beach. It is possible to arrange water-skiing and boat excursions to other bays around the island.
Ermoupoli, the busy commercial port and capital, is 7km away known as "The Sovereign of the Aegean", and is a very attractive and sophisticated town and has some very impressive architecture as well as some good restaurants, and a wide range of nightlife, shops, an excellent art gallery and a recently-restored opera house with programmes throughout the year. It is built in the hills that surround the harbour and is well worth a visit, with its elegant neoclassical mansions, marble paved streets, and lively seaside ambience.
Syros, the Island of Hermes, messenger of the gods and the god of trade, has remained unspoilt and traditional, with an old-world sophistication and elegance. Situated in the centre of the Cyclades, it is the capital of this unique group of islands, and in the 19th century was the capital of Greece itself; it has much to offer in terms of historical interest, and the capital Ermoupoli (or Hermoupolis, city of Hermes) is renowned for its architecture. Syros is quite arid but is strikingly beautiful, with a mountainous north and a gentler and more verdant south. It is little known as a tourist destination, as it is not on the package holiday map, and therefore has a wonderfully Greek atmosphere. It is ideal for families with older children and for adult groups, and is mainly popular with Greek tourists. There is a religious feast celebrated by the locals on 27th of July in the honour of Aghios Panteleimonas, which is great fun for visitors.
Syros shares the usual historical milestones of the Cyclades, from its early Bronze Age settlements, through occupation and influence by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, Romans, to the predations of the Ottoman pirates. Under the Venetians the Christian community on the island grew in size and importance, as can be seen in its Cathedral San Giorgio behind Venetian battlements on the top of Ano Syros, or Upper Syros, which gazes over the lower town of Ermoupoli to the magnificent blue and gold dome of the Greek Orthodox cathedral perched on the hill opposite. Ermoupouli was founded during the War of Independence in 1824, mainly by Orthodox refugees and Greek revolutionaries escaping from the Turks, and became a chief port and shipbuilding centre in the 19th Century. Syros has long been a model for the peaceful coexistence of the Catholic and Orthodox communities.
Ermoupoli, with its neoclassical mansions, marble paved streets, and elegant plazas, offers much of interest and charm. The grand Town Hall was designed by the Bavarian architect Ziller, one of many European architects who contributed to the design and building of Ermoupoli; it was finished in 1898 and presides over the magnificent Miaouli Square, one of the most attractive plazas in all of Greece, where graceful palm trees shelter cosy cafes and restaurants. The Archaeological Museum is worth a visit, and an ornate marble bandstand on the square often presents lively local concerts. By night the city is beautifully illuminated, and the smartly dressed locals stroll to meet friends and enjoy the cool of the evening. As well as traditional charm, there are many good nightclubs and bars, and thus plenty of lively entertainment. Ano Syros, overlooking Ermoupoli and the Aegean, is the charming Venetian quarter, the oldest and highest point in the town. Possidonia, also known as Dellagrazzia, is the favourite summer resort of the Syrians, and has many ornate and flamboyant neo-classical villas surrounded by beautiful gardens. This is the area where our villas are located, and countryside blooms with vineyards and greenhouses.
Yacht and motor cruiser hire can be arranged in advance. There is windsurfing and water skiing available on the island.
The lovely sandy beach of Finikas is excellent for swimming and water sports, and there are a number of very good tavernas, bars and cafés on the sea front, and there are two other sandy beaches nearby, Kokkina and Psachno.
There are numerous unspoilt and uncrowded bays and coves to explore on Syros, as well as some more commercial beaches, and most can be reached by bus from Ermoupoli. Kini is a fine beach, with plenty of fresh seafood on offer, and is known for the best sunsets on the island. More secluded and sandy beaches can be found in the north such as Delfini, Varvaroussa and Grammata. Galissas is a great sandy beach but is very popular, its shores lined by beach bars; you can however scramble over some rocks to the nearby naturist beach of Armeos, which is much quieter. From the village of Possidonia there are some lovely sandy beaches such as Agathopes, Komito, and Ampela.
There is a domestic airport on Syros, so it is possible to fly to Athens and then take an internal flight over to the island. Alternatively, from Athens you can take the ferry from Rafina or Pireus Port. A high speed hydrofoil takes about 2 hours; during the peak season there are normally a couple of these a day. The regular ferry service is slower, taking about 4.5 hours.
EasyJet fly direct from the UK to Mykonos and Santorini and ferries run regularly to Syros from both these islands.
"The villa is in a superb position and is beautifully furnished. We had a fantastic time and the owner went out of his way to make our stay a memorable one. Syros is less known than some of the neighbouring islands, yet it has so much to offer in terms of culture, history, and beaches! The food is also great. Ideal place for a family holiday. We would go back at any time. Thanks for your wonderful support. We will keep you in mind in the future!"
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This is a very high quality holiday villa. You will not want to leave the pool terrace, day or night; the views from here are spectacular: the blue Aegean, several islands, and glorious sunsets.