In the last few years, the Greek Island holiday has become de rigueur for in-the-know sorts, whatever your pleasure. But if you find the throngs of tourists in Santorini and Mykonos just a bit too much, considering joining the de-stressing cognoscenti in Paros, nestled just in-between the two. Dotted with quintessential fishing villages, pastoral farmlands, and low-key tavernas, the vibe is considerable more tranquil.
And tucked serenely away on the island’s northeastern coast, between the tiny town of Naoussa and the small sandy coves that make up Kolymbithres Beach, is the recently opened Parīlio hotel. A member of the exalted Design Hotels group, the 33 suite property marries traditional Cyclades whitewashed block architecture with touches of understated, contemporary luxury. Carved stone arches and concrete columns mix with custom furnishings by IDLaboratorium, resulting in a cooly stylish oasis with captivatingly old-world charm.
The visually appealing suites feature modern and vintage pieces with neutral colors accented by terracotta, marble and wood, and concrete bedside tables by Copenhagen 101. Some also boast mountain views.
In addition to all that peace and quiet, the hotel offers all the amenities coveted by the 21st Century epicure: a breezy terrace, pool and bar nestled amongst subdued gardens, where long, lazy afternoons turn into Instagrammable sunsets; Mr.E, a modern Greek restaurant with dishes cultivated from the bounty of the island; and a fully equipped gym and spa.
Travel + Leisure names Paros its top Greek island for 2018. And with temperatures in the high seventies and eighties throughout September and October, it remains an alluring getaway well into autumn.