The capital of the Cyclades invites its visitors to immerse in the traditional and laid-back Greek island lifestyle. Ermoupoli town is a main attraction, with its mix of neoclassical and traditional Cycladic styles, narrow streets, photogenic churches and cafe culture along the waterfront, as well as the Archaeological Museum (containing artefacts from the island’s ancient past) and the Industrial Museum of Ermoupoli. In addition to larger beaches with amenities, you can seek out secluded bays and coves; some of the most popular on the island include Galissas, Kini and Megas Gialos.
Housed in a beautifully restored neoclassical mansion in the Vaporia district, Hotel Aristide dates back to 1860. It accommodates just a handful of guest rooms, suiting those who prefer an ultra boutique feel. Each is uniquely designed and decorated with antique furniture and sumptuous fabrics, to reflect its heritage. The public spaces comprise a lounge area, a bar, a charming courtyard with a peaceful ambience where breakfast is served daily, and the rooftop terrace with a plunge pool, a destination eatery and stunning views of Ermoupolis and the sea. A swimming platform into the sea can be reached within a few minutes walk.
A 150-year-old neoclassical mansion, Ploes is the former home of the Negreponte, Samios and Lorentzos clans. Now it operates as an eight-bedroom boutique hotel, its top suites affording residents with a private spa. Right across from the sea, Ploes is handy for a dip in the sea (there’s a private swimming area) and its café-bar, Plous, boasts gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea for guests’ meals. The hotel is decorated with handmade rugs, Venetian chandeliers and a curated collection of late-20th-century art pieces by Greek artists. Ploes opens to guests from April to October every year.