Part of the Cyclades archipelago in the Aegean sea, this island is accessed via a 20-minute ferry ride from Mykonos. It has a more remote feel than many of the larger isles, with pretty villages, quiet beaches, indigenous arts and crafts and traditional culture to be experienced. Visit the Church of Panagia Evangelistria, countless windmills and dovecotes and the Venetian fortifications found at the mountain of Exomvourgo. Despite its hills, Tinos offers flat terrain for walkers and a windy climate, ideal for those who suffer in the heat. But there are plenty of sheltered spots for sun soakers, such as the Agios Romanos beach.
Built into the landscape, carved from rock in a Cycladic style and with an earthy palette, Pnoēs Tinos blends almost seamlessly into its surroundings. It’s made up of just three pure white minimalist villas, with step-down pools set beside large cream, cushioned outdoor sofas, dining furniture and deck chairs. Hammam-inspired bathrooms have soap products from local maker Ena Karo, and treatments can be arranged in-room. Indeed, local produce and sustainability are key here; guests are welcome to pluck fruit from the trees, and herbs and flowers from the garden; for eating, cooking and infusing. The villas are 600 metres away from Agios Fokas Beach.