LWSY Greece Part 2 ~ Blue Sand Hotel, Folegandros

It’s taken me a little while to get round to sharing our stay at Blue Sand Hotel & Suites on Folegandros Island. You’ll have read part one of our Greek adventure (if you haven’t click here), but I saved the best until last…

As I mentioned our time in Greece was just a few months before we had our daughter, it was a time for total relaxation, short walks, long siestas, you get the idea. Very unusually I’d been kept out of all the planning for this trip, so every day was a new surprise.

We arrived onto Folegandros Island by SeaJetthe hotel will happily come and collect you. A short drive over to Agali Bay and we made it here, to Blue Sand Boutique Hotel & Suites. 

Nestled between the islands of Milos and Sikinos, the rocky and mountainous island of Folegandros offers a picture perfect setting for a peaceful escape in the Cyclades. This tiny island is still unharmed from mass tourism, Folegandros has managed to retain its wild natural beauty and authentic character. I honestly think this is the most peaceful holiday I’ve ever had. 

Think breathtaking views, mesmerizing landscapes, beautiful beaches, spectacular architecture and a simple way of living.

We had already spent a night on the island at another hotel but made it here in time for a late Greek breakfast and a glass of their signature lemonade which I guzzled by the vat during our stay.

The owners designed the hotel themselves, and everything was authentic, Paola Navone for Gervasoni sofas, flos lighting, and Italian outdoor furniture.

Our sea view suite had its own outdoor terrace with bean bag daybeds, a huge living area in the bedroom, king size bed, vast bathroom with beautiful Korres amenities, beach towels, a fully stocked bar, wifi and gorgeous soft linens.

Whilst you can use Agali Bay as your base there is still plenty to see and do on the island. You can set off on a sightseeing adventure, wonder the streets and the little squares of Chora with the white-washed cubic houses and churches, such as the church of Panagia on top of the hill. 

You can walk around the medieval town in the area of Kastro, also the Folklore museum and the scenic village of Ano Meria. The island is also known for Matsata, a handmade local pasta that is served at numerous taverns, we tried it with seafood and it was delicious. 

Etienne knew of a restaurant he’d visited years ago, luckily it wasn’t far from our hotel. So we set off for a short hike along the coastal path to his secret little place.

The midday sun had got to me a bit (read I thought I was going to pass out), so once we’d arrived I found myself the closest ice bucket and set to it cooling me and my bump down. That was a hike we probably shouldn’t have done with my growing belly. You can see the place in the distance in the photo below.

 

We made it back to the hotel by late afternoon, and took the time to have a snooze, order a mocktail and wait for the sunset, the perfect afternoon.

The hotel also had a beautifully curated store, we left with three or four blankets and throws made in Athens, one for our daughters bedroom, and I could have bought so many kaftans, there were just so many gorgeous pieces.

Late afternoon above, and early morning below from the hotel terrace where you can have an a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are also two or three local taverns below the hotel to try.

Whilst you can use Agali Bay as your base there is still plenty to see and do on the island. You can set off on a sightseeing adventure, wonder the streets and the little squares of Chora (below) with the white-washed cubic houses and churches, such as the church of Panagia on top of the hill. 

You can walk around the medieval town in the area of Kastro, also the Folklore museum and the scenic village of Ano Meria. The island is also known for Matsata, a handmade local pasta that is served at numerous taverns, we tried it with seafood and it was delicious. 

Above, visiting Chora one morning.

Below, the island port where we caught the SeaJet.

To check availability and rates click here. Rooms start from 180€ during high season.

Agali Bay, Folegandros Island, Cyclades 84 011, Greece
T. +30 22860 41042 E. info@bluesand.gr

LWSY stayed at Blue Sand Hotel & Suites in July 2017

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