As a new generation of Greeks reclaim their heritage, they’re looking past overtouristed islands like Mykonos to quiet stunners such as Ios island. Reachable only by boat this 42-square-mile island in the Cyclades archipelago with its 32 sand beaches, outstands in beauty and authenticity.In the only town on the island, Chora (a hippie heaven during the 1970s), guests stay in laid-back lodgings ranging from the chic Agalia Suites, a 14-room boutique hotel that opened its doors in the summer of 2014, to family-run guesthouses on narrow stone walkways. Ios’s oldest archaeological site, Skarkos, dates from the third millennium B.C., and the 16th-century monastery of Pyrgos sits below the island’s highest peak. Dirt tracks lead to more than two dozen pristine beaches, which veteran philhellenes call some of the finest strands in the Aegean islands.
”We saw what happened to other Greek islands transformed by overdevelopment. We’re determined to save Ios from that fate,” says Vassiliki Petridou, president of Luxurios Island Experience, a local eco-resort company.
While no one knows how long the Coronavirus pandemic will go on, we do know we will get through this together, with our strength coming from how we care for, and extend our love to, each other. LuxurIos was born out of love for Ios and our desire to share it with our guests, allowing them to connect with nature, Greek culture and the land of Ios island.
At Agalia and Calilo and the other establishments comprising LuxurIos, we look forward to the time when we can again open our arms and share it with you. We know this time will come simply by looking at the continuity represented by the more than 500 saved ancient olive trees and watching them sway and dance to the rhythm of the Aegean Sea and Meltemi wind, giving hope at a time when we need it and reminding us all that love brings life.
Agalia means “hug” in Greek and Calilo stands for “Create A LIfe you can fall In LOve with.” With these words, we are sending our hugs and love to you, your families and friends until we can welcome you again.
~Vasso, Angelos and family and the rest of the LuxurIOS team