We have travelled around the Aegean many times, but it was the first time that we appreciated so much the “greek myth”. Visiting Koufonisi island last July was an experience that we have been keeping in our hearts – of course only until we repeat it! The place is a real paradise, a blend of crystal blue-green waters, golden sand and stunning views to the whole complex of Little Cyclades.
But our trip to the Island would never have been such an enjoyment if we had not discovered “St’ Astra” villas. The location is perfect, the view from the pool area and the garden, just to die for. We were a group of 12 friends – some of us singles, some with families and kids and we did not dare to expect that we could find a place to stay that it would manage to complete everyone’s standards and wishes. For the first time, this beautiful establishment kept as all delighted.
The elegantly decorated, full equipped villas became our private wellness retreat. The managers, Vassili and Evi welcomed us with wine and fruit and made us feel at home right away. The breakfast time was a true ritual under the breeze of the large furnished verandas, while after visiting some of the best beaches in the world (we’ve been to Maldives three years ago, so we were difficult to impress), some of us preferred to relax at the swimming pool with a cold drink, while me and my wife loved to share a hamam, after an intense ping pong match with the kids.
Vassili will be glad to help you discover the island with a lot of insider’s tips – the place is small, but really interesting and do not miss to pay a visit to Kato Kousonisi, a smaller island easily accessible by boat, where we tasted the most delicious bouillabaisse in our lives. Traditional cuisine and fresh fish is something that you will really appreciate if you take this trip.
In the evening some of us tried the little cocktail bars of the village, but I’ d rather stay by the pool listening to favorite songs and enjoying the moon diving into the sea, after the great colours of the sunset and inhaling the smells of the garden herbs. From the villas you can also have the experience of a glorious sunrise –one of the group was a photographer and after showing us his pictures we understood why he kept getting up at dawn the whole week.
It was the first time in my life that I felt like I wanted to write a poem, or a song. I am looking forward to feeling again this way and we’re planning to come back next year –hopefully with our new baby!
Submitted: Jul 20, 2013 Stayed: Jul 2012 Source: HomeAway