Kamaroti is an island hotel like no other. A lush olive grove, protected from the northern winds, with views over the hills of Sifnos, the picture-perfect village of Kastro and, of course, the Aegean sea, was the spot three Spanish brothers picked to create their little paradise. David, who is an architect, designed the small, Cycladic-style buildings such that not a single tree had to be cut. He placed them amphitheatrically around a central terrace where he made two wonderful swimming pools (a circular one just to relax in the water plus a long and narrow one where you can swim your 25 meter laps). The (smallish) rooms and suites, 13 in total, are mostly about (very!) comfortable sleeping, great showering, and outdoor living. They are done in a tastefully simple and contemporary style and each has its own outdoor sitting space, some with comfortable wooden armchairs; others with pillows laid on stone-built benches. Kamaroti is the perfect place for very relaxing holidays. David, his brother Victor and their staff are super friendly. They all get on well and their enthusiasm is tangible. There’s a wonderful atmosphere. Moreover, you will eat really well. Breakfast isn’t just worth getting up for, but also traveling to Sifnos for, and Victor prepares fantastic evening meals. Mostly Spanish of course.
Almost everything makes Kamaroti a very special place to stay in Greece. The beauty of the spot, the comfort of the rooms, the kindness of the owners and staff, the fantastic food, especially the gazpacho!
I thought the rooms were a little on the small side, and a few of them have no, or only partial sea view. Also, a minor detail, but I thought the paths and steps between the parking space and the accommodation could be better lit at night.
2 “petit” double rooms
5 double rooms
4 suites with one bedroom for up to 3 persons
2 suites with two bedrooms for up to 5 persons with two bathrooms
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Television (except in the “petit” doubles)
Refrigerator (except in the “petit” doubles)
Facilities to make coffee and tea
Hairdryer (on request)
Two outdoor swimming pools
Swimming pool for children
Massage (July and August)
Yoga (June, July and August)
You will eat really well at Kamaroti Hotel. Breakfast isn’t just worth getting up for, but also traveling to Sifnos for. It is served between 8.30 and 11 am on the main (or your own) terrace. In addition to the basics such as (good!) coffee, freshly squeezed orange juice, homemade marmalades and fresh bread, you will get something different every day. I was spoiled with a Spanish tortilla, peeled and finely cut tomatoes with the local fresh mezithra cheese, fruit salad and a refreshing juice made from crushed melon seeds.
If you decide to spend a lazy day by the swimming pool, you can order lunch by the pool. During the high season also home-cooked evening meals are served. Victor is in charge, so expect mainly Spanish cuisine. There’s paella once a week. I tasted Victor’s gazpacho, and it was the best I ever had. He graciously shared his recipe with me; when I tried it at home it came out almost as delicious. The difference must have been the quality of the ingredients: Kamaroti has its own vegetable garden and freshly harvested ingredients always taste better.
The island of Sifnos, by the way, is also famous for its fantastic Greek food. There are plenty of Greek restaurants in the nearby villages (Kastro, Artemonas and Apollonia), and also on the beaches you will find excellent tavernas. Make sure you try chickpea balls, the local specialty.
During my most recent visit to Sifnos I had dinner at Platis Yialos, at the beach/fish bar Omega 3, a relaxed hippish sort of place where the fish comes in small portions (so you can taste many!), prepared in very creative ways. Not cheap, but I tremendously enjoyed both the setting and the food.
Children are very welcome at Kamaroti and I must say, the hotel is ideal for family vacations in Greece. The gardens are wonderful for your kids to play in, and the kids’ pool is perfect for the youngest ones to splash around in. (Parents of course need to supervise their children as the swimming pools are directly accessible from the gardens and terraces.)
There is some family-friendly accommodation: most suites are for up to 3 persons and the largest suites (the hotel calls them villas) are can sleep 5 persons. Cots are available free of charge and you can also ask for baby baths and high chairs.
Hotel Kamaroti is in a small valley near the east coast of Sifnos, one km from the village of Artemonas and two from Apollonia (and about seven km from the port). It’s a fantastic spot: really peaceful, protected from the northern winds, and with beautiful views over the hills, Kastro and the sea. It’s convenient too: with Artemonas and Apollonia so near, you have easy access to shops, restaurants and nightlife, while you can also walk to the sea, or to the village of Kastro, both about 10-15 minutes only.
The only way to get to Sifnos is by ferry (two and a half to five hours from Piraeus). The connections are good, throughout the summer season there is at least one fast boat per day and during the high seasons there are two or three a day. It is great to combine your stay on Sifnos with a few days, or more, on Milos and/or Serifos, which are only a short boat ride away.
If you arrive in the port of Sifnos with your own car, you should take the road to Apollonia, and from there continue to Artemonas. Then follow the signs for Poulati Church and Kamaroti. You will see the entrance to the hotel about one km after Artemonas, on your right. If you reach the end of the asphalt, you have just passed it.
If you don’t have your own transport, a transfer from the port can be arranged for you.
Lovely position on Sifnos to walk to villages from & bus back; complex and gardens so well thought out – room was small but perfect , great staff, small but nice breakfast .. on reflection i thought the Pick Up and Drop Off to the Boat Costs were very high (40 euro) considering i stayed 8 nights (i was provided these free on each of my other islands)
Auckland, New Zealand
I got back yesterday from Sifnos, enchanted by Kamaroti. It’s funny how this ‘crazy’ spaniard out of nowhere created the type of quality hotel, with respect for nature, discretion in his aesthetic choices, and comfort without useless luxury that the national touristic board should promote as a model for our touristic development and as an answer to the way we should get out of the economic crisis. And he didn’t even think of it that way. He just did it. With common sense and good judgement. I’ m so proud it’s on my favourite island!!!