I am very fond of Hotel Kavos, a small complex of suites and villas in Naxos, where years ago, right after moving to Greece (and not having a place to live yet) I spent almost two months. At the time, there was no pool; the greenery was just sprouting up, and the accommodation was simply pleasant. I loved Kavos for the combination of space, tranquillity, friendly service and relaxed atmosphere. Coming back 14 years later, I found those basics had not changed, while at the same time I was impressed by the improvements: refreshed interior décor, new marble bathrooms, a sparkling swimming pool, lush greenery and flowers, gorgeous shady lounging corners and full restaurant service. Well-proportioned studios/suites are semi-detached and have private terraces. Larger two- and three-bedroom villas are set a little higher on the hill, with gardens and palm trees all around. In some places plants and trees block the sea views, but to make up for it there are roof terraces to sit out on. English manager Barbara and her young and eager staff do a wonderful job – this is a hotel with a smile!
The beautiful gardens and swimming pool area, and the friendly, easy-going atmosphere make Kavos Hotel unique. Also, at barely ten minutes’ walk, you have Agios Prokopios, one of the best beaches in Greece.
The walk back from the beach is uphill, so that may take a little longer! Also, Kavos is a perfect hotel for families, and you should expect some child activity around the pool during school vacations.
9 studios/suites for up to 3 persons
1 honeymoon suite
1 apartment for up to 4 persons with one bedroom
3 villas for up to 5 persons (2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms)
1 villa for up to 6 persons (3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms)
En-suite bathroom (shower, the villas have a second bathroom with a bath)
Television (with DVD player on request)
Laptop on request
Soft top mattress on request
Outdoor swimming pool
Pool bar and terraces with WiFi
Massage on request
You will have a properly equipped kitchenette in your villa or studio/suite, but in case you decide to switch into lazy mode, you can have all your meals at the poolside restaurant. Breakfast can be ordered from a menu. The options include three types of full breakfasts – continental, healthy and Naxos – all three with fresh juice, but you can also order various types of eggs, omelettes and yoghurt à la carte.
Throughout the day you can order light meals and treats (salads, sandwiches, ice cream, and great cocktails too!). The lunch and dinner menu offers good variety (including plenty of kid-friendly options) and is complemented by daily seasonal ‘specials’. Dishes are prepared with mostly fresh local produce.
Kavos is a relaxed, family-friendly hotel. The suites have space for one child, and the villas can accommodate up to five or six persons. All have a kitchenette where you can prepare your kids’ favourite meal, though the restaurant menu also features plenty of child-friendly options. If you travel with a baby, you can ask for a cot/crib. Games and puzzles are available, and babysitting can be arranged.
Agios Prokopies is a beautiful to go to with children (I spent many mornings and late afternoons there with mine), though the coarse sand is not idea for sandcastles. A short drive by the coast takes you to Plaka, an endless beach with fine white sand, so make sure you take your kids there from time to time as well!
Naxos Island also offers plenty of options for active family holidays. Horseback riding, mountain biking, kite surfing, sailing, windsurfing and of course hiking are among the options. Barbara will be happy to help you with bookings where necessary.
Kavos Hotel is situated 15 minutes’ drive south of the town of Naxos, on the hillside overlooking the beach of Agios Prokopies. It is an excellent location, quite well protected from the northern winds and with fantastic sea views. Agios Prokopios is a long and beautiful beach with coarse sand, and if you drive further south you will find more endless stretches of beach. Plaka, a beach with soft white sand, is particularly amazing. And even at the top of the season you can still find quiet corners here.
Naxos island can be reached either by conventional ferry boat (about six hours), high-speed boat (3.5 hours) or plane (usually one flight a day from Athens). From the port and town of Naxos, follow signs for the airport. 2 km after you pass the final turn-off for the airport and the main road bends left, you carry straight on up the hill signed to Stelida. Turn left at the top, and right at the (small) sign for Kavos.