Serifos is a relaxed little Greek island, not the kind of place where you’d go to show off your new designer bathing suit or where you should expect to find glamour of any kind. Hotel Rizes, a fancy complex of 16 spacious studios and suites, may therefore, at first glance, seem just a bit out of place. The architecture is typical Cycladic, combining natural stone and white washed walls, but the feel is modern. The entrance-lobby of the hotel looks hip; the Greek restaurant is done in a fresh-contemporary taverna-style and on the terrace you have sun beds lining a large swimming pool (18x6m) awaiting you. The studios and suites have cool, minimalist interiors, with both modern and traditional touches. They are comfortable, nicely proportioned and well laid-out, with built-in beds and couches, private terraces, all ideal for ‘easy-living’. And that is also the general feeling of Hotel Rizes: friendly, relaxed and unpretentious. (And therefore, it does fit right in on Serifos Island!) This is largely thanks to the owners, Thanassis and Elena, who together manage the hotel, and have set exactly the right tone. He used to be a well-known TV journalist until he decided to turn the page and create his dream on Serifos, and she is a sparkling dance and gym teacher with family roots on the island.
The combination of comfort, style and friendliness make Rizes a wonderful hotel for relaxed holidays in Greece. The views of the Hora of Serifos (the whitewashed mountain-top main village of the island) and the Bay of Livadi are magical.
Hotel Rizes is built in a spot that is not entirely protected from the wind. This can sometimes be a bit bothersome when you sit by the pool.
14 studios for up to 4 persons
1 junior suite for up to 4 persons with two bathrooms, a small swimming pool
1 superior suite for up to 6 persons with two bathrooms, a small swimming pool
En-suite bathroom with shower (the suites have two bathrooms)
Children are very welcome at Hotel Rizes. The studios are comfortable for families with up to two children; larger families could book the superior suite. Close to Hotel Rizes (about ten minutes’ walk) is the most child-friendly beach on Serifos, Psili Ammos. It has fine sand (great for making sandcastles!), shallow waters, natural shade, and two nice beach tavernas. I definitely recommend Hotel Rizes for relaxed family holidays in Greece.
Hotel Rizes is situated on the hillside, a few kilometers from the port of Serifos and Livadi, on the way to Psili Ammos Beach. It’s one of the best spots on Serifos, with fantastic views over the port and of the hora. Several beaches are walking distance (Agios Sostis is closest, only 5-10 minutes on foot) and it is also no big deal to walk to Livadi, though you have to climb a bit to get back to the hotel.
There is no airport on Serifos, so the only way to get there is by ferry. During the summer season, the fast ones go once or twice a day. They take about 2,5 hours. The normal ferries take at least 4 hours. If you inform the hotel on which ferry you arrive, you will be met at the port. Should you decide to find your way yourself, you should follow the waterfront all the way, almost to the end of the bay, where you turn left in the direction of the beaches of Psili Amnos, Agios Ioanis, Agios Sostis and Lia (there is a sign but it is in Greek). As you go up the hill, you will see Hotel Rizes on your left.
Rizes on Serifos was a really nice relaxing place to stay .. your description is spot on.
Arriving on the Island at 10am, Olga met the boat with a Complimentary Pick Up, the Studio was ready on arrival, lovely views of the both Port & Chora. The Studio was ideal, spotlessly clean with a small kitchen and great bathroom.
The Restaurant offered a lovely Breakfast (depending on occupancy Buffet or A la Carte) ..the fresh fruit, Greek Yoghurt & Breads were divine. Also the Salads were wonderful!
The Complimentary Drop off at the Boat by Olga rounded off a lovely stay.
Auckland, New Zealand
We discovered Rizes in Serifos this year. It will be added to our “must do again” list for next year.