The Windmill Hotel on Kimolos is the ultimate Cycladic dream. The whitewashed mid-19th century windmill sits on top of a small hill, overlooking the sea. Inside, stylish simplicity reigns: comfortable beds, a single chair or a built-in couch, a small table, a neat bathroom. Outside, white walls dazzle. There’s a little bar-café with wooden chairs painted in pale shades of grey, a few potted plants, and terraces on several levels. The music is quiet; the drinks are chilled; and the views are dreamy. There are smiles on the faces of the young staff. The hotel only has a few rooms: two in the actual windmill (one of those is on two levels) and the other three in the outbuildings. They are not big, but each has its own space so you can sit outside. Start your day with breakfast on the terrace. Head to the sea for swimming and sunbathing or take a sea taxi to cross over the Polyaigos, an inhabited island with virgin beaches and the most amazing turquoise waters. Have an evening meal and a drink in the little port of Kimolos, and return to the Windmill for a wonderful night’s sleep. Simple, Cycladic holidays, the way I like them most.
The simply island elegance of the Windmill make it such a joy to be there. I couldn’t stop taking pictures. I also love the laid-back atmosphere of this little island off the beaten tourist track.
The building used to be a working windmill, and you don’t find those in sheltered spots! When the meltemi blows it’s windy here.
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Breakfast is served from 8 am to midday. It is the kind I like in summer: fresh bread, a soft-boiled egg, homemade jams, creamy yoghurt, and lots of fruits. During the day you can order drinks and light snacks at the little bar/café of the Windmill and at night you can walk down to the port (a relaxed walk that takes barely ten minutes) to have something to eat. There are a few places to choose from; I picked one that had its tables literally on the beach. The food was good; the setting was magic. And even though I was there in the middle of the summer but it was wonderfully quiet.
As the rooms are not large and there is no swimming pool, I prefer to recommend the Windmill for couples, but children are welcome to stay. The two largest rooms have a sitting corner with very comfortable mattresses that can be used as beds for children.
The Windmill Hotel is set on top of a little hill on the island of Kimolos, only a ten-minute walk from the port. There is a small beach next to the port, but the better beaches are a few kilometres away. They are easy to reach by car, but you can also take a water taxi.
The best way to get to Kimolos is to take a boat to Milos (the hydrofoils take two hours and go daily during the summer; there are also daily high-speed car ferries which take four hours). There also is a daily flight to Milos, very early in the morning. There are ferries that cross several times per day from the main port of Milos or from Apollonia to Kimolos in one hour (from the main port) or 30 minutes (from Apollonia. When you arrive in Kimolos, you will be met in the port. If you are planning to rent a car, you should book one in the main port of Milos and take it with you from there, as there is no car (or bike) rental place on Kimolos. You can ask the hotel to assist you with the arrangements.