From afar, the elusive monument of Portara winks at visitors, its pale marble glinting against the night sky, beckoning travellers to the island of Naxos.
The moment one sets foot on its dock, the briny scent of the waves and picturesque vista of the waterfront are enough to evoke a feeling of being at one with their surroundings.
Chora, the capital of Naxos, draws in its guests with endless activities, even on the first night of arrival. Walk barefoot on the beach of Agios Georgios, sandals in hand; pause to sit on a bench in the “small harbour” and take in the view of hand-painted fishing boats bobbing in the water; slip away into the captivating twists and turns of the historic “Kastro” alleyways.
This island embodies the essence of the Cyclades as they were meant to be: a place where life flows with a different rhythm; here, any troubles of the mainland will melt away as swiftly as a scoop of artisanal ice cream under the August sun.
Though it’s tempting to spend your summer days and nights in Chora, following the coast will lead to beaches with gorgeous vistas and crystal-clear waters that soothe the soul.
The landscapes of Naxos are just as diverse as they are alluring; Mount Zas in its centre is populated with quaint villages as well as freshwater springs, caves and hiking trails. You don’t have to leave the seaside to go trekking, however; the captivating beach of Mikri Vigla is beautifully nestled against a rocky hill, easily climbable even by beginners.
This idyllic cove is a stone’s throw from Apricot & Sea Luxury Suites, a truly charming Aqua Vista Hotel where the character of the Cyclades is combined with luxurious amenities for an ideal island getaway.
Apricot & Sea Luxury Suites – take in authentic Cycladic charm
Naxian tranquility abounds at Apricot & Sea Luxury Suites, where sweeping Aegean Sea views make up a never-ending visual journey, transporting guests to the Orkos beach directly below.
Designed with utmost respect for authentic Cycladic architecture, every interior is a blissful haven which encourages guests to unwind and take in the true spirit of summer. The creature comforts here are a delight to the senses, with truly spacious maisonettes, villas and studios. Some offer accommodations for up to 10 guests and are equipped with private pools and barbecues; this is the place to experience unforgettable al fresco gatherings. With the beach mere moments away, the hotel is an ideal destination for those who wish to explore the pristine natural landscapes of Orkos.
Rediscover the meaning of relaxation in Naxos, where time slips by just a little bit slower, from the sublime comfort of Apricot & Sea Luxury Suites, an Aqua Vista Hotel.