LuxurIOS Island Experience is a Greek owned tourism project that develops, owns and operates hotels, beach estates, villas, lounges and organizes authentic life experiences in the island of Ios. This project was born out of love for our country with a vision to promote sustainable tourism in Greece and contribute our mental, emotional and financial resources to protect and promote the cultural and natural heritage of Ios. After a lot of effort, a significant amount of land was purchased in the island creating one of the largest private holdings of still unspoiled beach-front land in the Mediterranean. Our aim is to use a very low-impact, environmentally sensible approach to sustainably develop only a very small portion of the land that we own leaving 99% of it undeveloped, so that Ios’ natural beauty, unspoiled beaches, sense of place and Greek island cultural heritage continues to thrive for future generations of locals and visitors alike.
Only a small collection of villas, lounges and boutique hotels will be developed based upon environmentally-friendly design and construction, working closely with the local community thus providing direct economic benefits through responsible tourism development. An integral part of the project is the offering of authentic island life experiences designed to expose guests to Ios’s incredible beaches, stunning landscapes and local products in privacy, luxury and comfort.
"We saw what happened to other Greek islands transformed by over development. We’re determined to save Ios from that fate"
President of LuxurIOS, of which Calilo is a part.
As a new generation of Greeks reclaim their heritage, they’re looking past islands that are suffering from overtourism, like Mykonos towards quiet stunners such as Ios. Reachable only by boat this 42-square-mile island in the Cyclades archipelago with its 32 sandy beaches, is outstanding its in beauty and authenticity.
In Chora, the only town on the island (a hippie haven during the 1970s), guests stay in laid-back lodgings ranging from the chic Agalia Suites, a 16-suite boutique hotel that opened its doors in the summer of 2014, to family-run guesthouses on narrow stone walkways. Ios’s oldest archaeological site, Skarkos, dates from the third millennium B.C., and the 16th-century monastery of Pyrgos sits below the island’s highest peak. Dirt tracks lead to more than two dozen pristine beaches, which veteran philhellenes call some of the finest strands in the Aegean islands.
Guests are invited to explore the organic garden at Calilo, and collect ripe produce for their lunch or dinner, whewther fruit, vegetables or herbs.. We follow organic methods of cultivation allowing nature to produce in season. Elsewhere on our land are olive trees that produce our own high quality organic olive oil, and a huge variety of fruit trees.
There is no exposed infrastructure anywhere on our properties. All electric and telephone wires and all cables are carefully dug underground at great expense to ensure that they do not visually spoil the landscape.
During the construction process all the materials we use, except wood, iron, glass and cement and some of the marbles, are produced locally. The uniqueness of this is that our venues are built out of materials that are extracted from the ground of the actual building site. We are fortunate that some of our sites are significant stone- marble quarries offering distinctively different colour and quality of marble and even granite. Local craftsmen manually cut and carve the extracted stones, while the lower quality ones are ground by a stone-processing machine to produce sand, gravel and plaster to be used as the building/finishing materials such as concrete, plaster, etc. Then by hand they lay millions of the crafted stones, using this authentic and traditional mosaic building technique. The swimming pools, patios and open ground surfaces are also constructed in the same way.
Storm water management and harvesting is in the forefront of our land development philosophy.
Every venue of ours has very large (a total of 8,500 cubic meters) underground water reservoirs to collect water during the rainy season and consume it in the summer tourist season. Some properties have additional water reservoirs built at high points for irrigation and fire protection in case of wild fires.
Saving Eternity: The "Elektra" olive tree project
The conservation project has planted more than 55,000 trees and bushes on Ios to restore the habitat that had previously been burned by wildfires and land deforestation. In addition some 535 ancient olive trees (most of them more than 300 years old) which we’re about to be cut and sold for firewood in Athens, were transported across from the Peloponnese by boat to Ios. Here, with the help of specialists, 97% of them have survived and are now thriving in their new locations
To help protect the marine life and the surrounding waters from illegal fishing and other activities we have donated a boat to the Coast Guard of Ios, the only boat that it owns. To safeguard the local community and those visiting the island we have donated a 4x4 car to the police. To protect the island from wild fires we have donated a fire track to the municipality of Ios. We financially support the local medical center. And when needed, we provided significant financial assistance to the Ios cooperative of shepherds.
Visit our 'Ios Eternal' website to view extensive details about our environmental project.