- New York Times: New Hotels to Check Out in 2018
Jan 2018The former Wall Street trader Angelos Michalopoulos has acquired about a quarter of the island of Ios in the Aegean Sea where his new 30-suite Calilo resort is expected to open next summer with solar power, geothermal cooling and building materials such as marble and granite quarried at the beachfront site. The 1,000-acre property will host six miles of trails, an open-air cinema and an organic garden providing food for the restaurant.
- Sunday Times: The best beach hotels in Greece
Feb 2018A decade ago Angelos Michalopoulos and his wife, Vassiliki, bought a quarter of Ios in an eort to preserve its natural beauty. Having planted 55,000 trees on a remote stretch of coast, the couple are starting to oer some environmentally friendly development, such as this hotel set on the remote, sandy Papas beach, which opens in late summer…
- Forbes: 3 Luxe Hotels Opening This Summer In Greece That You Should Know
Apr 2018The most ambitious new hotel, scheduled to open in late summer, is Calilo, set on 1000 acres with a private beach of approximately the same size.
- Mail Online: A Greek goddess: Deserted beaches and ancient ruins – the rugged landscape of Ios is a world away from the country’s crowded coasts
May 2019I visit Papas beach where, in July, Michalopoulos’s no-expense-spared Calilo is due to open with 25 suites. Designed by the owner and built from local stone and Greek marble, it lies camouflaged in gardens planted with ancient olive trees rescued from the mainland, where they had been destined for the fireplaces of Athens. It is set to be the island’s most exclusive resort.
- The Telegraph: How a Greek island of sugarcube hamlets and wild beaches is winning the battle against mass tourism
May 2019We were now at the opposite end of Ios to Chora. Calilo was around the corner in a long inlet. Built from stone quarried on site and softened by 41,000 planted trees, the low-rise development sat surprisingly gently in what was a wild bay. Here and there were olive trees – some of the 535 transported from the Peloponnese after they were due to be felled for firewood. It’s nonsensical economically, Angelos said. “But can you imagine this grandmother” – he patted an 800-year-old trunk affectionately – “as a kilogram of ashes?”
- The Telegraph: Calilo
Jul 2019A highly individual luxury resort hotel built of local stone in a rocky valley lapped by the Aegean Sea. Calilo sits alone on its own beach, backed by an expansive curving pool and high-ceilinged verandas. Custom-made to its owner’s designs, many of its suite-sized rooms have their own pool and ‘waterfall’.
- British Airways: THE NINE HOTTEST HOTEL OPENINGS FOR 2019
Aug 2019While Santorini and Mykonos get the lion’s share of attention in the Cyclades islands, in 2019 eyes will turn to lesser-known Ios. Set in 1,100 acres of atmospheric scrubland, criss-crossed with winding trails, and groves where 485 olive trees (some 700 years old) facing destruction on the mainland have been replanted, Calilo will open on the private 300-metre-long Papas Beach. There will be 30 smart suites, each having a marble pool and Jacuzzi, and you can expect a restaurant serving homegrown organic fare. How to get there? It’s easily reached by a 45-minute ferry ride from Santorini.
- Bella Magazine: Super Luxe Resort Debuts On The Unspoiled Greek Island Of Ios
Aug 2019Many head to the Greek Islands to bask in the sun, bathe in azure seas and dine alfresco on tasty cuisine amid nature’s splendor. A delightful getaway – were it not for throngs of visitors on crowded beaches, in tavernas and just about everywhere especially in the busy summer months. If only it were possible to experience the islands without the crowds.