- The London Economic: Calilo – Beach Heaven
Jan 2020It’s not every day when you arrive at a seven star hotel that the owner herself greets you with a pet sheep complete with glittery turquoise collar, but Calilo is no ordinary resort, and – as we came to discover – Vasso and Angelos Michalopoulos are no ordinary hotel owners. – by Joe Mellor
- Otago Daily Times: Finding peace
Dec 2019Finding tranquillity at a clubbing hot spot isn’t as hard as you might think, writes Juliet Rix.
- The Guardian: Finding peace on Ios, the Greek party island
Dec 2019Finding tranquility on a clubbing hotspot isn’t as hard as you might think. There’s perfect solitude at two boutique hotels on the Cyclades island
- 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.
- 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.
- 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’.
- 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?”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…