Anemi: A Boutique Experience in Folegandros
The Cyclades never stop to amaze with their architectural pluralism while maintaining a common character. The Design hotel “Anemi” is no different, located on Folegandros, it blends almost naturally to the wilderness and roughness of the barren island. It was designed by Alexandros Samaras with the aim to balance luxury, comfort, style and tradition.
The Anemi Hotel in Karavostasi consists of 12 detached two-storey houses, built on the periphery of a large infinity pool overlooking the bay. The building complex is fully incorporated into the surrounding hills and landscape. The result is 44 rooms that offer undisturbed garden or sea views and integrate to the island morphology and architecture. The interior decoration of all rooms follows the exterior simplicity, with ample spaces, white-washed walls and a few objects of art giving extra character to a clearly well thought hotel.
Upon entering the room, you immediately feel comfortable and familiar with the building. It offers the warmth of being in your very private residence, both in and outside the room, but with a simplistic luxury. The bed head is very unique, being a fabric print of Margarita Nikitaki’s photography; it immediately makes the room playful and modern. Flos lighting and Ray & Charles Eames design finishes are used throughout, giving the room a summary, classy and contemporary style. The suites even have private pools by their verandahs.
The two main swimming pools are located in front of the hotel’s central building, overlooking the bay and port of Karavostasi. The infinity pool looks like the extent of the sea in the premises of the hotel, a notion that gets more apparent by the fact it's filled with salt water. The exterior space is further enhanced through pergolas and consists of the pools, the main outdoor garden, the tennis facilities and a recreation space.
It is apparent that the designers behind Anemi hotel had a very clear idea in mind of the architectural principles they wanted to follow. All building materials and colours chosen aim to complement the clear lines and volumes of the separate buildings, a perception that crosses to the interior spaces, combining traditional Greek elements of the island with a contemporary luxurious twist fit for a boutique hotel.