Kimolos Island is one of Greece’s Cycladic Islands. It is located on the southwestern side of this island chain, near the larger island of Milos. Kimolos is a very small island, with no more than 600 year-round residents, beautiful beaches, and a few museums.
It is a popular place for trekking, exploring the sea caves, visiting the over eighty churches on the island, and relaxing on classic white sand Greek beaches. Recently, I spent a week on Kimolos Island with my friend at the Kimolos Blue Hotel, at Aliki Beach near the town of Chorio.
Kimolos Blue Hotel
The Kimolos Blue Hotel is a small boutique hotel set amongst pristine Cycladic landscape. The hotel looks very traditional, with the typical Cycladic architecture and casual island chic design. It has just eleven rooms on the property, all of which are seamlessly integrated into the landscape without compromising either the scenery or the luxury and comfort of the rooms. All of the rooms face the garden and swimming pool.
The swimming pool is surrounded by a traditional Cycladic garden. There are shady olive trees with hammocks swinging underneath them and lounge chairs that run along the length of the pool. Bright blue and white umbrellas also offer shade from the hot sun.
Breakfast is served at the Blue Tavern, the onsite restaurant that also offers a full-day Mediterranean menu. The daily breakfast consisted of ladenia (traditional olive bread), Greek pies, fresh fruit, yogurts, cold meats and cheeses, breads and pastries, and fresh juices and coffee. Other dining options can be found at The Windmill Hotel and Bonatsa Beach House. The Windmill Cafe and Bar offers a variety of local treats and snacks, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails. Bonatsa B3 Beach Bar has a small food menu and offers refreshing drinks throughout the day.
Rooms at Kimolos Blue Hotel
The rooms are modern, however they feature elements of traditional blue and white Greek design and furnishings. Kimolos Blue Hotel has six standard double rooms, three superior double rooms, and one each twin and triple rooms. All rooms feature a pre-stocked minibar, Nespresso machine and coffees, a kettle, branded bathroom amenities, large shower, complimentary wireless internet, a large flat screen television, and a laptop size safe deposit box. The rooms open up to the garden and swimming pool through individual private entrances and all have a semi-private terrace with comfortable modern chairs.
It is highly recommended to have a car while exploring Kimolos. Despite its small size, there are a lot of hidden beaches, churches, coves, and tiny enclaves to see. Kimolos is volcanic in nature, meaning lots of hills! Having a car ensures you’ll have time to see it all. The concierges at each of the Aria Hotels can arrange car hire from My Kimolos Car.
Kimolos Blue Hotel belongs to the Aria group of hotels. They have eight different properties on the island of Kimolos as well as a number of hotels across the Aegean. Each of the eight hotels on Kimolos has housekeeping, branded bathroom amenities, concierge service, parking, and restaurant access. Aria has several restaurants and bars, and a car rental company. It’s very important to have a car on the island, otherwise it will be difficult to truly experience the beauty of Kimolos. Here are the other Aria Hotels on Kimolos.
The Windmill is a five-room boutique hotel located within one of Kimolos’s restored windmills. The property lies on a cliffside overlooking the port of Kimolos at Psathi and emphasises the local Cycladic architectural traditional in a modern manner.
Milaki is near the port of Psathi and the town of Chorio. It is a small, six-room hotel with larger family rooms that come with sofa beds in addition to queen-size beds.
Bonatsa Beach House
Bonatsa Beach House is a three-bedroom hotel at the popular Bonatsa Beach. All three bedrooms have direct access to the beach. There are a lot of restaurants and bars at Bonatsa Beach, including the Aria Hotels B3 Bonatsa Beach Bar.
Alikaki is a three-studio property perfect for families. Each of the three studios has a fully equipped kitchenette, double bed, sofa bed, spacious living area with a flat screen television, and a patio beautiful views of the coast. Alikaki is located atop a small hill, only 600 metres from Aliki Beach.
Thalassa Beach House
Thalassa Beach House is a private house on the beach, about 2 kilometres from Chorio town. It has one double bed, bunk beds, a fully equipped kitchenette, beach chairs and umbrellas, and a flat screen television.
Aria Kimolos Residence
The Aria Kimolos Residence is a two-bedroom holiday home near the entrance of the Chorio town. It is ideal for two couples on holiday and has a fully equipped kitchen, spacious living room with a flat screen television, a large verandah, and views over the sloping hillside to the coast.
Psathi Blue comprises three residences near the entrance to the port of Psathi. Each house can accommodate two or three people. They are all equipped with double beds, living spaces, verandahs, and televisions. Psathi III also has a fully equipped kitchen.
We absolutely loved exploring Kimolos. The island is full of unique churches, gorgeous beaches, and impressive hiking trails. I recommend staying at the Kimolos Blue Hotel on your visit to this beautiful, traditional Cycladic island.
I was a guest of the Aria Hotels but as always opinions are my own.