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  • Writer's pictureMirko La Rosa

A Luxury Retreat at Calilo, Ios: An Unforgettable Experience


Nestled in the scenic island of Ios, Calilo Resort is more than just a luxury hotel; it is a slice of paradise on Earth. From the moment you step onto the property, you're met with an elegant blend of natural beauty and man-made sophistication, all designed to offer the ultimate luxury experience.


It's not often that you stumble upon places that are as enchanting in reality as they are in your dreams. Ios Island, nestled in the heart of the Aegean Sea, is one such place, and it beckons with an allure that is hard to resist.

From the moment the ferry docks, Ios greets you with a captivating charm. Unlike the more frequented Greek islands, there's a sense of tranquility in Ios. It's as if time slows down here, allowing you to soak in every sunbeam, every wave's ebb and flow, and every whisper of the Mediterranean breeze.

The beaches are, without a doubt, the island's crowning jewels. While Mylopotas Beach is the most popular with its golden sands and clear blue waters, there are quieter, more secluded spots like Manganari and Agia Theodoti that offer pristine beauty and solitude. Every beach visit was complemented by spectacular sunsets that painted the sky in hues of orange, pink, and purple.

The island is not just about its natural beauty. The Chora, or the old town of Ios, is a maze of narrow alleys, whitewashed buildings, and quaint chapels. Each corner tells a story, each building holds a secret. Venturing a bit further, the ancient ruins of Skarkos offer a glimpse into the island's rich history.

While Ios has a reputation for being a party island, it's much more than just bars and nightclubs. Yes, the nightlife is vibrant, with beach parties and bar crawls, but there's also a cultural side to the festivities. Traditional Greek music nights, local festivals, and dance events offer an immersive experience.

The culinary delights of Ios deserve a special mention. From local tavernas serving traditional Greek dishes to upscale restaurants with a modern twist, there's something for every palate. Fresh seafood, locally grown olives, and the island's special cheeses were among my personal favorites.

Ios Island is a paradox – it's where serene beaches meet lively parties, where ancient ruins coexist with modern amenities. It's an island that caters to both the soul-searcher and the fun-seeker. If you're looking for a destination that offers a bit of everything – relaxation, adventure, culture, and gastronomy – Ios is the place to be. This Aegean gem might not remain "undiscovered" for long, so make sure it's on your travel bucket list!

What we liked most

Here the top 5 points we absolutely loved about Calilo

  1. Natural Integration: Calilo's design philosophy embodies an unyielding commitment to environmental harmony. Every nook and corner feels as if it has been carved out of nature itself, rather than built upon it. The conscious effort to maintain the island's pristine beauty, from preserving native trees to using local materials for construction, adds to the hotel's charm and appeal.

  2. Unmatched Privacy: The design of Calilo ensures that despite being a part of a larger resort, each guest feels as if they have their own private sanctuary. This dedication to providing personal space and solitude in a luxury setting is unparalleled. Whether it's the secluded beach spots or the private terraces, Calilo offers peace and tranquility in abundance.

  3. Artistry and Aesthetics: Beyond the practicalities of luxury and comfort, Calilo stands out for its art. The sculptures and installations scattered across the property are not mere decorations; they tell stories, evoke emotions, and provoke thought. Each artwork is carefully curated to enhance the aesthetic experience of the visitors and to merge with the natural beauty around.

  4. Eco-Consciousness: In an era where luxury often comes at the cost of the environment, Calilo bucks the trend. Their dedication to sustainability, from waste management to energy consumption, reflects in every aspect of the guest experience. It's a reminder that true luxury is about coexisting with nature, not dominating it.

  5. Local Experiences: Beyond the confines of the resort, Calilo offers guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in the local culture and traditions. From guided tours of ancient ruins to workshops on traditional Greek crafts, the resort ensures that guests can engage with the essence of Ios.

By expanding on these aspects, visitors can truly grasp the holistic luxury experience that Calilo offers. It's not just about relaxation and indulgence; it's about a deeper connection with the environment, art, culture, and oneself..


Calilo has currently only 35 suites (even if they are building even more). Not one suite is identical to another and they all have multiple swimming pools. You can sing at this link all the different Suites types

Calilo Suites seamlessly blend traditional Cycladic aesthetics with modern luxury. The architecture resonates with the island's characteristic charm while introducing contemporary elegance to cater to the discerning traveler.

Suites Interiors: detailed craftsmanship is evident in the suite interiors, with high-end furnishings, plush bedding, and state-of-the-art amenities that ensure a comfortable stay. The suites offer breathtaking views, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the beauty of Ios without compromising on comfort.

Food & drinks

When it comes to culinary delights, Calilo truly stands out, offering guests a fusion of tastes, atmospheres, and unforgettable experiences:

  1. Main Restaurant: At the heart of Calilo's culinary journey is the Main Restaurant. Here, diners are treated to a harmonious blend of traditional Greek flavors and international dishes. The chefs take pride in sourcing only the finest, freshest ingredients, ensuring that every plate becomes an artwork of taste and presentation. Whether it's a classic Greek salad, a Mediterranean-inspired seafood platter, or a dessert crafted with local produce, the Main Restaurant promises a feast for both the eyes and the palate.

  2. Beach Bar: Nestled by the pristine shores of the Aegean Sea, the Beach Bar is Calilo's oasis for relaxation and refreshment. Whether you're seeking a cool drink to beat the midday sun, or a hand-crafted cocktail to wrap up your evening, this bar caters to all. The sound of the waves, combined with a curated list of beverages, creates the perfect setting for relaxation and conversation.

  3. Sunset Lounge: Epitomizing romance and tranquility, the Sunset Lounge offers guests an unmatched view of the island's mesmerizing sunsets. As the sky paints itself in hues of oranges, pinks, and purples, guests can unwind with expertly mixed drinks, complemented by light bites. It's not just a lounge; it's an experience, inviting visitors to pause, reflect, and truly soak in the magic of Ios

Services and facilities

At Calilo, the commitment to ensuring an unforgettable stay for its guests is evident in the plethora of world-class amenities and activities it offers:

  1. Spa & Wellness: Step into a sanctuary of tranquility at the Calilo Spa, where every detail is designed for ultimate relaxation. Offering a diverse menu of treatments, each tailored to individual needs, guests can indulge in therapies ranging from traditional massages to contemporary holistic treatments. Using only the finest organic ingredients and products, expert therapists ensure that each session rejuvenates the mind, body, and spirit, leaving guests feeling refreshed and revitalized.

  2. Private Beach (Papas Beach): Experience the epitome of relaxation on Calilo's pristine private beach. Reserved exclusively for guests, this serene stretch of golden sand is a haven for those seeking a tranquil retreat. Complete with luxurious loungers, guests can bask in the sun while enjoying the soothing sounds of the waves. With dedicated staff on hand, every need is catered for, be it a refreshing drink or a soft towel, ensuring a truly unparalleled beach experience.

Our experience

Our stay at Calilo was nothing short of magical. Every moment, from waking up to the sound of the waves to dining under the starlit sky, was an experience in itself. The staff went above and beyond to ensure our comfort, and every need was catered to with a smile. What truly stands out is Calilo's commitment to sustainability without compromising on luxury. It's a testament to the fact that luxury and environmental responsibility can, indeed, go hand in hand. We left Calilo with our hearts full of gratitude and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Key info

Location: Ios, Greece

Hotel website:

Instagram: @calilo_ios


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