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Greek Getaway

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This summer, to the under-the-radar Greek island of Antiparos, came The Rooster, a brand-new boutique hotel. More than merely a resort, The Rooster is the vision-become-reality of one woman driven to create a destination with depth, value and relevance to today’s traveler. 

Set the Scene

Conceived as a wellness and lifestyle resort that embraces “slow living,” The Rooster has been designed with unpretentious aesthetic luxury in mind paired with excellent service, all while providing a holistic mindfulness escape. It is a retreat for the discerning traveler that celebrates the soulful Greek island through sustainability, wellness, organic food, learning and fun. Cloistered between the pristine sandy beaches of the Aegean coastline and the dramatic landscape of the Cyclades, The Rooster exists in complete harmony with nature. It has an enchanting raw beauty with sustainability at its heart, all the while working in harmony with the local community. 

The Vision 

The story behind The Rooster is as special as the place itself. The hotel is a complete passion project, thoroughly thought out to the very last detail by an inspiring woman — founder and owner Athanasia Comninos. Comninos is passionate about Antiparos and safeguarding it. Her mission with The Rooster is to foster respectful tourism on the island by creating a safe haven for those who appreciate thoughtful travel, art, culture and life’s simple pleasures. 

Space & Privacy 

The Rooster is all about space and privacy: just 17 individual houses of differing sizes, each one with its own independent character. With four different layouts to choose from, each is complete with ample space, private gardens, its own freshwater pool and outdoor showers. Overlooking landscaped gardens or the sparkling Aegean, they all feature furnished terraces and spacious sundecks. Antiparos’s calm, laid-back vibe is infused throughout, creating a warm, homely environment with interiors inspired by the raw natural beauty and rustic charm of the surrounding scenery. Casual, yet sophisticated, natural materials such as wood, marble and cotton complement the soothing color palette. Understated elegance, privacy, simplicity and comfort are the leading values of The Rooster’s design philosophy. Comninos worked closely with Vois architects and was instrumental in developing the concept and interior design of the property. 

A Feast For the Senses 

Physical and emotional well-being, as well as environmental awareness, lie at the core of The Rooster’s philosophy. The property’s farm-to-fork philosophy celebrates seasonal, homegrown ingredients. Many of the traditional and regional recipes served at The Restaurant contain fruits and vegetables picked straight from the farm. Fresh fish is brought in daily by the island’s fishermen, and cheeses, free range eggs and spirits are all procured locally and exclusive to Antiparos and Greece. Guests can visit the farm, learn about traditional farming techniques and pick indigenous vegetables and herbs to make their own meal before partaking in interactive outdoor cooking sessions with a local cook. While The Restaurant is the food hub of the resort, the Secret Garden is an intimate, romantic experience reminiscent of the traditional courtyards found within Cycladic houses. With small pebbles and lights that dance across the tables, this is a secluded place to drink and dine under the stars. 

House of Healing

Wellness lies at the heart of The Rooster’s ethos. The House of Healing adopts a holistic approach and has been designed as a peaceful sanctuary for relaxation, relief, recharging and rejuvenation. The team introduces guests to custom-made treatments using pure organic products and specially-guided rituals that draw on traditional ancestral and ancient medicine. These rituals embrace the primary ways of healing: sound healing, sacred gong bath ceremonies and a Greek ceremony of fire and celebration of the elements are a handful of the incredible experiences on offer. There are two treatment rooms in the spa, and treatments can also be performed in the privacy of guests’ suites. Additionally, there is a yoga pavilion offering complimentary yoga and meditation during a stay. Rooted in the splendid landscape, The Rooster eliminates stressful time restrictions, fosters quality of sleep and nurtures meaningful human contact. This is a place to arrive, completely relax away from the stresses of everyday life and leave feeling renewed. 

Island Life

While Greece continues to be one of Europe’s most popular tourism destinations, The Rooster deeply respects its environment and prioritizes the authenticity of Greek island life and delivering a unique experience to each of its guests. Tucked away within the crystal-clear waters of the southern Aegean, Antiparos is one of the most secluded and exclusive islands in Greece. Its alchemy is restorative and elemental, making it an attractive destination for those who do not seek an active social life, but prefer privacy and serenity instead. Rich with natural beauty, golden sandy beaches and a verdurous landscape full of cedar trees, the island remains unspoiled and has managed to stay largely off the radar. Antiparos lies in the heart of the Cyclades, less than one nautical mile from the larger island of Paros, the port to which it is connected by a local ferry. The Rooster is located on Livadia Beach, 6 kilometers from the port of Antiparos. 

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