White Line Hotels has picked up the family run Kea Villas, a fresh intimate collection of traditional styled private island houses created for the independent self catering holiday seeker. Set at the pinnacle position of the sleepy Chora of Ioulida on Kea (Tzia) in the western Cyclades, it is close to the islands of Syros, Tinos, Kythnos and Mykonos.
The pace of life here is decidedly gentle, long an insiders bolthole of the nearby Athenians (just an hour from Lavrio), an island famed for slow living, natural beauty, deep character and tonic for the good life.
The cubist houses are elegantly dapper, whilst retaining a firm sense of lovely localness and quiet personality. Sober, pared back boutique interiors adopt a modern crisp and novel mode. A canvas of sun bleached whites and muted shades frame and capture the Aegean in a relaxed tone.
Fab. unspoilt beaches, lush oak forests and an aged cobbled Chora built to the form of an amphitheatre with the characteristic “Stegadia” roofed courtyards, sets a quiet rhythm for slow living, leaving you somewhat spellbound.
At the family run Kea Villas, it is about soaking up island life, the vibe is all about the luxury of chilled casual living, a tonic to put <slow> back on your agenda as you gaze at those breathtaking views and ponder about the good life.
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