Calilo is on this Greek island and worth the price

Calilo, carved from the native rock, is surrounded by azure sea, a 1,000-acre conservation area, and a six-mile golden sand beach. This 30-suite retreat is located in a quiet area of ​​Ios, a beautiful Cycladic island not far from the liveliest islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Imagine an oasis of tranquility where art and nature are in the heart of a historic landscape dotted with olive trees.

It all started with a family’s dream and now Calilo is a peaceful retreat and innovative conservation initiative. Their vision as a family is to preserve, protect and nurture this fascinating land, allowing others to experience the mesmerizing magic of the island and share the family’s dream of living there. Every aspect of the home, from its stunning architecture and interior design to its impressive collection of artwork and installations, is a manifestation of this vision.

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The magnificent accommodations of Calilo


Calilo can be customized to suit your every need, whether it’s complete seclusion, stunning bay views or easy beach access. There are 30 luxurious suites, all uniquely decorated and furnished with polished marble. Each one- to three-bedroom villa features unique amenities, such as stunning ocean views, proximity to the beach, a private pool, swim-up bar, or comfortable sofa bed.

The EOS collectionThe two exclusive suites can be booked separately, or all four can be connected to accommodate up to 12 guests. This collection, designed for families and groups looking for private yet engaging accommodation, is named after the ancient Greek goddess of dawn. It features large marble interiors, one-of-a-kind water features and waterfalls, stunning sunrise views over Pappas Beach, and a private entrance and parking.


The suite The sea of ​​smiles, named by Michalopoulos for its emphasis on water, is located on a hill in Calilo, offering panoramic views of the resort and beach. Water is a significant theme in design, which includes everything from carved wave walls to one-of-a-kind water features. The 1,800-square-foot suite contains three bedrooms, all of which have private bathrooms with large soaking tubs, and can accommodate up to six people. The suite’s 2,700-square-foot outdoor space features a seating area, waterfall, outdoor natural rock shower, and two swing beds. Unique to this property is a private pool that covers more than 500 square feet and built with over 65,000 pieces of marble.


The Passage to Love suite it is close to the Sea of ​​Smiles. The one-bedroom apartment, overlooking gardens and mountains on one side and the beach on the other, gets its name from its standout feature: a 25-foot-long water passage leading to an indoor cave pool . The 800 square foot suite features a master bedroom with an attached marble bathroom, making it ideal for honeymooners. The nearly 2,800-square-foot outdoor area includes a vast marble pool created from over 55,000 pieces, an outdoor shower, and a rocking double bed leaning against a waterfall.

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The resort’s charming rock pools

In a remote region overlooking the ocean, there are three distinct pools, each built in the natural stone environment and offering a unique beach and dining experience. The pools, typically sheltered from the sun and wind by the surrounding vegetation, are ideal for small gatherings of 30-50 people who appreciate seclusion. The two Dreamers Heart Rock Pools are heart-shaped, while the third is more conventionally round.

Private bathrooms and kitchens are included, plus a living space with dining table, butler for catering and bottle service, massages, and everything from swinging double beds to Calilo’s signature swings for lounging. Rock Pools guests have unlimited access to the beach, where they can take walks or hop on their golf carts to explore the area. The Rock Pools are a beautiful setting for any celebration and are trendy for marriage proposals and stag / hen parties.


Hotel guests have breakfast on reservation, required and subject to availability. Initial rental fees for the property and staff start at EUR 600. The Rock Pools, built with carved and molded natural rock, are a testament to the family’s commitment to preserving the natural beauty of Ios. In 2022, Calilo plans to unveil up to 12 different Rock Pools, increasing the number of luxurious features available to guests.

Calilo offers unrivaled cuisine

Room service is available 24 hours a day for guests who prefer to relax by their private pool and snack on artfully prepared exotic fruit. Even if their accommodation does not have a private pool, they can still relax in the sun and have a cocktail while their butler brings a selection of traditional Greek tapas and mezze plates. In addition, the refuge’s restaurant serves a wide range of Greek and European cuisines, both classic and modern, prepared with products from the resort’s organic garden.