The Rooster: the hidden gem on the Greek island Antiparos
What better way to enjoy the good life under the sun in an authentic retreat that celebrates welness & nature on the unspoilt Greek island of Antiparos. On June 1st the brand-new boutique hotel, The Rooster, will open its doors to welcome its guests to a place of rejuvenation, inspiration and deep relaxation. Let’s take a peek inside this new welness and lifestyle resort with an enchanting raw beauty and sustainability at heart.
The Rooster: the hidden gem on a tiny Greek island
The Rooster - © The Rooster
Conceived as a wellness and lifestyle resort that embraces ‘slow living’, The Rooster, on the ‘under-the-radar’ Greek island of Antiparos, pairs unpretentious aesthetic luxury with excellent service. Cloistered between the sandy, unspoiled beaches of the Aegean coastline and the dramatic landscape of the Cyclades amidst open fields and the mystical caves of Antiparos, The Rooster exists in complete harmony with nature. It has an enchanting raw beauty with sustainability at its heart while working in harmony with the local community. Founder & Owner, Athanasia Comninos is passionate about Antiparos and safeguarding it, and her mission with The Rooster is to foster respectful tourism on the island.
Space & PrivacyOverlooking the landscaped gardens or the sparkling Aegean, all 17 individual houses, each with its own independent character feature ample space, private gardens, a freshwater pool, outdoor showers, furnished terraces and spacious sundecks. Casual, yet sophisticated, natural materials such as wood, marble and cotton complement the soothing colour palette. Understated elegance, privacy, simplicity and comfort are the leading values of The Rooster’s design philosophy.
A gourmet seasonal feast
The Secret Garden - © The Rooster
The property’s ’farm-to-fork’ philosophy celebrates seasonal, homegrown ingredients, and 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, while cheeses, free-range eggs and spirits are all procured locally and exclusive to Antiparos. Guests can visit the farm, learn about traditional farming techniques and pick indigenous vegetables and herbs to make their own meal in interactive cooking sessions en plein air 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 the Cycladic houses. With small pebbles and lights that dance across the tables, this is a secluded place to drink and dine under the stars.
Welness at the House of Healing
The Rooster - © The Rooster
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 and rejuvenation. Custom-made treatments using pure organic products, and specially guided rituals that draw on traditional ancestral and ancient medicine to embrace the primary ways of healing: sound healing, sacred gong bath ceremonies, a Greek ceremony of fire and celebration of the elements are a handful of the experiences on offer. There are two treatment rooms in the spa, and treatments can also be performed in the privacy of guests’ suites. There is also a yoga pavilion offering complimentary yoga and meditation to completely relax, away from the stresses of everyday life.
Private Pool - © The Rooster
While Greece continues to be one of Europe's most popular tourism destinations, The Rooster deeply respects its environment and holds paramount the authenticity of Greek island life. Tucked away within the crystal-clear waters of the southern Aegean, Antiparos is one of the most secluded and exclusive islands in Greece, making it an attractive destination for those who do not seek an active social life, but 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 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 a true safe haven for those who apreciate thoughtful travel, art, culture and life’s simple pleasures.
By Marjolaine LOVES