Acron Villas, Paros
Perched on a rugged hill overlooking boulder-pocked Kolymbithres Beach, Acron Villas resembles an authentic Parian walled neighbourhood. Dominated by its traditional stone walls and the clean, crisp lines of its whitewashed buildings, this all-villa escape (with two, three, four or five-bedroom options) proudly boasts one of the finest settings in all of Paros – all-encompassing views of the Aegean Sea, the port of Naoussa and its cream-coloured beaches are guaranteed from every one of its hideaways.
Their interiors are both classy and minimalistic: an intentional design choice not only to keep the limelight on the spectacular Paros scenery but to act as a smart blank canvas so your days can remain blissfully without structure amid the island's all-day sunshine. Fully kitted kitchens and private terraces with huge private pools only add to the feeling of tranquil independence among these sequestered escapes, where time doesn't fly but you're still having fun.
You aren't completely alone, though: butlers are on hand for anything you need, while private chefs are available should you want an evening away from the kitchen. The traditional tavernas found close by are another tasty meal in waiting and it's this proximity to authentic Paros that's Acron Villas' greatest asset. Languid fishing villages, caramel-hued beaches and local life are never more than a sunny stroll away.
Acron Villas is a collection of 24 two, three, four and five-bedroom whitewashed villas encased within traditional stone walls and overlooking Kolymbithres Beach. Each one is blessed with eye-popping panoramas of the shimmering Aegean Sea and this is reflected in the title of every room type. Each one is named after a shade of blue: turquoise (our favourite, naturally), sky, indigo and azure.
The wide variety of bedrooms make these villas great options for every type of traveller, whether you're honeymooners seeking romance-laden seclusion, a group of friends or a family looking for a safe, fun base from which to have a memorable holiday. Inside, every villa is adorned with whitewashed walls, with charcoal-hued window and door frames. Straight, clean lines are a marked contrast to the cave-like archways and curving ceilings of the accommodation found on its Cycladic sisters Santorini and Mykonos. Light woods, charcoal and navy colours add stylish splashes throughout the spacious living and dining areas spread across at least two floors, while the fully-kitted kitchens come with everything you need to conjure fresh Greek dishes during your stay.
Back outside, every villa also boasts a giant terrace and swimming pool (complete with striped sunloungers) from which to fall in love with the stupendous views over Paros and its glittering coastline.
Your fully fitted kitchen is the perfect blank canvas for you to whip up your own Greek classics, with an oven and cooker, coffee machine and fridge. However, you're on holiday at the team at Acron Villas completely understands if you fancy a night off or two from the cooking. That's why the villas' concierge service can deliver gourmet meals to your door on request, or if you'd prefer the full experience, you can hire a private chef to cook up tasty favourites in your own kitchen.
But Acron Villas' perfect position in Paros shouldn't be ignored and there are a number of fantastic traditional tavernas within a short walk away that would be perfect for lunch or dinner.
We can imagine it must be tempting just to lie beside your huge private pool all day and admire Paros' idyllic scenery but its fantastic location is also an irresistible invitation to explore the island's wider treasures. A hire car would be a great option so you can see as much of the island as possible.
Kolymbithres Beach is only a few minutes' walk away and its cream-coloured sands and unique granite formations are a beguiling backdrop to base yourself for an afternoon. Monastiri beach, just 4km away, is a slender sandy curve hemmed in by imposing rocky hills where you can relax or enjoy one of the many organised water sports on offer here. The 800-acre Paros Park lies just behind the beach and its rock formations, walking trails, secret coves and monastery make up a hidden corner of Paros few know about.
Beyond the beaches, the fishing village of Naoussa is only 5km away and we'd heartily recommend wandering its labyrithine lanes for a day, where you'll stumble upon its trendy boutiques, artisanal delicatessens and authentic restaurants lining the seafront – the latter great choices for a traditional lunch or dinner.
Though there isn't a dedicated spa at Acron Villas, the concierge service can arrange for a number of spa treatments to take place in the privacy of your villa.
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