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Long, lazy days are as dreamy as they sound at Parilio Hotel
Paros

Parilio Hotel, Paros

With its crisp lines, polished archways and palatial colonnades, Parilio's sleek design is a stunning architectural labour of love. However, your stay here should be anything but. Time seems to almost slow to a stop, the unhurried metronome of Paros amplified in a cream-coloured cocoon where long, lazy afternoons are as dreamy as they sound.

The name Parilio is a fusion of Paros and Ilios – the Greek word for sun. Parilio provides the perfect setting from which to worship it, with the bright vitamin D-filled days lasting as long as you'd like them to. Here, your days begin with throwing open your wooden shutters in the morning and end with a cocktail in hand while admiring a handsome sunset. In-between, Parilio's cross-shaped pool is its pretty focal point and, shaded by two giant araucaria pines, the best place to base yourself. The two rock formations built into its sides are echoes of nearby Kolymbithres, whose boulder-studded white sand is regarded as the best beach in Paros.

Above all, Parilio is an authentic getaway whose roots are steadfastly planted in Paros. The earthy tones throughout the resort reflect the surrounding landscape, while its simple design is an homage to the traditional homes and monastries found on the island. Parilio's northern location means you're only a 10-minute from the narrow whitewashed lanes of Naoussa, too. But with the sun hanging over Parilio for what feels like eternity, we wouldn't knock you if you felt comfy soaking up the sun beside its heavenly pool.

Highlights

Parilio Hotel

Sleep
 

For such a heavenly place to stay, it feels apt that every room type at Parilio bears a celestial name like Halo or Aurora.

Like the rest of the hotel, every room is light and airy with a particular focus on a neutral palette of colours: russets, ochres and beiges complement the porcelain floors extremely well. Greek authenticity is splashed across each room, too, from the mix of vintage and contemporary furnishings and the modernist art. Embroidered wall hangings are also found above the beds.

Being Parilio, any opportunity to introduce a splash of sunshine is heartily taken. Big windows mean it floods into every room, while private outdoor areas are generously sized: palm-studded terraces accompany ground-level rooms and those on the first floor boast balconies equipped with hot-tubs. North African ceramic urns and potted cacti are lovely extra touches. Predictably, the extra private pools are reserved for the Sun rooms themselves.

Eat
 

Parilio's sole restaurant is Mr. E, named after co-owner Antonis Eliopoulos and whose cuisine offering is headed up by renowned Greek chef Alexandros Tsiotinis. He's taken several Greek classics and take them to a whole new level, adding contemporary twists without losing sight of Paros' love of good, honest traditional food.

Breakfast is a tasty mix of salads, breads, eggs and yoghurt, all accompanied by a selection of juices, smoothies and tea infused with Greek herbs.

Food is available throughout the entire day at Mr. E, with tasty daytime snacks including octopus souvlaki, croque monsieur made with Paros gruyere and soft-shell crab pittas. At dinner, you can expect dishes that heavily lean on island produce, from beef fillet marinated in local herbs to chicken fillet ballotine filled with xinomyzithra (sour cream cheese) and niokito (goat's cheese) served with purée made from potatoes grown on Naxos.

The Circe Bar lies poolside and serves a range of wellness-inspired cocktails and traditional Greek drinks and light bites straight to your sunlounger, so you don't need to leave your comfy spot.

Play
 

If you can muster the willpower to remove yourself from your sunlounger, then Paros is an island that is well worth roaming. It's a mere 15-minute walk to Kolymbithres beach, often named as one of the finest in Paros due to its cotton-white sands and striking rock formations jutting out of the shallow waters.

The picturesque fishing village of Naoussa is only a 10-minute drive away and its sugar-white cubed buildings, narrow lanes and royal blue shutters and doors shouldn't be missed. You can easily lose a day wandering its fashionable boutiques, artisanal shops and cosy tavernas which line the waterfront.

A little further away lies Lefkes, a postcard-perfect whitewashed village which sits snugly in an amphitheatre in the centre of the island. This is a village which has batted away the hands of time, its twisting alleyways still feeling supremely local as you navigate one bougainvillea-draped corner after another. Paros' capital, Parikia, is also worth visiting for its impressive 4th-century Byzantine monastery complex Panagia Ekatontapyliani.

Pamper
 

Parilio is home to the small-but-serene Elios Spa, which is located well away from the main hub of the resort. Comprising just two treatment rooms and a nail lounge, the spa is an intimate sanctuary with a menu brimming with all kinds of facials, scrubs and massages using traditional Greek ingredients such as Cretan crocus, sage and mountain tea.

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