Surrounded by the glittering Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades Archipelago,
Paros promises everything frazzled parents could wish for in a Greek island
holiday – lovely sandy beaches washed by crystal clear sea, whitewashed
villages festooned in bougainvillea and picture-perfect fishing harbours with
welcoming tavernas around the quay. The four, privately owned Kallisti Villas are
ideal for families to drop and flop in peaceful surroundings with views of the
sea and feel the stresses of the daily grind drift away.
Kallisti Villas are set in 4500 square metres of typically Mediterranean
terrain, featuring olive and fruit trees, wild flowers, lavender and aromatic
herbs. Each villa also has its own
garden area and large shaded stone terrace with luxury loungers and patio
furniture for relaxing and eating al fresco, gazing across the sea to Naxos.
Architecturally, the villas are in the traditional, half white-washed,
half stone Cyclades style and finished to reassuringly high standards
throughout. The interiors are cool and airy, with muted decor, tasteful
furnishings and lovely little touches such as twinkling tea lights, lanterns
and occasional lamps to create romantic mood lighting after the little ones are
in bed. The kitchen/dining areas are open plan and well equipped with modern
appliances and baby gear, while the living areas have comfy sofas, flat screen
TV’s, DVD players, Wi Fi and iPod dock on request. The bedrooms are relaxing and
simple, featuring wrought iron bedsteads, master beds, crisp linen and
shuttered windows to help parents enjoy as long a lie-in as possible!
Kalisti Villas comprises one 4-bedroom villa (Rodia), two 3-bedroom
villas (Daphne and Elia) and a 1-bedroom villa with a sofa bed (Myrtia).
Villa Elia sleeps 6 guests plus babies in
cots which can be provided. The villa is split on two levels with the
living/dining area and kitchen on the entrance level, along with one double
bedroom and a shower room with WC. The lower level comprises a second double
bedroom, a twin room with single beds that can be joined together and a bathroom
with a bath, overhead shower and WC.
Kallisti Villas are set in a rural
residential area on the edge of protected beaches of Santa Maria on the north
east tip of Paros. The fine sandy bays are walking distance from the villas
(400 metres), including the world class Santa Maria surfing beach, Mikri Santa
beach with shallow waters ideal for toddlers (better than any pool), a scuba
diving school, beach bars, tavernas and a grocery shop. Greek tavernas are
famously welcoming to families but guests can also enjoy the local specialities
at the villa by phoning up for a takeaway (you will have to pick it up yourself).
The second biggest town of Naoussa is 10
minutes by car, described as one of the most beautiful fishing ports in Greece!
It has retained its authentic charm and character, despite attracting increasing
numbers of tourists, with countless quayside tavernas to enjoy the catch of the
day and boat taxis to hop to local beaches.
Parikia, also known as Paros town, (20
minutes by car), is the capital of the island and the main port for ferries and
catamarans arriving from other islands. The old quarter and market street
provides a bustling heart of the town and numerous restaurants line the
Besides enjoying the fine beaches, activities
for families on Paros include aqua parks at Naoussa and Parikia, day boat trips
to islands such as Naxos, Santorini and Mykonos, sea discovery snorkelling
programmes specially for children and horse riding treks.
Nearest Medical Services (GP & A&E): Naoussa (10 mins) or Parikia
are currently no direct international flights from the UK to Paros but domestic
connections are available from Athens. British Airways and EasyJet have
seasonal flights from the UK to Santoríni and Mýkonos, where onward travel to
Paros is by ferry or catamaran to Parikia. Ferry and catamaran services also
run from Crete.