Thoughtfully created by a family who’ve owned land on the island for years, The Rooster is a remote collection of low-slung Cycladic houses made from wood and whitewashed stone, built around a wholesome farm-to-fork restaurant (The Rooster has its own farm to supply produce), an open-air bar, secret garden and breezy wellness area. Plus, it’s only 50 metres from a beautifully wild and remote beach of the kind you always long to find on holiday.
What sets this hotel apart is its high standard of accommodation and rustic-luxe interiors on an island as sleepy as Antiparos. In our experience, you normally need to head to more developed Santorini or Mykonos to get this level of attention to detail. But such development attracts crowds, whereas Antiparos remains low-key, rugged and dreamily authentic. So in essence, you can really get the best of both worlds here.
The atmosphere at The Rooster is relaxed and unpretentious whilst maintaining a high quality of experience from the beach picnic hampers to holistic treatments at the spa – and you’ll find this understated detail echoed throughout the 11 suites and five two-bed villas, with a décor taking inspiration from the locale – woven baskets, rattan furniture, smooth flooring, exposed beams and muted, earthy colours. Outside, patios come with jade green pools, al fresco showers and sea views.
The Rooster is the perfect place for a private and peaceful holiday where you can take the slow lane: traditional Greek breakfasts, beach picnics, late afternoon swims and breezy dinners under a star-strewn sky at this masterfully serene hotel.