Property spotlight / Sifnos

    Verina Astra - Sifnos, Greece

    With Aegean blues that stretch to the horizon, Verina Astra is clasped to Sifnos’ cliffside.

    Raw and natural in its setting, Verina Astra, located on sleepy Sifnos, is perfectly positioned for ocean panoramas, facing a vast expanse of the Aegean, ideal for those that love to gaze at the sea, watching the shimmering, mesmerising colours that change from dawn to dusk.

    The lowdown

    • Best For

      Verina Astra has an 8+ policy so couples tend to come here to enjoy the peaceful grown-up atmosphere

    • Getting There

      With no airport, you can take a ferry from Athens or Santorini or make Sifnos part of a Cycladic island-hopping itinerary.

    • Good to Know

      High summer’s heat makes it a no-go for some, although there’s often a sea breeze here. Spring and autumn are cooler, quieter times to visit.

    Hewn into the cliffs, the collection of stone suites are almost in homage to the radiant setting outside, with a pared-back and subdued interior design that uses a range of local natural materials, such as hessian, straw, stone, wood and raw linen yet put together with style and comfort in mind. Colours are muted in lead greys, olive greens and mottled cream, matching the wild, sparse landscape outside. Double doors open up to reveal shady terraces and soft outdoor seating.

    Carved into a terrace nearby, a colour-matched Aegean-blue infinity pool is set alongside the bluff, creating a dramatic yet relaxing place for a dip. Here you can order meze platters poolside from the kitchen or head up to the shady Bostani Restaurant & Bar which serves wholesome food, decorated with fragrant herbs and flowers from the garden.

    If you can tear yourself away from this blissful scene, Sifnos has lots to discover, with a wonderfully traditional Greek atmosphere, and veritable foodie scene. With no direct flights to the island, Sifnos remains sleepy and low-key. Nearby Artemonas, around a 25-minute walk from Verina Astra is a traditional village full of charm, with winding lanes that reveal tiny churches and little cafes. We recommend lunch at Margaritas restaurant – order the Greek salad and chickpeas balls.

    If you’re a beach lover, Sifnos will not disappoint. One of our favourites is Vathi, a curved stretch of beach on Sifnos’ southwest coast, with plenty of space to spread out. Head to the end of the beach to discover a traditional beachside taverna Tsikali, and with your feet in the sand and a beautiful view to admire, you’ll be served delicious fresh fish, dips, salads and countless other Greek treats. Back at the hotel, relax on your private terrace as the sun sets, toasting your good fortune to have found such a calm and beautiful spot.