On the well-trod trails of the Cycladic circuit, Paros is an open secret. Its mountainous terrain is dotted with crisp white buildings and surrounded by a technicolored Aegean Sea, thanks to a high mineral content in the water. On the north of the island, close to the picturesque fishing town of Naoussa, Parilio Hotel will be opening its doors late-June on Kolympithres beach.
The sister property of Istoria on the neighboring island of Santorini, Parilio will be Kalia and Antonis Eliopoulos’ fourth hotel for which they’ve tasked Athens-based Interior Design Laboratorium yet again to create magic. Known for their holistic approach to architecture and design, the studio is well-known for its ability to cull the essence of a location into a pure, timeless design. At Parilio, they were inspired by the surrounding sea and rocky landscape while converting a 55-room hotel from the 1980s to a light-filled 33-suite hotel. And, so walls were torn down and arches used strategically to recall Paros’ monastic architecture. An earthy palette of clay, ocher, ivory, and sienna underline the simple minimalist furniture that were mostly custom-made in collaboration with local craftspeople.
The hotel restaurant will be in the hands of celebrated chef Alexandros Tsiotinis, whose modern take on Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is already generating a lot of buzz at Istoria. A series of landscaped courtyards here create an ethereal link from the old to the new. Interior Design Laboratorium sum up their approach best: “The environment and the people of each location, the light, the energy and the landscape, the good or bad architecture, the history, are the most significant impressions of an initial approach to creation of an inspired design identity.” And inspired it is, indeed.