Skiathos, Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel, a stylish contemporary resort on the Greek island of Skiathos, has slashed the price of its Double Rooms to just €79 (£58) per night in May for bookings made by 30 April. The deal is a saving of about 40 per cent on the usual lead-in rate of €132 per night.
But guests snapping up the special offer will find Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel has more to offer than a bargain break in a destination where the strong pound will also stretch holiday spends even further. The resort is part of the Kivo Skiathos Collection, which is dedicated to creating memory-making holiday experiences across the island, celebrating local nature and culture, in tune with the new Greek government’s call for tourism to go beyond the beach.
New events and activities for 2015 will include masterclasses in tasting new-age Greek wines and pairing them with dishes prepared by the team behind one of the hotel’s two restaurants, Kivo Greek Creative Restaurant, which is overseen by celebrity chef Giannis Baxevanis.
At Kivo Art Gallery in nearby Skiathos Town, holidaymakers will be able to enjoy a changing programme of exhibitions showcasing new and established Greek artistic talent, including ‘Seascapes I’, by the photographer Argiris Zafeiridis.
Plus guests will be able to find even more ideas about what to do around the island – from hiking to scuba diving – in the Collection’s free, full-colour magazine, Skiathos Traveller. The print version is available at the hotel and the magazine can be read online at skiathostraveller.com and by downloading the app for iPhone or iPad.
Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel mixes the personal touch of a boutique hotel with the services of a grander resort. Spread across a sequence of white cottages with red-tiled roofs, within 15 acres of gardens, the hotel is set on a hill surrounded by olive groves and pine woods, just outside Skiathos Town. It has 38 double bedrooms, as well as a pair of romantic two-room suites, one with its own infinity pool.
Interiors are tastefully decorated in white and soft pastels, reflecting the natural colours of the island, and each has been luxuriously re-furnished for the summer season, all now featuring king-size beds. Also new for 2015, two more “art rooms”, to add to the existing four, will be unveiled. Greek artists, including the photographer Argiris Zafeiridis and the painter Kostas Komninos, have been commissioned to create imaginative spaces for guests seeking inspiring lodgings.
Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel has a bar featuring Greek craft beers, and two restaurants. Kivo Greek Creative Restaurant offers an innovative menu of dishes using traditional ingredients – some grown in the hotel grounds – created by the award-winning chef Giannis Baxevanis, whose many accolades include Chef de L’Avenir from the Académie Internationale de la Gastronomie in France. Kivo Modern Asian Restaurant draws the inspiration for its menu from Japan, China, Thailand and India.
Other facilities at the hotel include adult and children’s swimming pools, a sun terrace with views over the Mediterranean, a gym and wellbeing treatments. Guests also have access to a private area on nearby Mikros Vasilias beach, where sunbeds, towels, drinks and snacks are provided. The hotel makes and sells its own line of artisanal products, too, many locally sourced, including olive oil, red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, herbs, honey and soap.
Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel is open from 1 May to 10 October 2015. Minimum stay five nights.
To book, visit www.kivohotel.com or call +30 24270 22407. Follow developments at Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel on Twitter @kivoskiathos, facebook.com/kivoskiathos, pinterest.com/kivoskiathos, YouTube, and Google+.
Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel is a family-run property owned by Antonios Maniatis. The hotel, which is just 4km from the island’s international airport, underwent a three-year renovation which was completed in 2010 and is currently implementing a plan to upgrade and expand facilities, due for completion by 2016. The hotel is licensed for weddings.
Kivo Art & Gourmet Hotel was awarded The Green Key from the Foundation for Environmental Education in 2013.
Direct flights to Skiathos are operated throughout the season by Thomas Cook Airlines and Thomson Airways, and via Athens by Aegean Airlines.