Avaton Luxury Hotel & Villas
When the owners of Avaton first stumbled on Komitsa Bay, they were so captivated by its unspoilt natural beauty that they bought a plot of land stretching down to the sea on which to build a summer house. More than 20 years later, the chic and discreet resort that they eventually created here still has that feel of a hidden gem. With Mount Athos almost on the doorstep, it’s a stylish base from which to explore a less-trodden part of Greece, though you could be forgiven for staying put and soaking up the peaceful atmosphere.
That sense of blissful seclusion is what makes Avaton such an alluring place, and it’s maintained by some clever touches. There’s no communal swimming pool, to keep noise to the minimum; the majority of rooms have their own little pool with a double sun lounger beside it, and there’s a fabulous private beach, too. The restaurants and bar are for residents only, so you’ll never have to wait too long for your next dose of creative Greek cuisine. As for the activities and experiences, they have a distinctly tailored-to-you appeal. At the wellness and beauty beach cabana, there are personalised massage and body rituals; you can do yoga one-to-one on the beach or floating on the water; or exercise with a personal fitness coach. You can book a Unique Experience: a candlelit dinner for two on the beach, a floating massage or a private cinema screening, perhaps. The resort even has its own yacht for leisurely private cruises around Mount Athos itself.
There are just 36 rooms, suites and villas at Avaton. The look is elegant and calming with cool white tones offset by splashes of warmer hues, clean-lined soft furnishings and subtle artworks; this is beach chic at its contemporary best. If you think sea bathing is the only kind worthy of the name, the lack of a private pool won’t put you off the Deluxe Room with Sea View, One Bedroom Suite with Sea View or Two Bedroom Suite with Sea View. For everyone else, the choice will depend on the size of your party, starting with the Deluxe Room with Private Pool that’s plenty for two to the wonderfully spacious Two Bedroom Residence with Private Pool.