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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Infinity pool

    Sleek styling

    Sea views

  • Kids will love


    Private pools

    Tennis court

  • Don’t expect

    To arrive by plane

    Kids club



The buildings of the all-white Anemi Hotel on Folegandros look, from a distance, like giant sugar cubes overlooking the turquoise Aegean. And, once you get up close, this Greek-island getaway guarantees a family holiday as stylish as the views are stunning.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Anemi Hotel with us:

A welcome drink and snacks on arrival


‘'The welcome is warm and traditionally Greek (like the island itself) and staff has that amazing knack of being invisible when you want them to be, then suddenly appearing as soon as you need them'’

Smith & Family


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Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece

Need To Know


44, including 12 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm, but flexible subject to availability.


Double rooms from £160.20 (€180), including tax at 13 per cent.

More details

Rates generally include à la carte breakfast, local taxes and return transfers from the port or heliport. Children Under-12s stay in cots or extra beds in their parents’ rooms free; older kids stay for €70 a night.


The hotel – and rocky Folegandros itself – isn’t particularly brilliant for pushchairs (or wheelchairs), but Anemi’s public areas are all technically accessible on wheels.

Hotel closed

25 September to 20 May.

At the hotel

Pool, restaurant, tennis court (also used for games of football and basketball), gym, kids' cinema, DVD library, free WiFi in common areas.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player, free wired internet, minibra and air-conditioning. Some suites have a Nespresso coffee machine.

Our favourite rooms

The split-level Family Pool Suites are huge (sleeping six), with separate living spaces – each also has its own small private pool, iPod dock and Nespresso machine. Premier Standard rooms have a great amount of outdoor space and can take an extra bed, but be aware that some parts of the balcony have low walls. All rooms have a kitchenette area, with a small electric cooker, sink and ample worktop space, so you can feel like you’re living in your very own Greek villa. Some first-floor rooms are a bit tricky to access with a pram, but if the hotel’s quiet you may be able to leave it downstairs.


The children’s pool is the most family-friendly place to splash; it's manned by lifeguards, and armbands and inflatables are available on request. If the little ones are in the kids club, you can lay out your lounger by the hotel’s more grown-up clifftop infinity pool (children aged 10 and over can swim here too) to take in the stunning Aegean views.

Book ahead

Book babysitting at least a day in advance.


Pets are welcome by arrangement, and will be greeted with a basket and food bowl.

Food and drink

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Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece


Expect innovative dishes based on Aegean favourites, such as orzo with langoustines and lemon zest. The small, intimate restaurant is a slick space decorated in dark shades, in contrast to the hotel’s gleaming white exterior. It also extends outside, around the main pool. And, there’s no need to dress up for dinner: jeans or even shorts are fine.

Family fare

Highchairs and colourful, ancient-Greece–themed placemats await young diners, who are welcome in the restaurant at any time. The children’s menu includes straightforward favourites such as home-made pizza and chicken nuggets. Staff members are very accommodating; don’t be afraid to order off-menu when it’s quiet.

Hotel Bar

Sip a mojito with mint leaves freshly picked from the hotel’s garden in the poolside bar while you watch the little Smiths swim. There’s a lengthy cocktail menu (and an extensive array of whiskies) and if you’ve got any special cocktail requests, the accommodating barman will happily help.

Last orders

Tuck into breakfast from 8.30am to 11am (use your kitchenette if you’re early risers), and after that you can eat lunch or dinner any time before 11pm. The last drinks are poured in the restaurant and bar at 11pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    Sit outside by the pool, where there are larger tables with sofa seating and plenty of space for a pram or pushchair to pull up alongside.

  • Room service

    Order anything you fancy from 8.30am to 11pm.


    Request a lunchtime hamper and borrow a parasol to take on your daytime travels.


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Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece

Parent approved

‘'The welcome is warm and traditionally Greek (like the island itself) and staff has that amazing knack of being invisible when you want them to be, then suddenly appearing as soon as you need them'’

Smith & Family


Babysitters are available for €15 an hour; book at least a day in advance.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Playground

For older children

• Car booster seats • PC • Games consoles • Playground • Tennis kit


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Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece

Things to do

Indoors and out, there’s plenty of room for fun: there are two swimming pools, an indoor playroom, an outdoor playground with swings and slides, a football pitch, tennis court… and a kids-only games room to relax in after all that running around.

Hotel activities

The main attraction is the children’s pool, but there’s also plenty of room to let off steam on the football pitch, tennis court or in the small playground – avoid the outside spaces in the middle of the day, because there’s little to no shade. You can hide out in the games room and play on the computers and consoles whatever the weather. Set up on the veranda, the open-air kids' cinema treats little ones to their favourite films; there's a healthy menu of snacks for them to order from, too.

And there's more…

The hotel can provide umbrellas and towels if you decide to venture out to nearby beaches; Livardi – the third beach down the coast from Anemi – is particularly pleasant.

Local Guide

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Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece
Smith tip

The island’s mediaeval settlement, Kastro, is an amazing clifftop spot with spectacular views.

Don't miss…

The fresh fish on offer at the Good Heart (+30 22860 41212), a very traditional, 100-year-old taverna, is excellent. Tucked away in an alley behind the port, the Good Heart is run by four generations of one family, including the great grandmother.

If your children are happy to hang out by the pool, at the tennis court and in the games room, you could easily get away with staying on property for your whole holiday. But, if you do want to get out and explore, the nearest village, Chora, is a 10-minute drive or bus journey and the small bays along the coast boast some small beaches. The port is a five-minute walk from the hotel, if you fancy popping into some of its small beach cafés and bars.

Folegandros is a relatively unspoilt island, where the main attractions are the views and the undiscovered beaches. The nearest shore to Anemi Hotel on the island’s eastern coast is a secluded but pebbly swimming spot, but there are plenty of sandy beaches surrounding the island, ranging from popular sun traps to hideaways you can only reach by boat.

For a day trip with adventurous older kids, get a glimpse of Chrysospilia, on the northeast side of Folegandros. The 300m cave, tucked in the edge of a cliff 30m above the Aegean, has ancient names (mostly male) scrawled into its walls, but currently it can only be viewed by boat.

For a grown-up evening while the young ‘uns are back at Anemi with a babysitter, Eva’s Garden (+30 22860 41110) is a beautiful restaurant in Folegandros town, which spills out on to the lane and into its small garden, scented with jasmine, lavender and herbs. The gourmet Mediterranean cuisine (made with locally grown ingredients) and stylishly romantic setting make Eva’s Garden an ideal date-night hideaway.

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Anemi Hotel
Karavostasis, Folegandros, Folegandros, 84011
Hotel setting

Unspoilt Aegean island

Getting There

The tiny, unspoilt island of Folegandros is one of the southwestern Cyclades, which dot the jewel-toned Aegean sea. Anemi Hotel is perched on the isle’s east coast.


The most convenient airport is on Santorini, 45 minutes from Folegandros via boat or 18 minutes away by helicopter. Fly to Santorini National Airport ( from international destinations including London, Manchester, Rome, Paris and Barcelona.


If you choose to rent a car (or a scooter) to explore the island, there’s free parking on-site (rent on the mainland and bring it over on the ferry). If you choose not to drive, the local bus should be all you need to get around tiny Folegandros.


Room rates include hotel transfers from the local port (five minutes away) or the nearby helipad. Boat journeys from the port of Piraeus in Athens take from four to six hours, and if you’re coming from Santorini the daily catamaran takes less than an hour (the hotel are happy to book transfers in advance, including a five-minute transfer between the port and the hotel). Check for up-to-date timings – the catamaran runs daily between June and 15 September. There are also daily connections between Folegandros and many of the neighbouring islands.

Parent travel tip

Be prepared with motion-sickness bands to keep little ‘uns from turning green on the 45-minute ferry ride from Santorini.


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Anemi Hotel – Folegandros – Greece

Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Anemi Hotel – has been selected and approved by parents.

If you’re seeking a relatively undiscovered alternative to bustling Santorini, its small sister island of Folegandros might be the ideal choice: the quiet Aegean outpost, less than an hour from Santorini by catamaran, is a perfect place to unwind. As for where to stay, five minutes from the port is the laid-back but luxurious Anemi Hotel. The welcome is warm and traditionally Greek (like the island itself) and the staff has that amazing knack of being invisible when you want them to be, then suddenly appearing as soon as you need them. The staff genuinely enjoys having children to stay (if you stay at the end of the season, you might find some of the their own little ones running around in the playground, too). It’s not just the people that make Anemi Hotel amazing: from the expansive Aegean vistas right down to the stylish furniture (Eames chairs abound), Anemi Hotel is endlessly easy on the eye. No matter whether you’ve spent the day relaxing in your suite or exploring the island, when you’re ready to start the night you can’t beat watching the sun set over the sea from your lounger by the clifftop pool, mojito with fresh-picked mint in hand. And while it’s certainly a chic hotel, it’s very much a family holiday hideaway.

Smith & Family

Dinner by the pool with a sleeping baby in her pram under the stars is a rare but beautiful thing for parents. Add to that all the perks of a chic Greek-island retreat, and just knowing that if our child threw a tantrum in any of the public spaces it wouldn’t be frowned upon – this is what really put us instantly at ease. The staff at Anemi Hotel have captured the art of being very hospitable but also allowing us guests just to get on with their holiday, knowing just when to disappear… Many of those that work here in fact have their own children living on site, so families are nothing but welcomed into a wonderful friendly atmosphere. Having said that, this stylish minimalist hotel has a seductive streak that also makes it perfect for couples. We were happy to get away from the bustling atmosphere of peak-season Santorini but here on its Cyclades sister island Folegandros we were still able to embrace local culture and beach-hop. What was special about this romantic hotelfor us was that there’s a dedicated freshwater children’s pool next to the adults’ pool, a playground area behind the hotel, tennis court and also a games room for when that Greek sun wasn’t working its usual magic.

Anonymously reviewed by Natasha Shafi, Smith Hotels

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