LUX Autumn 2018

112 In this pastel painted village called Kokkari, there is a pristine pocket of seclusion nestled on the hill called Hotel Cattleya. Recently, Hotel Cattleya were selected in LUXlife ’s 2018 Global Luxury Travel & Tourism Awards as the Most Outstanding Luxury Boutique Hotel – Greece. Following their success, we profiled the fine establishment, and spoke to owner, Renee Caretsos who reveals more about the luxurious hotel. Hotel Cattleya is an enchanting boutique hotel providing a bespoke approach to Greek luxury, each of its seven rooms are named after someone special and precious to the owner and designed using classical colours and tones. Each room has a beautiful terrace giving exceptional views over the nearby coastline, the village around the hotel and the wonderful beaches: truly a heavenly spot for a romantic and intimate trip in the North Aegean Sea. There is nothing more important to us than creating your very own piece of heaven. The establishment promise their guests a personal and luxury experience. Hotel Cattleya’s unique furnishings are certainly far from traditional. Designer buffs can expect colonial chic and will appreciate an antique whisky tray table, ostrich feathered throws, and an Italian 1950’s love seat. The all-time favourite, a custom made 12-seater dining room table - where owner, Renee, loves to invite her guests for impromptu homemade dinners or a glass of local tonics. Kokkari village is thought by many to be one of the best hidden gems in Europe and beautiful beaches caressed by the deep blue waters of the North Aegean are only 50m away, so guests at Hotel Cattleya really don’t have to go much further to tantalise their senses. This is a perfect place for both an intimate relaxing getaway. The owner, Renee, and her very capable team are available to cater to your every whim, including exclusive hire of the entire hotel for those celebrating a special occasion. In addition, Hotel Cattleya offer a delectable continental breakfast on the 1808LU34 patio, surrounded by the beautiful blue sea. Each day brings together new flavours of traditional Greek tastes, including smooth creamy homemade yogurt with seasonable mouth-watering fruits, as well as freshly baked traditional breads and pastries straight from the oven. In the evenings, enjoy the Greek cuisine available in the many wonderful local tavernas and end the meal sipping the famous Samos dessert wine - the ultimate love potion in liquid form, and the perfect accompaniment to your romantic night to follow. Recently, Hotel Cattleya were righteously awarded the accolade Most Outstanding Luxury Boutique Hotel – Greece. Speaking of the win, Renee is keen to highlight what this means for the hotel and what the internal culture is within Hotel Cattleya. “Hotel Cattleya is very honoured to accept this award. Also, it is platforms of this nature that allow us to measure ourselves and ensure improvement where ever necessary. “We are a small team with great respect for each other and the ethos of Hotel Cattleya. All daily activities are prepared for in advance if possible, and the balance of tasks on the day executed with efficiency and great care. Supervision is applied constantly and I, as the owner, am very hands on and supportive. Training is of the utmost importance and each staff member is equipped with all the necessary information and methods.” Looking ahead to what the future holds for the award-winning establishment Renee highlights positive growth as one of the main factors. “Moving forward, an exciting event for us is the growth of our airport. By 2020, it would have expanded into a connecting airport, providing a vast increase in the number of visiting tourists to Samos and Hotel Cattleya.” Contact: Renee Caretsos Company: Hotel Cattleya, Samos, Kokkari, Kokkari, 83100, Greece Telephone: 00 30 2273092809 Web Address: Hotel Cattleya: Classical and Enticingly Quaint Retreat