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With more than 35 startling beaches as well as coves with golden sand and cerulean waters, the beautiful island of Ios in the famous Cyclades Archipelago in Greece is considered one of the top islands with the best beaches in all of the Mediterranean. Thus Ios has been chosen for many film productions such as "The Big Blue (Le grand bleu)" filmed at Manganari beach as well as "Ginger and Cinnamon (Dillo con parole mie)" that was filmed throughout the beautiful beaches and other scenic locations of Ios. Resembling another film setting the private estate situated on Papas beach offers a haven of serenity and relaxation amidst the dramatic natural surroundings. The beautiful beaches of Kalamos, Manganari and Tris Eklisies and Plakes are situated nearby. The collection of private lounging areas at the beaches of Chamouhades and Pikri Nero right next to the Manousou beach invite vacationers to unwind in privacy. Closer to action next to the Chora and Ios port we have beaches of Koumbara and Mylopotas the only commercially developed beaches in the island. All travelers visiting the island of Ios should look forward to embrace the Ios beach experience.
LuxurIOS Island Experience is a Greek owned tourism project that develops, owns and operates hotels, beach estates, villas, lounges and organizes authentic life experiences in the island of Ios.
This project was born out of love for our country with a vision to promote sustainable tourism in Greece and contribute our mental, emotional and financial resources to protect and promote the cultural and natural heritage of Ios.
Following a long effort, a significant amount of land was purchased in the island creating one of the largest private holdings of still unspoiled beach front land in the Mediterranean .
Our aim is to use a very low-impact, environmentally sensible approach to sustainably develop only a very small portion of the land that we own leaving 95% of it undeveloped, so that Ios’ natural beauty, unspoiled beaches, sense of place and Greek island cultural heritage continues to thrive for future generations of locals and visitors alike.
Only a small collection of villas, lounges and boutique hotels will be developed based upon environmentally-friendly design and construction, working closely with the local community thus providing direct economic benefits through responsible tourism development.
An integral part of the project is the offering of authentic island life experiences designed to expose guests to IOS's incredible beaches, stunning landscapes and local products in privacy, luxury and comfort.
Our sustainable development philosophy principles:
During the construction process all the materials we use, except wood, iron, glass and cement and some of the marbles, are produced locally.
The uniqueness of this is that our venues are built out of materials that are extracted from the ground of the actual building site and we are fortunate that some of our sites are significant stone- marble quarries offering distinctively different color and quality of marble and even stone-granite.
Local craftsmen manually cut and carve the extracted stones, while the lower quality ones are grinded by a stone-processing machine to produce sand, gravel and plaster to be used as the building/finishing materials such as concrete, plaster, etc. They then lay by hand and construct each one of the venues, some requiring millions of the crafted stones, employing painstaking but authentic and traditional building techniques.
The swimming pools, patios and open ground surfaces are also constructed in the same way by adding thousand of marble pieces crafted by hand and put together similar to a giant puzzle aimed to create a unique finished product in yet another painstaking building process.
As of today we have planted well in excess of 55,000 trees. The most rewarding was saving and replanting more than 500 ancient (300+ year old) olive trees destined to become firewood. We bought them, professionally and carefully uprooted them, transferred them by trucks and boats from the mainland and lovingly tended to their old and beautiful trunks and roots, gave them a second life and a new home.
There is no exposed infrastructure anywhere on our properties. All electric or telephone wires and all cables are carefully dug underground to ensure that they do not visually pollute the environment. We feel and hope that this very costly undertaking will serve as an example in protecting the environment.
All the water from the daily cleaning of the venues and various water features is recycled in separate waste management reservoirs to be used for the watering of our trees.
Storm water management and harvesting is in the forefront of our land development philosophy. Every venue of ours has very large (for a total of 8.500 cubic meters) underground water reservoirs to collect water during the rainy season and consume it in the summer tourist season. Some properties have additional water reservoirs built at high points for irrigation through gravity and fire protection in case of wild fires.
In order to protect the marine life and the surrounding waters from illegal fishing and other activities we have donated the only boat the Coast Guard of Ios owns. To ensure safety for the local community and the tourists we have donated to the police a 4X4 car. To protect the island from wild fires we have donated a fire track to the municipality of Ios. We financially support the local medical center. When needed, we provided significant financial assistance to the Ios cooperative of shepherds.
Last July in the middle of the Greek crisis and capital controls Luxurios brand which includes the luxury hotel Agalia Suites, Pathos Lounge and Free Beach Bar engaged an agency from South Africa Travel Concept Solution and enlisted the help of GNTO and Aegean Airlines to bring to IOS and play host to two global first time events
A. The first ever TRAVEL MASSIVE ISLAND UNCONFERENCE https://travelmassive.com/events/travel-massive-island-unconference-greece
an innovative global gathering and island social hub of about 40 creative tourism professionals from all over the world , including consultants, managers, guides and content creators. The goal was to learn the story of Luxurios brand, their goals for future sustainable development and how new media might help to tell that story.
The event write-up can be found at Travel Massive
B. A new social media campaign #LifeOnIos was launched involving 10 video creators from (UK, Spain, USA, Brazil) who were invited for a week to Ios to create content promoting Ios and the Luxurios story to the world.
The success of this campaign was such that Travel Concept Solution has created a #LifeonX concept for other destinations http://news.gtp.gr/2015/09/08/lifeonios-new-destination-marketing-concept-interview-simon-lewis/
The result was the creation of a powerful social media campaign with articles, photos and 30 videos with more than 150,000 views https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLLhLjar8tSd9SsBhmlAW_nx_LF2gyDLAX
A series of music events were organized during this period by Luxurios that included bringing some of the http://www.pathoslounge.com/en/events-ios-santorini-kyclades
[Posted in nationalgeographic.com in Sep 19 2014]
As a new generation of Greeks reclaim their heritage,they’re looking past overtouristed islands like Mykonos to quiet stunners such as Ios. Reachable only by boat(including a daily ferry from Santorini), this 42-square-mile island in the Cyclades archipelago largely retains itstraditional way of life. Shepherds guide flocks throughthe fertile valley of Epano Kampos and along mountainfootpaths. lts oldest archaeological site, Skarkos, datesfrom the third millennium B.C., and the 16th-century monastery of Pyrgos sits below the island’s highest peak. Dirttracks lead to more than two dozen pristine beaches,which veteran philhellenes call some of the finest strandsin the Aegean. “We saw what happened to other Greekislands transformed by overdevelopment. We’re determined to save los from that fate,” says Vassiliki Petridou,president of Luxurios Island Experience, a local eco-resortcompany. In the only town on the island, Chora (a hippiehaven during the 19705), guests stay in laid-back lodgings ranging from the chic new Agalia Suites, a 14-roomboutique hotel, to family—run guesthouses on narrowstone walkways. Tavernas serve grilled squid, horta (wildgreens), and local wine. Even when backpackers descendin August, nature reigns supreme across the is|and—muchas it did in Homer’s time.-COSTAS CHRIST
TIP: SIP PLOMARI ouzo AT FREE BAR on MYLOPOTAS BEACH,A ONETIME HIPPIE HANGOUT THAT STILL DRAWS WANDERERS.
This piece, written by National Geographic Traveler Editor at Large Costas Christ, appeared in the magazine’s August/September 2014 issue. Follow Costas on Twitter @CostasChrist.
[Posted in tourismawards.gr in Apr 06 2016]
from left to right: Yiorgos Bourtzos - Managing Director, Vassiliki Petridou - Owner, Dimitris Tryfonopoulos - General Secretary of GTO
The general secretary of the Greek Toursism Organization, Tryfonopoulos Dimitris presents the bronze price in the "Strategy and Innovation" segment of the 2016 Greek Tourism Awards to Luxurios Island Experience president Vassiliki Petridou and managing director Yiorgos Bourtzos for the work of Luxurios in promoting the destination of Ios island around the world
[Posted in usatoday.com in Jan 17 2016]
Now more than ever, solo travel is gaining popularity, as the travel industry has seen a steady increase in single travelers in recent years. According to a study by Visa, one in five travelers set out on their most recent vacation alone. Not only do these types of trips enable travelers to meet new people and gain some independence — they're an ideal way to explore these nine exciting destinations in the upcoming year.
[Posted in telegraph.co.uk in Feb 11 2016]
“The lyrical loveliness of Ios is reviving,” says Bethany Hughes. “The epic poet Homer woke up to a ‘rosy-fingered dawn’. Well, Ios is said to be the island where the bard saw his last sunset. In the Pathos Bar beautiful people in minute swimwear serenade the setting sun here – not to Party Rock Anthem but with Nessun Dorma. Expect acoustic concerts, sculpture trails, a full-blooded celebration of the fruits of the Mediterranean. Epic enjoyment in both the ancient and modern sense.”
[Posted in natgeotravel.com in Mar 2016]
The pristine shores in the collection of islands, the Cyclades archipelago offer one of the best water-inspired trips around the world National Geographic Travel.
Agalia Luxury Suites received an overall rating of 4.94 out of 5 in the 2015 SLH annual report (its first year membership of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World) . This was one of the 10 best scores out of 520 SLH member hotels around the world.
[Posted in express.co.uk in May 07 2015]
The Canary Islands and Balearics may be the most popular resorts for British sunseekers but they are way down the list for the quality of their accommodation, the study found.
[Posted in Telegraph.co.uk in Dec 23 2015]
Now we’ve all signed up to save the planet, a few people have to physically make this happen. A Greek philanthropist and philosopher-king has just bought a third of the unspoilt Cycladic island of Ios – to preserve its staggering natural beauty and to allow people to love the living of life, luxuriously and responsibly. Some 95 per cent of the land is going to remain untouched.
The 35 species of wild orchid, the unique cedar forest and indeed the local shepherds look like they might be safe.
Development will include private villas best reached by boat – there’s already a boutique hotel and two super-classy beach bars where every last door handle has been designed by the island’s visionary owner or is made from local materials by island craftsmen. Ios now sings with an unabashed delight in the beauty of body and soul.