Dear guests, business partners, and friends,

As a result of this unprecedented crisis and the unavoidable circumstances arising out of the continued spread of COVID-19 worldwide, on March 14, 2020, the Greek Government decided the temporary closure of seasonal hotels and similar establishments in Greece until April 30, 2020 (source: www.et.gr ΦΕΚ857/Β/2020).

At Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, we recognize that these are unsettling times and we assure you the safety and wellbeing of our partners and guests is of utmost importance. Our season opening is being postponed in accordance with authorities’ orders until further notice.

We remain calm and advise you the same. Be cautious, follow closely the authorities’ orders and preventative measures, keep positive and methodically prepare for the day after. This too shall pass.

Considering the uncertainty at play, we have adapted our booking conditions and cancellation policy to reflect the evolving nature of this pandemic. As such, we have created "Kallichoron Travel Flex" policy, applicable to all prebooked and new reservations with check-in date until June 30, 2020, offering free cancellation up to 7 days before arrival, as well as free rescheduling option where needed. A full refund of any prepayment will be applied, free of any cancellation costs in situations where the guests/travelers request it.

For the time being, Astypalea remains case free and we are liaising closely with the authorities while following the World Health Organization (WHO) for updates to ensure the safety of all partners and guests and will update this communication regularly.

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by this unprecedented event and we deeply appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments around the world who are on the front line working to contain this situation.

We sincerely hope that things will get back to normal as quickly as possible. At the same time, we follow the government’s guidelines, and we strongly encourage everyone to do the same.

In this reality, we are aware of travelling comes secondary. Thank you in advance for putting your trust in Kallichoron as you plan for future travels. Why in the meantime, don't you read some of our blog posts for Astypalea, and have something to look forward to for your next holiday in Greece?

Whenever you travel, we will wait with open doors and open hearts to receive you.

In the meantime, feel free to get in touch via phone, WhatsApp/Viber, or email for any further information or question.

Stay safe,
The Kallichoron team.

“Kallichoron receives the Gold Hellenic Responsible Business Award for its Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Initiative “Kallichoron Room2Give” at Pireos 138 Benaki Museum!”

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel received the Gold Hellenic Responsible Business Award in the category of Collaboration with the local Communities for its Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability Initiative “Kallichoron Room2Give” for actively supporting the local community projects with special focus on Astypalea’s younger generation, but also the protection of the environment and the responsible use of the available resources.

The Hellenic Responsible Business Awards is the first significant initiative of promotion and reward of Greek Businesses, who choose to do “the right thing” and lead by example by implementing actions on a daily basis to protect the environment, to support marginalized communities and to empower life-long learning. The ceremony took place in the Pireos 138, Benaki Museum on February 24, 2020, and was presented by the journalist Elena Papadimitriou. The chairman of the jury was George Vernicos, Economic and Social Council of Greece. Among the winners of the evening were Vodafone, KPMG, Mitilineos Group, Lafarge and Hellenic Petroleum, while Mr. Adonis Georgiadis, Minister of Development and Investment, addressed the audience and welcomed the awarded initiatives for their activities.

“We are delighted to receive this award, which is special to us, as it reflects our commitment to work towards sustainable tourism, support local community and welfare. Purpose defines the identity of a business and the reason it exists, forming the benchmark to every decision. At Kallichoron, and as we grow as a hotel business, what drives everything we do is our collective and individual commitment to operate in a responsible manner and in line with our values. The trust of our guests, community and our people place at Kallichoron, alongside our high standards to ethical behavior, is fundamental to our actions and this award encourages us to work harder." said Maria Mavroudi, co-founder and General Manager of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel.

This award reflects our commitment to work towards sustainable tourism, support local community and welfare.

Carolina Alkalai, co-founder and Hotel Manager of Kallichoron continued "This award is yet another incentive to continue offering great, innovative services to our guests, in a sustainable manner, and with responsibility. Thank you for your support all these years, and we hope we don’t ever disappoint!” 

Συνολική τουριστική εμπειρία που δεν επιβαρύνει το περιβάλλον, προσφέρει στην τοπική κοινωνία και περιλαμβάνει συναναστροφή με τους ντόπιους, γνωριμία με τον τόπο και τις παραδόσεις του.

The honorary plaque was designed by children that are participating in the programs of ActionAid’s Epikentro center which supports people facing financial problems and social exclusion.

Τα βραβεία φιλοτεχνήθηκαν από παιδιά που συμμετέχουν σε  προγράμματα εικαστικών του Επίκεντρου της ActionAid.

Notably, Kallichoron has also been awarded for Best Greek Hotel at the Greek Tourism Awards that were held last year at the famous Golden Hall, known as the Nobel’s Hall, in Stockholm. Nevertheless, Kallichoron‘s personalized breakfast service known as “Grandma’s Breakfast” was also named Best Greek Hotel Breakfast at the Greek Hospitality Awards 2019, taking place on 22nd February 2019 in Athens.

We love beach accessories and premium beach towels. This year at Kallichoron, find the excellent quality beach towel "astypalea by Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel", made of 100% Greek cotton by Sun of a Beach and uniquely designed by 2eggsProject for your most stylish appearances on the beach!

The Greek company Sun of a Beach designs premium beach towels and beach accessories inspired by the Greek summer, the golden beaches and bright sun. All products are handmade, designed and produced in Greece in high quality and aesthetic.

At Kallichoron Shop you will find, among other things, the full Sun of a Beach summer collection of handcrafted beach bags that you will fall in love with at first sight!

For more information and orders, click here.

Sun of a beach soft beach towel

  • Light and absorbent can be used as a towel, a head wrap, a pareo, or even worn as a shawl after the sun sets. The only limit is your imagination!
  • Size: 95cm x 160cm
  • 100% Greek cotton
  • 30 degree machine wash
  • It comes with the limited-edition burlap bag "Kallichoron" that is perfect as a beach bag

Price: 45,00€

At Kallichoron, we care deeply about the people and the environment in which we live. In line with our environmental policy "Kallichoron Goes Green" we aim to achieve perfect operation regimes that work in perfect harmony with the environment of Astypalea Island.

Every day, our guests enjoy premium, freshly-brewed TAF coffee. With "Kallichoron Green Stories" we promote the reuse of the used coffee grounds that we produce daily. We join forces with TAF Coffee and with the support of the Hellenic Society for the Protection of Nature (HSPN) you can now pick up free bag of used coffee grounds to reuse. Did you know that there are a number of clever uses? You can enrich your plants when you get home from holidays or make a body exfoliant and many more before you empty in the trash. Earth loves us and we do too at Kallichoron!

In a most glamorous night for the Greek Hospitality Awards 2019, on February 22 at the Athenaeum Intercontinental, Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel received a new distinction; the Silver Award in the category of “Best Greek Hotel Breakfast” for its unique personalized breakfast offering “Grandma’s Breakfast”.

The Greek Hospitality Awards were realised for the 5th consecutive time by Ethos Awards and the finance and business portal banks.com.gr and rewarded the best practices of Greek tourism. The awards are held under the auspices of the Hellenic Tourism Organization, the Ministry of Tourism, the Association of Greek Tourist Enterprises, the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels, the Panhellenic Federation of Hoteliers and HATTA.

For more information, please contact us at: press@kallichoron.gr.

 

 

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel has received a new distinction, the Golden Award in the category of “Best Boutique Hotel” at the Greek Travel Awards 2019, for its unique service of authentic Greek hospitality offered to travelers.

In a most glamorous night, the Greek Travel Awards also known as the "Nobels” of Greek Tourism, rewarded the best practices of Greek tourism in the Scandinavian market. The award ceremony took place at the famous Nobel Prize Hall at the Blue Hall of the City of Stockholm on February 14, 2019.

Maria Mavroudi, General Manager of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, said: "This award is validation of the quality of the service we offer at Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel. But we do not stop here. This distinction means more work, to continually improve the tourist product and innovative service we provide, and love and passion for what we do."

For more information, please contact us at: press@kallichoron.gr.

 

It is beyond question that plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world. Each day, millions of plastic straws are disposed and hotels are some of the worst offenders. Microplastics are one of the most common items found on beaches, are pretty small and lightweight, can’t be recycled and are frequently mistaken for food by marine animals, causing the death of hundreds of seabirds and marine mammals annually.

This year, Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel says no to plastic straws! In an effort to eliminate pollution caused by plastic and, Kallichoron joins the global momentum that has built in recent months to contribute towards a more sustainable and more socially responsible environment. Plastic straws have been banned from the hotel’s operations and have been replaced by biodegradable paper ones. This is a significant environmental milestone for Kallichoron to serve its guests in a more sustainable way.

Eliminating plastic straws builds on the environmental sustainability program “Kallichoron Goes Green” that is in place since 2015 and further drives the hotel’s efforts to reduce environmental impact from its operations.

“We are of the mind that every little bit helps. Together we can effect real change so that the future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.” said Carolina Alkalai and Maria Mavroudi, Hotel Managers of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel.

Read more about Kallichoron Goes Green here.

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, being a Green Key eco-labelled hotel, makes a step further and becomes the first and only hotel in Astypalea to be certified as "Bike Friendly Hotel" by NATTOUR, offering facilities specially designed for the cyclists and hikers.

Bike Friendly 2 min

The feeling of discovering a new place, area or road riding on a bike is magical. Whether you are in a competitive or exploration mood, discover Astypalea on your bike with the backdrop of the endless blue of the Aegean. A destination perfectly suited to plenty of pedalling and dips in the sea!

Kallichoron Breakfast

Read more about “Kallichoron Goes Green here.

 

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel's management team attended the 4th "Best Practices in Customer Service" Conference organised by Boussias Communications on Thursday, March 22nd, 2018. It runs under the auspice of the Hellenic Institute for Customer Service, with more than 250 senior executives taking part.

"How does good customer service, create the right conditions in order to win "the mind and heart" of your customers?"

In response to the above question, Maria Mavroudi, Hotel Manager of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, presented a case study on the importance of Branding in diversifying the travelling offering, reasons why personalised and innovative services matter, and the importance of creating authentic travel experiences.

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel, proud sponsor of Vivliodromies 2017 book reading contest, participated in the award ceremony that took place on Friday, 15th December 2017 at the Eugenides Foundation in Athens.

Contributing to the progress and welfare of the local community plays an integral part of Kallichoron's philosophy. Principally with the "Room2Give” Corporate Social Responsibility Programme - established in 2015, the hotel donates a percentage of each booking earnings to a number of social responsibility initiatives, mainly for children and young adults.

Eleftherios Geitonas, General Principal of Geitonas School and initiator of Vivliodromies, addressed the students and urged them to become "laborers, and defenders of a united Greek society to save [our] Greece. Vivliodromies breathe the dreams and visions of literaries, and interpret their reflections. We congratulate all the children that participated and wish them good luck. Furthermore, we congratulate the teachers and the parents that encouraged their children to cooperate. We thank Ms. Maria Mavroudi from Kallichoron who envisages great things for Astypalea. Congratulations on the investment she makes for her birthplace and in the new generation”, quoted Mr. Geitonas.

Ms. Maria Mavroudi, co-founder and Kallichoron's general manager, in her speech urged the children to dare, dream and passionately seek their own vision and move “the small world, the Great” forward as the Greek Nobel-winner poet, Odysseas Elytis, said. She congratulated all the participants including the ones receiving a distinction in Vivliodromies 20017 and declared "proud of this Knowledge and Culture unison. We feel double proud that with the backing of the Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel’s Room2Give CSR initiative as well as the unwavering support of Geitonas Schools, the students of Astypalea will also participate in Vivliodromies”. Likewise, she thanked Geitonas School, Maria-Christina Ktistaki, President of the School Parent Group and the teacher, Giorgos Kiousis for their support.

The Geitonas School Parent Group was an active participant, with the President Maria-Christina Ktistaki declaring touched by the children's eagerness for learning and development. “In the age of rapidity and image, philanagnosia (love of reading) helps our children to dream and travel to unknown places. We have the obligation, as parents, co-readers and supporters, to establish the environment within which they can express themselves creatively, with the hope that our children will evolve into smart, good and happy people.”

Georgios Kiousis, a teacher and coordinator of the programme, stated an advocate of Kallichoron's efforts and proud "that the literary company from this year onwards will include Astypalea as well. We thank Maria Mavroudi, who ventures and aspires to make the school children “travel”, injecting life to her hometown."

The ceremony was attended by a large number of students and parents from all over Greece and Cyprus, and you can watch here a part of it.

Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel is awarded at the Tourism Awards 2017 and received the Bronze Award at the category "Personalized and tailor-made experiences" for its proposal "Turning the hotel accommodation to a unique experience"!

A big thank you to the Kallichoron’s team for their commitment and continued efforts in our business, where travelers experience outstanding hospitality and authentic Mediterranean tastes on Astypalea Island. This award is a reinforcement to continue offering a great service to our guests.

The team of Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel in a discussion with the journalist Popi Tsapanidou for the Green Marketing Excellence Award 2015 that they received for “Grandma’s Breakfast” as a means of promoting sustainability and green practices in the Hotel Industry through an innovative program for a traditional and eco-friendly breakfast menu.

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Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel receives the Green Marketing Excellence Award 2015 for “Grandma’s Breakfast” as a means to promote sustainability and green practices in the hotel industry. This award is a reinforcement to continue investing on Green practices and offer a great service to our guests.

At Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel we recognize the significant contribution of books in the mental development of preschool children. We are proud to contribute by donating books to the lending library and encourage children to read and develop their imagination.

Kallichoron strives to work with the community in a meaningful way.

A cultural expedition at Kallichoron Art Boutique Hotel and "Aegean Melodies" art exhibition to meet the artist Gefso Papadaki for an introduction to her fine and beautiful art.

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