Kea – Special “Aigis” Treatment

My boyfriend and I were recently lucky enough to spend 5 days at the beautiful Aigis Suites, which is a luxury boutique hotel situated on the small island of Kea in Greece.  Aigis features 9 individual suites, two of which we were lucky enough to experience during our stay.To arrive in Kea you need to take a ferry not too far from Athens.  For our journey we arrived at Athens Airport and took a 20 minute taxi ride to Lavrio Port where we purchased our ferry tickets for €12.50 each.  We had a couple of hours to kill so as Lavrio Port is very close to the Temple of Poseidon we decided to head there, check out the ruins and grab some lunch.  I am so pleased we took the time to view these amazing ruins from Ancient Greek times, I can’t believe that there’s anyone in this world who wouldn’t be effected by how majestic they are.  Not only are the ruins magnificent to view the site offers spectacular views all around Cape Sounion.  After a delicious lunch at a small Taverna on the beach at Attica we headed back to the port to take our ferry to Kea.The ferry to Kea only took an hour and we’re lucky as the sea was very calm so didn’t even feel as if we were on a boat and we soon arrived, where it was then a short 5 minute ride in a taxi to the Aigis Suites.  Upon arrival we immediately felt like Royalty thanks to Daniella and Lisa!  We were welcomed with freshly made smoothies and instantly blown away by the views from the bar and restaurant.  We had originally booked the Korali Suite which we were shown and were very happy with but as a lovely treat we were upgraded to the Ammos Suite which made us even happier πŸ™‚ .  The suite was all white, light and luxurious with 180 degree views of beautiful Kea which could viewed from our own private terrace.  The room included lovely extras such as toweling bathrobes, flip flops, beach bag and local Greek toiletries.At this point I had been awake for nearly 24 hours due to being far to excited to sleep the night before, but being the trooper I am I washed, unpacked and we headed to the hotel restaurant to sit and enjoy the sunset.  We soon became friends with Nontas the brilliant Barman at Aigis.  He described the menu of the day to us and offered a refreshing yet lethal cocktail which soon helped replace my tiredness with tipsyness!  The food was delicious with local produce used and to top this off we had the most beautiful setting for the sunset, I was in heaven! We chased the meal with a Greek spirit called Tsipouro which you have chilled in a shot and follow with a slice of cucumber. Strong but effective for sure!!Each morning we were treated breakfast which had a sweet and savoury surprise, both were always delicious. For example one morning we had devilishly naughty mini doughnuts followed by scrambled eggs mixed with the tastiest tomatoes.  My bags may have been lighter when we came home but I certainly was not after all the delicious food and drinks!Even with the Aigis Suites being as amazing as it was we decided to venture out a couple of times to the local town Voukari.  We ate at a traditional Greek Taverna called Boypkapi looking across the bay, where we discovered the waiter (along with Nontas the Aigis Barman) was a Liverpool supporter much to my joy but my partner’s disgust!  This worked in our favour as we were given star treatment and shown a parade of fresh fish to chose from.  With very full bellies we made the intelligent decision to drink a number of tequilas in the hope they would act as a digestive, where better to do this than the Bar Azul situated opposite the yacht moorings in Voukari.  It was Saturday night and full of  a real eclectic group of people who were all there for once reason – to drink until the bar’s close at 3am.  We soon become friends with Esmeralda the Barmaid were we bonded over our mutual love of Tequila.  It is safe to say the following morning we did not make it to breakfast!!As the pool at Aigis was so great we only ventured to the beach one day and I am a huge beach lover so this shows you just how great it was.  We took a trip to Otzias where we were only one of about 8 people on the large stretch of beach.  The water was crystal clear and looked so tempting until you dipped your toes in it, it was freezing! But we dived in to clear our heads – it almost blew them off! We spent the day at this beautiful beach whilst being served Coronas direct to our sun loungers from the small beach taverna. To summarise I would definitely recommend the Island of Kea, and the only place to stay would be the Aigis Suites. It’s such a beautiful island with many beaches to visit, fabulous Greek tavernas and a surprisingly energetic nightlife in the small bars! The Aigis Suites blew us away and has certainly spoilt us for any future holidays, they would have to have extremely high standards to compare. From the setting, to the warm and friendly yet discrete staff, or the delicious hospitality it should definitely be on your to visit list. Normally it takes me a few days to wind down on holiday but as soon as we arrived a Aigis we instantly relaxed it’s that good. So a huge thank you to Lisa & Takis and their amazing staff!

Signing off – a very relaxed and chilled Gem πŸ™‚ 



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