Home to a wealth of lush greenery, breathtaking turquoise waters, infamous sweet Muscat wine and some of the world’s most influential academics — not to mention goddesses — locals of Samos say the island is blessed. It’s hard to disagree.
Nestled in the island’s forest-like landscape, gazing towards the boundless beaches of the northeastern Aegean Sea, Casa Cook Samos is the newest hotel to join the Casa Cook collection. This 128-room adults-only (+16) retreat, opening its doors in May 2022, offers the Casa Cook trademark laid-back luxury in one of the Mediterranean's most historically-rich surroundings. Mythical birthplace of Greek goddess Hera, Samos is for lovers of legends and that off-the-beaten-track kind of beauty.
Inspired by traditional Greek houses, or Kamares, found in Samian villages, the architecture is down-to-earth and inclusive. The historic concept of a Grecian village has been embodied in the modern space, where the hotel’s infinite swimming pools act as the town centre of each small ‘neighborhood’ within the hotel — offering space to immerse with those around you when the mood strikes, or retreat back to your room to recharge in complete solitude.
The earthy textures and colours that make up the space are inspired by the local land and its organic elements: the abundant greenery echoes the island’s fertile vegetation with palms, pines, agave and wild olive trees; while the endless pools of water throughout mimic the landscape’s countless waterfalls, rivers and shores. Natural, unrefined tones from local leather, wood and stone melt into more contemporary elements like smooth terrazzo to create a modern-luxe space that is still an ode to the land’s roots.
Inspired by paréa – a Greek word roughly translated as a wholesome get-together with friends – the seaside Beach House restaurant opens onto panoramic views of the Aegean Sea and is where you spend long and lazy afternoons sampling the Mediterranean-inspired menu and sipping freshly made cocktails either at the restaurant or by one of the hotel’s six swimming pools. A gym and outdoor yoga shala provide a spacious setting for expending energy, while the wellness centre – complete with spa suites, hammam massages and a nail salon – offer the perfect place to replenish it.
Only a stone’s throw from the historical village of Pythagorion and just off the breathtaking Turkish coast, Samos is an island rich in both history and beauty. Beyond its bustling beaches and lively town, there are countless hidden gems, including quaint churches, fresh waterfalls and lush forests in the shaded inland mountains just begging to be explored.