A Travel Guide to Paros, Greece: Where to Stay, Eat and Shop According to Margherita Missoni
While romantic Santorini and bacchanalian Mykonos often attract attention (and tourists) in the Cyclades, another island with quieter charms awaits you just 45 minutes away: Paros. This is where fashion designer Margherita Missoni and her friends, including Eugenie Niarchos and Tatiana Santo Domingo, vacationed in July. The beaches are calm and crystal clear, the bougainvillea-dotted towns full of cultural appeal. Then there’s the cuisine, which is fresh and focused on seafood: “I love Greek cuisine, and it’s exceptional here compared to anywhere else,” says Missoni.
Accessible from Athens by plane and Mykonos by ferry, it’s an easy, Elysian escape for those planning a summer trip to the Mediterranean. Below is Missoni’s travel advice for the under-the-radar Greek island.
Where to stay: Cosmo
Just outside the port town of Nassoua is cosme, a newly opened Luxury Collection resort. With its whitewashed adobe walls, flat roofs and colorful bougainvillea bushes, it is a high example of the Cycladic architectural style that dominates the area. Inside, refreshing cream and earth tones adorn the lobby and bedrooms, with the occasional splash of color from a blush sofa or perhaps a pot painted with a classic Greek face. “I like that it never feels too big and it’s quite private. The rooms may be all next to each other, but you don’t really notice that,” says Missoni.
Amenities include a half-moon infinity pool, designed to complement the cerulean Aegean Sea below, a private beach club, and a spa with a stargazing area that overlooks the twinkling lights of Nassoua at night. An additional bonus? The on-site restaurant, Parostia. Run by Yiannis Kioroglou, formerly of La Guerite in St Barth, it serves a Mediterranean and Greek menu. (Order the lobster.)
Another beloved hotel on the island is the Boutique Parilio. Picturesque and design-driven (local art dots every room), the highlight of the property is an imaginative and idyllic cross-shaped pool.