Hotels we’ve stayed at: the Fildisi on Astypalea

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Fildisi Boutique Hotel

Fildisi Boutique Hotel is a 10-suite property on a quiet “away from it all” hillside location overlooking the Livadi valley area of Astypalea island

 

 

Fildisi Boutique Hotel

The hotel boasts superb views of scenic Chora village 1.5 kilometers away

 

 

Suite stay: Seeing some old vacation photos that friends posted online today inspired me to sort through pictures of hotels we have stayed at in Greece and start a “Throwback Thursday” feature to profile some of those places from time to time.

To kick things off, here’s a look at the Fildisi Boutique Hotel, which is situated on a hillside near the popular Livadi resort and residential area of Astypalea in the Dodecanese island group.

The Fildisi is a small luxury property with only 10 units — 3 suites, 3 lofts, 2 spa-apartments and 2 double rooms, each named after precious gems (Emerald, Opal, Ruby, Sapphire, etc.). The hotel has a seaview swimming pool, along with an indoor breakfast room / lounge / bar area. A basic breakfast is provided each morning.

 

Exceptional panoramic views

The hotel faces northeast and has an enviable vantage point from its hillside location, with sweeping views of much of the Livadi region as well as the island’s scenic Chora village, which is perched on the crest of a mountain over 1.5 kilometers away.

We stayed at the Fildisi in May 2009 on an island-hopping holiday that took us from Astypalea to Amorgos, Naxos and Mykonos. I discovered the Fildisi while doing online research about Astypalea, and must admit I chose the hotel mainly because of its great views.

 

The Fildisi Boutique Hotel has a view of Astipalea's Livadi area (center) and Chora (top right)

Click on the image to see a full-size photo showing the panoramic view we enjoyed from the two private verandas for the Fildisi’s Pearl suite.

 

 

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  1. Beautiful photos! Just thought I’d mention the Doberman you saw had a good reason to be grouchy. For one, he looks a little underfed. But more relevant is the fact that Doberman’s were bred to be human companions and protectors. It’s in their DNA to crave closeness with their human caregivers. They are often referred to as “velcro dogs” by people who know them well. They are also extremely intelligent as well as superior athletes. To live out their lives chained to a lonely storage shed without exercise, mental stimulation, or affection from a human family is torture for this sensitive breed. There are several other breeds better suited to guarding outdoor property. I’d be willing to bet that if you walked by this guy, tossed him some treats, and spoke nicely to him daily, within a few weeks, if not sooner, he would be eagerly wagging his little stump for you instead of lunging. Sign me a velcro-dog lover.

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