Our Story

Perched high on the Caldera cliff, The Vasilicos has a long history of hosting lazy lunches and sun-drenched holidays. Every corner has a story to tell, each ledge is someone’s favourite place on earth.

Formerly the private sanctuary of a passionate art collector, The Vasilicos consists of a constellation of hyposkafa, the cave-like structures typical of Caldera architecture. Furnished with unique pieces, either commissioned or handpicked from the family’s private collection, the beautifully pared down suites resonate the ambience of an eclectic and highly private den; the history of the property can be seen in every comfortable and elegant detail.

Transitioning from carefree summer house to unique boutique hotel, the condition was that The Vasilicos become a hotel in terms of functionality but remain a summer house in spirit. Little clues telling the story are apparent everywhere: an inquisitive guest might enjoy such an exploration as they might a treasure hunt:

The Vasilicos, as a name, is a word play on the owner’s name and his beloved basil plants, as well as a reference to the Greek for king/regal. Echoing the word “basilica”, it is an allusion to the Monastery above, and on the periphery of all this one finds an even gentler one to the Leo star sign that dominates the August summer sky. The logo plays on the initials on the gate – BB – and the arched curvature of the hyposkafa. Suite names draw upon the history of the property: King Cat, after King, the family cat; Vasaltis, our sister winery; Pergola, our now famous pergola. And Efta? Before hotel protocol demanded flamboyant names…we simply gave each room a number; hence, seven.

We hope you have a magical holiday in this treasured place, and come away feeling even a fraction of the love we have for it.