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Where to sleep, what to eat and what to do

ByKeith M. Jones

Jul 13, 2022

With almost guaranteed sunshine during the summer months, sandy beaches, nearby islands to explore and a flight of just 4 hours, it’s pretty obvious that the Greek island of Kos is such a popular destination. Whether you’re vacationing with your partner or your best friends, there’s plenty to do while you’re there. That’s if you can tear yourself away from all the amazing Greek cuisine (currently dreaming of ALL the salads, tzatziki, gyros and souvlaki)…

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WHERE WE STAYED

OKU Kos is without a doubt one of the most instagrammable hotels I have ever been to. Drawing inspiration from traditional Greek island architecture with cubic buildings and a village feel, its “casual luxury” aesthetic made me feel instantly relaxed the moment I arrived. The adults-only beachfront resort is a total hideaway, nestled in the secluded countryside of Marmari, on the island’s north coast. From super comfy lounge chairs to rattan and wood interiors, the vibe is effortlessly chic and VERY cool – perfect for a romantic getaway as a couple or a break with your best friend if you just want to disconnect from the outside world (but also take lots of pretty pictures).

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From classic garden view rooms to poolside suites and rooftop terrace rooms with sea views, there’s something for everyone and every budget. If you’re traveling in a larger group (and feeling buoyant), there are also four-person villas with private pools.

I stayed in the Junior Pool Suite, a spacious bedroom with stone walls, neutral tones, rattan lamps and a stylish waterfall shower that I could only dream of having in my apartment – my kind of decor minimalist! The patio has direct access to a shared pool (between one or two other rooms), although I didn’t see my neighbors during my stay, so it was private. The hammock on the patio was the perfect peaceful place to turn on my “do not disturb” phone and get stuck in a good book.

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The bedroom is heavenly, but you’ll want to spend most of your time in the rest of the resort, listening to relaxing music around the pool with the open-plan restaurant and bar just steps away. Or head to OKU’s private sandy beach, where you can relax on cabanas, use free paddle boards, or join daily yoga classes – listening to the waves during yoga on the beach was the experience the most soothing. At night, spend your evenings sipping delicious Palomas and watching mesmerizing sunsets from OKU’s outdoor terrace – the mountainous backdrop makes it a truly special place.

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Whether you are able to spend an entire stay here on a special occasion or treat yourself to a few nights as part of an extended trip around the island, factoring OKU into your trip will be the best decision you can make. . Rates at OKU Kos start from €256 (approx £213) based on two people sharing a double room on a B&B basis. For more information and to book, head here.

WHAT WE HAVE DONE

If your plans are, well, to do nothing but relax, I recommend that you waste no time booking a massage. We opted for the (happy!) relaxation massage, but the options are many: from CBD massages and facials to hot stone treatments. OKU Spa is also equipped with a gym, a space for yoga and pilates classes, an indoor swimming pool, a hammam and a sauna. For date nights there is also an outdoor cinema in the resort, but we opted to sit on the beach by the fire and wrap ourselves in a blanket with a glass of wine in hand. . Living the dream, right?

There’s no better way to explore what Kos has to offer than a boat trip, so adding it to your to-do list is a must. Venture to the capital, Kos Town (about a 20-minute drive from OKU) and head to the port. We used ‘KosRentaBoat’ for a private boat trip. There are plenty of sandy beaches, hidden bays and quiet islands to stop at – and with a boat you have the freedom to swim in the clear blue water or explore on foot (or both). !). We visited Pserimos, Plati and Kalymnos, famous for its sponge fishing traditions – Vathy in Kalymnos is a beautiful fishing village not to be missed!

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After a busy day exploring, head to the charming historic town of Kos and discover many narrow streets lined with souvenir shops and local tavernas. If nightlife is what you are looking for, Kos has it covered with most of its clubs and bars clustered in two famous streets of the city – Diakon and Nafklirou. However, we won’t blame you if you want to escape the hustle and bustle early to maximize your (hangover-free) tan time the next day.

Always had “horseback riding” on your to-do list? Visit Erica’s Farm, a family business that houses donkeys, ponies, goats, llamas, deer, chickens, ducks and rabbits. Their horseback rides will take you around Alikes Salt Lake, where you can spot the flock of flamingos that call it home! Book the evening slot, trot along beautiful Alykes Beach (in Tigaki) and roll into the sea as the sun sets. A truly unforgettable moment.

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Kos is also a convenient starting point for exploring other islands or neighboring Turkey. If you have the time, you can take ferries during the summer months to all the islands of the Dodecanese for a Greek paradise, or from Kos town to Bodrum in Turkey (which takes around 40 minutes to an hour).

WHERE WE EAT

To Kima Beach Club is OKU’s restaurant, specializing in farm-to-fork dishes inspired by local Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. From mouth-watering salads to mountains of homemade tzatziki and pita, and locally sourced meat and fish, all your cravings will be satisfied. The choice at the breakfast buffet is extensive, and there are plenty of delicious vegetarian options and a vegan menu. My favorite dishes were the “pita gyros” with tzatziki and souvlaki for lunch and the Aegean sea bass and beef cheeks from the dinner menu. OKU also grows vegetation like olives, mint, and rosemary on the resort, which they use in their dishes and cocktails. And just like the rest of the resort, the interiors are stunning!

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If you are heading to Kos town, check out Barbouni for incredible seafood dishes in a picturesque setting. The beachfront location near the harbor means you dine with stunning views of boats, ferries and neighboring Turkey. I’m still thinking about tagliolini and squid with black king crab ink…

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The best time to visit Kos is around May to October. We visited in mid May and had blue skies and bikini temps without feeling unbearably hot. It also didn’t seem too busy around the island so would definitely recommend.

The peak months of July and August can be very busy. Traffic can take longer to get anywhere, so take this into account with traveling around the island and always book a taxi in advance from the airport to avoid long queues in high season.

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