In these unspoiled natural surroundings, the contemporary silhouette of Villa Timi stands out against the fields of lavender and wildflowers. The old stone walls seem to emerge from the earth itself, while the immaculate façade nods to the traditional whitewashed houses of Parikia, the iconic village just ten miles away. The same seaside spirit informs the blue and white interiors with striped curtains, a vast seagrass rug, and cream linen sofas looking out through the immense bay windows onto the patio. The marble and wrought iron coffee table and minimalist, lacquered furniture add a touch of modernist chic. Pull up a stool at the bar beneath the shades on the pearl-grey patio when the sun is beating down. Or soak the sun on the elegant deckchairs lined up by the infinity pool. There’s also the option of an expedition into the surrounding hills, up to the picturesque Agairia neighborhood with its superb view of the boats coming and going in the bay. After sundown, pick Aliki’s traditional tavernas and sample some Gouna, the local specialty made with sun-dried mackerel.
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