The Skiathos Blu hotel opened its doors this past summer and we completely fell in love with its lighting design! Combining a modernist aesthetic of pure cubic forms and clean-cut lines with a vernacular sensibility, the revamped hotel welcomes its guests into an elegant environment perfectly harmonized with stunning tripod floor lamps.
Located on an excessively verdant peninsula on the Greek island Skiathos’ south-east coast, the hotel is built on a hillside with the main building on the top and rows of bungalows lining the slope below.
The hotel was renovated by interior architect Afroditi Bonatsou and her Athens-based interior design studio Stones & Walls. The renovation has preserved the hotel’s tiered configuration while overhauling the interiors to achieve contemporary hospitality standards as well as an atmosphere of polished elegance.
A combination of built-in sofas, light-weight chairs and tables, tripod floor lamps, white-washed walls and a palette of natural materials like wood and straw, give the spaces a sense of vernacular authenticity while retaining a staunchly modern aesthetic.
Eliminating all unnecessary or obstructive elements, the guest rooms have been designed with elegant simplicity as bright, extroverted spaces where the balcony views are the main focal point.
Αs is customary on the islands in the Aegean Sea, the walls are painted white but also feature a light grey zone that harmoniously blends in with the natural stone floors while black linear details provide visual clarity.
Complementing the minimalist aesthetic, the designers have added a few key decorative elements inspired by local crafts such as the coloured tiles in the bathrooms featuring geometric patterns that allude to folk rugs and the bedside lighting pendants with straw lampshades or fabric lanterns.
With the option of relax on the pool terrace high above the Aegean or taking a dip in the sea at the sandy beach below, guests at this elegant retreat are guaranteed of enjoying the natural landscape during every single moment of their stay.
Photo © Vangelis Paterakis
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