I am reluctant to tell the world about this delightful little place, as I want to keep it all to myself! If I tell you about it, you must promise not to spread the news around too much, and only to a discerning few at that. The resort of Panormo is an unspoiled and very friendly fishing village, and it must stay that way. I do NOT want it overrun with tourists! It must stay as small, picturesque and quaint as it is.
Having trusted you with this highly confidential information, I can now let you in on my other little secret, which is the wonderful Philoxenia. The hotel is pleasantly small; I believe it holds only 28 guests when full. This makes Philoxenia THE most relaxing place I have ever stayed while on holiday. Sisters Maria and Athani and their team take such wonderful care of you that you feel as if you have been staying at the home of good friends, and not at rented accommodation.
Though the suites are arranged over four floors, you do not have to climb masses of stairs to get to your room. Let me explain. One lovely feature of this hotel is the way that it is built into the side of a hill. The main reception is accessed at street level (there is a ramp for wheelchair users). There are two or three rooms at this level, plus a couple on the floor on top of this; these, I believe, have sea views. A flight of stairs goes down from reception through gardens that follow the slope of the hill; these access the two lower floors, which are also accessible from the level of the streets at the back of the hotel. This is all good news for guests with mobility problems, like me. The pool is located at the lowest level, where there is also a small garden with parking spaces.
All rooms have their own private terrace. They have well-equipped kitchenettes and bathrooms. There are safes in each wardrobe, and, saints be praised, enough furniture to store all your books, bags, bikinis and what have you. Rooms are cleaned regularly, and just the right number of times a week--not so often that you never get a moment's peace for that all-important lie-in, but often enough to keep things nice and tidy.
The streets that surround the Philoxenia are quiet, so you will sleep soundly at night. Surprisingly, despite this peaceful location, the hotel is situated pretty much in the centre of the village, with shops, tavernas, bakery and post office very nearby. It's an easy stroll to the beaches.
John and I would certainly stay at the Philoxenia again. In fact, I wish I was there right now. Enjoy your stay, but remember: hush-hush!
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