Tainaron Blue Retreat is a 3-room boutique hotel in a fortified watchtower, that overlooks the coastline of Cape Tainaron in southern Greece.
How would you describe Ammos Hotel in a nutshell?
Ammos Hotel is a fresh, unpretentious, and very well designed boutique hotel in Crete, Greece. We are very easy and uncomplicated, and our house is situated right on the beach. You can practically jump right from your room into the sea.
What was your inspiration to open a boutique hotel?
It was a random act. It was nothing deliberate. It just happened.
This is a 30-year-old hotel. I opened it when I was 24, which is young for a Greek man. As soon as I finished my studies and military duty, I became a hotelier.
It was a family decision. We had a family plot and they decided to build something. They started but left it half done for 10 years, and we either had to sell it at that time or finish it, so I took over.
How would you describe the style of Ammos hotel?
I’m very conscious of design. I travel a lot and have spent a lot of hours and money on design. We had a very good architect who did the frame, but the inside is more my work. We change things every year and have to bring in a new photographer each time to capture those changes.
The interior style is not so Greek. The shell is typical of a Greek island — white and blue and simple — but the interiors are very European, quite sophisticated.
What do you particularly like about Crete?
Crete is an island with many different aspects. One part has a lot of chain hotels that’s not too nice, but the other half is in the mountains. I like the diversity and nature.
What’s been the biggest reward to you personally about running Ammos Hotel?
I cannot really name one. It depends on the guests and what they appreciate that you’re doing. I work here; I’m not an owner who just sits around enjoying the property. So my biggest reward is when people check out and tell me this is the best hotel they’ve stayed at.