“A chic hotel with sea views that are to die for, the Hotel Rigas was made for relaxation.”
The Rigas scores top marks for its setting. Set on a tranquil hillside in Afitos, it looks out over the Sithonia Peninsula and endless blue seas. It’s a few minutes’ walk into the village where you’ll find a huddle of shops, bars and restaurants. So location-wise it ticks all the right boxes.
The hotel makes a big impression, too. Built in traditional stone, it looks right at home in its surroundings. But on closer inspection, you’ll find this hotel is more boutique chic than authentic Greek. Take the curvy swimming pool. Set into a stylish decked terrace, it’s surrounded by contemporary sun loungers that face out to sea. And to the side is a pool bar with retro-style chairs and luxurious sofas piled with cream cushions. It’s the perfect spot for sunset cocktails.
The smart interior is just as funky. Well-groomed bedrooms are dressed in a palette of crème caramel and rich chocolate. They all come with double beds backed by fashionable wooden headboards, plus a balcony or terrace with a sea view. And if you want to up the luxury, plump for a suite which features a lounge area and a luxurious whirlpool bath for two.
The Greek Breakfast is an initiative taken by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels which utilizes and connects the cultural – gastronomic wealth of the country with the Greek hotel business.
It is a program designed by the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels which has been in operation since 2010 and whose aim is to enrich the breakfast offered in Greek hotels with pure and unique Greek products as well as with traditional local dishes from every region of Greece.
The aim of the “Greek Breakfast” program is to give Greek hotel guests the chance to know the gastronomic wealth of our country and taste at breakfast the innumerable Greek products and dishes which are at the heart of the Mediterranean Diet. The Mediterranean Diet is not just a modern dietary trend but is according to UNESCO the “intangible cultural heritage of mankind”.
The main products of the Mediterranean diet such as the bread, the rusks, the olive oil, the olives, the yoghurt, the honey, the cheese products, the cured meats, the fresh vegetables, the legumes, the pies, the sweets and the fresh fruit form the basis of Greek breakfast.
Each part of Greece, depending on the climatic conditions, the soil, the produced products and the cultural relations and exchanges, has formed a particular gastronomic culture and local cuisines. Although the foundation of gastronomy is common, each region has its own gastronomic treasures and so the characteristics of the Cretan cuisine for example differ from those of Macedonia, of Epirus, of the Peloponnese, of the Aegean islands etc.