As an exclusive addition to Design Hotels earlier this year, COCO-MAT Eco Residences Serifos makes for an ideal guilt-free Greek Island getaway.  Immersed in a rich history and rugged landscape, this environmentally and design conscious destination brings slow living in the most luxurious form.

WORDS Sophie Lewis | DESIGN George Zafiriou

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COCO-MAT Eco Residences Serifos inhabit a complex of miners’ houses, built in 1910. Conscious of the building’s heritage, George Zafiriou has respectfully reimagined the structure to maintain the traditional architecture, with contemporary sustainable practices. Zafiriou’s dedication to the authentic Cycladic tradition is a design choice that pairs impeccably with the modern principles of bioclimatic architecture — providing natural air-conditioning throughout. Naturally, the eco residences embrace the great outdoors, inviting guests to unplug, slow down and revive under the Mediterranean sun.

Each of the 13 apartments include a pristine ocean view, with a living and bedrooms split between two levels. In a subtle nods to colonial style, interior designers Ionna Founti and Zili Karahaliou have curated warm, well-lit and well-worn spaces, with an earthy palette. An eclectic array of handpicked decor from Serifos and Athens feature alongside customised furniture, made from materials, including chestnut, silk and coconut fibres. Taking the use of natural materials one step further are the renowned COCO-MAT sleep systems, keeping to the hotel’s “sleep on nature” appeal, for optimal relaxation. In this way you will be falling asleep to a soothing sea breeze and the sound of lapping waves.

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As an exemplar of Greek hospitality, don’t look past COCO-MAT’s The Lounge Bar, for delicious cuisine and cocktails by sunset. The master behind the menu is Chef Dimitris Kantarakis, with signature Greek cooking methods that keep to a mantra of fresh produce and all-natural ingredients. For a wholesome stay, Chef Kantarakis bakes bread daily onsite, using vegetables from neighbouring orchards, Serifos certified meat and fresh fish, caught by local fisherman. If it couldn’t get any better, COCO-MAT Eco Residences Serifos Hotel offers personalised service, to accomodate for each guest. They can pack your pantry full of produce, serve drinks and refreshments on the beach, or in your room, if you find you can’t leave its comforts. Events and parties can be arranged at any time, while a romantic private dining experience in front of the sea is an offering not to be missed.

If you’re lucky enough to visit the island of Serifos, you have been blessed with a number of beautiful beaches. Earning its spot on the list of Natural 2000 protected sites, the crystal clear waters of Vagia beach are just a ten minute walk away from the hotel. Nearby hiking paths are ready to explore, that may well lead you to one of the island’s secluded beaches. If you’re feeling adventurous, scuba diving, mountain biking and yacht charters are available. Or if you’re not one to venture far, we don’t blame you as lying on a sun lounge affronting the ocean sounds just as good.

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Rustic design elements are harmonious with white-washed walls and polished stone flooring, fusing together nature, simplicity and style.

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