One&Only Kéa Island to welcome first guests from May 2024

A secret Cycladic Island hideaway on Athens’ doorstep

One&Only’s latest opening, One&Only Kéa Island – a half-hour boat ride from Athens – is now accepting reservations for arrivals from 1 May 2024.

Kéa Island is the Greek Cyclades’ best-kept secret. With a permanent population of around 2,300 residents, this untouched gem is a favourite weekend getaway for Athenians. One&Only’s vision to launch a property on Kéa Island was first flagged in 2017.

Perched above a protected cove on the rugged west coast, One&Only Kéa Island promises discretion, seclusion, and authentic Aegean living in its purest form. The second Greek resort for the ultra-luxury brand, it follows the successful opening of One&Only Aesthesis on the Athenian Riviera last November. With direct speedboat transfers available between the two resorts, they will form a bucket-list itinerary for the upcoming European summer.

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An all-villa resort and exclusive community of Private Homes, One&Only Kéa Island invites romantics, wellness seekers and city dwellers to connect with the revitalising effects of the Mediterranean lifestyle. Guests can savour local, seasonal ingredients in the airy restaurants and bars, and explore Kéa’s natural and cultural wonders via curated experiences. Grounded in the elements, the One&Only Spa is a holistic haven offering exclusive wellbeing rituals and immersive programmes crafted by Subtle Energies.

Elevated Aegean Architecture

The resort’s 63 cliffside villas have been arranged to maximise privacy while showcasing panoramic views over Kéa’s dramatic landscapes and the Aegean Sea.

Offering a choice of one or two bedrooms, these contemporary retreats feature locally sourced white marble, curved atriums, and floor-to-ceiling windows framing endless sea views. The light-filled interiors flow to outdoor terraces, where private infinity pools and fireplaces promise elevated alfresco living.

Crafted for families or groups of friends, the Two-Bedroom Cliff Villas can accommodate up to four adults and two children. Exceptional features include two marble-clad ensuites, a kitchenette for in-villa entertaining, and a dining area on the sun-bathed terrace.

Drawing inspiration from the Cyclades’ rich culinary traditions, the resort’s restaurants and bars showcase seasonal ingredients and local producers. Echoing the lively ambience of an authentic village piazza, Atria promises flavourful Greek cuisine in a convivial atmosphere, served within the airy dining room or on the sea-view terrace.

By day, Kosmos lobby bar welcomes guests for elevated Afternoon Tea with a Greek twist; as night falls, it is the place to be for sunset drinks under the vast open skylight. Overlooking the resort’s mirage-like main pool and the shimmering Aegean Sea, Kaiki serves relaxed bites and drinks throughout the day. Èpicora wine bar is a sophisticated setting for artisanal cheeses, local charcuterie, and an array of Greek and international wines, with intimate tastings led by the sommelier.

Hidden behind a secret door and with seating for just 20 guests, dark and discrete Incognito is a Cuban-accented speakeasy bar that boasts a collection of rare whiskies and rums, refined cocktails, and a humidor of vintage cigars.

Atria Restaurant, One&Only Kéa Island

Authentic Island Experiences

The resort’s exceptional experiences celebrate the natural and cultural wonders of Kéa, with bespoke adventures across land and sea. As the closest Cycladic island to Athens, Kéa’s waters are a magnet for yachts in the region. Situated on the resort’s tranquil bay, Bond Beach Club brings unrivalled glamour and energy to the island, with a star-studded calendar of guest DJs, a vibrant menu of locally sourced ingredients, elevated cocktails, and one-of-a-kind culinary experiences on the water’s edge.

Just offshore, some of the Mediterranean’s most renowned diving sites await. Experienced technical divers can follow the resort’s expert team to four historic wrecks and protected marine parks that surround Kéa, while beginners can master the craft of scuba diving in the calm waters of the bay.

Guests can also delve into the culture and history of Kéa with lively Panigiri celebrations at the resort, archaeology sessions within the grounds, cycling to Agios Nikolaos Lighthouse, or hiking to the ancient ruins of Karthea, where the temples of Athena and Apollo and a grand amphitheatre offer a fascinating insight into the island’s heritage.

In the hillside town of Ioulida, wander through the picturesque village to discover jewellery boutiques, art galleries, and stores selling artisanal local produce.

Ioulida Town, Kéa Island
Diving from One&Only Kéa Island

Creating an unrivalled wellness destination in the Cyclades, the resort will also be home to an exceptional new One&Only Spa. The seafront sanctuary will offer signature treatments crafted exclusively for One&Only Kéa Island, inspired by Greek mythology and the healing benefits of natural active ingredients. The wellness retreat will also offer intensive programs designed to reset and re-energise, rejuvenating beauty rituals grounded in the Aegean elements of earth and water, an indoor-outdoor fitness centre, a sea-view yoga pavilion, and watsu therapy.

Nearby, the cliffside Club One offers inspiring activities for all ages with tennis and padel courts, bicycles and a dedicated teens’ area, complete with a half-size basketball court. For junior travellers, KidsOnly promises a fascinating programme of creative classes and outdoor activities inspired by Kéa’s iconic shipwrecks. Little ones aged four to 12 can engage with the treasures of the deep via storytelling, scavenger hunts, and enlightening experiences that focus on sustainability and the island’s unique flora and fauna.

Kéa Island is a 30-minute boat ride from Lavrio Port in Athens and a 15-minute helicopter ride from Athens International Airport. Private boat transfers are also available between the resort and One&Only Aesthesis on the Athenian Riviera upon request. One&Only Kéa Island will begin welcoming guests from May 2024.

See oneandonlyresorts.com/kea-island.

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