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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 2 July 2016
14 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Anaon Villas Stunning residences a summer in Greece feel lik Anaon Villas Residence in Crete AENAON VILLAS: WHEN TRADITION COEXISTS IN PERFECT HARMONY WITH MODERN-DAY LUXURY Aenaon Villas is a hotel situated at the highest and narrowest part of Santorini, right on the edge of the island's worldfamous caldera, and offers views of all points on the horizon. Built right on the ancient path that connects Oia with Residence in Crete Imerovigli and Fira, it overlooks the beautiful beaches spanning the east coast of the island. The retreat consists of seven luxurious villas built with respect for the traditional Cycladic architecture, in harmony with the natural setting. Blending brilliant whitewashed surfaces with the island's age-old volcanic stone, it's a traditional complex of luxurious villas whose stonework evokes a feeling of rough grandeur. The villa interiors are spacious, tastefully decorated yet simple and elegant, equipped with modern amenities that offer a sense of autonomy, comfort and luxury. Private verandas provide access to an infinity pool built on the caldera's edge, featuring unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea, the volcano with its magnificent caldera and the spectacular sunset. Aenaon Villas is a truly authentic place that offers tranquil privacy and guarantees a relaxing and rejuvenating stay, proving that respect for tradition can coexist in perfect harmony with the luxuries of modern-day needs. Aenaon Villas has won the 2016 TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards, came fourth of the top 25 BnBs in the world and first of the top 25 BnBs in Greece. Residence in Crete SUNNY SIDE VILLA IN PAROS BY STUDIO265 The Sunny Side Villa unfolds at a level parallel to the Golden Beach in Paros Island and is designed so that all main spaces have unobstructed views to the sea and the in-between landscape, with regard to the protection of external areas from northern winds. The main residence consists of four master bedrooms, a kitchen and an open-plan dining and sitting area. On either side of the main building volume, two independent volumes house the guest room and auxiliary spaces to the surrounding area. The focal point of the residence's external area is the swimming pool, situated in front of the sitting area, and the thoroughly covered relaxation spaces with an open-air pool bar. Diametrically opposite, an outdoor dining area is situated in front of the kitchen. Thus, the visual contact between the residence and the sea remains intact. Large tamarisks, reeds and agave at the border of the site to the beach create a sensation of an overlarge courtyard space which is not only defined by paved surfaces but also completed and continued by low vegetation throughout the surrounding area. Floors are layered in cement screed the color of the sand, and a wooden deck in natural hues is laid around the pool. Pergolas covered by irregular timber and reed leaf are constructed for shading, while stone walls with small openings offer protection from the island winds. Light permeates the interior spaces through successive openings of different orientation; reflected on white surfaces, it highlights the clean design lines. Furniture, fabrics and decorative elements are all made of natural materials and attribute a sense of comfort and relaxation, ideal for a country home. The residence, according to the energy performance of buildings regulation, is ranked high energy class ‘A’, as thick, high-quality insulation is applied throughout its shell while the selected casings and glazing have low thermal transmittance (U frame and U glass values). Additionally, solar collectors provide hot water and heat the swimming pool water, while heating and cooling systems are energy efficient. Finally, rainwater is collected from the roof for irrigation and grey water is reused, after a treatment process, for the same purpose.
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