Design ideas to steal from a hotel that expertly incorporates the new monastic trend
Located on an unspoiled beach in Vourvourou Bay in Sithonia of Halkidiki, Ekies All Senses Resort has become the ultimate destination for those who seek a true “barefoot luxury” experience. Surrounded by rocky islands, caves, crystal waters, sandy beaches, and pine tree forests, Ekies has an astonishing style that blends seamlessly with the idyllic landscape.
The resort knows how to celebrate its Greek roots in a contemporary way, using natural and unrefined materials combined with unique pieces by notable international designers. This season, Ekies All Senses Resort draws inspiration from the area’s rich spiritual history and the nearby Mount Athos, home to 20 monasteries, in orderto design ten brand new suites and five renovated rooms that envelop guests in an aura of mysticism.
Alexandra Efstathiadou, the owner of Ekies All Senses Resort, in collaboration with Athens-based Agarch+ Architects and Fytron Landscape Design, has curated a new hospitality experience with a distinct ascetic vibe that focuses on absolute serenity.
Another important addition to the resort’s revamped offerings is its redesigned lobby where old, wooden furniture coexists with contemporary elements such as chairs from Vitra, Magis and Arper.
Monastic references and an ascetic approach to interior design are among the hottest deco trends of the season
Design lovers seem to be obsessed lately with this new kind of curated authenticity. It’s more than minimalism. It comes with a philosophy that has to do with ethics, ecology and spirituality. Full of aesthetic treasures, Ekies new suites, as well as its redesigned lobby, give us loads of decorating inspiration.
– Baptismal bowls, serving as water basins in some of the suites, draw upon the power of water to
sanctify and rejuvenate.
– High-quality beds seem stripped down to a “bare-boned” aesthetic, quietly inviting you to lie down and immerse yourself in a true mystagogy of sleep.
– Using ecological paint, the walls follow a color scheme of authentic local hues such as rich olive greens, blues, whites and burnt siennas.
– Emphasis is placed on natural materials, both on a structural and a decorative level. Organic fabrics, like the pure linen adorning the curtains, the bed and the pillows on the sofa provide a balancing softness to the solid wood of the furnishing and the nude, concrete ceilings.
– Heat-resistant floors, combining handmade ceramics with patterns that can be found in local Orthodox churches and mosaic floors pay homage to traditional Greek houses from the 60s and 70s,
On the east side of Sithonia, home of Halkidiki’s most breathtaking beaches, the calm minimalism of Ekies provides the perfect, pared-down approach to pampering!