If you just long for a classic beach vacation with sun, bright blue sky and turquoise sea right on your doorstep, you will find all of this during a vacation in this eco-residence - and at the same time an extra large portion of serenity, combined with Greek hospitality.
The village of Vagia on the southwestern coast of the island of Serifos is located directly in the sheltered bay with its soft sandy beach and crystal clear water, which makes the colorful pebbles shimmer on the bottom. For some years now, the idyllic little town has been known not only for its natural beauty, but also as a nature reserve.
In the 19th century, a building complex on a slope served as a dwelling for miners. A few years ago, the founders decided to use the location with the picturesque view for other purposes and to convert it into a hotel complex. Which is not recognizable as such at first glance, but blends almost invisibly into the landscape.
The simple style with the white walls and blue shutters typical of the Cyclades continues in the hotel. Despite the high level of comfort and the high-quality equipment, you do not have the feeling of living in a holiday resort, but in the home of a local family. What all rooms have in common are the simple but loving furnishings and the high quality of the beds made from exclusively natural materials. The namesake of the hotel, the company COCO-MAT, stands for a good night's sleep.
The day can start with a delicious, freshly prepared breakfast right by the sea, in the small bar-restaurant on the beach, or in your own apartment. Afterwards, guests only have to think about which of the many options they want to use for sunbathing - the comfortable day bed on their own terrace, a deck chair on the beach, or the soft sandy beach in the bay, which can be reached in just a few steps. Those who prefer to be active also have numerous options for this. There is hardly a better way to end the perfect vacation day than a festive dinner with delicacies based on traditional recipes - to the sound of the sound of the sea and a view of the starry sky.
ArchitectureThe COCO-MAT Eco Residences complex, built in 1910, initially served as a shelter for the workers at the local iron ore mine. A few years ago, without changing the architecture and thus the original character of the buildings on the slope, the facility was converted into a modern holiday settlement that is operated according to contemporary ecological standards. The team has succeeded in creating maximum comfort and a relaxed feel-good atmosphere for the guests, while respecting the traditional, local construction. A great advantage of the hillside location and the division of all apartments over two floors is the sea view from every room and all terraces. Not only in the construction, but also in the simple, rustic and bright colors, the traditional style of the Cyclades is reflected and conveys authenticity and a typical Greek lifestyle. The light-flooded spacious rooms and the wide view of the bay create space for free thoughts, privacy and individuality. So stress and everyday worries are gone within seconds and make room for pure holiday feeling.
FoodWhat would a vacation in Greece be without getting to know the diverse Mediterranean cuisine in all its facets? The kitchen team at COCO-MAT Eco Residences is rightly proud of its imaginative creations made from fresh local ingredients and, depending on the season, always has new culinary surprises such as special types of fish or freshly picked figs ready for its guests. New recipes are combined with classics from traditional cuisine. On request, dishes can also be prepared vegetarian, vegan or for guests with food allergies. After a healthy, balanced menu, the bartenders in the beach lounge invite you to a café, refreshing cocktail or one of the famous Greek wines.
The COCO-MAT company, which is now represented in ten countries and on three continents, not only focuses on ecological but also on social responsibility and employs employees from 13 nations with different religious backgrounds, as well as refugees and people with disabilities. As the COCO-MAT Eco Residences hotel focuses entirely on its core business - accommodation and gastronomy - many local service providers on the island are involved in the operation for other tourist offers. From a day trip to a repair or laundry service, the hotel team is supported by a network of small, specialized providers. As far as possible, food and building materials are sourced directly from the island.
EnvironmentThe team at COCO-MAT Eco Residences is aware of its lucky location in one of the most beautiful bays in Serifos and the associated ecological responsibility. Therefore, the daily cleaning of the beach is as natural as the effort to minimize the environmental impact of the hotel's operations. This philosophy is also shared by the operating company COCO-MAT, founded in Athens in 1989, which uses 100 percent natural materials such as wood, cotton, coconuts, wool or natural rubber in the manufacture of the mattresses and bed linen used in the hotel, recycles water and uses chemicals as well as plastic. The success of the company proves that comfort and environmental awareness are not mutually exclusive: Throughout its history, COCO-MAT has already received a number of awards for the quality of its products or the Business Excellence National Award from the Ministry of Development.
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The journey to Serifos is possible by ship from the port of Piraeus. In the summer months there are several ferry or speedboat connections on the route every day. It takes around five hours by ferry and 2.5 hours by speedboat. In the winter months, the ferries run regularly, the speed boats less often. A port transfer can be organized.
The closest airports are on the islands of Milos or Paros. From there there are boat connections to Serifos.
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