ONAR is unlike any other boutique hotel or holiday house we have come across. ONAR is neither a boutique hotel, nor is it simply a self-catering Chic Retreat, it is a magical experience, surrounded by nature on the Island of Andros, Greece. ONAR means 'to dream' in Greek and here in the 18 acres of protected wetlands of Ahla the 9 simple stone cottages (all built with local materials) and surrounding natural beauty make it is easy to believe that dreams do come true. The owners vision and philosophy is clear to everyone who visits; to create a unique experience, close to nature, in a stunning location. The owners strive to make ONAR as eco-friendly as possible and are constantly seeking ways of becoming better by developing alternative forms of energy and ecological activities.
ONAR has been built near where the river meets the sea at Ahla beach, where children can run around freely, splash in the sea and build sandcastles. There are many things to do around ONAR; hiking by the river through scent plants and giant trees amidst partridges, pheasants, hares, eels and turtles. For those who like a challenge climb to Vourkoti, the nearby village which sits at the highest point of the island. Day trips can be organised to cosmopolitan Chora with neoclassical mansions and the Museum of Modern Art or to Vori beach with a real ship wreck, the Byzantine monasteries of Agios Nikolaos and Panahrantou or the captivating beaches of Andros and its traditional villages. Children will love the treasure games and other educational activities that are organised. They may like to help pick the fruits and vegetables from the farm. Book a boat trip and discover the hidden secrets of Andros which has the longest coastline in Cyclades. Yoga sessions take place in the Mongolian Yurt, but we think that there is nothing better than Yoga on the beach by the sea.
Simplicity and flavours are the name of the game when it comes to the dining experience at ONAR. Local ingredients and nature set the menu at the big family table under the trees. Traditional recipes are followed using organic products picked from the farm, catch of the day and fresh dairy and eggs from the nearby farms. The fruit juices are squeezed from freshly picked fruits and cakes and breads are baked by the surrounding neighbours. Guests enjoy this magical feast together enjoying everything nature has to offer.
Inspired by the area of outstanding natural beauty and the 18 acres of protected wetlands ONAR the 9 traditional cottages have been built and spread out through the plane of trees towards the river. All have been constructed in harmony with nature using local, natural materials and fabrics including wood, river reeds and local stone. Each of the cottages has a sitting room, bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, an open fireplace and a paved courtyard and hammock sheltered by a pergola. Light streams in through large windows and the thick stone walls keep the interiors cool during the summer evenings. The products provided in the cottages are by APIVITA, a Greek cosmetics company whose products are made from honey, plants and herbs maintaining the holistic approach from Hippocrates. The 3-guest cottages are ideal for couples or families and overlook the Ahla valley, sea and the river.The 5-guest cottages (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms) are perfect for groups of friends, couples or families with children and overlook the ONAR farm. For larger parties book the 7-guest villa with two bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor, living room, one master bedroom with DUXIANA bed, one bathroom, fully-fitted kitchen and dining room on the ground floor as well as plenty of outside space. All cottages have ??ni Hi-fi, TV and DVD players.
How to get there?
From Gavrio port you take the road to Batsi (7km). After St. Filippos Church you turn left and you follow the road to Katakilos (3.5km) — Remata (8.5km) — Arni (12km).
5km after Arni there is a sign “St. Nikolas Monastery 5km.” There begins the dirt road to Achla beach and Onar. You turn left. You pass the church of St. George (1.7km), the church of St. John (3.8km) and the Monastery of St. Mamas (6.4km).
On the next turn you make a right and the road will take you to Onar.
More than 30 days before arrival: 30% of total
Less than 30 days before arrival: 100% of total
No show or early departure: 100% of total
30% deposit is to be paid to Onar by bank transfer or credit card at the time of reservation.
Outstanding balance is to be paid directly to Onar at time of stay by credit card or cash.
Please note: rates indicate FROM price for the given period and may differ for higher number of visitors. Rates currency is EUR.
Rates at Onar are per cottage per night. Daily housekeeping and traditional Greek breakfast are included in the room rate. Baby cot is Free. Extra charge EUR 20 for every additional bed.
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