Important warning: as soon as you set foot at the unreal holiday home of Mèlisses on the Greek island of Andros, you’ll never want to leave.
The one that unfolds before your eyes is a story of poetry, overwhelming marvel and deep love for this hidden paradise of the Cyclades Archipelago.
When my friend Giulia and I arrive at the secluded property, after descending a steep and scenic road down a cliff dotted with wildflowers and goats, we are greeted by jaw-dropping views of the Aegean sea and an inviting cup of coffee prepared by the delightful Allegra Pomilio - the talented owner of Mèlisses - who hugs us with a radiant smile on her face, and the most charming of manners.
Our stay here is an absolute dream, to say the least. Allegra is the perfect host (along with Arturo, her super cute poodle whose hard task is to guard the property against the nearby sheep and entertain the guests with all his exuberant sweetness) and the space she created is terrific, with its exceptional blend of Italian elegance, French atmospheres, and Greek heritage. After all, the house accurately mirrors its owner’s natural grace and effortless style.
Mèlisses is an intriguing playground for design lovers: furniture and objects (mostly vintage), collected from Allegra’s travels across Europe, add a touch of bohemian poetry to the whole abode, while a more contemporary vision can be found in the outdoor spaces where the infinity pool takes centre stage.
Giulia and I took over the light-flooded Sea Urchin Suite overlooking the garden and the sea, although, we spent most of our time elsewhere...
...In the airy kitchen, for example, indulging in the wonderfully decadent breakfast feast served every morning and consisting of a mouth-watering selection of fresh fruits, creamy Greek yoghurt, exquisite handmade bread and waffles, flavourful cheese, eggs, honey, jams and veggies - all sourced locally.
Lounging by the pool with a glass of wine in our hands while gazing at the sunset, or discovering Andros alongside Allegra, who kindly drove us around to show us her favourite spots on the island.
But that’s another story…
Disclaimer: Although I was a guest of Mèlisses, all opinions are my own.