Cosme is Kanava’s third and newest property on the island of Paros (the group also owns Parilio, popular with honeymooners, and Acron Villas, an exclusive collection of 24 villas, all with private pools), making makes it the lucky number seven in the husband and wife brand’s wallet. Although the boutique brand’s story begins entirely on another island, across the Aegean Sea, in the middle of a 400-year-old wine estate, nestled in the hilltop village of Megalochori. , Owners Kalia and Antonis Eliopoulos bought their first property, Vedema, in 1988 while on a family vacation and, despite the latter exclaiming, “who would come to a hotel in Santorini?”, five years later , they transformed it into the now famous Vedema, a Luxury Collection resort. It sparked a lifelong passion for breathing new life into unloved spaces and transforming them into breathtaking vacation destinations. Two other properties have sprung up in Santorini, Mystique and Istoria, once an abandoned mansion of a legendary socialite on the famous black sand beach of Perivolos.
The couple then set their sights on a more distant place: the authentic Greek island of Paros, just two hours from Thira (the official Greek name of the island) by ferry. Here they opened the two previously mentioned properties before launching Cosme, their newest – and perhaps most sparkling – Paros-based establishment earlier in 2022. In owner Kalia’s own words, this is an “outgoing expression” of Kanava Hotels, a celebration of life at its highest vibration, built with caution and care to maintain and protect the essence of the island. It is an ode to the place where they took their children on a family vacation, to its authenticity and to their respect for the way of life that existed long before the birth of the hotel.