A Sustainable Hotel You Should Add to Your Travel Bucket List

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Calilo: Ios, Greece

Situated on the unspoiled island of Ios in the Greek Cyclades, this family-owned, 30-suite luxury resort was created with sustainability and ecotourism as its ethos.

The family has worked to purchase a significant amount of beachfront land in Ios to consciously leave 99% undeveloped so that the island can maintain its natural beauty for future generations.

The property also sits on gorgeous Papas Beach, which feels perfectly secluded with cliffsides flanking the beach overlooking the Aegean Sea.

Sustainability on Property and in Ios

Sustainability is a core value at Calilo, and the property endeavours to be environmentally friendly in various ways. The hotel was built using local rocks, and many trees have been planted. No single-use plastic exists (although reusable plastic is in pool areas to avoid broken glass). Much of Calilo’s food comes from their organic garden, which cultivates produce such as tomatoes, eggplants, and zucchinis.

They’ve also launched the Elektra Olive Tree Project, a conservation initiative to restore the previously burned habitat by wildfires and deforestation. To date, they’ve planted more than 68,000 olive trees and bushes (including 550 ancient olive trees), and guests can “adopt” and name a tree and then follow its life cycle.

For now, Calilo is a one-of-a-kind property that’s playful and luxurious to enjoy a five-star experience in Ios.