Let us introduce ourselves!
We are Nikos & Georgia, a happy Greek couple who run the properties of Writers’ Retreats in Greece in the island of Evia.
We are going to host you, treat you, spoil you, cook for you, show you around and eventually, make you feel like home.
From April 2012 until February 2019, we travelled overland full-time, first in a Suzuki Grand Vitara and then in a self-converted Toyota camper-van. We have visited more than 50 countries in Africa, Europe & America and we have experienced a unique mix of kindness & hospitality from the vast majority of local people regardless of their culture, skin colour, religion, social status, education, etc.
We have stayed & worked in 5-star safari lodges in Tanzania & Zimbabwe, a fishing lodge in Canada, a mountain lodge in Ecuador, a boutique hotel/ art space in Mexico, a guesthouse in Perú, a rafting company in Canada as well as countless local houses, farmsteads and campgrounds.
In March 2019, we decided to retire from our long trip around the world, settle down in our homeland & dedicate ourselves to the hospitality sector.
To be honest, we have a good idea of what makes up great hospitality.
Actually, we love hospitality like no other. We do love luxury as well. Who doesn’t?
Indeed, we see luxurious vacations from a whole different perspective.
For us, luxury is not a swimming pool, neither a limousine but a solid experience based on human interaction.
A glass of home-made wine that you can share with your other half during sunset in an untouched location where you literally feel like home is rather pure luxury.
We are crafting our personalised services in such a way that you will go back home full of unique, unparalleled memories.
We have one single rule: to operate without the typical rules. No white bed-sheets, no white towels, no little factory-made soaps, no extra charges for late check-ins or last-minute changes, no impersonal services, no pre-cooked meals, and so on.
On top of that, we organise & prepare everything with smile, meraki & filotimo.
Meraki is the word that we Greeks use to describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself -your soul, creativity & love- in whatever you do.
On the other hand, filotimo is considered to be the highest of all Greek virtues, the standards for family and social living. In its simplest form, the term means “doing good”. For a Greek, it is essentially a way of life since it includes values such as honor, justice, courage, dignity, pride, self sacrifice, respect, freedom, gratitude and hospitality!
It is the words we use as our most important “ingredients” in the creation of memorable stays.
Our principal purpose is to create for you a memorable experience beyond the typical writing retreats stereotypes.
Our commitment is to provide the highest level of service so you can get the most out of your stay.
Our hope & wish is to see you coming back in Greece.
P.S.: Photo credits for several photos featured in our website to Antonios Lamprou.