CHECK IT OUT MR AND MRS WHITE NEW STYLE HO­TEL, PAROS, GREECE

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White on white is the theme at this newly opened ho­tel tucked away on the edge of a small fish­ing vil­lage on the Greek is­land of Paros, where a cool, con­tem­po­rary kit-out is en­hanced by ro­man­tic views from pri­vate bal­conies and pa­tios.

A kilo­me­tre from the beach and a short walk from the cen­tre of Naoussa, where tra­di­tional white­washed houses con­trast with a sur­real blue sky and bright ma­genta bougainvil­lea, the charm­ingly named Mr and Mrs White New Style Ho­tel has joined Small Lux­ury Hotels of the World fol­low­ing its de­but on June 1.

The ho­tel fea­tures two swim­ming pools and plenty of sunbeds and is an easy walk to the beach for a quick dip in the sparkling Aegean.

The 48 gue­strooms keep it sim­ple but smart with white marble floors, stylised drift­wood bed­heads, white beams, floaty drapes and the oc­ca­sional thought­fully placed bas­ket or low hang­ing rat­tan light-shade.

Each gue­stroom has a bal­cony or pri­vate gar­den with views of the pools and plant­ings or across Naoussa and comes with flat-screen tele­vi­sion, air-con­di­tion­ing, free Wi-Fi ac­cess and a mini­bar that can be cus­tomised on re­quest.

Twice-daily maid ser­vice keeps those all­white in­te­ri­ors neat.

Deluxe rooms fea­ture sea views and the two­s­torey res­i­dence is per­fect for fam­i­lies.

Paros is ac­ces­si­ble via ferry from Aegean is­lands or by air from Athens and Thes­sa­loniki.

DON’T MISS: A drink un­der the stars in the ho­tel’s groovy shisha bar. DIN­ING IN: Ex­ec­u­tive chef Ge­orge Iako­vidis dishes up qual­ity Greek and Mediter­ranean fare in the ho­tel’s main restau­rant; think sal­ads, mezze and a great mous­saka. Greek-style snacks are served by the pool, and there’s a sushi bar. Room ser­vice is another op­tion.

DIN­ING OUT: Fish restau­rants are clus­tered around Naoussa’s charm­ing 15th-cen­tury Vene­tian port, just min­utes on foot from the ho­tel. Run by the same fam­ily since 1963, Bar­barossa Fish & Restau­rant Bar is very pop­u­lar; grab a ta­ble on the ter­race and tuck into lo­cal seafood and wine. BlueFish on the ma­rina also comes highly rec­om­mended.

ASK THE CONCIERGE: Paros has a coast­line 120km long with many lovely beaches. Don’t miss the mag­i­cal Kolim­bithres with its series of small sandy coves, the cos­mopoli­tan Santa Maria and the pretty fish­ing vil­lage of Am­be­las. A day trip to An­tiparos Is­land is a must.

CHECK­ING IN: From €288 ($424) in­clud­ing break­fast and wel­come drink. More: slh.com/white.

ALSO TRY: Ho­tel Kom­pas Dubrovnik, Croa­tia; Cas­tel Beau Site, Brit­tany, France.

CHRIS­TINE McCABE

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