Making people around you happy is the greatest investment. It makes you feel nice inside you. And they also feel nice and want to convey to others the same feeling. A chain of happiness.
I have been visiting this island and place since my very first days in life. There is not a single summer I haven’t visited them even just for a couple of days. And it’s about 30 years long. I was playing in this plot, full of olive trees, before Villa Anna ever existed. I have enjoyed restful siestas in my stroll by cement mixer’s lullabies during Villa Anna’s construction, I have played hide and seek inside the island’s narrow streets until it was too dark to see, I was then brave enough to dive into the sea from our small fishing dock so many times I stopped counting. Some years later than that, the island under the sunlight seemed to have lost its charms, it was then time for some cool nightlife.
Now, island life is a source of inspiration and peacefulness. My personal Neverland; a place where I always feel at home, not only because of deep family ancestral roots, but also because of the joy and peace this place gives me. Loving every minute of my stay, I would never, ever exchange it for anything in the world, although I couldn’t imagine that a few years ago.
Summers wouldn’t be the same without my island life. Summers wouldn’t be the same without my Skiathos and my Villa Anna.
I remember myself being always around Villa Anna since my early playful years of life. This is why, somehow, I was familiar with the notion of hospitality from a very young age. I have been always interested in designing the ideal -according to my personal taste and virtues- accommodation place, the summer place-to-be, where everyone would like to go and return back. Moreover, being an architect in Greece during the latest years has been a true challenge and that was the crucial time when I decided to fulfil my dream; to refresh Villa Anna and design the modern greek face of hospitality. And all of a sudden, I refreshed myself too. Towards a new direction.
I prefer seeing tourism as the art of hospitality rather than a clear business industry. Same for Villa Anna. Villa Anna for me is, first and above all, the place I was summer-raised, the place I profoundly love and, then, the place I’d like my guests to love, too.
And I am trying my best for that. Everything you may see here has somehow to do with a part of me. From the handwritten to-do list for the guests to the bouquets of oregano. I want our guests to wake up and smell the island. They should smell it, they should taste it, they should feel it! They should feel like locals, at least for a while. I am interested in our guests’ well-being, in spending some quality time with them -one of the languages I know and use to express my love-. One sea, one language, they say. No matter where our guests come from, I like to treat them like friends. I want they soon start feeling comfortable, like home. They appreciate it though so much, like it isn’t that common for them.
Every April I return, I feel again in love with the island. Somehow, the distance clears my perspective and when I come back, I feel excited to re-discover details that are already close to my heart and the sea, oh the sea…Raised on a steady diet of sea and sand during my childhood, I soon realized I simply love taking care. I then welcome you for a memorable stay in our beloved Villa Anna!