about us

LuxurIOS Island Experience is a Greek owned tourism project that develops, owns and operates hotels, beach estates, villas, lounges and organizes authentic life experiences in the island of Ios.

LuxurIOS Island Experience is a Greek owned tourism project that develops, owns and operates hotels, beach estates, villas, lounges and organizes authentic life experiences in the island of Ios. This project was born out of love for our country with a vision to promote sustainable tourism in Greece and contribute our mental, emotional and financial resources to protect and promote the cultural and natural heritage of Ios. Following a long effort, a significant amount of land was purchased in the island creating one of the largest private holdings of still unspoiled beach front land in the Mediterranean. Our aim is to use a very low-impact, environmentally sensible approach to sustainably develop only a very small portion of the land that we own leaving 95% of it undeveloped, so that Ios’ natural beauty, unspoiled beaches, sense of place and Greek island cultural heritage continues to thrive for future generations of locals and visitors alike. Only a small collection of villas, lounges and boutique hotels will be developed based upon environmentally-friendly design and construction, working closely with the local community thus providing direct economic benefits through responsible tourism development. An integral part of the project is the offering of authentic island life experiences designed to expose guests to IOS’s incredible beaches, stunning landscapes and local products in privacy, luxury and comfort.

CONSTRUCTION

During the construction process all the materials we use, except wood, iron, glass and cement and s ...more

POWER LINES

There is no exposed infrastructure anywhere on our properties; no electric or telephone lines are ex ...more

TREES

We planted more than 55,000 trees so far including more than of 500 ancient (300+ year old) olive tr ...more

WATER COLLECTION

Storm water management and harvesting is in the forefront of our land development philosophy. Every ...more

WASTE MANAGEMENT

All the water from the daily cleaning of the venues and various water features is recycled in separa ...more

LOCAL COMMUNITY

We are actively committed to the well-being of the local community in more than one ways. In order ...more

Transplanting of Olive Trees for the railway line construction

Our story

LuxurIOS Island Experience is a Greek owned travel business born out of a love for our country and respect for Greece’s cultural and natural heritage. Like many Greeks, we used to pass our summers travelling from island to island in the Aegean Sea enjoying its natural beauty and having fun swimming and eating fresh local meals in seaside tavernas in small towns and villages we discovered along the way.

Greece was very different 25 years ago, a country in its very early stages of tourism, with many islands still untouched by overdevelopment. As the country organized itself around what would soon become its largest contributor to the economy – the travel and tourism industry - many of Greece’s iconic islands started surrendering their character and beauty to the economic promises of mass tourism growth.

These islands gave up large sections of their traditional communities and small fishing ports to virtually unrestricted and unsustainable construction, becoming victims of their own economic gain as rapid mass tourism development also led to environmental degradation and loss of authenticity.

Ios, on the other hand, without an airport and largely known only to backpackers and intrepid travelers, escaped the mass tourism tide that washed over other islands. The tourists who came to Ios frequented the main town and the two nearest beaches. The rest of the island was left virtually untouched, and still a place of dramatic natural beauty and cultural authenticity.

We decided that we wanted to promote sustainable tourism in Greece and help to protect the cultural and natural heritage of Ios. We purchased a significant amount of land on Ios with the purpose of preserving it for the future by pursuing a model for sustainable development that included safeguarding vast tracts of natural landscape and building a small collection of private villas and boutique hotels based upon environmentally-friendly design and construction, working closely with the local community, and providing direct economic benefits through responsible tourism development.

Our aim is to use a low-impact, environmentally sensible approach to sustainably develop the land by leaving 99% of it undeveloped, so that Ios’ natural beauty, unspoiled beaches, sense of place and Greek island cultural heritage continues to thrive for future generations of locals and visitors alike.

WE DO NOT HAVE TO DAMAGE THE EARTH TO ACCOMPLISH OUR DREAMS

The Luxurios Island Experience Family

our Team

Saving Eternity, The Elektra Olive Tree Project

Vassiliki Petridou

Owner

Lamprini

Photographer

Sustainability

Preserving & Restoring Nature

We have planted more than 55,000 trees and bushes to restore previously burned habitat by wild fires and land deforestation. This also helps decrease our carbon footprint and helps to assure that the future of the island will be greener. This action is the largest private land restoration project undertaken in Greece.

We have also transplanted 283 ancient olive trees from the Peloponnese (most are 300 years old) which were about to be cut down for a development project there. We transported them across the mainland to Athens and then by boat to Ios where they were replanted with the supervision and assistance of specialists.

Rainwater Collection & Water Preservation

In each of our properties we have installed extensive water catchment systems that collect about 5 million liters (1.1 million gallons) of rainwater per year stored in 12 large underground reservoirs. Rainwater which is collected during the rainy season (autumn and winter) is then used during the dry season (spring and summer). Through this system we are able to conserve a large quantity of water which provides the majority of the water for irrigation needs.

Building Our Eco-Consciousness

In all our properties we install our electrical power lines underground so that we do not visually pollute the natural landscape. In addition, by using a special stone cutter machine, we have being recycling the rock which is unearthed from the excavations of our buildings.

By cutting it in various sizes we provide the necessary building materials for cement on location, as well as plaster and gravel for the finish work. For the walls of our constructions we use the same approach: rock excavated on location in the actual digging of the foundation is recycled back into the building itself.

By using this method we have minimized construction waste and also significantly reduced our carbon footprint instead of increasing fossil fuel transportation by importing construction materials from far away.

This approach is more costly but it gives us a tremendous sense of relief that we are minimizing the impact of own construction on Mother Earth.