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Kos’ most charming hotel

Paréa is the concept of holistic hospitality at the base of this new Thomas Cook hotel

Georg Roske

Paréa è la parola greca alla base del concetto di community che l’hotel Casa Cook vuole abbracciare con la sua atmosfera rilassata e la sua struttura architettonica tra tradizione e modernismo etnico


Kos’ most charming hotel is all about slow living, mindfulness and minimalism. These new concepts help live a simpler life with the idea that personal accomplishment can be achieved focusing on things that matter and simultaneously by sharing. These are Casa Cook’s values, a hotel on the beach of the Greek island of Kos shaped by global movements and urban trends expressed in a unique design. The new Thomas Cook’s hotel opened in July 2017 and promotes a new holistic concept of hospitality visible in the attention to food, the focus on wellness, the constantly open doors and the friendly service. The Greek word expressing this concept is ‘paréa’. It approximately means a meeting with friends but more deeply refers to the community culture, that sense of belonging and connection that the hotel wants to express with its relaxed atmosphere and its areas dedicated to spontaneous initiatives and meetings. 

The hotel is a true haven with only 100 rooms built around a cocoon of private and social spaces that foster this sense of belonging to a community. Casa Cook Kos was built on the beach, looking at the mountains of Kos, Kalymnos and Pserimos on the horizon. Here, nature plays an important role in the way the hotel is lived, which reminds us of an ancient Greek village with its tight labyrinth of white houses. The one or two-floor buildings have been designed in order to blend in with the landscape, recalling nature’s colours and letting light add a sculptural touch to them. 

The several scattered small buildings of the hotel are connected with one another by gardens and common areas through an irregular network of paths. They further recall the idea of an ancient village that developed with time and they invite guests to slow down with their lives, perhaps stopping by on a bench underneath a tree to rest for a while. Each of the five room types – from the Double to the Villa Suite – has been designed as a private sanctuary with great attention to elegance and simplicity. The atmosphere was made even more relaxing by the neutral colour palette (with some darker tones here and there) and by rustic materials in contrast with polished ones. 

Midollino and wicker lamps and sturdy wooden doors are combined with minimal modern furniture from the ‘50s, polished concrete on walls, comfortable sofas for the big common areas and integrated bathtubs in the bathrooms. There’s nothing showy or over-the-top and even the smallest details (such as the light switch in Bakelite and the hand-made waste basket) have been personalised. All rooms are provided with an outdoor patio or private terrace, and the suites even have an extra living room and a spacious garden with private pool. 


by Paola Testoni / 1 December 2017


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