i don’t have a summer holiday booked this year but if i did, then the newly opened casa cook kos is the place i’d be headed! regular readers will remember that i was lucky enough to be invited to sister resort casa cook rhodes last spring, and it was hands down the best hotel i have ever had the pleasure of staying at.
casa cook is a new kind of hotel concept from thomas cook, one of the biggest travel companies in europe. remo masala – chief marketing officer of thomas cook and the man behind the casa cook concept – wanted to create an adults-only destination for ‘bohemian spirits’, aimed at young modern travellers seeking respite from the rigmarole of urban life, without compromising on the creature comforts of home. i’ve been waiting with baited breath for the launch of their second venture on the neighbouring dodecanese island of kos and boy, oh boy, it does not disappoint!
located in the seaside town of marmari, thomas cook have again collaborated with lambs and lions (the brand behind scorpios mykonos and nomads apt in berlin) and interior designer annabell kutucu, and brought aboard architect ilias mastrominas, to create another boho-chic masterpiece in affordable luxury escapism.
the crisp white lines and sparkling expanse of casa cook rhodes seem to have been softened and warmed to putty in the aegean sunshine, and far more use is made of raw, tactile mango woods, distressed textiles and woven basketry. in short, the current trend for luxe bohemia has been embraced head on. i love it!
the contemporary minimalist cubic buildings are inspired by centuries-old greek architectural style and grouped in little enclaves around courtyards and gardens. polished pale grey concrete forms the backdrop to the minimal interior style of the rooms, all of which open onto private balconies or terraces and are decked out with coco-mat mattresses, rain-showers, mini-bars, wifi and air conditioning. the junior suites are tiered, with a lounge area, a garden and a pool shared with only one or two other neighbours, while the spacious suites and two-bedroom villas are the ultimate indulgence, with a private garden and pool – i’ll have one of those, please!
deeply inspired by the greek parea – a gathering of friends – the open-plan beach club is billed as a ‘community hangout’ for like-minded people to connect over open-to-all barbecues, ethical farm-to-table feasts, and chilled music beats, drink in hand, toes dipped in the pool..
with a spa complete with sauna and hammam, paddle boarding, horse riding on the beach, and yoga classes on the terrace all on offer, i’m already dreaming of booking my next casa cook experience.. who’s with me?
all photography © georg roske