Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades Islands in Greece, yet it remains relatively undiscovered by Americans. Despite its gorgeous beaches, rich history, and convenient location, couples often overlook Naxos in favor of the Instagram-famous blue domes of Santorini and the lively party scene of Mykonos. Yet this island, which was known in ancient times for its worship of Dionysus, the god of fertility and wine, actually makes an excellent destination for a romantic getaway to the Greek Islands.
Much more affordable than pricey Santorini and Mykonos, Naxos lets you stretch your Greece budget for a longer stay. There are beaches to enjoy, cute villages to visit, mountains to hike, and ancient temples to explore on Naxos, along with on water activities like diving, snorkeling, and sailing. If you are wondering where to stay on Naxos for a honeymoon, anniversary trip, or romantic getaway, I have a good option for you.
Virtu Suites Review: Where to Stay on Naxos
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My husband and I just took a couples trip to Greece to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary (albeit a year late thanks to 2020). We spent three nights at the Canaves Oia Epitome on Santorini, five nights at the Virtu Suites on Naxos, and our final night at the Hotel Grand Bretagne in Athens. You can see our full itinerary for 10 days in Greece here. Our time in Santorini was an absolute dream, but who can afford to spend too long there?
We were able to spend five nights on Naxos at the Virtu Suites for much less than our three nights in Santorini. Granted, we took a less expensive room level, but it isn’t just the room that costs less in Naxos. We traded $500+ degustation menus for $50 dinners at local tavernas (with an appetizer, two entrees, two drinks, and dessert!)
Location on Agios Prokopios Beach
Virtu Suites is a small boutique hotel located on the beach in Agios Prokopios, about 15 minutes south of Chora, also known as Naxos Town, the main town on the island. The hotel has a prime location just across the road from this gorgeous stretch of beach.
The village of Agios Prokopios is small compared to Naxos Town, with a collection of hotels, villas, and a smattering of restaurants and beach shops. If you are looking for a fine dining options and shopping, you may be better off staying in Naxos Town or St. George’s Beach. But if you enjoy walking to local, family-run restaurants and don’t mind taking a cab to the larger town or port, Agios Prokopios is a great place to stay.
Rooms at the Virtu Suites
We stayed in a Deluxe Sea View Suite. Our suite, number 3, was located on the ground floor just a couple of steps from the pool. We enjoyed sitting outside our room in the evening, but since the sunbed was located in front of the suite next door, we ended up spending more time at the beach than the pool.
I absolutely fell in love with the decor of the Virtu Suites, which uses a gorgeous blend of organic materials like rope, wood, and natural fabrics. Our room featured a King-sized bed and a nice sized seating area. The closet was slightly small for an extended stay, offering a couple of drawers and hanging space, along with an in-room safe. Of course I was happy to find robes and slippers — one hotel amenity I always enjoy!
The room also offered a Nespresso machine (but with breakfast included in our room rate we never used it), an in-room fridge with complimentary still and sparkling water, WiFi, and a flat-screen television.
The only drawback in my view is the open bathroom concept. There is a large glass-enclosed walk in shower, large sink vanity, and a separate WC. I’m someone who always needs to get up in the night to use the WC so I prefer a separate bathroom to not bother anyone by turning on the lights.
Restaurant & Bar at Virtu Suites
When we arrived in Naxos, we were welcomed to the Virtu Suites with a welcome drink of our choice. I selected the Sunset cocktail, and that became my drink of choice for the rest of the trip. The open air restaurant is open all day, serving up complimentary breakfast in the morning (you make your selection and preferred time the night before), as well as lunch and dinner.
The food at Virtu Suites was quite delicious, featuring local specialties like eggplant salad, tomato balls, and Naxian fries (sliced fried potatoes). We also enjoyed the pasta with tomatoes and grilled salmon. We enjoyed each of our meals at Virtu Suites, but for variety we also walked over to Spiros and Giannoulis for dinner on a couple of nights and went into Chora for some other meals.
Beach and Pool
Virtu Suites provides complimentary beach loungers and umbrellas for guests, they just need to be reserved the night before. If additional space is available, they then rent these to non-guests for day use. Food and beverage service is also available at the beach, you just may need to walk up to request a menu. The beach is made up of teeny pebbles which seems more like coarse sand than the rocky beaches on Santorini. It is not too rough on your feet, so you don’t need water shoes and it doesn’t stick to you either!
The water of the Aegean Sea is gorgeous, with beautiful shades of turquoise and blue. Unlike St. George’s beach, which is popular for surfing and windsurfing, the water at Agios Prokopios is calm. The beach drops off quickly when you enter the sea, leading to soft sand and clear water. While the beach is lined with these beach clubs and some public areas, it never felt overly crowded and in the morning, you pretty much had the water to yourself.
The pool is cute and offers a great spot for a quick swim to cool off or night swim, but if you want to sunbathe, the beach is the better place.
Service & Spa
From our warm welcome to accommodating a late check out, service was excellent at Virtu Suites. At a time when the economy is still recovering, it seemed like the small staff at Virtu Suites went above and beyond to make our stay comfortable. From arranging taxis to helping out when I accidentally flooded our room using the jets and rain shower, the team did everything they could to make our stay everything we had dreamed about in the two years we have been planning our trip.
Virtu Suites also offers a full service spa, with facials, massage, and other body treatments. We didn’t indulge on this trip but looking over the spa menu makes me think we were missing out!
We loved our stay at Virtu Suites! The beach was beautiful, the service was superb, our room was lovely, and the food was delicious. If you are looking for where to stay on Naxos for a romantic getaway, I’d say book a trip to Virtu Suites. This property is still pretty new but once the word gets out, I have a feeling it will sell out fast.