Simpson Secret – Kini Bay Villa Greece, Syros

Tastefully constructed with a blend of contemporary style and traditional materials, Kini Bay Villa is a spacious, stone-built house in one of the loveliest locations on Syros. The views feel almost cinematic in their breadth, a wide-angle panorama of numerous Cycladic islands, the western beaches of Syros and, as evening falls, the seductive amber glow of an Aegean sunset.

The villa sits about 600m from Kini Bay, conveniently placed to enjoy its three waterfront tavernas and beach, yet not overlooked and therefore nicely private. The interiors are stylish and very comfortable as you’d expect in a new house of this calibre, but it’s the outdoor space that really makes the villa shine. The swimming pool sparkles in a vast, 250m² sun terrace, with luxury sunbeds, a dining pergola and mesmerising views from dawn till dusk. This is the place to unwind and spend time reconnecting with family and friends and rediscovering the pleasure of agenda-free days in a beautiful place. If you feel like a little pampering, we can arrange a local cook, or perhaps a private boat trip or other water sports to explore Syros from a different perspective.

Syros, the Island of Hermes, is renowned for its traditional atmosphere and old-world elegance. Despite its diminutive proportions, it also manages to tick the ‘something for everyone’ box rather well. There are numerous unspoilt and uncrowded bays and coves to explore, as well as some more commercial beaches, and most can be reached by bus from Ermoupoli. This attractive and sophisticated town has some excellent restaurants, many shops and impressive architecture that make it well worth a visit. More fine, neoclassical buildings can be found at Possidonia, 5km away, or you can stroll around the attractive harbour village of Finikas, with its lively marina and pretty sandy beach.


  • 5 bedroom villa (sleeps 8)
Ground floor:
  • Open-plan living/dining room/kitchen
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Double bedroom
  • Shower room/cloakroom
Lower level:
  • Master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite shower room with WC
  • Double bedroom
  • Twin bedroom
  • Shower room with WC
  • Terrace
  • Small room with sofa bed
  • Shower room
  • Laundry room with WC


  • Washing machine and dryer
  • Dishwasher
  • Cot
  • Satellite TV, DVD player, iPod docking station with speakers
  • Central heating
  • Air-conditioning throughout living areas and four bedrooms
  • Ceiling fans
  • Pool shower
  • Private swimming pool 9m x 5m (depth 1.1m – 1.9m), corner steps
  • Security deposit £1,000
Complimentary wifi:
  • All properties with wifi are able to support basic functionality such as web browsing and checking emails
  • We aim to offer an uninterrupted service but sometimes due to factors beyond our control reliability can be affected
  • Bed linen, bathroom and pool towels provided
  • Weekly linen change for bookings of one week or more
  • Mid-week cleaning included
  • Laundry service and cook available on request
  • All services payable locally
  • Prices quoted are subject to change

Kini Bay is a delightful beach village with three tavernas on the waterfront, as well as a mini-mart, a souvlaki shop and a newspaper kiosk. There is a larger supermarket about 1km away. The villa is walking distance from the beach, but the walk is uphill on the way back.

Finikas harbour is very scenic and attractive with a lively but laid-back nightlife during the summer months. There are many caiques and fishing boats as well as larger yachts and chartered yachts moored in the harbour, and the lovely sandy beach is excellent for swimming and watersports. There are very good tavernas, bars, and cafés on the sea front and Possidonia has a parade of fine neoclassical mansions whilst Lotos Bay to one side of Kini Bay has a good taverna.

Ermoupoli is the busy commercial port and capital known as ‘The Sovereign of the Aegean’.  It is a very attractive and sophisticated town with some very impressive architecture as well as some good restaurants, a wide range of nightlife, shops, an excellent art gallery and a recently-restored opera house with programmes throughout the year. It is built in the hills that surround the harbour and is well worth a visit, with elegant neoclassical mansions, marble paved streets and a lively seaside ambience.

Syros, the Island of Hermes, Messenger of the Gods and the God of Trade, has remained unspoilt and traditional, with an old-world sophistication and elegance. Situated in the centre of the Cyclades, it is the capital of this unique group of islands, and in the 19th-century was the capital of Greece itself; it has much to offer in terms of historical interest, and the capital Ermoupoli (or Hermoupolis, city of Hermes) is renowned for its architecture. Syros is quite arid but is strikingly beautiful, with a mountainous north and a gentler and more verdant south. It is little known as a tourist destination and therefore has a wonderfully Greek atmosphere. It is ideal for families with older children and for adult groups, and is mainly popular with Greek tourists. There is a religious feast celebrated by the locals on 27 July in the honour of Aghios Panteleimonas, which is great fun for visitors.

The island's history

Syros shares the usual historical milestones of the Cyclades, from its early Bronze Age settlements, through occupation and influence by the Phoenicians, Egyptians, and Romans, to the predations of the Ottoman pirates. Under the Venetians the Christian community on the island grew in size and importance, as can be seen in its Cathedral San Giorgio behind Venetian battlements on the top of Ano Syros, or Upper Syros, which gazes over the lower town of Ermoupoli to the magnificent blue and gold dome of the Greek Orthodox cathedral perched on the hill opposite. Ermoupoli was founded during the War of Independence in 1824, mainly by Orthodox refugees and Greek revolutionaries escaping from the Turks, and became a chief port and shipbuilding centre in the 19th Century. Syros has long been a model for the peaceful coexistence of the Catholic and Orthodox communities.

What to do on the Island

Ermoupoli, with its neoclassical mansions, marble paved streets, and elegant plazas, offers much of interest and charm. The grand Town Hall was designed by the Bavarian architect Ziller, one of many European architects who contributed to the design and building of Ermoupoli; it was finished in 1898 and presides over the magnificent Miaouli Square, one of the most attractive plazas in all of Greece, where graceful palm trees shelter cosy cafés and restaurants. The Archaeological Museum is worth a visit, and an ornate marble bandstand on the square often presents lively local concerts. By night the city is beautifully illuminated, and the smartly dressed locals stroll to meet friends and enjoy the cool of the evening. As well as traditional charm, there are many good nightclubs and bars, and thus plenty of lively entertainment. Ano Syros, overlooking Ermoupoli and the Aegean, is the charming Venetian quarter, the oldest and highest point in the town. Possidonia, also known as Dellagrazzia, is the favourite summer resort of the Syrians, and has many ornate and flamboyant neo-classical villas surrounded by beautiful gardens. This is the area where our villas are located, and countryside blooms with vineyards and greenhouses.

Yacht and motor cruiser hire can be arranged in advance and there is windsurfing and water skiing available on the island. There is a sailing school for children at Finikas Bay and the owners have two Optimist sailing boats available for hire. There is also a diving school within easy reach and it is possible to arrange boat excursions to other bays around the island.

The beaches

The lovely sandy beach of Finikas is excellent for swimming and watersports, and there are a number of very good tavernas, bars and cafés on the sea front, and there are two other sandy beaches nearby, Kokkina and Psachno.

There are numerous unspoilt and uncrowded bays and coves to explore on Syros, as well as some more commercial beaches, and most can be reached by bus from Ermoupoli. Kini is a fine beach, with plenty of fresh seafood on offer, and is known for the best sunsets on the island. More secluded and sandy beaches can be found in the north such as Delfini, Varvaroussa and Grammata.  Galissas is a sandy beach but is very popular, its shores lined by beach bars; you can however scramble over some rocks to the nearby naturist beach of Armeos, which is much quieter. From the village of Possidonia there are some lovely sandy beaches such as Agathopes, Komito, and Ampela.



This Simpson Secret is booked on an accommodation-only basis, but for an administration fee of £25 per person we would be delighted to book your flights.  Further information on the most convenient arrival airports in Greece is shown below.
Arrival airports:


Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Sat/Sun All season
London Heathrow BA Sat/Sun All season
London Heathrow Aegean Airways Sat/Sun All season
Manchester* BA Saturday All season
Manchester** Aegean Airways Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Sunday All season

*Via London Heathrow
**Via Brussels



Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
London Heathrow BA Saturday All season



Departure airport Airline Flight days Seasonality
London Gatwick easyJet Saturday All season
Manchester easyJet Saturday All season
London Heathrow BA Saturday All season


For arrivals into Athens, fly onwards with Aegean Air to Syros.  
  • Book your own transport (taxi or bus) to the port on arrival at the airport.
  • Book your own boat transfer with Open Seas, the Greek ferry operator. 
For arrivals into Athens, take a taxi or bus to the port of Rafina for a boat transfer to Syros:
  • High-speed hydrofoil (approximately 2 hours)
  • Ferry service (approximately 4.5 hours)
For arrivals into Mykonos or Santorini, take a ferry to Syros.


For holidays in the next few weeks, there may be other flights and additional flexibility on the packages available. Call us on 020 8392 5858 to find out more.

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†  Flight availability is limited on your chosen dates.

Please call us for assistance with your holiday on 020 8392 5872.

Property EOT Licence: 1177K91001138401


Booking Conditions

  • Prices are in pounds sterling and are for the accommodation only for the guests named on your invoice
  • The assistance of the property owner, housekeeper or concierge
  • Information book in your accommodation
  • Any breakages, damage, losses, extra cleaning or outstanding accounts incurred during your stay 
  • Visas 
  • Holiday travel insurance
  • Airfares, car hire or transfers
One cot and one highchair are provided free of charge in our self-catering properties.  Additional cots and highchairs may be available upon request.
In order to allow you to co-ordinate your holiday arrangements with friends and family, in many cases we are able to hold an option for up to 24 hours before confirming your booking.
In order to confirm your booking a deposit of 30% of the accommodation cost is required.  This payment is non-refundable. The balance payment for your holiday should be paid at least 10 weeks prior to your departure. We accept most debit cards and credit cards, and personal cheques. All payments made by credit card will be subject to a 1.25% charge* reflecting our incurred costs. (*American Express is subject to a 2% charge.) 
Please familiarise yourself with our full booking terms including our cancellation policy here.
Most of our self-catering accommodation is privately owned and sometimes it is the owner’s main residence, which they vacate for the summer season. In order to protect the furnishings and fittings, some owners require a security deposit which is collected 3 weeks prior to departure. The deposit will be refunded in full within 7 days of your return provided there is no damage or additional cleaning required and the property remains in the same condition as upon arrival. If a security deposit is applicable, the amount required will be stated in the Details section of the property. Please alert the owner/caretaker to any breakages or damages during your stay.
It is compulsory that all our guests have comprehensive travel insurance and we will need full details of your policy at the time of booking or before you travel.
Your travel documents are available to download and print 2 weeks prior to departure via our Manage My Booking facility on our website provided you have paid in full.
It is your responsibility to be in possession of a valid passport and any necessary visas. EU citizens do not need a visa to travel to France. If you are a non-EU citizen then you should check with your own embassy for the entry/re-entry requirements necessary for your journey. Children not on an accompanying parent’s passport before October 1998 are now required to hold their own passport if they are under 16 years. If you do not have a passport, it is recommended to apply at least 6 weeks before your holiday. Passports should be valid for 6 months after your return date.
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Air-conditioning and heating
We have indicated in the property descriptions which accommodation has air-conditioning included in the holiday price. Heating is available in some of our properties during the low season weeks, which is normally included in the holiday price.
Animals and wildlife
As in all rural communities, indigenous animals are an essential part of the way of life. The braying of a donkey, crow of a cockerel or the barking of a dog is not a complaint that receives much sympathy from the locals! Care should be taken to minimise the presence of insects and animals in your accommodation. Keep surfaces clean, dispose of refuse regularly and ensure that food is not left uncovered. Cats and dogs are often resident where an owner or manager lives on the property. If you are allergic to cats and/or dogs please ensure that you check the suitability of your chosen accommodation with us prior to confirming your booking.
We have specified if a barbecue is available at your accommodation. Please note that often in summer, due to the hot weather, use of your barbecue may not be allowed and/or strict rules for its use may apply. The local or national government reserves the right to introduce new rulings at any time, often with little prior notice, prohibiting the use of barbecues to reduce the risk of fires. Where a barbecue is not provided, it is usually because the surroundings are considered a fire risk or inappropriate for the use of barbecues.
Beach/pool towels
Beach/pool towels are provided in all our self-catering properties and these are normally laundered weekly.
Please note that a double bed could be two single beds placed together. French bed sizes vary and can be 140cm.
Check-in and check-out
You will usually be able to occupy your accommodation between 4-7pm and you should vacate it on the day of departure before 10am. Please refer to specific property details for exact times. 
All our properties are cleaned for your arrival. The details section of each property has further information regarding the cleaning schedule. If additional cleaning is required, please contact us to arrange this in advance of travel. Please note additional charges will apply.
Distances and timings
Please note that all walking and driving times stated are approximate estimates only. Transfer times are also approximate estimates only and do not include any waiting time.
Health and safety
Simpson Travel is committed to raising the standards of health and safety throughout all our destinations. Our guests’ safety and wellbeing is of the highest importance to us. However, please note that since many of our properties are private homes, it is not always possible to meet the same exacting standards as in the UK. In your accommodation we will provide any necessary health and safety information. We ask you to familiarise yourself with this information and the property on arrival, particularly when travelling with children, and to raise any concerns with the Simpson Travel telephone representative.
Internet access and wifi
Internet access and wifi is available when stated in the relevant accommodation description details. Please note there may be restrictions with the availability and speed of the service transmitted by the local provider and technical issues may cause temporary withdrawal of internet facilities. We are unable to accept responsibility for any down time or consequences of using this service and refund/compensation cannot be offered due to circumstances beyond our control such as adverse weather conditions.
Linen and laundry
Bed and bathroom linen is provided weekly. For your convenience all of our properties in France have a washing machine and most have a tumble dryer.
Noise and building works
Traffic, farm work, roadwork, animals and other sounds form part of everyday life, however, what constitutes ‘noise’ to one person may not be a problem for another. Please let us know if you have any special needs regarding this. Occasionally, building work is unavoidable as we do not control such work and may not know about it in advance. Whenever possible, we will notify you of any work that we believe may affect your holiday.
Only guests named on your invoice are entitled to occupy the accommodation.
Satellite television
We cannot guarantee that a full selection of satellite channels will be available. Channels in English may be very limited and these are often only CNN or BBC World.
Seasonal facilities
Some facilities are subject to weather conditions and the general season, for example swimming pools, restaurant terraces and courtyards, pool bars, local restaurants, and they may be limited or unavailable at the beginning or end of the season. Please do not hesitate to check with us, should a particular facility be a necessity to you.
Swimming pools
Swimming pool details are given on our website. Pool dimensions are approximate only and, unless specified otherwise, pools are freshwater and unheated. Dates when pools are operational are subject to the prevailing weather conditions at the time of opening and closing and we cannot be held responsible if poor weather means the pool is opened later, or is closed earlier in the season.
Upon arrival at your accommodation, we kindly ask you to acquaint yourselves with the pool’s safety and hygiene rules. All our pools in Corsica and mainland France comply with French law and are fitted with one of the following forms of security: fence, alarm or cover. Some pools are ‘infinity pools’ which have an exposed pool edge with an unprotected drop. This maximises views and is an attractive feature of the pool. We recommend that you do not sit, lean or walk on the unprotected edge. Children must be supervised at all times.
Villa owners
Whilst the owners or staff of some properties may live on site and tend to the grounds, they are aware that you value your privacy, and will do their best not to intrude. We do ask you, however, to allow them reasonable access to the property so that they can maintain the grounds and keep them in good order.
Welcome Pack
We offer a welcome pack in all our self-catering accommodation consisting of a small selection of staple items.