Perfectly poised between the sea and the mountains, Casa Cook is dotted with low, white buildings, wooden verandas and potted cacti. If we didn’t know better, we wouldn’t believe the Kos beaut was the second of the concept boutique hotels from Thomas Cook. But we do, and it is.
The style is pared-back-cool and with just 100 rooms in a traditional, cubist style, it's more intimate than most. Designed by Lamb and Lions in Berlin, the decor is worlds away from what you might associate with the phrases ‘Thomas Cook’ and ‘package holiday’. Think rattan, linen and polished concrete. Tones of muted beige and grey alongside woven fabrics and canvas. But really, the little details are the things that make the difference; the Marshall amp to play music through as standard in every room, the linen robes, and the wicker bag to take your belongings down to the beach.
The open air restaurant and bar areas flow to feel like a living room, rather than a trendy hotel and the food is served mezze style. There's a focus on local produce, freshly made with plenty of Greek influence. And anywhere that serves goji berries, countless honeys with different infusions, and roughly 10 different types of seeds at breakfast is okay with us.
Two more locations are confirmed for Croatia and Crete. Meaning we'll shortly be holidaying in Croatia. And Crete. Book.