captures heat released by appliances/machinery which is then re-used to heat the hotel. LED lighting is used with sensors installed throughout the buildings; the sensors turn off electronics and lights in guest rooms, as well as in public areas. There are also sensors installed that adjusts the temperature of guest’s rooms when they are empty to save energy.
‘Landscapes that are simply perfect for hiking, with breath-taking views over Vikos Gorge, you will never bore of the scenery at Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas. The spa facilities will leave you feeling rejuvenated.’
- Taste local, traditional recipes
- Dip in the pool with mountain views
- Horse riding, rock climbing, rafting
- Organic produce from their own garden
- Turkish steam bath & treatments to relax
- Built-in harmony with the landscape
- A Zagori culinary experience & class
- Located next to the Pindus National Park
- Recognised: National Geographic Lodge
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- Check-in: 2:00pm
Minimum stay: 1 night
Equivalent price per night: From $164 USD
The hotel and villas are in an incredible location, next door to the Pindus National Park and high in the Pindus mountains. Delighting guests with picturesque views and plenty of interesting places to explore, including:
- Charadra Aoou, 30 min drive (21km)
- Papigko, 23 min drive (11km)
- Tymfi – nature trails to a remote rocky summit, 40 min drive (26km)
- Vradeto Steps, 46 min drive (32km)
- Papingo Bridge, 10 min drive (4km)
- Angastromeni Springs, 15 min drive (6km)
- Day trip to Meteora, 2h 30 min drive (144km)
- Ioannina, 53 min drive (48km)
There is also an abundance of activities to do including; cooking workshops, photography tours, birdwatching, rock/mountain climbing, rafting, horse riding, canyoning, fly fishing, yoga, hang gliding, and even sheep wool processing.
As the name of the hotel suggests, Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas is located in Aristi, a village in Kentriko Zagori which is in Ioannina, in the Epirus region of Greece. The resort is situated on the highest point of Aristi village, which is why it offers incredible mountain views.
- Distance from airport: Ioannina Airport (“King Pyrros”), 44 min drive (44km)
- Key attraction: Vikos Gorge, 33 min drive (20km)
- Nearest restaurant: The resort has an on-site restaurant, SALVIA
As part of what we do here at Kiwano we advise hotels that don’t meet the criteria on how they can reach the renowned Kiwano seal of approval, sharing knowledge; working tirelessly to get more hotels inspired to join the green movement.
EnergyFor heating, Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas have installed heat pumps, which have significantly diminished the use of oil (especially for the winter months). The hotels waste heat recovery system...
WaterTo reduce water consumption by 30-40%, there is water saving technology in place. A central pressure valve, and local pressure valves in every tap mixes air and water reducing...Read More >>
consumption. The hotel also has its very own waste water treatment plant where wastewater is recycled. This is then used for irrigation purposes. Smart irrigation is also used in the hotels gardens; the sensors monitor soil conditions to minimise water usage.
WasteThe hotel’s purchases are chosen with care, containing a low percentage of packaging materials. They recycle as much as they can (including metal cans and paper) and recycling is...Read More >>
transferred locally to Ioannina. Small quantities of organic food residuals are composted on site as fertiliser and 90% of used cooking oils are recycled or used for biodiesel. The hotel belongs to the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World, who have a new multiyear initiative ‘Planet or Plastic?’ to raise awareness of the issues surrounding single-use plastic in the world’s oceans. Therefore, the hotel are working on eliminating all single-use plastic on the property and excursions.
ConservationAristi Mountain Resort & Villas is currently working on this criteria, watch this space!
FoodThe hotel has its own greenhouse, where organic vegetables are grown and then used in the hotel’s SALVIA Restaurant. Vegetables grown include tomatoes, cucumber, paprika, chuccini, green...Read More >>
beans and eggplants.
Engage GuestsAristi Mountain Resort & Villas makes every effort to educate guests on things such as habitat loss and local conservation efforts. They encourage guests to engage in birdwatching with a local...Read More >>
naturalist and take them mushroom hunting in the forest which are later cooked at the hotel by their chef. They also proactively ask guests for feedback on their green practices, which gives them a chance to improve and grow.
ArchitectureAristi Mountain Resort & Villas was built in complete harmony with its surrounding landscape. Only local natural materials were sourced such as stone and wood to decorate the inner and...Read More >>
outer part of the buildings. The hotel has also sourced low VOC paints (volatile compounds). The architectural approach was to build more smaller buildings as opposed to less bigger ones, utilising the natural slope, this was a more expensive route and required more stages, however the hotel owner wanted to make it less impactful where possible.
HousekeepingChemical-free cleaning products are used where possible, the products used are of the ECOLAB brand. Toiletries are bought locally, produced with organic ingredients and have recycled packaging.
Kiwano BonusThe hotel has been heavily involved in a local restoration project, supporting and co-financing the restoration of a 17th Century monastery close to the village...Read More >>
of Aristi, The Spelaiotissa Monastery.
An ideal choice for short or long term vacation. The hotel is located at an amazing area with extremely beautiful views and the facilities are perfect! The food is also outstanding and you will have plenty of activities to do in the area.
Jim, Google Reviews
"A fabulous place all round"
What a place. We have just left after a 3 night stay. The staff couldn't have been more helpful, it was like having your own guide of the area. Perfect location and fantastic views of the area from rooms, spa and restaurant. We also took part in the wine tasting which was superb. Thanks for a great stay!
"A really relaxing place"
Fantastic location and view. A really relaxing place. If you want to find tranquility, this is the place. The Salvia restaurant was exceptional. Excellent quality and value for money.
The whole experience was perfect. The hotel, its facilities, the staff and service, the food, the room, the spa and its location were outstanding. The location which is truly a marvel of nature, dressed in harmony with the local style and tradition is a must visit for all.
" Best part though is the view"
We stayed in the honeymoon suite, which had a private porch area and a Jacuzzi to enjoy the views. Room was clean and big. Best part though is the view. Pictures don't do it justice. We did a number of hikes in the area, all were spectacular and very different from each other.
Hans, Google Reviews
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