Casa Cook, Kos, Greece
As worn out as the term ‘rustic chic’ may be, it’s an entirely apt way to describe Thomas Cook’s sophomore effort after its wildly successful debut last year, Casa Cook Rhodes.
Casa Cook Kos, on the sun-kissed Greek isle, is the work of the group’s creative director Remo Masala, Michael Schickinger of Berlin-based design agency Lambs and Lions, and interior designer Annabell Kutucu, the latter two reunited for this project after the success of their first outing.
Local architectural firm ARC has housed the Grecian resort’s 100 rooms in a series of white-washed adobe-like pavilions, the low height of the silhouette an ideal frame for the looming mountains and the white sanded beach and rolling dunes.
In the main, the design favours outdoor living, whether the wall-less grass thatched communal pavilions or the shaded private porches, gratifyingly, a feature of all the rooms. The interiors are dressed in shades of grass, charcoal greys and hessian, and Coco-Mat mattresses, whilst the rough textures and polished concrete floors all conspire to encourage one to pad around shoeless and sport progressively darker shades of tan.
The food benefits from the devotion of both owner Gabriel Karathomas, and his chef to freshly farmed produce, all consumed in the Greek paréa or communal-style dining pavilion, while activities range from twice-daily yoga sessions and horse rides through the nearby salt lake, to long naps.