Kivotos translates to “ark,” and you’ll know why upon your first glance at the funky, three-story Noah’s Villa at the whitewashed Kivotos Hotel. But it’s not just the villa (complete with a rock grotto and wooden ship wheel entry) that has unexpected touches: surprising design elements are found throughout the property—in fact, the hotel is one of the most interesting on the Mediterranean. The 40 rooms and suites are designed by different artists (the owner is a collector); all are done in light, tranquil colors that reflect the sea. Ocean-view rooms are well worth the splurge, and some of the two- and three-bedroom suites are furnished with private pools that overlook the water. The property is just steps away from a quiet beach with chaise lounges, and guests have access to the hotel’s private yacht, motorbikes, and more. In the afternoons, however, it was the locally caught seafood served at the hotel’s seafront La Meduse restaurant and ouzo at the swim-up pool bar with its underwater music that captured our attention.