Initially, we believed our primary focus would be on climbers, given that they constituted 90% of the island’s visitors in the past. However, we’ve come to realize that this dynamic is changing, and our visitors are becoming increasingly diverse – climbers, hikers, nature enthusiasts, seekers of authenticity, proponents of simplicity, and those who simply adore the sea. Kalymnos caters to everyone.

Our aspiration is to welcome an array of different profiles, creating an environment that fosters enriching encounters, moments of intimacy, and the bonds of friendship. While comfort is an integral part of our ethos, our foremost consideration is how you can be your authentic self while engaging with fellow travelers, if you wish. Above all, we want you to feel liberated and at home, where the essence of being yourself naturally intertwines with sharing moments with others. We strongly believe in the authenticity of encounters that happen naturally and with respect for others.

The idea to establish Chez Yaya Sea Lodges in Kalymnos originates from Stephan Boudonis himself, the passionate and visionary owner behind this inspiring project. Our collaboration has been forged through a shared vision to create a unique haven where travelers can rejuvenate amidst pristine nature while discovering the richness of the local culture.

Stephan, a close friend, with his extensive experience and deep knowledge of the island, convinced me that Kalymnos was the perfect place to bring this vision to life. His contagious enthusiasm for the island, his understanding of travelers’ needs, and his commitment to an authentic experience quickly convinced me to join this extraordinary venture.

His passion for Kalymnos is palpable, and his determination to preserve the natural environment while making a positive contribution to the local community has been the decisive factor for me. Stephan has meticulously crafted an atmosphere where every detail is thought out to offer guests an unforgettable stay.

Throughout our discussions and idea exchanges, I was captivated by Stephan’s vision and his genuine desire to make Chez Yaya Sea Lodges a sanctuary of tranquility where intimacy, freedom, and respect are at the core of the experience. His dedication to inclusive economy and nature preservation confirmed to me that this project goes beyond mere business – it is a true mission.

Ultimately, it is the friendship with Stephan Boudonis, his pioneering spirit, and his unwavering belief in Chez Yaya Sea Lodges that convinced me to embark on this beautiful journey. His bold vision and determination to create something exceptional have been the driving force behind this inspiring choice to make Kalymnos our flagship destination.

The eagerly awaited opening of Chez Yaya in March 2024 is just around the corner, and I am thrilled to share this incredible journey with you. As the manager of Chez Yaya, I deliberately chose to reside on the premises, nestled within this century-old olive grove. This decision is aimed at making me more available to you, our cherished guests, and fully immersing myself in the unique atmosphere that emanates from this place. Having traversed the globe and lived in various countries, I deeply understand the significance of feeling welcomed and connected, no matter where one may be.

I was born in England, and from a young age, I lived in Switzerland, Spain (my mother’s homeland), Mauritius (my father’s homeland), Lyon in France, and even as far as Rodrigues Island, not to mention other countries (around 15) I’ve had the fortunate opportunity to visit. Each of these places has brought me enriching experiences and has shaped my perspective on hospitality and welcome. This diverse journey has opened my eyes to the world and made me realize the vastness of the different cultures that make up our planet. I am extremely happy and fortunate to discover the Kalymniote culture, which to me, radiates an absolute authenticity. It’s a true delight to immerse myself in this unique culture and to learn about the traditions and way of life of this beautiful island.

Chez Yaya is much more than a mere place to stay; it’s a home, a sanctuary, where the spirit of family is at the core of everything we do. Freedom and mutual respect are guiding principles of our approach, as is our commitment to an inclusive economy. The latter is a vital prerequisite for us, as we aim to contribute to the economy of Kalymnos and its inhabitants, who warmly welcome us to this island.

Our Eco-lodges, nestled within this 8000m2 olive grove, offer ample space to flourish, unwind, and reconnect with nature. Stay tuned for exciting updates to come, and get ready to immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Chez Yaya. I am eager to welcome you, share this extraordinary journey with you, and create unforgettable moments together starting from March 2024.


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Online Booking Request

Non-binding Pre-booking! We are delighted to announce that our online booking system will be up and running soon, as soon as the final details of the construction site are completed. In the meantime, you can make a pre-booking without any deposit required. This does not commit you to anything and guarantees you a privileged spot upon the official opening in March 2024.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!