Light & Noise
Dark Skies Policy
The natural island darkness and the night sky it creates, contribute to the tranquillity of the island’s nocturnal character. Outside lighting has a significantly greater impact in Ios, than would be the case in an urban setting like Athens. Incorrectly specified or installed, outside lighting may easily create light pollution or a nuisance.
Petra has a responsibility for the consequences of our lighting scheme. As Ios is naturally dark at night, there is little other light in the vicinity of our hotel. Therefore, we realise less light is required to draw the attention of our guests than would be the case in an urban setting. Purposely, we do not use decorative flood lighting nor advertising signs to draw attention to our Village. We have carefully installed downlighting & path lighting, rather than uplighting and we give great thought to the adjustment of lighting in our houses.
In meeting our hotel’s needs for external lighting, we consider others and try to avoid causing a nuisance to them. We do not overlight nor direct illumination obtrusively outside of our hotel, into the properties of others (‘light intrusion/trespass’) or into the night sky (‘sky glow’). Our lighting is sufficient for its intended task and not excessive.
Quiet Hours Policy
Petra is located in a naturally quiet area, across the bay from the port and next to the relaxing sounds of the Mediterranean sea. Many of our guests return to us every year for much needed rest and relaxation.
We ask guests to be mindful of the volume of noise they produce inside their house and in all common areas of the Village. Televisions, voices, or other devices must be kept at a respectful low level at all times.
Our “Quiet Hours” are from 11:00pm to 10am.
If you become aware of a disruptive guest, please contact a staff member immediately.