Greece’s charming alternative to the Cyclades is rustic but equally cool and lush!
Unpopular opinion: sure, the islands are cool, but have you ever visited Peloponnese in the summer? I mean, I get it, all Greeks do- even we are ourselves stunned by the beauty of our islands and they are a well deserved must for tourists every year. But there is also a charming alternative, combining nature, clear waters and peaceful atmosphere in Southern Greece. Apart from the world famous Costa Navarino, Peloponnese features some stunning hotels, more on the rustic side and ideal for a chill holiday.
Below, discover the 6 best hotels in Peloponnese and get ready to extend your bucket list:
Kyrimai Hotel * Mani
Also known as “the” room with a view or #balconygoals in my personal travel diary, Kyrimai hotel makes you feel that you have traveled back in time and live at a belle epoque mansion. The legendary suite 301 seems literally suspended over water and offers a stunning view of picturesque Mani. It is also one of the most famous and awarded historic hotels of Europe, having been standing for two centuries at the tip of Gerolimenas village. Except for the excellent services, the gastronomic experience is another reason to visit this beautiful hotel.
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Costa Navarino * Messinia
Often the hotel of choice of famous Hollywood stars and celebrities, Costa Navarino is one of the most exclusive resorts in Greece, a true Messinian paradise! Home to two 5 star hotels, The Romanos and The Westin resort as well as Greece’s first signature golf course The Dunes Course, Costa Navarino creates its own micro-world, one you want to get lost into. There I had some of the most outstanding hotel experiences, such as walking the Philosophy Walk, relaxing at the Anazoe Spa and tasting heavenly dishes in the insta-famous Barbouni restaurant.
Tainaron Blue Retreat * Mani
Housed in a tall traditional Maniot stoned tower, perched on a steep slope, near Vathia (the famous abandoned village of Mani), Tainaron Blue has both the looks and the interesting backstory. An early 19th-century castle-like building was transformed to an expertly renovated three-room hotel, full of intriguing design details. Thick stone walls, tiny windows, small wooden staircases and hidden trapdoors on the interior combine with view-gazing spots outdoors; patios and terraces with sunbeds, dining and lounging areas, plus an infinity pool. For anyone who seeks time, rest and space at a magical setting, this is a must.
Euphoria Retreat * Mystras
The first holistic wellbeing destination spa in Greece, Euphoria Retreat sounds like (and is) the perfect destination for wellness lovers. Situated in a valley on the edge of the Byzantine town of Mystras, a 13th century Unesco World Heritage site, a backdrop of mountains, citrus and orange groves offer spectacular scenery. There, the spa offers a unique blend of treatments and experiences using Ancient Greek and Chinese philosophies and medicines. The spa is itself a remarkable architectural achievement, with a 25 metre Waterwell, a Sphere Pool, a Byzantine Hammam and a Tepidarium among its facilities.
Kinsterna Hotel * Monemvasia
What can you say about a secluded, atmospheric, immaculately renovated Byzantine mansion of the 13th century surrounded by vineyards and olive groves? Apparently there are some more things, such as Kinsterna Hotel’s jaw-dropping location: just a few miles away from Monemvasia, the famous medieval castle city with a rich history and strong local identity. The hotel is infused with history, with canon holes and dark catacomb cells maintained and cleverly used in the decoration to the old cistern that gave the name to the hotel, the trademark of the place that sits in the middle of the central yard and feeds the beautiful infinity pool with fresh spring water.
Dexamenes * Kourouta
Situated at Κourouta, an area of the Peloponnese with undeniable natural beauty yet mainstream aesthetics, Dexamenes Seaside really constitutes a parallel universe. A design oasis was created where there used to be a wine factory with wine tanks made of concrete, a place from the early days of the Greek industry that remained untouched for decades. One of the most prominent architectural studios in Greece, the K studio team together with the visionary owner Nikos Karaflos planned and executed the project of the repurposing in an immaculate way. The rectangular tanks, resembling hollow concrete cubes, hermetically sealed on all sides, were converted into beachfront suites after they were cut open on the one side so as to gain an unobstructed view as well as access to the sea.
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