We found every detail in a vibrant website that bears the same name. But is Hotel Bella Donna for real?
Once a hotel trotter, always a hotel trotter. I can’t resist the allure of a new, promising hotel I’ve never been, even if I’m watching a movie. This definitely happened with Hotel Bella Donna from Mamma Mia: Here we go again.
There I was, sitting in the folding seat of an open-air cinema in Athens, wondering if Hotel Bella Donna was actually a real location and adding it mentally to my travel list. The cute dock as a view, the warm toned stone walls, the pretty facade, the chic bar and the rooms, where so much had happened, just had to be real.
But they are not. Back at home, I discovered a website that fueled my hopes- Hotel Bella Donna. The work that has been put into this, is so amazing and detailed, that I actually clicked on “reservations” before realising it was all about the movie promo.
The first thing you see when you click on the website, is the hotel’s view to the sea and the small dock. The hotel logo invites you to “make some memories“, while lounge summerish music is playing and you’re immediately offered the possibility to mail a free postcard.
Then follows the Our Story section, which begins which a quote of Donna Sheridan, and then reads “My Mother first came to the island of Kalokairi in 1979 and started our family’s life-long adventure with the Hotel Bella Donna“. The key-figures of the hotel, such as, Donna’s daughter Sophie, and Donna’s friends Tayna and Rosie, are featured in a family tree-like scheme.
Sponsors are cleverly included in the Amenities section of the page, in which we find that the hotel offers Pinkberry frozen yogurts as a snack at the bar, the rooms are decorated with a beautiful flower bouquet courtesy of 1800 flowers and you can enjoy a healthy and tasty Greek meal with recipes from Sun Basket.
Then, we get to delve into the hotel, with a first stop at the Olive Press Spa which promises to bring balance and wellness to your mind, body and spirit through life restoring treatments.
A second, even more engaging “stop” is the virtual tour, which offers a 360 view of the courtyard, the lounge and the spa. What a mesmerizing experience.
Last but not least, you’re asked to sign the Guest Book (which practically translates into signing up to their Facebook page) and then comes the revelation: you can enter to win a romantic trip for two in Greece, inspired by Mamma Mia! If only it was all real! (BUT THESE ARE REAL! See: 5 of the most stylish hotels in Greece for your summer vacation)