Kyrimai Hotel offers an unforgettably romantic setting at picturesque Mani
During my trips, I have stayed in hotel rooms with stunning views to skyscrapers, iconic monuments or idyllic beaches but this was my first time in a hotel suite with four windows and a balcony offering a 180° captivating view to the open sea. The room 301 which is the master suite of Kyrimai Hotel seems literally suspended over water. It makes you feel that you have traveled back in time and live at a belle epoque mansion. It is a totally romantic setting with thick stoned walls, dark wooden floors and elegant antique furniture with country style touches. Maybe the most atmospheric room I have ever been! It makes perfect sense that it has its own loyal fan club, repeaters from around the world that want to live again and again the experience of lodging in one of the most historic hotels in Greece.
The location is as cinematic as the suite itself. Kyrimai Hotel has been standing for two centuries at the tip of Gerolimenas, a village in the southernmost part of Peloponnese that used to be a commercial port. Its history is presented in a special room at the lobby, full of vintage documents and memorabilia of that era. The owner and descendant of the successful merchant that lived in the original building, mr. Alexandros Kyrimis can talk for hours, narrating tales from the glorious past of the house. Kyrimai Hotel is now one of the most famous and often awarded historic hotels of Europe.
Although you can never have enough of the room and its views that look like precious art paintings, you have a lot of reasons to get out there and explore a bit more this amazing hotel and its great history. First of all the unique swimming experience you have in the crystalline waters in the small bay of Gerolimenas, facing the breathtaking Cavo Grosso rock…
And then it’s the food which makes Kyrimai Hotel a hot gastronomic spot of the area. I have to make a special reference to the chef Stavriani Zervakakou and her creative approach to local flavours. It all starts with the Maniot breakfast, served in ceramic tableware on a traditional tray, it goes on with the lunch menu and ends with a different unique dinner selection of dishes that guests enjoy by the sea. Whatever we tried during our stay was delicious and inventive regarding the use of greek herbs and spices and the reinvention of traditional recipes in general. If you happen to visit Mani, I strongly recommend a dinner at Kyrimai.
Enjoy my pictures from a short escape that my family and I really enjoyed this summer!