Housed in an 18th-century watchtower that was designed to keep intruders out, this fully restored guesthouse in Greece now welcomes visitors from around the globe - but not too many... with just three suites in the retreat and views to die for, this is possibly the ultimate relaxation escape.
The architect owners of this 200-year-old stone tower house have managed to turn it into an exquisite little hotel with only three rooms. It’s an incredibly peaceful and romantic hideaway in an area famed for its historical villages, wild landscape, great walking trails and quiet beaches.
The historic watchtower is a combination of old and new. With modern design touches, it feels both glamorous and cosy. Restoring the interiors was a meticulous task using original local materials of stone, wood and marble that retain the classic and authentic feel of the period.
The three rooms have been ingeniously designed straight into the levels of the tower itself. The Master Suite occupies the two top levels of the tower. Access is via a steep flight of stairs from the communal kitchen/dining room. The first level of the suite has a deluxe double bed and the bathroom; a ladder leads to a mezzanine with a second double bed. The two other suites occupy the lower floors of the tower each featuring windows with ocean views, exposed stone walls and modern, designer fixtures.
The on-site restaurant is more of a private kitchen that serves authentic and traditional Greek cuisine poolside or on the veranda, both which offer magnificent views. This little boutique guest house is without a doubt a unique and unexpected experience, with dramatic natural beauty, historic character and warm hospitality.
This region of Greece is known as Mani, and it’s made up of a number of small villages that include about 800 stone towers, known as Xemonia, in the same imposing style as the Tainaron Blue Retreat.
This particular tower was built to watch out and defend the southern coast, set on the cliffs 150 metres above sea level, so the sea views are the best you can get. For thousands of years, the peninsula has been a unique region full of legends, myths and mystery as well as epic natural beauty.
The Vlychada caves in Diros Bay are a thirty-minute drive north and at the very southern tip of the cape is where Poseidon’s Temple stands and legend has it, the extensive cave network underneath is where Hades, the god of the Underworld resides.
The nearest airport to the villa is Kalamata International Airport (KLX). This airport has daily connections to most major European cities and is probably the best point of entry if you are arriving in the Peloponnese region of Greece. From the Airport it is about a 2-hour drive to the hotel.
Address: Kastri Location, Váthia, 23062, GreeceView larger map