This week, we’re lusting for a hotel high on the hills, with vineyards, olive groves and its own Byzantine estate. We want a bedroom overlooking the Aegean, a spa with an Ottoman hammam, an infinity pool set in citrus groves, and a restaurant serving ravioli stuffed with pumpkins. Demanding, us? Actually, no: Kinsterna Hotel & Spa delivers all the above and more. It’s also got a tempting hotel offer…
Why this week? Take advantage of Kinsterna Hotel & Spa’s offer: get three nights for the price of two between 20 June and 31 October. And, if you’re a Smith member, you’ll also be treated to 20 per cent off all spa treatments, a 25-minute massage for each guest, wine from the vineyard, fruit and chocolates on arrival, early check-in and late check-out.
Our favorite bits The hotel looks almost as though it’s an organic part of the rambling hillsides, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that the proprietors advocate a home-grown policy with all their herbs and veg – all produce in the hotel kitchen is plucked fresh for the garden. They also make their own wine and olive oil, which they extricate using a traditional one-horse-power olive press and brewing tsipouro. Guests visiting in September can kick off their gladiator sandals and join in the squelching-good time that is grape trampling. It’s the little touches that add grandeur here: the rooms’ cavernous brick ceilings are juxtaposed with delicate lace lampshades and the pool has double loungers set into private recesses – perfect for solitary sunbathing.
Mr & Mrs Smith say… ‘Kinsterna is about relaxation, serenity and birdsong. A welcome glass of cold water to settle the dust appears on a tray as we sign in. Escorted to ‘Number 37’ through low stone arches and stairwells, I realise that the human race has increased in stature since the Middle Ages. A shorter Mrs Smith glides blissfully on. Our suite has expertly carved wooden beams underpinning traditional bamboo roof-tile supports, floral pargeting to the walls and polished pebble infills; the slightly safari look is but a fleeting notion. Every feature has been restored to period, and then a modern touch of inspiration added. The view is across vineyards towards Monemvasia and the breathtaking Aegean Sea. Kinsterna Hotel & Spa may be off the beaten track, which for us is the appeal, but it’s absolutely worth the trek.’ Read the full Kinsterna hotel review here.
Compiled by Emilee Tombs