Miles of unspoilt coastlines, secluded beaches and pine-clad hills: the island of Spetses is just the ticket for some much-needed relaxation. Well-heeled Athenians flock here for breezy escapes from the sweltering summer heat and check in at the elegant Poseidonion Grand Hotel, a château-esque harbourfront retreat…
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Setting Pine-scented Pityoussa
Why this week? We’ve finally reached the end of a very jaded January, but February still stretches before us with its bleak promise of endless grey days. There’s no better perker-upper than planning a getaway to somewhere chic, warm, and blissfully sunny. Poseidonion’s grown-up glamour beckons: we can just picture ourselves ambling through its lavender-scented gardens or sunning perfectly bronzed limbs by its grass-green, glass-tiled pool. Need a nudge to indulge? Book before 15 March to save 20% on advance stays between 15 March and 30 October.
Our favourite bits… Spetses is a picturesque island of jasmine-scented alleyways, blossom-framed villas and white Byzantine churches. Dip your toes in the cobalt waters or hike to the top of the hill for spectacular Mediterranean views. It would be rude to visit without sampling the hotel’s spa facilities: set is a fragrant garden, it was the first hotel in Greece to offer spa treatments to guests. You’ll find plenty to love about the hotel too, with beautifully patterned floor tiles giving way to sweeping arched doorways under enormously high ceilings. And that’s just in the lobby. Bedrooms are stylish and inviting, decorated with a touch of British elegance and a dove-grey palette. Ask for a sea-facing room, so you can wake up to the natural beauty of this charismatic island.
Mr and Mrs Smith say… ‘Inside the double front doors of Poseidonion time stands still: one imagines it is 1914 when the hotel was first built for rich Athenians, later attracting high society and royalty. The traditional and beautiful patterned floor tiles are eye-catching against the simplicity of the white walls and cushions, high ceilings and commodious mahogany furniture. It feels airy, cool, discreet.’ Read the full Mr & Mrs Smith review…
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