„Slow down, man – you are in Greece“ said the local guy at Piräus harbour when I was asking about the arrival of my ferry to the island of Spetses, just close to Athens. So right, I kept this in mind for the rest of my stay in this beautiful country. After a two-hour ride through the stunning Saronic Gulf I could already see my home for the next few days from afar – the impressive Poseidonion Grand Hotel*****, a beautiful landmark in the style of the „belle époque“ – reminds you of those gorgeous buildings on the Côte d`Azur, such as the famours Negresco Hotel in Nizza.
Photo: The spectacular facade of the Poseidonion Gand Hotel - KHL
All my expectations were exceeded, without any exaggeration. A perfect mix of a building from 1914 with all modern amenities – and full of art. Cool parlors invite you to relax while reading one of the many books and magazines, enjoying a local smoothie (or drink, of course). The rooms reflect the elegant style and offer everything you can expect from a luxury hotel. I particularly liked the retro-style bathtub.
Photo: Example of a hotel room with a view! - Poseidonion Grand Hotel
The restaurant menus include the best food Greece has to offer – and that`s quite a lot. Many ingredients come from the own organic farm „Bostani“ located in the mountains, fantastic sea view included. Enjoy a lunch or dinner there – world-famous actor Ralph Fiennes did the same, by the way. Beware of the chickens though – no kidding! When we entered their territory, they all came close to us. „If you lay down on the ground, they will eat you“ says my friendly guide. Lovely! I just make sure to keep walking ;-) and grab a few fresh herbs, so delicious. They will be part of dinner on the hotel verandah which is THE meeting point for locals and wealthy Athenians – overlooking the sea, the Peloponnese and the island of Hydra. Simply spectacular!
Photo: Lunch with a view at the Bostani organic farm - Grand Poseidonion Hotel
Photo: KHL enjoying the elegant hotel lobby - Panagiotis Mavrommatis
My favorite meal though was breakfast. Did you know that „Greek breakfast“ is a registered brand? No wonder if you taste Greek yoghourt, local cheese to die for, delicious bread with honey and fresh fruits, just to name a few items. And can your day have a better start if all these goodies are served by charming staff with a smile on their face – Greek hospitality at its best.
Photo: Can you imagine a better place for breakfast? - Grand Poseidonion Hotel
It all comes from the top. Maria Strati looks like an elegant top model (I could easily see her on the cover of VOGUE) and is the charming and charismatic general manager who cares a lot for both, her clients and her staff. No wonder the Poseidonion Grand Hotel has received quite a few international awards for excellent service. - And stay tuned – I will soon post an interview with Maria where she will give some insights in her interesting job.
Photo: Having a chat with Maria Strati - Panagiotis Mavrommatis
Spetses is not (yet) well-known outside of Greece. This small island awakes all senses. Abundant nature, lovely boutiques, cafés, restaurants and hardly any cars! No McDonald`s, no Starbucks – just local and authentic stuff. Lonely beaches with crystal clear water – from the Poseidonion Grand Hotel you just walk 15 minutes to Kaiki, a beautiful little beach with a cool beach bar. If you travel in September or October (or in spring), you may have the sea just for yourself – with pleasant temperatures. The Greek Gods must have had a great day when they created this island. Apart from beaches there is so much to do and see. Discover the island of only 25 sqm by squad or – if you are in great shape – by bike and stroll through the old port with charming restaurants and the traditional shipyards. Charter a traditional wooden boat and spend a day on the sea. Do not miss the olive press at the charming Liotrivi restaurant and enjoy a cocktail right above the sea. It cannot get more romantic. And Maria`s tip for a nightcap (or two): the cool Spetsa Bar with its owner Costas (a real character!) and music of the 60s and 70s.
Photo: Kaiki Beach in October - so enjoyable! - KHL
Visit the little museum of Bouboulina, a national hero and power woman of the 19th century (when Spetses had more inhabitants than Athens...). You will learn a lot about the island`s glorious history. Chill at one of the two pools under palm trees in the garden of the Poseidonion Grand Hotel and get a full-body massage from Abi, the awesome Indian therapist at the Asian spa. After that, you will feel at least 10 years younger. And above all – enjoy the laid-back atmosphere of this precious island and remember – „slow down, you are in Greece!“
Photo: One of two pools - this one is just next to the spa - Panagiotis Mavrommatis
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Photo: I loved the spectacular staircases! - Panagiotis Mavrommatis