Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and even the Kennedy’s – all have passed through the doors and signed the book at the century old hotel of the Poseidonion. The charming little Greek spot of Spetses is one of those islands close enough to Athens to make the journey a breeze, but far enough from the city that you get to breathe in the blue and gold beauty of the ancient world.
A Land of Little Change
Little has changed in Spetses since the 19th century, you can still see horse drawn carriages trundling down the roads, hand built ships resting on the sands, and tiny taverns where the ouzo flows. There is something of a faded grandeur about the place that calls to the jet set elite and the well-heeled socialites of Athens. Traditional shops sell amber honey, spiced oils and days are lazy and luscious, especially for those staying at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel.
A Touch of French Class Meets Grecian Glamor
Since 1914 this hotel has provided a landmark for the superyachts to aim for with its palatial like charm. Intricately refurbished over the last few years, everything appears to have been touched by the hand of Aphrodite herself. The décor and style is clearly influenced by the clean lines of the French Riviera, and the elegant ivories and creams bring a palate of freshness against the Grecian backdrop of pine forests and blue waters. Period style furniture, sweeping marble staircases, and soaring ceilings feel cool and discreet as opposed to over indulgences.
Soft Suites with Sea Views
The Royal Suite is la crème de la crème and aptly named for those who want more than a touch of finery as part of their stay. With space for 6 people and 3 lavish bedrooms, a private sea view terrace and separate dining and living spaces – it’s the ideal hideaway from home. The soft pale colors set against the wood floors and flowing materials are reminiscent of the Greek Goddesses. Marble bathrooms are bedecked with the best amenities like waterfall showers and special local toiletries, and the terrace is a striking spot for nursing sunset drinks before dinner.
Cocktails and Dining on the Verandah
Speaking of dinner, the Poseidonion doesn’t fall short when it comes to gastronomical greatness. Alongside its generous breakfast spreads, the glowing hotel boasts a smattering of finely tuned foodie experiences and crafted cocktails to keep you cool. Dining on the Verandah scores the highest marks with an award-winning chef at the helm. The sea front dining room is spectacular and steeped in romance thanks to its high ceilings, soft lighting and refined menu calling on the best of the land and the sea.
Cocktails on the Palms is the best way to cool down in the afternoon when you want to be refreshed by the touch of marble, the sweet sea breeze and the taste of something special over ice. All the ingredients from the restaurants come from the hotels very own inland farm and the concierges are more than happy to arrange a tour of the lush gardens where tomatoes hang heavy on the vine.
Spa Days for Wild Wellness
With space for lazy days on Spetses the hotels spa is a welcome retreat with its tranquil Mediterranean setting and Asian inspired menu. The brand of the moment is ILA – offering 100 percent organic ingredients, hand collected from some of the wildest and most remote regions in Greece. With treatments designed to gently stir and soothe emotions you can truly let go with signature massages and sweet wraps. Afterwards, alternate between the blue pool and steam room to bring your wellness practice full circle.
The Island of Perfume
They say that time stands still when you step inside the soft grace of Poseidonion. This is a place that seems to capture what luxury is all about – time and tranquility set against an immaculate backdrop that lifts the spirits. Spetses is named the island of perfumes, and as the lavender and jasmine spills out into the night, you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else…