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Kinsterna Hotel

AGIOS STEFANOS, MONEMVASIA
23070 LACONIA, GREECE

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One of the most beautiful hotels in Greece. A 13th century manor house in the hills near Monemvasia turned into a luxurious spa hotel with a great swimming pool and a restaurant serving refined Greek cuisine.

Kinsterna Hotel in the hills of Monemvasia is a truly amazing place. I have seen a lot, and to me this is definitely one of the most beautiful luxury hotels in Greece. The main building is an immaculately restored 13th century manor. Its historical character is celebrated in every detail, and jazzed up by some striking modern elements in the interior design. Spring water snakes through the property, into the partially covered old cistern in the central terrace, and on towards a long L-shaped swimming pool surrounded by fruit trees. With three-dimensional lace stencilling on the walls, each one of the luxury rooms, suites, residences and even villas impresses in its own way. In the oldest parts of the Kinsterna property, cosy “Byzantine” suites have dome-shaped ceilings. Others have unique features: an original Ottoman fireplace in one, the old dungeon (!) in another. Newly added residences have the charm of the old with a few modern twists. I stayed in an impressive top-floor suite looking out over the hills, the sea and the castle rock of Monemvasia. I slept in an incredibly comfortable bed and showered in a luxurious marble bathroom. That, and the amazing food, was plenty of indulgence for me, but there also is a top-notch spa and a fantastic swimming pool to tempt you.

What makes it special to me

In a place like Kinsterna Hotel, aesthetics, luxury, gastronomy and service of the highest level are a given, but the calm atmosphere, the friendliness and the beautiful historical details throughout the property made it memorable to me.

But what you should keep in mind

Can I be a bit childish? I didn’t like it that when I arrived at Kinsterna Hotel I had to announce myself through an interphone before the gate was opened, and I felt a little embarrassed when they came with a golf cart to take me from the parking area to the reception.

ADDRESS
AGIOS STEFANOS, MONEMVASIA
23070 LACONIA, GREECE
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OPENING PERIOD
All year, except for a short period during the winter
PETS
Allowed with prior agreement
CREDIT CARDS
AMERICAN EXPRESS, MASTERCARD, VISA
Website
OWNER
Antonis Sgardelis
TELEPHONE
27320-66300
EOT NUMBER: 1248Κ060Α0155601
ROOMS & SUITES

27 rooms/suites for up to 2, 3 or 4 persons
12 residences for up to 2, 3 or 4 persons
1 villa for up to 6 persons
1 villa for up to 8 persons

The two villas share a swimming pool.

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RATES

Prices for two persons from 120 Euro per night (for a minimum stay of two nights), breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please check the website of Kinsterna Hotel or contact them.

ROOM FACILITIES

En-suite bathroom (shower)
Telephone
Television
Wi-Fi
Mini-bar
Air conditioning
Safe
Hairdryer

 

 

OTHER FACILITIES

Small sitting room with a fireplace
Bar
Two restaurants
Traditional taverna (open twice per week during the summer season)
Library
Terraces
Two outdoor swimming pools (one for families, one for quiet grown-ups only)
Spa
Massage
Hammam
Meeting room
Mountain bikes

Activities:
guided tours of the property
guided walks
fishing trips
horseback riding
horse-drawn carriage rides
wine-tasting
traditional cooking classes
bread baking
grape harvesting and wine making (late August to end of September)
tsipouro production (selected October weekends)
olive harvesting and olive oil production (October to December)
art of weaving at the old traditional wooden loom
soap making (spring)

Special facilities and activities for children:
donkey rides
outdoor playground
indoor playroom
planting
stargazing
biking
hiking.
babysitting on request

MEALS

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Kinsterna  Hotel has its own olive trees, organic vegetable gardens and fruit trees, and you can expect lots of fresh seasonal produce on your plate. Breakfast is served between 8 and 11 am – you can either help yourself from a buffet, or order à la carte. I didn’t find it easy to choose as I was tempted by almost everything on offer: cheese pies, eggs, crispy bacon, all sorts of bread, crepes, waffles, yoghurt, fruit salad and more!
The gastronomic feast continues throughout the day and evening. The “All Day Restaurant” serves local specialties prepared with garden vegetables and fruits, free range meat and other local products. For an even more refined dining experience, the “Kinsterna Restaurant” offers a seasonally varied gourmet menu. I can’t remember what exactly I had for dinner, but I do recall it was a lot, and really delicious! As was the wine, from Kinsterna’s own vineyards.

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CHILDREN

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Children are welcome at Kinsterna. Even though the hotel is the perfect luxury destination for romantic escapes or spa breaks for couples, it is also family-friendly, and the larger suites and the villas are well laid-out for family holidays. Your children will definitely enjoy the swimming pool, donkey rides, stargazing, gardening, walks through the hills and swimming at nearby beaches. They can also ride bicycles, help with the olive harvest in the autumn and pet farm animals. There is an outdoor playground and an indoor playroom with boardgames and toys.
The hotel also offers babysitting services on request.

Kinsterna facilities for children

ACTIVITIES

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Monemvasia
Explore the castle city of Monemvasia: stroll through the cobbled lanes, climb up to the ruins on the 6th century castle, dip into the sea from one of the rocks, and check out the little shops and cafés.

Walking and hiking
Go and explore, on foot. There is a network of trails and paths around Monemvasia, and many walking routes are signposted. Ask the hotel for a map. One beautiful six km walk takes you from Kinsterna through olive groves, hills and mountains, past gorges, streams and small waterfalls to the village of Koulentia (Elliniko on the map). There’s also a fantastic ten km hiking route by the sea, starting from Agios Fokas and ending at the cave of Kastania.

Beaches
Walk, cycle or drive down to the sea (2 km) – there are several small sandy beaches. A short drive north, about 15 minutes, Kastraki is one of the better local beaches. For a real beach treat, plan a day excursion to the island of Elafonisos. A beautiful 50-minute drive over the mountain, a ten-minute ferry crossing and a less-than-ten minute drive on the island and you’re on Simos beach, famed for its fine white sand and lagoon-like waters.

Sea Kayaking
Local guides organise trips, and take small groups around the rock of Momenvasia and beyond, snorkelling and picnics included.

Cycling
Grab a bicycle and cycle to the rock of Monemvasia or follow tracks and country roads to explore the coast and the countryside.

Spa
Treat yourself to a fantastic full-body massage in the spa. The ‘menu’ also features facials, body treatments, manicure, pedicure and hydrotherapy. Conclude with a drink in the outdoor Jacuzzi with views over Monemvasia. Oh bliss!

Join in…
Kinsterna is also a working organic farm and you can join in some of the activities. Come in September to help harvesting grapes and participate in the traditional pressing of the grapes. In October there are a few weekends where you can learn how tsipouro (a mean Greek spirit!) is produced in an old Ottoman cauldron dating from 1890. During the period of the olive har
vest (between October and December) you can watch how organic olives are cold-pressed in the historical stone mill to produce fresh olive oil (agoureleo), and help bottling olives following Kinsterna’s own recipe.

And also…
Take a donkey ride, or a ride in a horse-drawn carriage. Learn how to make soap (seminars organised in spring). Sign up for a private wine tasting session to learn about local grape varieties and sample the finest regional wines. Learn to how make bread in a traditional wood-fired oven. Try your hand at the weaving loom. Or sign up for a fishing trip.

Monemvasia activities

LOCATION

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Kinsterna Hotel is only a few kilometres away from the castle rock of Monemvasia. It’s in a quiet spot in the hills amidst olive groves and vineyards, from where it overlooks the sea and Monemvasia. The sea and places to swim are near, and if you drive a bit further you will find some excellent beaches. Kinsterna Hotel offers a boat service  to take you (in 40 minutes) a beach which can only be reached from the sea.

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DIRECTIONS

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It is an approximately three to four-hour drive from Athens to Monemvasia (via Korinthos, Tripoli and Sparta). In Sparta follow signs for Gythio and after 24 km (about 18 km before Gythio) you turn left towards Krokees and Skala. You follow the main road from Skala towards Monemvasia (50 km). From Monemvasia take the coastal road south, first following signs for Neapolis then, after about 4 km, for Agios Stefanos. 1.5 km further on, turn right at the sign for Kinsterna  Hotel. The last 2 km are on a narrow and partly unpaved country road.

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