A little bit of luxury and spoiling in the mountains of Greece? Nothing wrong with that! I went to see Kipi Suites after receiving a rave review from one of my readers. Checking the website, I agreed it had to be a beautiful hotel and would be worth a visit, but I was afraid that the slightly cool and modern looking area wouldn’t fit the traditional character of its surroundings. It turned out I was right on the first two points, but wrong on the last. Kipi Suites is indeed a gorgeous boutique hotel, definitely worth the trip but, while styled with an off-beat combination of local traditional as well as striking modern elements, the overall feel is warm and cosy, and it suits the area just fine. Eight beautiful suites, all with stunning views over the mountains, a cosy dining room and a large bar/sitting room are spread over several traditional stone buildings, some dating from the mid 19th century, others built more recently. The suites are all very spacious, very comfortable and very stylish. I stayed in one that had a sitting room and a separate bedroom, both with a fireplace, and ample supplies of wood to burn. A fantastic bed, a luxurious bathroom, and lots of little extras that were not exactly necessary, but fun to have anyway (like a Nespresso machine and an iPod docking station), made me feel pampered and spoilt.
I always love the experience of feeling totally spoilt. Kipi Suites offers an exceptional combination of great comfort and great care in a beautiful environment.
It was pouring with rain throughout my stay, so I never tried the walk to the village square and I can’t tell you how easy and long the walk is. I saw there is a path going down.
2 double suites with a sitting area (35 sq m)
1 double suite with a sitting room (42 sq m)
2 suites for up to 3 or 4 persons with a sitting room (about 43 sq m)
2 suites with a sitting area (44 sq m)
1 maisonette with a sitting room, balcony (52 sq m )
En-suite bathroom (some with Jacuzzi bath)
Facilities to make coffee and tea
Sitting room with a fireplace
Breakfast is served until midday, and you will get a fantastic spread of homemade treats. Everything is prepared on the spot with local, fresh products. You will be spoiled with home baked bread, local cheeses, eggs, traditional savoury pies, deserts and freshly squeezed orange juice. Later on during the day you can order light meals. There is no full restaurant service at the hotel, but there are a few restaurants in the village.
Children of all ages are welcome at the hotel, and all suites can accommodate between one and three children on comfortable sofa beds. Cots/cribs are available on request.
The area is fantastic for outdoors activities for the whole family. Take your kids (as long as they are not too young) for walks through the gorge, in the summer let them swim in the rock pools in the mountains, sign up for rafting in the Voidomatis River, or take them horseback riding.
Kipi Suites is at end the village of Kipi, one of the (perhaps) lesser-known Zagorohoria. It sits a little higher up on the mountain, and you basically have the forests at your doorstep. It is very quiet and the views are staggering.
From Ioannina, take the road in the direction of the airport and then Konitsa. Turn right about 13 km after the airport towards Tsepelovo (right after you pass under a footbridge). After 11 km, rather then going right towards Tsepelovo, continue straight in the direction of Ano Pedina. Take the road up into the village, and you will see the terracotta-coloured (or rather Byzantine red, the meaning of porfiron) building on your left.