What a joy to find such a fantastic little bed and breakfast in this forgotten corner of the Peloponnese. Mourayio Bed and Breakfast is a true boutique B&B, where apart from a super comfy bed, a spotless modern bathroom and an absolutely delicious breakfast, you also get to enjoy a prime location right by the sea, style, warmth, personal service, restrained luxury and that ‘pamper me’ feeling. The building, a new construction, is not something to make you stop and stare, but it looks well cared for and inviting, with flowered terraces and balconies, and shady sitting corners. It has three rooms and one suite, all done in a charming style that looks fresh and romantic, with some traditional touches too. The three rooms are on the first floor, and each has its own terrace or balcony overlooking the sea. If you feel like splurging, book the suite: a penthouse with a large veranda with sitting corners, sun beds and a hot tub. You can tell that American-born owner Pamela Stamatiou created her bed and breakfast with a lot of passion and now thoroughly enjoys running it. She is a wonderful person who thoroughly spoils her guests.
The location by the water - magic. The views over the sea. The fresh romantic style of the suites. The warm welcome by Pamela. Breakfast.
There is a small marina just opposite to Mourayio Bed & Breakfast, and you can get some noise during summer evenings. Fortunately, the rooms have windows in the front and back, so if the sound of chit chat outside bothers you when you go to sleep, you can close the (double glazed) windows on the front and open those at the back for fresh air.
2 double rooms with balcony, sea view
1 room for up to 3 or 4 persons with balcony, sea view
1 suite for up to 4 persons with sea view, private terrace (with a large Jacuzzi)
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Dock for iPhone/iPod
Kitchenette (suite only)
Facilities to make coffee and tea
Air conditioning and ceiling fans
Breakfast is served out on the terrace until about 11 am. Usually guests end up eating (and talking) together at the communal table. Pamela makes something different every day. She completely ignored my claim that I was trying to lose some weight and should have a light breakfast. She brought me freshly baked avocado bread with homemade jams, yoghurt with crunchy muesli and strawberries, and the best pancakes I’ve ever had. Delicious, and vicious.
The night before, Pamela had taken me for dinner to a restaurant in the village of Iliokastro, about 7 km from Ermioni. It is a place that’s run by French Maryvonne, who skillfully combines traditional Greek cooking with French cuisine. So, yes, I think I put on a few kilos there too. You should definitely try it. (I mean the restaurant, not necessarily putting on kilos!)
You will also find plenty of good restaurants in Ermioni. Most are by the water and the specialty, of course, is fish.
Because of the location and the style of Mourayio B&B, Pamela prefers to only welcome children that are at least 12 years old. One of the rooms and the suite have an extra (pull-out) sofa bed which can sleep two children, as long as they don’t mind sharing a double bed. Ermioni is lively during the summer months and definitely a little town for teenagers to enjoy.
Mourayio Bed and Breakfast is at the seafront, on the southern side of Ermioni (Mandrakia), opposite to a small marina, close to a few cafes and restaurants. There are places where you can swim at just 5-10 minutes’ walk.
There are several beaches you can easily drive to from Ermioni; ask Pamela for directions. Pamela’s husband Dimitris has a sailing boat and a speedboat, and daily excursions can be arranged. There are also possibilities for scuba diving. If you have a car (and if you don’t, you can rent one in Ermioni), you can also make excursions to the ancient theatre of Epidavros (40 minutes), Nafplion (1 hour and 15 minutes) and Mycenae (1.5 hours). In case you come in July or August, I highly recommend you try and catch a performance at the Epidavros theater.
Last, but not least, the area around Ermioni is a paradise for walking. Hills, mountains, views over the sea – the countryside is absolutely beautiful. You’ll find a booklet with suggestions for walks at the reception of Mourayio.Read more about Argolida
Ermioni can be reached by boat or car.
If you drive from Athens, you should take the motorway to the Peloponnese, and after you cross the canal of Korinthos, follow the signs for Epidavros. As you reach the new town of Epidavros, you will see signs for Ermione (as well as Porto Heli, Hydra and Spetses). Follow these. Once you are in Ermioni, stay on the main road that goes through the ‘centre’, past the main port, past the forest of Bisti (on your left hand) until you get to the southern part of the town with the sea on your left. You will see Mourayio Bed and Breakfast after about 400 m on your right.
If you don’t feel like driving, you can take the hydrofoil from Piraeus. The trip is less than two hours. The boat makes stops at Poros and Hydra, and continues to Spetses, so you can easily combine your stay in Ermioni with time on these islands. And if then, from Ermioni, you’d like to make some excursions on the mainland, you can rent a car locally.FIND IT ON THE MAP
My husband and I recently stayed at Mourayio B&B in Ermioni and loved it. Pamela Stamatiou is so much fun and a great host. She served an exquisite breakfast. The hotel itself is a gem of charm and luxury. We visited in August and plan on returning!