Now here is a really great place to stay in the Greek mountains, a resort hotel in a stunning location with views to Mt Olympus, with superb rooms and suites, eclectic decoration and a restaurant serving excellent food. Fun, funky, bold and luxurious is a combination you normally only expect to find in hotels in Athens or on trendy islands like Mykonos. But this is exactly how Semeli Resort in the mountains of Pierias is. The hotel was the initiative of local people who figured they’d do something different, and did so with flair. Made out of natural stone and wood, the building fits in well with the local style and the landscape. Inside though, it’s wild: Philip Starck and Guy Laroche furniture mixed with antique and ethnic pieces, dining room tables and chairs in at least six different styles, frilly mirrors on the stone walls, modern chandeliers dangling from wooden beams. The effect is almost shocking, but it works! Bedrooms are more toned down (with some off-beat touches) and superbly comfortable. Add to all this very good service, a delicious breakfast, and truly excellent lunches and dinner (creative Mediterranean and local cuisine) and you have some very good reasons for a little mountain escape.
The surprise factor (sorry if I spoiled it for you) to find such fun and striking interiors combined with luxury and quality. The food is fantastic. The setting and the views of Mount Olympus are really beautiful.
The style may not be your cup of tea. Since I stayed at the hotel, a new wing with twelve rooms has been added so the hotel may have lost some of its intimate feeling. However, given the professionalism and enthusiasm of the staff, I feel confident that you will still get excellent and personal service, and that the atmosphere hasn't changed
12 rooms (doubles, triples, quadruples and family rooms)
14 junior suites
5 luxury suites
Prices for two persons from 75 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please contact Semeli Resort.
En-suite bathroom (shower). Junior suites have hydromassage. Superior suites have a Jacuzzi in the rooms.
Most rooms have a fireplace – firewood is provided.
Sitting rooms with fireplaces
Conference, seminar and meeting facilities for up to 100 persons
Spa with warm micro-piscine, sauna, hydrotonic bath-tab, double Jacuzzi, relax area and massage rooms
Playroom with toys
Breakfast is served any time you want. It includes a several types of fresh bread, homemade marmalades, freshly squeezed juices, a full selection of teas and coffee, cereals, eggs, traditional pies, cheeses, olives, yoghurt, fresh and dried fruits, and cakes. Everything is served to your table.
The restaurant “Lefkothea” is open for lunch and dinner. The food is exceptionally good. The menu includes traditional regional dishes with a modern twist as well as a range of Mediterranean dishes. I am actually quite picky when it comes to food, but I’d gladly go back here for the meals only.
We stayed here with our children, and they loved everything about the hotel. The family rooms are large and comfortable, and cots/cribs are available. The restaurant has high chairs, and there is a playroom for children. Outside there is lots of space to play and run around, and the area is beautiful for walking.
Semeli Mountain Resort lies in the forests a few kilometres from the village of Elatohori, in the mountains of Pierias.
Elatohori is 450 km from Athens (a drive of about 4 to 5 hours) and 100 km from centre of Thessaloniki. Either way, the road is comfortable and you’ll mostly drive on motorways. The last 25 km of the drive are on good secondary road. Leave the Athens-Thessaloniki National Road at the exit for Katerini and follow the signs for Elatohori (30 km). There are two ways to go from there: you can either go via Svoronos, Moschohori, Ritini or, via Aronas, Lagorachi, Moschopotamos. Semeli Resort is 2 km beyond Elatohori; you should follow the signs for the ski centre and for Semeli Resort.