If you’re looking for one of these really pretty Greek islands with nice little beaches and a picturesque town, an island where you can go around on a bicycle, shop at charming boutiques and eat out by the sea, then head for Spetses. If in addition you would like to stay somewhere quiet, private and luxurious, then Xenon Estate will be just perfect for you. Two modern villas and an apartment are set on a large plot of land on the hillside on the outskirts of the historical little town of Spetses. They are done in an attractive contemporary country-chic style; the look is fresh; the comfort is great; and the care for detail is remarkable. There are private terraces as well as a shared garden with a large swimming pool. Views over Spetses and the sea are fantastic. It’s all about lazy living: walk barefoot over the carefully manicured lawn and pick a lounger by the pool; stroll down to the old port for a drink (but if it’s hot, take a taxi to avoid the uphill walk back); prepare dinner in your well-equipped kitchen and sit out on your terrace to enjoy the quiet and the views. Owners Elina and Alex will make sure you have everything you need, and that includes a warm welcome and excellent service. I spent a weekend at Xenon Estate, but I could have stayed a month.
I loved the clean and airy feeling of the houses. I was overwhelmed by all the attentive gestures, such as excellent bathroom products, lots of candles to use, and finding a kitchen stocked with excellent produce. The large pool, the views, the quiet...
You’re a bit away from the town. Walking down is easy, but walking back when the weather is hot is tiring.
1 villa for up to 3 persons with one bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen (“Lethe”)
1 villa for up to 6 persons with three bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen (“Althea”)
1 villa for up to 8 persons with four bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen (“Astrea”)
Prices from 170 Euro per night (Villa Lethe), 340 Euro per night (Villa Althea) and 430 Euro per night (Villa Astraea), taxes included. For a full overview of the rates, please contact Xenon Estate.
Depending on the season, a minimum stay of 3, 5 or 7 nights applies.
Fully equipped kitchen
Living room with a fireplace, a television with DVD player (home cinema technology) and a CD player
Bathroom with shower (each bedroom has its own bathroom)
Television (in most of the bedrooms)
CD player (in all bedrooms)
Hairdryer (in all bedrooms)
Safe (not in all bedrooms)
Garden with terraces and sun beds
Large swimming pool
Babysitting on request (evenings only)
Private chef on request
The villas are fully equipped to prepare your own meals. There is no breakfast service as such, but kitchens are generously stocked with everything you need to make breakfast. Mostly organic products include fresh milk, yogurt, fresh orange juice, eggs, bacon or salami, cheese, sliced bread, jam, butter, honey, coffee and tea. Xenon Estate also offers a free shopping service, should you would want any other groceries delivered. If you feel like being totally lazy, an in-house chef can be arranged on request (for a minimum of four days). And of course you will also want to try some of the restaurants on the island – the choice is abundant. My personal favourite is the Orloff restaurant in the old harbour.
I stayed for a weekend with my children, and they totally loved it. The houses are spacious so families will be very comfortable. Outside, there is plenty of space for kids to play and run around. Cots and highchairs are available on request and babysitting can be arranged for the evenings. If you travel with very young children, keep in mind that there are stairs in the houses, and that the pool is not protected. The island is great in general for family holidays. Young children will enjoy roaming about in the little alleyways of the town, riding a horse-drawn carriage and taking a water taxi or caique to the beach. If you travel with teenaged kids who want some freedom you are in the right place too – Spetses is a friendly and very safe island (then again, which Greek island is not?).
Xenon Estate enjoys a quiet location amidst olive groves and pine trees on the hillside just above the little town of Spetses. You can easily walk to the old harbour, the ‘centre’ of the town and to the beaches just outside the town, but for coming back up you may want to take a taxi, especially when it’s hot!
Spetses is an easy island to get to. There are quite a few hydrofoils and ferries leave from Piraeus for Spetses every day. It takes roughly two hours by hydrofoil, but if you prefer to travel by conventional ferryboat (less choppy!) you should count double the time. If you let Elina and Alex know what time your boat will arrive, and they can order a taxi for you. (A taxi transfer from the port is less than ten Euro.)