180 50 Spetses
If you’re looking for a not too big island with a picturesque town and some nice beaches, an island where you can go around on a bicycle and that is trendy in a sweet sort of way, then head for Spetses. If in addition you’d also like quiet, privacy, space and luxury, then book at Xenon Estate. The young owners, Elina and Alexis picked a large piece of land up on the hill above the town where they built two villas and an apartment. The style is contemporary country chic; the comfort is great, the care for detail is remarkable. Walk barefoot over the carefully manicured lawn and pick a sun bed by the (very large!) pool; stroll down to the old port for a drink by the sea; prepare dinner in your seriously equipped kitchen (Elina thought of everything) and sit out on your terrace to enjoy the far reaching views. I only spent a weekend here – I could have stayed a month.
What makes it special to me:
I liked a lot 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.
But what you should keep in mind:
You’re a bit away from the town. Walking down is easy, but walking back when the weather is hot is tiring.
|Owner||Elina Zambounis and Alexis Kaloumenides|
|180 50 Spetses|
|Tel.||22980-74120, 75210, 210-9859440 (winter)|
|Fax||22980-74109, 210-9859440 (winter)|
From late April until mid October, rest of the year upon request
|Dogs:||Allowed with prior agreement|
|Credit cards:||VISA, MASTERCARD|
|Accommodation||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")
1 apartment for up to 3 persons with one bedroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen ("Lethe")
Each bedroom has its own bathroom (shower)
Each villa (and the apartment) has a fully equipped kitchen and a living room with a fireplace, a television and a CD player
You could prepare all your meals yourself. When you arrive, your kitchen is stocked with a whole range of products so you can make yourself breakfast and also prepare lunch and cook an evening meal. If during your stay you would like additional groceries delivered, all you need to do is ask. But 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.
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!
Every day several hydrofoils leave from Piraeus for Spetses. The boat ride takes roughly two hours, but if you prefer to travel by conventional ferryboat (less choppy!) you should count double the time. You should let Elina and Alexis know what time your boat will arrive, and they will have a taxi waiting for you.
This small, pinewood-covered island just off the coast of the Peloponnese has not really been discovered by any of the major tour operators, nor is it a place where the island hopping summer crowds go. It attracts mainly well-bred Athenians appreciating the laid-back and refined atmosphere on the island.
The little ‘town’ of Spetses is among the prettiest in Greece; it is famous for its elegant 18th and 19th century mansions, idyllic gardens and pebble-mosaic courtyards. There are nice little boutiques and art shops, and some good places to eat. The most charming spot is the old harbour (Palio Limani). It can look a little sleepy during the day (except in August when the harbour fills up with sailing boats and yachts), but at night it comes to life and you will find some great places to go for a drink.
The use of cars is restricted on Spetses – only a few local residents have permits. There are a handful taxis but most people go around on mopeds or bicycles. There are plenty of places where you can rent them; you will find bicycles in all sizes, even for very young children. Spetses is indeed a great island for families. 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. There are a several nice beaches (some organised with umbrellas and the lot, others more quiet and with trees for shade), and lots of small coves.
In the early 1950s, author John Fowles worked as an English teacher on Spetses, which he later chose as the setting for his brilliant novel The Magus. Bring a copy with you – it is the perfect book to read on Spetses.
Read here what others said about the place
I am really most grateful for your advice to spend a weekend in the Xenon Estate on the island Spetses. We were in the Athea residence where we had all imaginable comfort. Alexander and Eline made us very welcome and gave us the feeling of being at home. With a view of the sea and the beautiful swimming pool ten steps from our apartment these days were really perfect. Thanks again!Hanneke D.
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