This Greek boutique hotel called Tainaron Blue Retreat makes itself unique by the view from its tower. You can see the sea, beaches and the isolated ruins around it. These surroundings together with tranquillity and the beautiful view, the gastronomic experience, comfortable beds and warm hospitality makes this a very rare find!
This tower house in the south of Vatheia, a traditional Mani village in the southernmost tip of the Peloponnese peninsula, dates back to the early nineteenth century and was converted by the architect couple/owners into a beautiful small boutique hotel. Come for lovely walks in the area, lazy afternoons by the pool or fine dining with the sun setting. Surrounded by fairytale scenery and breathtaking views, Tainaron Blue Retreat welcomes you. The owners Kostas Zouvelos and Kassiani Theodorakou discovered the abandoned tower during their holiday in the region in 1994 and immediately fell in love with the location and the building itself. As if the tower was meant for them, they also found a sign with the words "for sale" and a phone number on it. It took about fifteen years before they started renovating this tower building to turn it into a guesthouse, their biggest dream.
The stone wall throughout the tower building creates a serene atmosphere.
The four floors make room in their relatively limited interior space for three suites with bathroom, a shared kitchen and breakfast and reception area. All are well-organised along a vertical axis, giving the guests a unique experience as they move through the narrow openings via the wooden staircases. On the first floor is the Executive Double room with a wonderful view of the sea and the swimming pool. Next is the Junior Suite with an extra bed, which is ideal with a child. At the very top is the Master Suite with double beds, a bathroom and an intimate wooden balcony with incredible views of the Greek coastline of Cape Tainaron. All suites are tastefully decorated, cosy and inviting. The owners aim to offer their guests a luxurious environment by blending the traditional structure with modern design and all the comforts of today. Together with the stone walls, this creates a very serene atmosphere. Tainaron Blue Retreat also invites you outside to lounge, eat and take a refreshing dip in the beautiful infinity pool. The comfortable loungers on the cliff, the many sitting areas and the olive trees that provide natural shade, will overwhelm you with bliss. This is the perfect hideaway, a place to rest and leave everything behind.
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Photography by George Messaritakis