Tainaron Blue Retreat
On the Greek peninsula of Mani – the middle of the three Peloponnesian peninsulas – there are still hundreds of old watch towers and fortifications that tell tales of ancient battles. Once upon a time these towers were erected to ward off unwanted visitors, but today guests are offered a warm welcome. On the southernmost tip of Mani, the architect couple Kostas Zouvelos and Kassiani Theodorakakou restored an abandoned nineteenth-century tower, transforming it into a small hotel with just three rooms. The tower is heritage listed and couldn’t be altered from the outside. But it was completed by an inner courtyard, a sun terrace and an infinity pool. And as they are made of the same material as the tower, they blend with the existing architecture.
Inside, the tower was adapted to suit our modern needs. And with their straightforward steel furniture, its cave-like rooms – with thick, rough stone walls and small windows – won’t make you feel like you’re living in a museum. On the ground floor there are two guest rooms which can be connected if required. A shared kitchen, in which a chef cooks exclusively for guests, is located on the first floor. On the second and third floor is the family suite, which has a small balcony offering the most beautiful views of the glittering sea.
What to do
Explore Mani: including the cave of the Pyrgos Dirou, the old settlement of Vathia, the Mani watch towers, the ruins of the Poseidon temple, the nearby cape of Tainaraon (in Greek mythology this is one of the entrances to Hades). Hiking, swimming, wining & dining.
Why we like this house
The perfect place to escape the world: sunbathing by the pool, delicious Mani specialities on the terrace, rooms with a unique atmosphere and an unforgettable view of the rugged coast.
This house is great for
Perfect for couples, and the family suite is also suitable for families (with older children).