Aria Estate

Limeni, Peloponnese, Greece Book from Book from £89 per night

Brand new! Immaculate B&B suites (sleeping 2-5) with breathtaking sea views, set amongst the rugged landscape of the remote Mani Peninsula
Covering the central prong of the south Peloponnese, the Deep Mani is a wild and enigmatic region – even most Greeks consider it remote. From the arid interior of the Taygetos Mountains to the craggy coastline of sheltered coves, it remains wonderfully off-radar. Sleepy villages hide peacefully amid ancient olive groves, while abandoned stone towers hint at a more turbulent past. Here, on a hillside that drops steeply away to the Messinian Bay, the spectacular Ariá Estate was built in 2018.

Inspired by traditional Maniot architecture, the 13 apartment-style rooms and suites complement their natural surrounds. Terracotta-tiled roofs and thick walls of pale stone reflect the calming palette of the local landscape, while the stylish interiors reveal a strong eye for contemporary design. Each features a kitchenette, and suites have a private terrace, but you won't want to miss the 4-course breakfasts on the main verandah, with its stunning panoramic view. Take a dramatic drive south to Cape Tenaro, glide by boat through the Diros Caves, eat fresh fish at picturesque Limeni village... couples and families with teenagers looking for peace and rugged beauty away from the crowds will be in heaven. We can’t wait to visit.

Highs

  • A spectacular setting on the Mani Peninsula – one of the most picturesque parts of the Peloponnese
  • Sipping aperitifs on the terrace as the sun sets over the Messinian Bay
  • Beautifully designed rooms and suites with basic kitchenettes; luxurious self-contained bases
  • Hosts Xanthi and Maria are super helpful and friendly, and go out of their way to make your stay special
  • Delicious 4-course breakfasts with seasonal local produce, and traditional tavernas in Limeni (3km)

Lows

  • No outdoor pool, and the spa and indoor pool won't open until June 2019
  • No children under 12; it's a peaceful place so won't suit those looking to party either
  • No beach within walking distance, but you can swim at nearby Limeni where steps lead down to the sea
  • Not all accommodation directly faces the sea
  • The area is remote so you'll want a car to get here and explore

Best time to go

Each season has its merits, but spring (April-June) is arguably the most beautiful time to visit: the snow has yet to melt on the Taygetos mountains and the olive groves are dotted with wild flowers. Autumn (late September and October) is also ideal when the beaches are quiet but the sea is still warm enough for swimming. Summer (July-early September) is peak season for domestic visitors but you're pretty much guaranteed hot, sunny days (temperatures in the 30s). Ariá Estate is closed November-April.

Our top tips

Beaches on the Mani Peninsula tend to be pebbly, but the clear water means they’re great for swimming and snorkelling. The coast north towards Kalamata has some decent stretches of sand, but for sheltered coves head south into the Deep Mani. Our favourites are Karavostasi, Porto Kagio and the coast between Alika and Vathia. It's best to take everything you need with you and find your own secluded spot.

Great for...

Beach
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
Spa
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 13
  • Breakfast + light meals; restaurants nearby
  • 12+ year olds welcome
  • Closed: November to mid April
  • Indoor Pool
  • Spa
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

The 13 rooms and suites are spread across 3 stone buildings, arranged like an amphitheatre overlooking the sea. Flawless whitewashed walls give a calm, fresh feel while exposed stone and earthy tones add character and warmth. Décor is minimalist and successfully fuses sleek modern design (corner sofas, wicker moon chairs, carefully placed pebbles, candles and cacti) with more traditional features (huge beds, chunky wooden furniture, rustic wall alcoves and arches). Bathrooms have big walk-in showers and kitchenettes are equipped with a fridge, hot plate, Nespresso and crockery; useful for preparing snacks and drinks.

All suites have a private terrace with an outdoor shower. In our opinion, it's worth paying extra for a sea view room/suite for the uninterrupted ocean views and spectacular sunsets. Honeymooners will love the Romantic Sea View Double Room with Fireplace - a cosy and inviting space. If it's space you're after opt for the Villa, Premium or Superior suites, which have 2 bedrooms apiece and a living/dining area complete with woodburner for chilly evenings.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • DVD player
  • Hairdryer
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Safe box
  • Satellite TV
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Four-course breakfasts are a highlight of your stay. Each day brings a different but equally delicious spread of seasonal produce and local treats. Expect fresh juice and coffee, creamy yoghurt (served sweet with fresh fruit and honey, or savoury with carrots and beetroot) followed by cooked Mediterranean options.

In the cooler months, breakfast is taken in the light-filled lounge, otherwise contemplate your coffee on the open-air veranda with uninterrupted sea views. There’s no restaurant on site, but you can enjoy afternoon tea with homemade cake on request, or aperitifs and a selection of charcuterie and cheese.

For lunch or dinner head down the hill to Limeni where you'll find traditional tavernas right next to the sea. Fresh fish are grilled over burning charcoals, best served with hort (boiled greens) and drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice. Look out for kakavia (traditional fish soup) or spaghetti with lobster in a rich tomato and garlic sauce. Mini-markets for groceries can be found in Aeropoli (2km east).

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Coffee maker
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Wander down to lovely Limeni (3km), a tiny seaside village tucked into a bay just below the estate; eat fresh fish at the traditional tavernas or take a dip off the rocks
  • Visit historic Areopolis (2km) with its beautiful stone alleys, churches, shops and pretty central square
  • Take a subterranean boat trip through the Diros Caves (3.5km) where stalagmites and stalactites are reflected in the water
  • Explore the region’s medieval tower houses; hilltop Vathia (35km) has some of the best examples of these fortified structures
  • Walk to the tip of the windswept Tigani Peninsula where you’ll find the ruins of a Frankish fortress
  • Beaches on the Mani tend to be pebbly; the north coast towards Kalamata has some decent stretches of sand
  • Drive to the southern tip of mainland Greece, Cape Tenaro (40km); walk to the lighthouse past the ruins of Poseidon’s Temple and look out for the cave rumoured to be the entrance to Hades…
  • Go hiking in the Taygetos Mountains; trek up Mount Taygetus (2047m), through Výros Gorge or along numerous marked trails to isolated villages
  • There's incredible star gazing by night; the Galaxy can be seen by the naked eye
  • As of June 2019, Aria will have a lovely spa with indoor pool and a range of treatments including Swedish fusion massage and facials

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming
  • Well being

Kids

Children over 12 are welcome, though it’s more of a couples' retreat than a place for a family holiday. Having said that, it's ideal for teenagers who are happy to relax, read a book and explore the region, and a great opportunity to experience authentic Greek culture and cuisine.

Best for:

Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

The best options for families are the Villa, Premium Suites or Superior Suites, which offer 2 separate bedrooms (one kingsize, one twin) and plenty of living space.

Kid Friendly:

Location

The hotel is just outside the pretty village of Limeni, part of the Laconia district on the Mani peninsula of Greece's southern Peloponnese. You can drive to the region from Athens (about 3.5 hours), or it’s a 90-minute journey from Kalamata Airport.

By Air:
Kalamata airport is closest; 90km. Athens is served by more airports (328km; a 3.5-hour drive. The first 160km are on motorways, while the rest of the distance is on provincial road, in decent condition).

Although the hotel offers airport transfers, we'd recommend you hire a car upon arrival as this will give you flexibility to explore the region. See our car-rental recommendations. You can park for free at the hotel.

Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

Airports:

  • Kalamata 90.0 km KLX
  • Athens 328.0 km ATH

Other:

  • Beach 3.0 km
  • Shops 2.0 km
  • Restaurant 3.0 km

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