“A 19th-century seminary revamped as an elegant 21st-century hotel, with fabulous views and an utterly serene ambiance”
The hotel has 27 rooms; 16 doubles (Treasure or Domes), and 11 suites (Treasure, Water Garden or Imaret). Each room is different, and all have a wow factor. Furnishings are sumptuous - rich velvets and silks, handmade oriental carpets, French linens - and Bulgari toiletries and Molton Brown candles provide a luxurious touch. Comfy beds (doubles or queensize in the suites) are turned down at night, and as all rooms are surrounded by gardens and marble arcades, it is beautifully quiet. We stayed in a double room and a suite and slept like logs in both.
One feels generally very cosseted. Staying here may be an expensive treat, but the level of detail is extraordinary. Our only criticism would be that, while massive thought has gone into the choice of furnishings, less thought has gone into their practicality. Wonderful baths with tropical downpour showers lead to flooded floors; toothpaste doesn't drain away from the basins.
The best part of the dining experience was the view - and dinner was worth it for that alone. That said, we found the food very bland (though other guests have raved about the lamb and wild sea bass). Presentation was impeccable but we felt it was a shame that the emphasis was on European, rather than Greek specialities. On the upside, the wine list is extensive (though expensive). One bottle of wine was corked but we were told that it was we who were wrong and not the wine! There was also a quite astonishing choice of whiskies and liqueurs.
It is clear a good manager would be a real asset to the hotel. Breakfast took 90 minutes to arrive on our second day, but was a pleasant enough spread: freshly squeezed juice, fresh pastries, honey and marmalade, a boiled egg, a selection of local cheeses and coffee or tea.