“A romantic 13th-century manor house set in picturesque vineyards and olive groves, close to the medieval city of Monemvasia”
The stylish, comfortable rooms are a highlight of a stay at Kinsterna and it is hard to find fault in the tasteful restoration. The original building has been painstakingly recreated with traditional construction methods and local materials. Exposed stone walls make the rooms a cool sanctuary in summer while the furniture is luxuriously comfortable. You're sent a pillow menu prior to your stay, and we slept so well it came as no surprise to discover the beds are award-winning Coco-Mats.
Marble bathrooms are decked out with rain showers - 3 of the Kinsterna Suites also have tubs. All have bathrobes and slippers, heated towel rails, Korres toiletries and scales.
For the most part, rooms have a view; some of the sea, castle and mountain, others of the surrounding gardens, olive and orange groves. A handful come without views, and a couple don't have a lot of natural light, so check on booking if this bothers you. All have flat screen TVs with a movie and music library, plus air con and WiFi.
Classic Rooms are cosy but not cramped, while some of the Deluxe Rooms come with an authentic fireplace or private veranda, as do some of the larger rooms. Byzantine Suites have vaulted ceilings and Junior Suites have a lounge area. Deluxe Suites have a separate sitting area. Top of the pile are the Kinsterna Suites - the hotel’s honeymoon suite offering, with masses of space.
Since our visit, 8 Residences have been added to the mix. These sumptuous offerings are more spacious, with magnificent views of the Aegean and private terraces with sunloungers. The Master Residence is ideal for 2 couples or a family, with 2 bedrooms and a private dining room.
The centrepiece of the hotel is the cistern, and cantilevered over it are platforms where dinner is served, overlooking the rock of Monemvasia. It's a stunning setting, especially by candelight - perfect for romance.
Eating locally is the ethos and flavours are Mediterranean: extra virgin olive oil, citrus fruits and vegetables are all grown and produced on-site, using traditional methods. For our dinner, a delicious velouté of broccoli was from the hotel garden, served with foam of local cream cheese and homemade bread sticks. Other tempting options included just-caught lobster, crispy local 'tsaiti' pie with wild mountain greens and fennel or local veal fillet with mushroom ragout and a red Kinsterna wine sauce. Staff can recommend nearby eateries if and when the in-house menu gets tiring.
The hotel’s private vineyard produces wines to match your meal and tastings can be arranged by request. In winter, meals are served in the fireplace-warmed restaurant, or in your own room.
Rates include an excellent a la carte breakfast. There's freshly squeezed orange juice from the trees that shade you by the pool, along with pastries, crepes, fruit from the orchard and local treats like orange-scented rice pudding.
For lunches, the Pool Bar serves big sandwiches, healthy salads, and signature burgers along with detoxifying fruit juices or retoxifying cocktails.
Well-behaved children are welcome but this is a tranquil place and parents are expected to respect other guests and monitor any children, especially by the pool and the restaurant.
Deluxe Doubles and Byzantine Suites have space for a baby cot; Junior and Deluxe Suites can fit a baby cot or a rollaway bed for a child aged 2-12; Kinsterna Suites have space for 2 rollaway beds, 1 for a child aged 2-12 and 1 for an adult. The Master Residence has 2 double/twin bedrooms.
Babysitting available with advance notice
High chairs and baby cots
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking