Kyrimai Hotel

Gerolimenas, Peloponnese, Greece Book from

Reviewed by Jane Foster
A 19th-C stone mansion turned boutique hotel and gourmet restaurant, overlooking a deep, blue bay
Founded by the Kyrimis family in 1870, this stone mansion is perched right on Gerolimenas bay, close to the tip of the Mani peninsular. Back then, it transformed this sleepy village into a busy little port; from the quay out front, Maniot specialities such as quails were shipped as far afield as Marseille. Still owned by the same family after all these years, the mansion and its adjoining warehouses underwent a 4-year renovation project to reopen as a luxury boutique hotel, and the result is a delight.

You enter through a stone archway, and find a world of peace and refinement, combining old-fashioned charm with modern comforts. The vaulted wine store serves as reception, and terraces on various levels give access to the 22 rooms, all furnished with antiques. Out front, you can sunbathe on or swim from the jetty; there's also a sparkling turquoise pool. Kyrimai makes a great base for exploring the region's medieval tower houses, Byzantine churches, rugged mountains and spectacular coast. It stays open all year, and must be lovely in winter, too, with log fires blazing as waves crash against the outer walls, and spray from the sea reaches the upper-floor windows.

Highs

  • Right on the water's edge in a sheltered bay, with sublime views over the open sea
  • Total peace
  • An excellent restaurant with a waterside terrace: creative Mediterranean cuisine and fine wines
  • Highly personalised service from welcoming staff
  • Romantic rooms with a historic atmosphere but mod cons

Lows

  • Remote (though that's half the appeal). It's literally at the end of the Mani peninsular so it's a long drive to get here
  • Some might find Gerolimenas too sleepy; just a couple of shops and cafes, backed by rocky mountains
  • No proper beaches within walking distance; just jetties to swim off
  • You'll need a car to get here and around

Best time to go

For most people, the best seasons are spring and autumn, when the weather should be warm and sunny - ideal for hiking - and you're more likely to find cheap flights. If you hope to swim, come between June and September. Just bear in mind that although the Mani remains relatively off-the-beaten path, it is popular with Greek visitors in peak season (July and August), when temperatures can soar to over 100°F (38°C) and the beaches get busy.

Our top tips

Don't miss Diros Cave (15km), near Areopolis - you enter by boat to see a vast cavern filled with amazing stalactites and stalagmites.

Great for...

Eco
Family
Foodie
Great Outdoors
Honeymoon
  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 22
  • Restaurant and bar open daily
  • All ages welcome. Over 12s only in July & August
  • Open all year
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Jacuzzi
Room: Classic or

Rooms

There are 22 rooms and suites. Each is unique, but most have exposed stonework, charming wooden-beamed ceilings, and either wooden or terracotta-tile floors. Furnishing combines antiques with modern sofas and armchairs in earthy shades of cream and beige. Beds have luxurious Coco-Mat mattresses and duvets.

We stayed in a lovely Superior Loft room. Downstairs, the narrow but light and airy double-height sitting room had a sofa, corner fireplace, and French doors opening onto a sea-view balcony. The tiled bathroom had a Jacuzzi tub, fluffy white RKF towels, and a horde of Apivita toiletries. Wooden stairs led up to a cosy mezzanine, with its comfy double bed tucked under a sloping beamed ceiling. We also loved the spacious Loft Suite. Directly under the eaves, it had a sloped wooden ceiling, colourful Persian rugs and a private stone balcony with glorious open sea views.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fireplace
  • Hairdryer
  • Jacuzzi
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Radio
  • Safe box
  • Satellite tv
  • Terrace
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi

Eating

Kyrimai prides itself on its cuisine - creative Mediterranean fare, beautifully presented, and seasonal. You can eat on the waterside terrace, demarcated by ship's ropes instead of railings, or in the candlelit dining room with its thick stone walls and a roaring log fire in winter.

Our dinner was excellent. We started with sauteed scallops, black polenta, chorizo and samphire, followed by delicious linguine with shrimps. For dessert, apple pie was spiced up with black pepper ice cream, then we rounded things off with pungent ladotiri cheese from Zakynthos.

Breakfast was platters of local specialities brought to our sunny waterside table: fruit salad, bite-size savoury filo pies, local cheeses, olives, then homemade cakes. A good strong espresso coffee, blue sky and a blissful sea view, and everything made perfect sense.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Children meals
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurant
  • Restaurants nearby
  • Room service
Eating:
Activity:

Activities

  • Bask by the pool and swim in the sea
  • Visit Cape Tenaro (aka Cape Matapan), mainland Europe's southernmost point, and hike 45 minutes to the lighthouse, passing the atmospheric ruins of the Temple of Poseidon on your way
  • Swim in the sea at Porto Kagio, a deep horse-shoe bay of emerald blue water with a fine pebble beach, close to Cape Tenaro
  • And stop off at Vathia, too; a small village made up of the region's infamous medieval tower houses
  • Drive to the villages of Stavri (5km) and Agia Kiriaki (6km), then walk across the stunning windswept Tigani peninsular to explore the ruins of a Frankish fortress
  • Hike in the mountains - marked trails lead to isolated villages and remote Byzantine churches

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Boat trips
  • Hiking
  • Historical sites
  • Horse-riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Museums / galleries
  • Sailing
  • Snorkelling
  • Swimming

Kids

Children are welcome, however Kyrimai is restful, romantic and sophisticated so it is better suited to couples than families. Only 12+ year olds are allowed in July and August.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)

Family friendly accommodation:

Classic Premiers have 2 single sofabeds for extra guests; the Tower House has a double and a twin bedroom, plus space for a baby cot; the Loft Suite has a single sofabed for a child; the Two Level Suite has a double sofabed for 2 extra guests.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots and high chairs

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

Children's meals:

Kids' menu

Kids Activities on site:

Swimming

Families Should Know:

The hotel is right on the water's edge, so you'd need to keep a close eye on your kids

Kid Friendly:

Our guests' ratings...

7/
Rooms
9/
Food
10/
Service
9/
Value
9/
Overall

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