“A 19th-C stone mansion turned boutique hotel and gourmet restaurant, overlooking a deep, blue bay”
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.
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.
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.
Babies (0-1 years), Teens (over 12)
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 cots and high chairs
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
The hotel is right on the water's edge, so you'd need to keep a close eye on your kids