“Contemporary luxury meets old-world glamour at this grand hotel on the historic island of Spetses, only 2 hours from Athens”
The rooms and suites - split between the historic building and a newer wing - are all classy and contemporary. Most of the Garden View rooms (the cheapest) are in the new 2-storey wing, overlooking the lush garden and pool. The Superior rooms are lovely, larger and come with a double sofabed for lounging or putting up kids. We stayed in a Deluxe Sea View room in the historic wing: a slightly smaller but wonderfully elegant option. Decorated in calming tones of off-white and blue-grey, it had lofty ceilings, pine floors, dark-wood furniture, flatscreen TV and French windows that lead onto a diminutive balcony.
You’ll find Etro lotions and potions in the sparkling white marble and tile bathrooms. Although most don’t have bathtubs, the rain shower makes up for it. The kingsize beds have superb mattresses, plump pillows and crisp white linen to ensure a good night’s sleep.
Tower Sea View rooms have a larger living area, while Family Suites are a combination of 2 Deluxe Sea View rooms with connecting living room that includes a sofabed. The individually designed Superior Suites has have oodles of space, marble bathrooms and balconies with gorgeous sea views.
But if you can afford it, go for the Cupola Suite, a true one-off. Split over 2 levels, its vaulted ceiling resembles the upturned hull of a Greek fishing boat (still being built today in Spetses' harbour), while its private terrace overlooks the island’s pine-clad interior.
We loved starting the day at the expansive breakfast buffet, served in the restaurant or on the terrace until a very civilised 11am. We chose from a seemingly endless array of cereals, cold meats, yoghurt, fresh and dried fruit, pastries, eggs to order; even the iced coffee - a Greek staple - came in many varieties. Since our visit, the hotel has added some fruit and veg from its own organic gardens.
After breakfast, the The Poseidonion Bar takes over, serving light fare, including delicious Greek salads, on the terrace or poolside until late.
Open from June-September, the formal restaurant, On The Verandah is headed by Michelin-honoured chef Christoforos Peskias, who takes local recipes and ingredients and adds a touch of delicacy and class. Expect fresh fish served with steamed greens from the hotel’s organic hillside garden, or pastitsio with foie gras if you're not watching calories. Round off the night with their signature cocktail - a light and refreshing concoction of vodka, pear purée, honey and a lemongrass straw.
In high summer there's also a top-notch Asian- and sushi restaurant run by the Athens-based Freud Oriental team: their aji tataki (yellow fin tuna) is legendary, though you should be prepared to pay through the nose for it.
There are plenty of other restaurants around the Old Harbour - try Tarsanas for fish, or La Scala for upmarket Italian - and hotel team are happy to make recommendations.
Children of all ages are welcome and families often stay, especially in summer.
If you can afford it, opt for a Family Suite with interconnecting and a separate living area with a sofabed. Otherwise a Superior Garden View room is fine, especially if you just have 1 child (or 1 child and 1 baby).
Babysitters are available on request.