“A secluded hilltop hideaway with 3 stylish villas (for 2-8), a huge pool, and stunning views of Spetses and the Saronic Gulf”
Adjoined but completely autonomous, the 3 villas - with names derived from Greek mythology - blend traditional island architecture and boutique hotel design. You get fully equipped kitchens, sitting rooms, luxurious bathrooms with robes and Korres toiletries, and diligent attention from owners Alex and Elina, who spend summers here with their little girl.
And did we mention the panoramic views? Over pine trees and the rooftops of Dapia, you look across the startling blue of the Saronic Gulf to the jagged islands of Hydra and Dokos, and the mountainous outline of the Peloponnese Coast. Car-free Spetses has some lovely beaches, so explore the island by fishing boat or moped, then cool off in its largest pool.
- Stunning views over Spetses and the Saronic Gulf from your balcony or terrace
- The tranquil location and sense of seclusion, though you can mix with the (few) other guests around the pool if you are feeling sociable
- Spacious, well-designed and fully-equipped villas with 1-4 bedrooms, thus suiting everybody from couples to extended families
- Alex and Elina are helpful, hands-on owners; they (or their caretakers if they are in Athens) can arrange everything from a boat trip to a private chef
- It’s a 15-minute walk downhill to the centre of Spetses - and longer uphill; it can be costly getting a taxi both ways in the evening, and tiring dodging mopeds if you walk
- The island can be very quiet outside of weekends and high season
- There's a minimum stay of 4-7 nights (depending on season), and the estate is closed throughout the winter
Best time to go
Our top tips
- Boutique Villas
- 3 villas for 2-8
- Self-catering; chef on request
- All ages welcome
- Closed: 18 Nov 2018 - 30 Apr 2019
- Outdoor Pool
- Spa Treatments
- Pet Friendly
- Disabled Access
- Beach Nearby
- Off-street Parking
- Restaurants Nearby
- Air Conditioning
- Guest Lounge
- Daily Maid Service
- Towels & Bedlinen
- Concierge Service
Sharing the grounds and pool are 3 villas, adjoined but completely autonomous. The largest, Astraea, has 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, so is perfect for families or groups. Althea sleeps 6 in 3 double bedrooms and Lethe, the smallest with 1 bedroom, is ideal for couples.
The villas are split-level and furnished in a creative mixture of expensive European design - Italian Bonacina, Swedish Berga Form - and Ikea. The spacious living rooms have comfy sofas and traditional stone-set fireplaces filled with candles. The Italian-designer kitchens are fully-equipped, right down to a set of lobster picks. You can eat inside or al fresco on your private veranda or roof terrace.
The bedrooms are bright and uncluttered, with oak wood floors, white walls dotted with original artwork and striking light fittings. We loved the sparkling Murano mosiac-tiles in the luxurious bathrooms, along with the rain showers, cherry wood cabinets and delicious-smelling Korres toiletries.
- Air conditioning
- CD player
- Central heating
- Coffee maker
- Cots Available
- DVD player
- Extra beds
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Mosquito net
- Safe box
- Satellite TV
- Tumble dryer
- Washing machine
There’s no restaurant but the accommodating owners pre-stock the cupboards and fridge with basics: milk, bread, butter, cheese, cold meat - organic where possible. Refills and additional items can also be ordered at cost (no markup, which is nice).
The impressive kitchens allow guests to create everything from a simple meal to a lavish banquet, thanks to a full array of appliances (oven, microwave, hob, kettle, coffee maker, blender etc). Alternatively Alex can call in the services of a private chef who will serve a dinner of your choice in the mimosa-scented evening air - bliss!
Dining out is equally easy. Dapia has plenty of cafés and eateries - O Roussos is recommended for its mezzes (Greek tapas). Around the Old Harbour, eat modern Greek on the brilliant-white terrace of Orloff restaurant, or opt for catch-of-the day at seafront Tarsanas. You can walk to any of these in 15-20 minutes, but you might want to catch a taxi back afterwards!
- Chef on request
- Children's meals
- Coffee maker
- Dinner by arrangement
- Food blender
- Full kitchen
- Hob or stove
- Restaurants nearby
- Shopping service
- Xenon can arrange moped or bicycle hire for exploring the island’s hidden coves and pine-clad hillsides, as well as excursions further afield
- Take a traditional Spetsiot taxi - a horse and carriage ride - along the seafront promenade, past the old harbours where wooden boats are still made (and beautifully painted replicas sold)
- Don’t miss a tour of the Bouboulina museum, dedicated to freedom fighter Laskarina Bouboulis, Greece’s answer to Joan of Arc
- Every type of watersport is available on the island, from scuba diving and sailing, to windsurfing and waterskiing
- Book a water taxi tour to spot the homes of the super-rich, including the Niarchos family’s own private island, Spetsopoula
- Party till late with assorted yachties, shipping tycoons and international jetsetters in the bars around the Old Harbour
- Check out the Spetsiots favourite beach, Zogeria, where the pretty taverna serves up delicious fare
- Take a ferry or water taxi to the Peloponnese town of Kosta, from where it’s an hour's drive to the ancient theatre at Epidavros (Epidaurus) - feasible as a day trip if you start early
Activities on site or nearby include:
- Boat trips
- Historical sites
- Museums / galleries
Children of all ages are welcome and families often stay, especially in summer, which can be a great opportunity to socialise. If not, you might feel a little self-conscious, but as you can retreat into your own villa and do your own thing - as long as your children aren't total hell-raisers we think you'll be all right!
Note that the island of Spetses is a 2-5 hour ferry/hydrofoil trip from Athens. For some, the journey is part of the fun, but for others...maybe not!
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
Family friendly accommodation:
Families of 3 should book Lethe which has plenty of space. For those with 2 or more children, Althea has a twin bedroom and 2 doubles, and Astraea can sleep up to 8 in 4 doubles.
An English-speaking babysitter is available by advance request
Monitors reach to the pool area, but you need to bring your own
- Baby cots
- High chair
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Villas are self-catering and have microwaves and blenders. There are tavernas, food shops and restaurants within walking distance. You can also get takeaway nearby. Bring unbreakable plates and baby cutlery with you if needed
Kids Activities on site:
- Swimming pool with shallow end
- 1,500sqm of manicured lawns for children to play in (all fenced in)
- Children's DVDs
Kids Activities nearby:
- Horse and carriage rides
- Boat trips
Families Should Know:
The pool isn't fenced and there are no stairgates inside the villas
- Airport: 2-5 hours away by hydrofoil or ferry
- Hospital: 15 minutes
- Doctor: 3 minutes
Xenon Estate is on the island of Spetses, one of the Saronic Islands.
Fly into Athens (190km; 2-3 hours away by hydrofoil or ferry). Click on the links below for a list of airlines serving this airport.
From Athens Airport By Ferry
Take the airport bus or the train/metro or a taxi to Piraeus port (approx. 1 hour). From Piraeus, there are several daily hydrofoils and catamarans to Spetses, taking 2-3 hours, as well as occasional ferry boats taking at least twice as long (but much more stable in choppy seas).
From Athens Airport By Car or Taxi
Alternatively you can drive from Athens to Kosta (near Porto Heli) in the Peloponnese (2 hours) and then take a sea taxi to the island (5 minutes). The hotel can organise a taxi for the Athens-Kosta journey - see Rates - and meet you at the port. Or you can hire a car, but bear in mind that it will be left unused and unattended while your are on Spetses (private cars are not allowed on the island); if you want to hire a car see our car rental recommendations.
From Spetses Port to the Hotel
The hotel can arrange a taxi for you.
More on getting to Greece and getting around
- Athens (El. Venizelos) 190.0 km ATH
- Beach 0.8 km
- Shops 0.4 km
- Restaurant 0.4 km