Old world sophistication and chic simplicity ensure stays at Kyrimai Hotel are once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Originally built in 1870 as a trading centre for merchants exporting wares between East and West, the extensive property recently underwent meticulous restoration which preserved its historic legacy and exquisite architecture.
The role it once played as a bridge between cultures throughout Europe is evident in Kyrimai’s architecture, featuring examples of Medieval, Venetian, and Maniot design. Stone staircases, graceful arches, slender towers, wooden ceilings and antique furnishings create a rare mixture of modern minimalism and ageless style. Thus Kyrimai was born, combining the light and airy elements of a seaside hideaway together with brooding romanticism within its castle walls.
The property’s inimitable position at the juncture of the Ionian and Aegean Seas contribute to the ambiance of timelessness and intrigue. Its location at the edge of the village of Gerolimenas at the Peloponnese’s southernmost tip gives Kyrimai the feeling as though it stands at the edge of the world and infuses the premises with a tangible exclusivity rarely found elsewhere.
Exceptional comfort with an eco twist
The hotel’s 22 rooms and suites reflect the cosmopolitan yet traditional cultural inheritance of the former trading outpost and provide guests with an authentic and comfortable stay within their interiors. Local wood and stone surround modern furnishings, and create rustic luxury throughout. Rooms ranging from Classic Doubles to Kyrimai’s prime Exclusive Suite provide a wide range of accommodation options bound to satisfy any need. Air conditioning and rock-hewn fireplaces add to guest with comfort year-round. Two of the country’s most dedicated manufacturers of organic products, ApiVita and Coco-mat, offer top quality cosmetics and ultra-luxurious bedding. Business travellers need not worry about staying connected thanks to the hotel’s Wi-Fi access as well as satellite TV.
A piece of paradise
Though what Kyrimai truly specializes in is relaxation. The property’s romantic interior courtyards and expansive seaside terrace transport guests to a realm far-removed from the chaos of city life and the demands of work and daily chores. Here you can switch off and shed life’s stresses as easily as you do your complimentary robe before entering the refreshing waters of Kyrimai’s pool. A restored stone jetty provides guests with an alternative sunbathing spot where the deep turquoise waters of the sea gently lap below stylish chaise lounges. It’s an ideal place to enjoy a cocktail and light reading from midday until sunset, when the sky, sea and surrounding Maniot landscape are painted in a stunning array of colours.
Mediterranean gourmet at its best
Kyrimai’s highly esteemed restaurant takes guests on a visual and gastronomical journey into the heart of Mani. Set in the trading centre’s former warehouse, diners are immersed in the past as they indulge in the succulent creations of award winning and chef Christoforos Peskias. Local, organic ingredients from Mani’s soil are utilised in new, imaginative combinations and cooking techniques. Dishes such as tabouleh featuring locally raised smoked pork drizzled with melon & orange vinaigrette and octopus with sweet and sour onions and yellow lentil puree, highlight the region’s richness from the surrounding land and sea. Kyrimai’s resident sommelier Matina Nikopoulou assists guests in selecting the perfect vintage to complement their meal. The hotel’s extensive wine list features an impressive array of white, red and rose varieties straight from the famed vineyards of Mani or elsewhere throughout Greece. Cheesecake made with Greek ricotta cheese and homemade jam as well as locally produced yogurt combined with bergamot sweet, bring a satisfying close to what is bound to be a stimulating culinary experience.
Kyrimai’s complimentary breakfast is equally impressive and features a large array of homemade marmalades from locally grown produce in addition to local cheeses, homemade pies and freshly squeezed juices enjoyed from the outdoor veranda with panoramic views to the sea. It’s the perfect way to begin a day filled with exploring the wonders of Mani, or simply revelling in magic of Kyrimai and lazing the day away within its alluring atmosphere surrounded by stone and sea.