Kinsterna Hotel & Spa
What We Love
- A la carte breakfast, a 20 percent discount on Kinsterna Spa services, a bottle of wine on arrival and a gift from the Kinsterna estate are included in the Jetsetter rate
- The 27 understatedly elegant rooms, each unique in design
- Gorgeous sea and mountain views from most rooms
- Activities include hiking, caves, exploring the islands and vineyards
What To Know
- Local beaches aren’t as impressive as most in Greece
- The hotel is a mile from the waterfront
- The road leading to the resort is tricky; if you’re driving, try to arrive during daylight
- Nearest major airport is three hours away; transfers can be arranged through the property
- The swimming pool opens May through October (weather permitting)
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Opened in the spring of 2010, Kinsterna is the mainland antidote to the cliché blue-and-white stucco Greek island vacation. Housed in a stunning stone mansion amid rolling hills near the medieval fortress village of Monemvasia, the 27-room retreat is surrounded by thriving olive and fruit groves where guests are encouraged to gather oranges, grapes, figs, pomegranates, quince and mulberries. But don’t mistake this for some kind of work-stay lodge — this five-star hotel throughly pampers its guests. An ancient cistern (kinsterna is an old Greek word for cistern) fed by a freshwater spring flows into the swimming pool, and interiors blend stone, wood and earth tones with Venetian antiques, vaulted ceilings and original fireplaces.
Bed & Bath
Each of the stone-walled bedrooms has been beautifully restored, many with carved wooden beams, authentic fireplaces, verandas looking out over the Aegean Sea and stylish period furnishings, all very rustic-chic. Enormous beds are clad in high-quality white linens, and each room comes with its own pillow menu. Luxurious bathrooms are made from a mixture of cool local marble and slate, and they feature double rain showers, piles of fluffy white towels and heated towel racks.
The Kinsterna Spa, in the mansion’s center, is a calming space that takes its cue from every aspect of the property’s past. A purifying hammam is the centerpiece, but you’ll also find a whirlpool, wet and dry treatment rooms and more, plus a full menu of treatments that use ingredients from the area, including sea minerals, red grapes and seaweed. Flanked by rock walls, open-air fireplaces and large, comfy daybeds, you’ll find young, stylish European honeymooners relaxing around the freshwater swimming pool. The Belvedere Bar is the perfect place to sip a crisp glass of champagne and look out over rolling vistas of vineyard and olive grove, while the restaurant dishes up Greek and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on products grown right on the estate.
How to Get There
Can't begin to describe how beautiful this hotel and the grounds are. At every turn there are beautiful design details, the renovation is not only award winning but makes for a truly spectacular stay. Had a Byzantine suite and a double room overlooking the courtyard. Very different - both spectacular. Double room had view of Monemvasia and was light but small. Byzantine suite was dark (which was good on such bright hot days) and had a small private terrace which was useful to dry swimming/snorkel gear etc.
Breakfast the best I have ever had in any hotel worldwide - great spread of local fruit, savoury, sweet, cooked selections. Dinner menu (ate here twice) was limited for vegetarians/vegans but do-able - the taverna menu is only available a few night per week and we weren't here for that - think this would have provided a better choice. Did not eat at the gourmet restaurant as on looking at the menu and talking to the chef they did not have anything vegetarian - other than starters. Took boat trip to Damos beach - excellent trip around Monemvasia and on the way back to the Limin Leraka 'fjord'. Damos beach itself pebbly, not sandy, but great snorkelling - take beach shoes. Fantastic lunch spread provided as part of excursion. The arrival at the hotel was not great - an awful potted history of the property garbled at us as we were taken to reception by golf buggy - a very off note (we were exhausted and trying to take in the beauty of the hotel quietly for ourselves) in otherwise fantastic stay. Felt as though we had arrived at some awful theme park. Really awful ! Pool not available before 10am which meant we didn't use it much at all - we were out most days by 9 or so. This a real shame as I would have loved a morning swim - saw other guests turfed out of pool early and then getting up very early to avoid this and sneak a swim - seemed odd - understand the pool needs to be cleaned but this was a major amenity (and a stunning pool) not really guest friendly. Think the hotel works best as a retreat with guests not really expected to get out and about that much but spend days in the hotel. Nearby beaches mostly rocky/pebbly and/or windy depending on conditions. We ended up using Plitra a 45 min drive away - great sandy bay - swimming fantastic - not much of snorkel interest. Later stay on Elafinosis we met Kinsterna guests who had driven the 40 min drive (to Pounta) plus 10 min ferry plus 10 minute drive to use beaches on the island as day trip. Taxis to and from Monemvasia for evenings out were easy to arrange and cost around £20 per evening. Stunning hotel. Want to return. Plan to return !
This is an absolute gem of a place set high up a hill overlooking the sea and their own vineyard. The design is cool and feels organic, in line with the refurbishment of the House. We loved our suite with its double shower and pillow menu, the walls are so thick you don’t hear the noise of any other guests or staff. Breakfast is utterly delicious, beware of wasps flying around, they aren’t there all the time and when they are you can eat inside. Staff are helpful, very efficient and informative. We travelled from here to Simos beach at Elafonisos and at night had a couple of dinners in Monemvasia. We can’t wait to go back. Oh and we adored the beautiful cats so please take a box of Friskies with you to feed them!
We got an absolutely amazing deal on this fantastic hotel. Beautifullly maintained grounds, pools and rooms, excellent food and genuinely friendly service from every member of staff. I don’t think I’ve ever been made to feel so welcome at a hotel. Ideally located for exploring Monemvassia. I really hope to stay again in the not too distant future. Kinsterna sets the benchmark very high!
This hotel is the best I've ever stayed in and ought to be the benchmark for all hotels anywhere. It's beautiful and comfortable and there's a sense that everyone involved in it has enormous pride in the place, as they should. Apart from the sheer beauty of the buildings and the extensive gardens and facilities -- even the lovely promotional photos don't really do it justice -- the staff are charming and courteous without being precious which makes it the most perfect place to relax. Quite simply I can't wait to go back.
We were welcomed by the staff with a traditional greek sweet and were offered an upgrade from a Double Room to a Byzantine Suite. We immediately knew we were in for a good stay. The pool is magnificent, our room was covered in historical details which the staff and the maître d'hôtel were very kind to explain to us. The breakfast was excellent as well as the restaurant menu. A must try is the Kinsterna white wine produced from the vineyards on the hill exactly opposite the hotel. I cannot stress enough how polite, helpful and knowledgeable the staff were. Each and every one of them. We will be visiting again. Perfect place to relax and collect yourself.