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
We enjoyed a very relaxing stay at this beautiful hotel in an idyllic setting surrounded by sumptuous vegetation, gardens and olive trees. A highlight of our stay was swimming in the stream-like pool fed by springs with stunning views across the hills and down to the Aegean sea. In the pool area they also offered cocktails, drinks and salads or sandwiches.
We had a very luxurious room (Junior Suite) with a modern, marble bathroom, separate sitting area and very comfortable bed. There was a veranda, although it didn't offer a view of the property (for a balcony with a view you would need to book a Kinsterna Suite). The WiFi was a little slow.
Breakfast was a treat on the beautiful terrace, with a large variety of locally sourced foods: brown bread, tasty cheeses and fig marmelade, spinach and feta pie, greek yoghurt, honey and fresh fruit, scrambled eggs with tomato sauce and feta cheese. We also enjoyed the company of the 2 charming house cats.
Our only (slight) grievance was with dinner. Being 10km away from Monemvasia, it was more convenient to eat dinner at the hotel restaurant (although we did have a very good dinner on the scenic terrace at To Kanoni in Monemvasia). The ambience on the hotel terrace was lovely and the service friendly and attentive. The food was a bit of let-down; however, particuarly the beef (a bit tough) and lamb dishes. Altogether, though, we had a wonderful stay, enjoyed traveling around this lovely and interesting part of Greece and hope to return.
It's hard to say enough good things about the Kinsterna Hotel and Spa. Every single person we encountered there was terrific. The hotel is gorgeous and the Spa is first rate. We booked a wonderful upgraded suite, which was so perfect - excellent linens and bed, spacious bathroom, terrific seating area. This was the perfect place for a relaxing several days. The manager, Vicki, checked in with us a couple of times during our stay to be sure everything was perfect and it was. The breakfast buffet was a treat and everything was homemade. We also ate dinner at the hotel restaurant and the food was always good. We highly recommend the spa - the body scrub, massage and Kinsterna Wellness package were terrific. They are careful to book enough time for each person so that you can enjoy the sauna, whirlpool and other areas in privacy, which is also a nice touch. We also really liked their private label wine and purchased some to take on the rest of our visit to Greece. All in all, this was a perfect romantic getaway and I would highly recommend Kinsterna to anyone!
This was lovely. Pastoral setting. Very comfortable bed. Excellent service. A highlight was the tailor made cocktails by Nikos (after he asked some qs on tastes. He nailed them, truly excellent and innovative.
Very impressive hotel with excellent service, great breakfast and... history. Children will love it - excellent playgrounds, donkey and chariot rides included, as well as other activities. The disadvantage is the number of stairs you will have to climb - thanks to positioning on the slope
We recently stayed three days at Kinsterna and wished we could have stayed longer. We stayed there because we were visiting the area, but the property is worth a vacation in its own right. Everything related to our stay was wonderful. The manor house is on a huge site that includes a farm, gardens, two pools and various houses that form a luxurious world of its own. Service was impeccable from the moment we arrived at the gate until the time of departure. Staff are all personable, discreet and friendly. We were upgraded to a Byzantine Suite, which was a very modern room within an historic architecture that made for a unique environment, and we had a little private garden as well. The room was very quiet and the bed and pillows were great. Breakfast was fantastic. We ate dinner every night at the hotel, partly because we were uncomfortable with the part of the drive up the hill at night, but we doubted we could find as good a restaurant outside the hotel anyway. Dinner was excellent every night although the menu didn't vary while we were there. There is a secluded feel within the property and it is a great place for a romantic or a family stay. The spa was excellent. I had the best facial I've had in a few years there! The only negative I can think of is that the cats can be intrusive when you're having breakfast or lunch outdoors-I wish they would limit their access. This is really a special and unique hotel. I had the same feeling at the Pera Palace in Istanbul. It's a place you don't want to leave even when the area you're visiting beckons you.