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
This hotel gives a touch of Tuscany in Greece. The hotel is found on a big property with olives trees, sheep and magnificent view to the sea. The residence we stayed was perfectly decorated, absolutely respecting the natural heritage of this historical complex. Every single detail is well taken care of. It is a very quiet and special place for real relaxation. The breakfast offers lots of options of Greek traditional cuisine, while the personnel is well trained and very polite to any demands.
The hotel is defiantly breathtaking. The atmosphere is so nice you do not want to leave.
The staff is great and the food is very fresh and tasty as most of the ingredients are from there.
This place is amazing all year round however I would recommend March- October as best so you have all the outdoor facility’s in operation! (It’s defiantly worth it)
One more thing I would like to mention , the hotel offers interesting activity’s for all the family on a daily basis. Activities such as olive oil making, Soap making , tour around the property with history etc.
Castel is only 10min drive.
I will defiantly be going back there !
The only thing they need to improve would be the WiFi .
Overall an amazing place with great service !
The Kinsterna is a truly exceptional hotel, and exceeded our expectations in every way.
Right from the start, when we were unexpectedly met in the car park, the service was outstanding. Our room was warm, cosy and inviting with a separate seating area and a fabulous bathroom. The WiFi in the room (free, of course) was very good.
Breakfast was fantastic, with a huge variety of hot and cold items in a very attractive setting. I particularly loved the freshly-squeezed orange juice and the rice pudding delicately flavoured with orange and cinnamon. The service was just as good as the food, with very professional and attentive staff taking care of our every need (sometimes even before we knew we needed it). The only thing that was not absolutely perfect was that the lighting in the restaurant was a little too low and the music perhaps just a little too loud - but perhaps I'm just getting old.
In the depths of winter, on an unusually wet and windy day, the Kinsterna was lovely; in summer it would be absolutely idyllic. I would make another trip to this remote corner of Greece just so I could stay there.
Thank you to everyone at the Kinsterna who made our short stay so memorable.
I actually stayed there in 2017 and now was looking to go back. I have amazing memories fron this place ...the room was spatious and confortable and the whole places was just offering experiences,amazing trits were offeren during the evening and the restaurant of the place was just perfect!
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.