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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)

Amenities

  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Spa
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Overview

Romantic Byzantine retreat surrounded by rolling hills near the fortress village of Monemvasia in southern Greece

The Look

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.

Beyond

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

Kinsterna Hotel & Spa
Aghios Stefanos
Monemvasia, 23070 Greece

Reviews

5.0 Excellent 756 Reviews
When Tuscany Meets the Aegean
Reviewed 3 days ago

An unbelievable place in an unbelievable location. The vision of the people who were behind this project is truly amazing. A medieval Byzantine mansion transformed into one the best, if not THE BEST, hotels in Greece. Impeccable service from a very well trained and super kind and friendly staff team. The food was amazing all sourced from local producers. A true sampling of local tastes on your table. Small and large as you want it to be. It also offers a list of outdoor activities like horse riding, visiting the Monemvasia rock by boat and many many others. I will never forget the look of our garden outside our premium residence and of course swimming by the pool overlooking the olive grove and the roses. Truly beautiful!! - PS: If there don't forget to meet George who I did find at the reception. A true gentleman. A young and talented Greek who studied History in Sorbonne and then followed with a Masters in another French university. His area of focus during his studies is the 16th century. Exactly the area the property was originally build. No wonder why the owners chose him and what a good pick they did! Bravo to all of you!!

Divine, outstanding, utterly fantastic...
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What can be said about the divine Kinsterna which has not already been said? We visited on on our tenth visit to Greece but first to the Peleponnese, and were blown away by the location, the beauty, the character, the food, the style, the service, the amenities and the charm of this tasteful and peaceful hotel. The team of highly-qualified and dedicated staff were exceptional, and really made the experience: Stratis with his cheerfulness at breakfast; Panos with his endless suggestions for interesting activities and trips; Dimitris for unwaveringly smart service at the pool; Nikos for outstanding cocktails and Greek history, and in fact every single member of staff we came into contact with, from the friendly housekeepers to the horse-wranglers and gardeners. Oh, and Sakis the donkey and his harem of sheep who made us laugh with their 'chat' every morning!

If you are after fast Wifi, Netflicks, cheap food and all-day beer, this is not the place for you. If, on the other hand, you want a true slice of Greek hospitality and rural relaxation, then you are in the right place.

Be warned: the only problem with this hotel is that you will not want to leave. Do the drive from Kalamata. Don't plan to visit lots of local places, as you will probably find that you don't want to leave the idyllic environs of the Kinsterna rooms and gardens. We will most definitely be returning.

Outstanding
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Truly outstanding. Don’t be put off by the 2.5 hour drive from Kalamata Airport, we would have driven for twice that time to reach this stunning hotel. The personal service (particularly from Stratis), relaxing atmosphere, beautiful scenery, homemade olive oil, bread, wine, cakes and homegrown fruit & veg all work together to make this hotel the perfect getaway. We didn’t want to leave.

Magnificently simple and luxurious
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place to stay near Monemvasia. Spacious rooms, elegant and simple. Very nice facilities, though the gym did not work fully. Very nice location and view of the castle. Excellent "local" breakfast buffet. Enchanting sunset in a picturesque hotel. located inside an olive grove, to a safe environment. kids and couples friendly. last but not least we all made bread and cooked it in the stone oven and olive oil with the traditional way .

Easter Holiday
Reviewed 1 month ago

This place exceeded our expectations. The staff were friendly and welcoming and could not do enough for us. There was so much to do it was hard to fit in all the activities we would have liked.

However, the highlight of our stay was a cookery class with Chef Georgios Hapsas and his team, another Georgios (from Bulgaria) and Stavros. Even our teenage son enjoyed kneading dough to make "tsaiti" and stuffing tomatoes for "gemista"! And he enjoyed eating the results even more!

Chef Hapsas is a true professional, passionate and knowledgeable about all food related matters, and keen to experiment with new recipes and ideas. After the lesson he gave us an impromptu tour of the magnificent orchards and vegetable gardens that form part of the Kinsterna Estate, showing us fruit and nut trees and smelling herbs. He pointed out wild asparagus bushes which he and Stavros had planted a decade earlier. An extraordinary and unforgettable treat for anyone interested in food produce.

A day trip to "The Rock" at Monemvasia is a must, the views from the top are magnificent.