Poseidonion Grand Hotel
- Style Courtesy of Cannes
- Setting Pine-scented Pityoussa
Poseidonion Grand Hotel is a dose of old-world glam in sea-swept Spetses, a beachside haven for the Athenian jet-set. Set apart by a blissful spa (the first in Greece), innovative dining, and romantic rooms with mesmerizing Mediterranean views, this is island living at its most posh.
Need to know
- Rooms 52, including eight suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $187.82 (€137), excluding tax at 8 per cent.
- More details Rates include buffet breakfast and minibar soft drinks.
- Facilities Spa, free WiFi in communal areas. In room: flatscreen TV, wired internet access, minibar, Etro bath products. Some suites have CD/DVD players and kitchenettes.
- Poolside Where the lavender blossoms in the gardens, there’s a grass-green, glass-tiled pool flanked by smart teak decking. Sun worshippers will also enjoy the little plunge pool with sea views beside the spa.
Children Cots are free for under-fours. In low and mid-season, extra beds are free for four–12 year olds; in high season, they’re 15 per cent of the room rate. Children are welcome in the restaurants, where highchairs are provided; staff will warm up baby food.
- Also Sample the hotel’s berry-rich homemade jam, made with produce from its verdant hilltop organic garden.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Beat the honeymooners to the Cupola Suite if you can –lovebirds want it for its star-spying glass ceiling, mezzanine, private terrace and abundance of space. Another romantic option is the Pool Suite, which comes with a little garden, plunge pool and ocean vistas. If you’re a fan of the latter, book the Tower Rooms (207 and 107), which sit at the centre of the building, so benefit from dazzling views. We prefer rooms in the historic wing, but families would do well to book a spacious ground-floor Garden Room in the new wing.
- Packing tips Deck shoes and diamonds. A fedora or wide-brimmed, plate-shaped sunhat so you can people-watch for hours without accruing wrinkles.
- Also The hotel was the first in Greece to offer its guests spa treatments: unleash your inner Adonis/Aphrodite with a Poseidia’s Pearls or Saronic Gold facial, Royal Poseidonion massage or Amphitrite’s Wrap. The names may be fanciful, but the treatments are seriously good.
Food and drink at Poseidonion Grand Hotel
- Hotel restaurant Greek staples get a luxurious rethink – foie gras pastitsio and the ilk – at On The Verandah. Sushi and Greece may not seem like natural bedfellows, but given the rich stock of succulent seafood in the waters beside the hotel, it figures: try avocado rolls and sashimi served on ice at glamorous Freud Oriental (which has a popular sister in Athens). For light snacks – salads, sandwiches and so on – there’s the Library Bar, home to a polished piano, juke box, ancient guestbook and stash of Greek history books.
- Dress code Daddy owns a mega-yacht. (Cue nonchalant nauticals: navy, cream and white, in linens and silks.)
- Top table Outside of course, overlooking the piazza and the sea out to the Peloponnese. At breakfast, sit at one of the parasol-topped tables, unfurl your map and plan the day’s adventures. Nurse cocktails at one of the Library Bar’s stone tables, amid the candles.
- Last orders The Library Bar keeps guests refreshed from 10am until 1am. Food is served at On The Verandah between 8pm and 12am; 8pm until 12.30am, at Freud Oriental.
- Room service The 24-hour room service includes the pick of the main menu (until midnight, when a limited selection of light snacks is on offer).
- Hotel bar Sit in the Library Bar and pore over guests’ names from the 1900s in the time-worn guestbook. Admire the decorative china artichokes, the intricately patterned floor and your own reflection in the huge mirrors. Spiro, the sommelier, can talk you through the various local wines, grappas and apéritifs.