Sunday, February 10, 2019


The intricately refurbished Poseidonion Grand Hotel brings the French Riviera's style and architecture to the Greek islands. Its stately façade overlooks the Argolic Gulf on Spetses, an island known for a lush pine-clad landscape that inspired Greece’s grand naval and shipping beginnings.

With its classic architecture, centrally positioned on the island’s main Dapia Port, the Poseidonion is a structure to admire when approaching by boat. It towers an expansive sea-bordering square where a proud statue of Laskarina Bouboulina, the early 19th-century Greek independence heroine and Spetsiot, stands. Very few cars are allowed on the island, so scooters, 4x4s, bicycles and walking are the best ways to get around. The hotel is less than a mile from the old harbour and 250 yards from the Bouboulina Museum and the Hatzigianni Mexi Spetses Museum. The closest beaches are minutes away too.

Style & Character

Influenced by the French Riviera’s most luxurious hotels, the Poseidonion resembles the early 20th-century Carlton in Cannes and the Negresco in Nice. It was completed in 1914 by the wealthy Anargyros shipping family, and built to be the centre of society life catapulting Spetses into a top destination for the Athenian bourgeoisie. Today, the hotel has the same defining luxuries of the past, with its period furniture, marble staircase, original English tiles and stately wood flooring. The addition of modern amenities wholly respect the original architectural plan.

Service & Facilities
The Poseidon is famed for being the first Greek hotel to offer spa services when it opened a century ago. Its wellness centre is now a series of small whitewashed buildings that surround a 300-metre spa pool. Treatments by the Asian Spa Resorts (of the Asian Spa Ayurvedic and City Retreat group) include massage, facials and body treatments. Stretched across the back garden is a sparkling palm tree-lined 17-metre lap pool. Concierge services include island trips, gastronomic experiences and more. Hotel service at the pool, lounges and dining areas is especially accommodating.

The historic wing features 38 rooms with a soft blend of whites and neutrals that define its understated elegance and include high ceilings, flowing layered curtains, wood floors and a balance of antique and modern furniture. The suites feature Coco-Mat luxury bed systems while small bathrooms feature waterfall showers and O-LIVE premium Greek label toiletries. A new annex features 17 rooms with a view of a Mediterranean garden and pool. Two private access suites, the Royal Suite and the La Cupola Suite boast a private balcony with panoramic views of the island.

Food & drink
The breakfast is a generous buffet spread and choices from an à la carte menu, served on the restaurant’s terrace and indoor spaces. On the veranda, the main sea view restaurant is the island’s gourmet dining destination featuring an eclectic mix of Greek influenced cuisine by chef Stamatis Marmarinos. Set in a leafy corner, the Palms on the Verandah bar offers an extensive cocktail mix. On the adjacent veranda, the Library Brasserie menu includes snacks and contemporary dishes. Ingredients are sourced from Bostani, the hotel’s organic island farm. A farm visit and tour includes a meal surrounded by the island’s lush tree-clad hills.

Access for guests with disabilities
Wheelchair ramps enable guests with disabilities to access the new building rooms.

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