We had not booked a place for the last part of our holidays. We were depending on the weather for our decision. If the weather was good we would continue our holidays in Peloponnese. If the weather was rainy we would visit Athens. End of September and weather was amazing in Peloponnese. Warm days between 28 to 33 degrees and night temperature between 23 and 26 degrees. Weather forecast was on our side so we decided to book the last place we would stay for the holidays and have at the same time a short honeymoon.
Near Monemvasia there is a “secret” place full of vineyards, bougainvilleas, olive and fruit treats. The Kinsterna Hotel, a mansion dating to the Byzantine, Ottoman and Venetian eras hides in a rich natural environment, next to the village of Agios Stefanos. A perfect place to be spoiled and enjoy our last days in Greece!
AMENITIES & GROUNDS
This place is a natural oasis. Whilst this is a small hotel with only 40 rooms, the facilities are wonderful. The hotel does not have a beach, but it does have a boat that can take their guests to nearby beaches in the summer months. The pools have lovely views and they are filled with natural spring water. A lovely feeling to relax there among flower gardens with the Aegean sea before us. In the pool area there is a pool bar and plenty of space between loungers for privacy. Kinsterna has also a Spa and for the treatments they use pure natural local ingredients, such as olive oil, honey and grape extracts and fresh aromatic plants and herbs from their gardens. The real secret of Kinsterna Spa’s magic and mystique lies in the wonderful water which flows throughout the Spa and gives life to the mansion and its estate as well.
We stayed in a Junior Suite. The room was divided in three sections, bedroom, living room, bathroom. We didn’t have much of a view from our room however that was not needed considering that once we were out we were in the heart of the hotel.The room was very spacious and combined traditional wood windows with a modern interior. The bedroom was lovely and we slept good here. The living room was also very spacious and comfortable and included a big wardrobe, which contained ample space, a mini bar, a safe and bath robes.The bathroom was our favourite room. Double sinks, huge shower, big mirrors, fully equipped with hairdryer, KORRES skincare and toiletries. Outside of our room was the entrance and our private patio.
FOOD & DINING
As we took a tour around the mansion we noticed lots of herbs, fruits and olives growing around the grounds. All these ingredients are used by the chefs in each one of the restaurants. On the top of this they produce their own olive oil and make their own bread which were delicious. In the mornings one could choose to have breakfast at the room or join the lovely restaurant Mouries where a traditional greek breakfast was served. The buffet included cheeses, breads, hams, pies, yoghurts, cakes, marmalades and other greek delicacies and a made to order food (i.e omelettes). Greek cuisine is delicious and we ate a lot… like a lot! We also tried Mouries for lunch and dinner. Service was also great. We were never left waiting, everyone was polite and friendly and there was always a presence of staff so we weren’t left searching for someone if we needed something.
The best dessert wine we ever tasted
& you should taste it too!
What a great place to have a vineyard. Constant sunshine and Aegean breeze results in the most amazing dessert wine we ever drunk. But lets take things from the beginning. Kinsterna produces its own wine, extra-virgin olive oil and table olives, tsipouro, bread, marmalade and other fruit preserves, soap and much more. Me and my partner love wine so what a better way to start our first night as honeymooners than with a wine tasting. Alexandra, the sommelier of the hotel introduced us to their wines while we were enjoying a lovely plate of cheeses and fruits. She was great to be around and her love and passion for wine could not be hidden. And while the wines were produced there are kind of average (or this is what we thought) at the end of our wine tasting we were introduced to Malvasia dessert wine. What a surprise!
Malvasia is an ancient family of grapes that includes a diverse collection of noble varieties. Believed to be of Greek origin, the Malvasia family has been commercially important to the Mediterranean for more than 2000 years. Malvasia, the name, is a derivation of the coastal Greek town of Monemvasia, where the Venetians had a strategically important fortress and trading post during the time of their empire. In Portugal, at least a dozen sub-varieties of Malvasia are grown in Douro where they are sometimes used in the production of White Port and White Port wine has been by far my favourite dessert wine, until the minute a tried Kinsterna’s Malvasia. What a great revelation. While the recipe for this wine has been tried to created by the Italians, the Portuguese, the Spanish and more, it is this little winery place that is certified to sell the wine with it’s original name.After ageing in oak barrels for 24 months, “Monemvasia-Malvasia” was first bottled in 2013 and is now made available in limited quantities exclusively for visitors and guests. Today’s PDO designation rightfully recognizes the oenological heritage of the region and Kinsterna’s role in preserving and defending it. When we started our wine tasting Alexandra asked me which was my favourite dessert wine and I replied to her in a heartbeat, “White Port Whine”. She gave me a smile and answered “Then you will love our dessert wine is so much better”. I disagree! The dessert wine of Kinsterna is not just “better” it is the BEST! So amazing that a small greek vineyard has produced such a delicate, balanced and amazing wine. One reason to come back to Kinsterna is to drink Malvasia!
During our stay there we walked around the gardens, visited their wine cellar, drunk plenty of Malvasia wine, relaxed by the pool and slept around flowers, olive trees and nature. A short honeymoon in an idyllic place where we spent our last days in Greece. Thank you Kinsterna that will be a honeymoon to remember!
I am wearing
Sandro Pearly Bauble Lightning Bolt Denim Jacket similar by Sandro here
Sandro Roxette Bustier Midi Dress on sale at the moment here
Shrimps Antonia Clear Bag here
Animal Print skirt here
Quay sunglasses here
If you liked this blog post and you want to read more posts like this please show it some love and leave a comment below, it will only take a minute!