Greece, Monemvasia

Monemvasia, Greece | Kinsterna Hotel, Unpretentious Luxurious Hideaway.

September 28, 2015
Kinsterna Hotel

There are no words to describe Kinsterna Hotel which makes this post the hardest I’ve ever written of a resort that I’ve stayed in. Beautiful is an understatement, amazing does not even come close, stunning is a shame to say of it as it’s definitely more than that. The best way I can describe this property is this: it’s like walking in someone else’s dream! Its perfection can’t be real, it has to be the works of an imaginative dreamer.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

We arrived at Kinsterna Hotel late at night so we didn’t immediately see the views and the surroundings of the property. From what we’ve seen through the darkness of the night though, was a silhouette of what could be the best property we’ll ever stay in. It doesn’t need much light for us to know that our room was tastefully decorated with ample space for 2 people, bathroom’s magnificent with a touch of a Medieval decor and our patio outside boasts of a jacuzzi with what seem to me like a stunning view. I could not wait for the morning to come.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

Our Premium Residence

On our first night, we immediately dozed off to sleep. We’ve had quite a long day with little sleep from the Greek wedding we’ve attended the day before. At the first hint of light the next morning, I immediately got up still half-asleep and took my gopro camera outside. I was sure I would want to take a timelapse video of whatever it is that we have as a view from our balcony and I was not mistaken.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

The view from our balcony.

One hour later, we walked out of our Premium Residence villa towards the breakfast area. It was our first sight of the property in daylight and we immediately fell in love. It has a rustic beauty and charm – surrounded by lush greenery, cobblestone paths and the 13th-century mansion in the midst of it all. The luxurious feel to it does not come from heavy aesthetics but from its natural, unpretentious beauty. The mansion was beautifully restored while the surroundings complimented its wonderful charm. It made me feel like I’ve traveled back in time.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

Their new all-day dining restaurant offers you a commanding view of the 18-acre property overlooking olive and orange groves, fresh herb garden and the vineyards. The menu in their restaurant keeps changing as most of the ingredients they use are sourced out from their own supply. I feasted on cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon and sausages for breakfast of course. The Greek Mister ordered freshly cooked eggs for himself.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

Our breakfast view.

That afternoon, I tried out a candle massage in their spa which again has a rustic, luxurious feel to it. It’s absolutely amazing how the simplicity of the design of this property exudes such elegance. Less is more as they say. The candle massage was exactly what I needed that day and after the very relaxing treatment, I took some more photos of the spa and saw the outdoor treatment area with a jacuzzi overlooking the vineyard. Pure bliss!

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

The spa

There are a lot of activities that you can do while in Kinsterna Hotel, it is in fact what I would say as a destination on its own. Although it’s situated in Monemvasia which is a very beautiful place as well, Kinsterna Hotel deserves two full days at the very least for you to be able to enjoy the whole property itself. It was raining during our stay so we missed out on a lot of activities that they offer.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

On good days, you can hike through the vineyards, enjoy a horse ride throughout their estate, use one of their bikes to explore the grounds or even bike up to the castle. You can also join their seasonal activities such as harvesting grapes, olives and help create wine, bread and olive oil at their taverna. Staying for a week in this property will pass by so quickly and you probably haven’t done everything you wanted to take part in.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

If there’s one thing that you shouldn’t miss while staying in Kinsterna Hotel it is to tour around the mansion. Thankfully, the sun came out in the afternoon and we were able to do the tour. The mansion is so rich in history that every single part of it has an interesting story behind it. The effort and passion exerted by the owner to restore it back to its glory was incredible! The old photos of the mansion before the restoration took place will say it all.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

The “before” photo.

The property has 2 pools, both of which overlooks the stunning estate – we enjoyed the rest of the day by the pool which is more adult-friendly. After having the tour of the mansion and hearing the stories behind each and every corner of the estate, we found it more beautiful.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

One of those stories was the architect had to rip up the first plan of the pool as it involved digging up some orange trees instead of working around it. The owner didn’t like the idea of removing these trees so they had to create another plan which would keep these beloved trees intact.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

We went back to our room to enjoy some time in the jacuzzi on our patio. It was quite windy and chilly that day so the warm waters of the jacuzzi was exactly what we needed.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

We went back to their restaurant for dinner where we met the manager of the restaurant, he was very chatty and friendly. You should definitely look for him when you dine as he’d be able to give you more interesting stories of Β Kinsterna Hotel. And by the way, the food served for dinner was absolutely amazing too!

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

Kinsterna Hotel is definitely one of the most fascinating properties we’ve ever stayed in. Its charm, luxury and beauty exudes not because of an extravagant design but mainly because of the rich history surrounding it and how it was lovingly restored with high attention to detail to bring it back to its glory. It’s an unpretentious luxurious hideaway definitely.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

On a side note: editing photos and videos I took of Kinsterna Hotel is both the hardest and easiest editing I’ve ever done. Easiest as it doesn’t need much retouch, hardest as I can only choose just a handful of photos to upload on this post and I couldn’t decide which ones to use. Everything came out great as the whole property is so photogenic. It’s so good that as I was going through the photos I was still being amazed by it that I keep forgetting that it was actually me who took the photo and I was in that property myself. The place is absolutely divine!

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

Here’s a travel video I created of our stay in Kinsterna Hotel and our day tour to the castle.

Premium Residence accommodation for 3 days and 2 nights was provided by Kinsterna Hotel however as always, opinions stated and photos are my own.

The Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia, Greece

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Kinsterna Hotel

Kinsterna Hotel
Agios Stefanos, 23070 Monemvasia
Peloponnese, Greece, Tel: +30 27320-66300
info[at]kinsternahotel[dot]gr



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43 Comments

  • Reply Voyager April 16, 2016 at 08:08

    The property looks really amazing, a great place to get away and enjoy some lovely moments. Will definitely keep this place in mind when planning a trip to Greece.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:23

      The property itself is beautiful but the things you’ll see around it more gorgeous! A must if you visit Greece.

  • Reply Tara April 15, 2016 at 04:35

    What a beautiful place. You must have wanted to stay forever. I love how everything is lush and green, and I think it’s cool that they redesigned to keep the orange trees.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:34

      Yes, I love how eco-friendly this resort is and the fact that they had to reconstruct the whole pool to save that orange tree. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kerri April 15, 2016 at 03:18

    What an absolutely stunning place. This is the kind of place I would love to buy and have as my own guest house.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:35

      Guest house????? Wow! That’s one luxurious guest house you’re planning to have. :p

  • Reply Hung Thai April 15, 2016 at 01:53

    Beautiful looking place – love that infinity pool; also love the fact that they redid the design so that the orange trees weren’t destroyed in the process. That’s how modern architecture should be: build with the existing environment, not through it.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:36

      Absolutely! There were so many other stories we learned about this property while we were doing the tour and I realized how self-sustained it is. They have everything sourced out from their own gardens even the olive oil and wine! How amazing is that? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Katie April 15, 2016 at 00:30

    The hotel looks so rustic, but luxurious and the garden is very green and lush, I’m sure it’s the perfect place to relax for the weekend!
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  • Reply Marteen April 14, 2016 at 13:45

    What a place! You’re right, stunning wouldn’t do it justice.

  • Reply Sarah April 14, 2016 at 11:31

    What a site waking up to that! I’d be very surprised if the night before I stumbled in from a wedding. I would love going on hikes through the vineyard there. May consider staying there one day!

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:40

      You should! It’s a gorgeous property! I’m not much of a hiker but I wouldn’t mind walking around their vineyard. :p

  • Reply Gina April 14, 2016 at 10:32

    Where is this amazing off the beaten path hotel? It looks like you had an amazing time there. Although you did a review about it and the hotel provided the expense, how much does it cost to stay at a place as lovely as this?

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:44

      The villa that was given to us was around USD500++ per night during the time that we went there which I would say was an off peak season being a September. So it’ll be more expensive during the summer. Expensive but they have all the rights to be. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Shayan Naveed April 14, 2016 at 08:58

    Oh man! That places looks amazing! I would love to stay at a place like this for the weekend. It’s so lovely. The mountains, the pool, the seaview. Wow!

    I can relate to arriving at a place at night and not being able to see the beauty of the place. It has its ups and downs. I usually can’t wait for the next morning to come.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High April 16, 2016 at 13:55

      I woke up so early the next day! I think I only slept for 4 hours that night because I couldn’t wait. Lol.

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  • Reply Anna October 10, 2015 at 22:37

    It looks very beautiful indeed! I like the fact that they kept the traditional architecture intact! I visited Monemvasia last month on my way to Elafonisos!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 11, 2015 at 14:15

      We were unable to visit Elafonisos but everybody has been raving about it to us. We were there for such a short time that going to some other places wasn’t possible – plus, we couldn’t leave the hotel. It’s just too beautiful. :p

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  • Reply Bumble Bee Mum October 6, 2015 at 07:06

    Who needs words when you’ve got photos as stunning as yours?? Especially the last photo. :p

    Every time I read your blog, I wish I had been a bit more adventurous and ventured off the beaten track a bit more before I had kids. My Greece trip (last trip I did before I popped my first kid) was just Athens, Santorini, Mykonos, Crete, Rhodes… Hey, come to think of it, actually I did visit quite a bit of Greece before! Just not Monemvasia, Skopelos or any of the other cool stuff you have been blogging about.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 6, 2015 at 16:38

      It is funny though because everytime I read your blog, it makes me think that having kids still means a lot of fun traveling the world. :p
      You’ve been to quite a lot of places as well in Greece, I guess you’ve covered the essentials already. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Paula McInerney October 3, 2015 at 05:20

    What beautiful photos of an unpretentious hotel. They must be rapt with the coverage.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 6, 2015 at 16:44

      It definitely is beautiful!
      I would love to go back there and stay for a longer period of time next time. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Kathy Marris October 3, 2015 at 00:28

    What a charming villa. I would love to stay here!
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  • Reply sue October 2, 2015 at 17:05

    What a beautiful seeing, so relaxing

  • Reply Muza-chan October 2, 2015 at 09:37

    Lovely…

  • Reply budget jan October 2, 2015 at 06:40

    It is lovely to stay in such a beautiful property every so often. Looks absolutely gorgeous.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 2, 2015 at 13:16

      The story behind the place is what makes it more beautiful. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Ruth - Tanama Tales October 2, 2015 at 06:19

    The hotel looks like a palace. And, the views from the pool are amazing. I would love to stay in a place like this!
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 2, 2015 at 13:17

      I think it’s a must to stay in such a place with a rich history behind it. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages October 1, 2015 at 12:46

    Wow – this looks amazing. Forwarding to my husband!!!
    Thanks for linking up for #wednesdaywanderlust
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 1, 2015 at 19:28

      “Forwarding to my husband” hahaha.
      I hope this post will work out for you. It’s a marvelous property!

  • Reply Phoebe @ Lou Messugo September 30, 2015 at 13:15

    This place looks so charming, I can well understand how hard it was to limit your photos (which are beautiful by the way). Thanks for sharing! #WednesdayWanderlust
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High October 1, 2015 at 19:31

      Thank you. I still have a lot more photos to share, I guess they’re going straight to Facebook page? :p

  • Reply image-in-ing (weekly photo linky) September 29, 2015 at 13:36

    Looks so elegant and lovely!
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