We stayed at Elies Hotel in Kardamyli for 3 nights during our recent holiday in the Peloponnese. This isn’t a sponsored post. We found a wonderful place to stay in quiet village and I wanted to share it with you.
My husband booked the hotel online based on what was available on booking.com combined with tripadvisor The description of stone cottages in an olive grove are just what he wanted to relax after being away at work for 6 weeks.
We arrived in Kardamyli at the end of the day just in time to catch the last bits of light and see where we were staying. We had landed in Athens airport late morning, collected our hire car, then stopped off at Ancient Corinth and the Corinth Canal before driving across the mountains of the Peloponnese.
There’s a major highway that runs from Athens nearly all the way to Kalamata, with toll stops along the route ranging from 1 to 3 euros and all very well signposted. The road is a real feat of engineering with long tunnels through the mountainous region. It feels at times like you’ll never stop driving upwards. There’s also several service stations along the way offering petrol, food and amenities .
Just before Kalamata the highway finishes and things get a little more confusing as you are directed through the centre of Kalamata and into the Mani. The road from Kalamata to Kardamyli twists and winds along the coast, it took us nearly an hour to drive the final 36km to our hotel.
Set in a peaceful olive grove next to a pebble beach. Overlooked by the majestic Taygetus mountains it was a real retreat.
The only sounds we could hear were the birds roosting and the gentle lapping of the sea from our second floor terrace. The stone built cottages were dotted among very old gnarled olive trees. We had booked a ground floor studio but on arrival were upgraded to a maisonette.
The whole place had been very carefully designed and finished with real attention to detail. All the buildings used local stone and blended into their surrounding. There were pine floors throughout and soft pastel shades. With a fully fitted kitchen, cloakroom, spacious living room and patio with views into the olive grove downstairs.
Upstairs a vary spacious main bedroom and large bathroom with walk in shower. Then the terrace with views across the top of the olive groves to the mountains one side and to the sea on the other.
The first evening we stopped into the hotel taverna just before they were due to close. It was very early in the season so they weren’t yet open for dinner. But we were more than happy with a complimentary snack and drink, a small carafe of local white wine with a bowl of their delicious olives.
We wandered into the village that evening for supper, a 5 minute walk along the shore to the centre of the village. Finding our way to the Ψαρας (Psaras) taverna where we opted for the recommended fish, some salad and house white wine. Fresh food beautifully prepared, a wonderful way to end our day.
On the way back to the hotel we stopped off for a nightcap where we were informed that the local area was well known for it’s rosé wine and enjoyed trying some.
Next morning we woke to the sound of birds and the sea. It was the perfect spot to relax and unwind. We could have stayed here happily for a month or more.
Breakfast was in the form of provisions obtained from the restaurant fresh bread, eggs, ham, feta, Greek yoghurt and of course their own olives. The fridge was magically stocked with enough oranges to make juice for breakfast, water, homemade preserves and fresh coffee all in a very well equipped little kitchenette.
There were a few basic store cupboard things including tea bags, local honey and their own olive oil. Plus decent size mugs to make a morning cuppa. In theory we could have prepared all our meals there but with only 2 full days there was lots to see and explore.
The three nights definitely weren’t long enough and one day we will definitely return, but it was a wonderful base to explore from. The first day we headed out to explore the Mani and the second day Kardamyli. More of those to come soon.