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Dexamenes Seaside Hotel Peloponnese

Industrial and modern, this longitudinal hotel suits those that appreciate interesting architecture and design and love a good restoration story.

Clean lines meet a raw rusticity in an old wine factory.

One of the more unusual properties in our roster of recommendations, Dexamenes Seaside Hotel is a bold restoration set within an abandoned wine factory, located on a beautifully wild beach in the off-radar western Peloponnese region of Greece.

 

The lowdown

  • Who For:

    With no pool and plenty of modern design to admire, we suggest that this is a perfect spot for couples.

  • Getting There:

    After flying to Athens, we recommend hiring a car for the three-hour drive on excellent toll roads along stunning scenery. Or fly to Kalamata for a two-hour drive to the hotel from there.

  • Combine With:

    Make Dexamenes part of a self-drive trip starting with sightseeing in Athens, drop by the pretty town of Nafplion and head into the unspoiled pleasures of the Mani Peninsula before finishing at Dexamenes.

  • When To Go:

    The hotel is open from mid-April until end of October; early spring is cooler and fresher, June to September is hot and dry and October retains warm days with cooler evenings.

Once a wine factory, the low-slung accommodation has been cleverly reimagined from the existing wine silos, with very little intervention allowing the clean lines and geometric forms to create a contemporary style that feels modern and fresh. The use of raw materials such as concrete and blackened steel builds on this and inside the rooms, the décor is minimalist yet comfortable in a pared-back colour scheme.

Dexamenes Seaside Hotel sits in a parallel position to the beach, so it’s very easy to take a stroll on the sandy shore or swim in the calm Ionian Sea. Sunsets here are a joy, setting the scene ablaze and allowing you to anticipate dinner in the taverna set within the engine room of the winery. Locally grown food and products are skilfully fused to create classic Peloponnese dishes that reflect the local culinary traditions, and there is also an impressive wine list. And if you feel like a change of scene, you can venture out to the town of Amaliada where there are plenty of tavernas; equally just along the beach are some laid-back beach bars.

Sam Kelly-Shaer

Travel Planner

What I loved about this property is that it’s so sustainable, the owners used many of the materials from the old building to make the hotel. The suites are minimalistic with large glass doors which either have views of the silos or the Ionian Sea. Food was a highlight here, local produce and really delicious. The wine list is impressive as you can imagine. I could easily spend three or four nights here, it felt very chilled and unpretentious.