Poseidonion Hotel on Spetses partners with Grace Hotels Group
Wednesday 3, March 2010
Athens-based luxury boutique hotels group, Grace Hotels has formed a partnership with the Poseidonion Hotel on Spetses. The hotel, which will henceforth be known as the Poseidonion Grace, lies on one of the closest island resorts to Athens and joins the group’s other unique properties.
The new property for the first time places the Grace Hotels Group philosophy of supreme service and elegant simplicity in the context of grand and commanding architecture. The Poseidonion Grace has been a landmark on the Spetses skyline for nearly a century: its Côte d’Azur style echoes the stature of the many private villas that dominate a picturesque island associated with the glory years of Greek ship building.
The Poseidonion Grace has undergone a meticulous and painstaking five-year restoration programme which has brought the hotel fully up to date with the finest facilities, fixtures, and fittings that meet the highest standards of international luxury travellers while carefully preserving the original architecture of the building.
The Poseidonion Grace is located in the historical heart of Spetses town and occupies an imposing seafront location. All 52 double rooms, suites and apartments in both the historical and new wings feature private gardens or balconies with beautiful views either of the sea or across the main pool and surrounding palm trees. The premier accommodation in the hotel is the spectacular Grace Suite featuring three double bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and its own 100 square metre terrace with breathtaking views to the sea. Another unique suite is the split-level ‘La Cupola’ that occupies the hotel’s central roof dome. This open plan space features wooden beams, relaxing pastel colours and a 120 square metre private terrace with panoramic views of Spetses town and the surrounding landscape. Finally the intimate and romantic Honeymoon Suite features the added indulgence of its own private swimming pool.
The Poseidonion Grace offers diners a choice of three restaurants. In addition to the fine dining restaurant there is a brasserie for lighter meals. Both are located on the main hotel balcony overlooking the sea. Also available during the months of July and August will be a Japanese Fusion restaurant offering Grace Hotels’ highly original variant on this globally popular cuisine. Fishermen arriving with the catch of the day each morning ensure a rich variety of the finest ingredients for the daily menus. Supplying the restaurants with fresh organic fruit, vegetables and herbs are the hotel’s own ‘bio gardens’. These beautiful gardens are an attraction in their own right – guests are invited to visit this feast for the taste buds and sample the local produce. Private dining can even be arranged within the gardens. Meanwhile, the cocktail bar’s expert mixologists will prepare the perfect sundowner - from fresh fruit daiquiris to the signature Grace Cocktail.
The hotel’s spa offers a range of soothing, healing and beautifying treatments based on local herbal remedies – part of a long tradition at the Poseidonion which nearly 100 years ago became the first hotel in Greece to offer treatments based on the natural healing properties of sea water. Recent additions include a hairdressing corner and a nail bar.
Commenting on the partnership, Philippe Requin, CEO of Grace Hotels said: “We are immensely proud to welcome the Poseidonion Grace into the family. This hotel has been a gathering place and a source of legendary hospitality for almost a century. Today marks the latest chapter in the rich history of one of the most distinguished landmarks on Spetses. We are committed to preserving the character and charm of the Poseidonion and continuing the existing cooperation with the local community while introducing those touches of style, refinement and service that have won global critical acclaim for Grace Hotels in recent years.”
Being close to Athens and offering some of Greece’s finest banqueting rooms, the Poseidonion Grace makes a perfect venue for weddings and private parties.
Despite its famously grand architecture, Spetses has managed to retain a serene island atmosphere. Private cars are banned and the use of other motor vehicles is severely restricted. The horse and carriage remains the most popular form of transport for both islanders and visitors. Access to Spetses from the mainland couldn’t be easier: there is a direct ferry from the Athens port of Piraeus or a 15 minute trip by water taxi from the port of Kosta – a two-hour scenic drive from Athens with some great sightseeing options on the way. Alternatively a helicopter ride can drop you within minutes of the Poseidonion Grace.
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