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Tainaron Blue Retreat is managed by Kostas, the owner.
150 - 325/night
Suitable for 2-4 people

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Tainaron Blue Mani tower - Tainaron Blue Retreat, in Mani Peninsula, Greece
— Kostas: “The uniqueness of the place is what makes it so special. The view from the tower is incredible and you can see the sea, the beaches, and the isolated ruins around the tower.”
Interview By:

— How would you describe Tainaron Blue in a nutshell?

Kostas: “Tainaron Blue Retreat is a small boutique hotel with three suites in an early 19th century fortified Mani tower. Overlooking the coastline of Cape Tainaron in Greece, Tainaron Blue is a perfect hideaway, a place to rest and think and to be close to nature.”
Tainaron Blue Mani tower - Tainaron Blue Retreat, in Mani Peninsula, Greece
— Tainaron Blue Mani tower

— What is the history of the tower and what was your inspiration to turn it into a small hotel?

Kostas: “The tower used to be a watchtower to protect a nearby settlement and watch out for pirates and such. Historically, when neighbours didn’t get along, they would move and then set up their own smaller settlements, this one in particular had its own church, square and cemetery.

When we visited this part of Greece for the first time about 20 years ago, we decided to buy the tower for our family, thinking that it would be nice to host friends there. Soon we realised that it would be just wonderful to share this experience of living in a fortified watchtower with more people and therefore decided to turn it into a small luxury hotel.”
Tainaron Blue terrace - Tainaron Blue Retreat, in Mani Peninsula, Greece
— Tainaron Blue terrace

— How would you describe the atmosphere inside the Mani tower?

Kostas: “We didn’t want Tainaron Blue to look like a museum. Instead we wanted to offer a luxurious environment for our vacation guests and decided to mix the traditional structure with modern design and all the comforts of our time. This together with the stonewalls makes for a serene atmosphere.”
Master suite with sea view - Tainaron Blue Retreat, in Mani Peninsula, Greece
— Master suite with sea view

— Please tell us about the different rooms at Tainaron Blue Retreat.

Kostas: “There are three suites and a shared dining space, which is located on the first floor. One of the suites is the Executive Double with a double bed, bathroom and a nice view over the pool and the sea. Our Junior Suite is on two levels with one double and one single bed that can be used for a child. Both rooms have doors to patios and the courtyard. A door connects the Executive Double and the Junior Suite. Families often use both rooms and then just leave the door open. In any other case the door can be locked from both sides.

On the top of the tower there is the Master Suite on two levels with two double beds, a bathroom, and a small wooden balcony with an incredible view.

All the rooms have satellite TV with about 80 channels, air conditioning, an alarm, a steel desk, a safe, docking station for Smart phones, and Coco-Mat mattresses and linens.”
Tainaron Blue ocean view - Tainaron Blue Retreat, in Mani Peninsula, Greece
— Tainaron Blue ocean view

— What facilities and services do you offer at the hotel?

Kostas: “We have a modern hydrotherapy pool outdoors. When guests are having lunch at the table, they can watch the birds come and drink from the pool at sunset.

Our restaurant is only for our vacation guests. We serve delicious meals using organic, local ingredients. The dishes are all inspired by traditional recipes from southern Greece. This year we gathered olives from the trees and made our own extra virgin olive oil. We put day beds under the trees to offer natural shade in the hot summer months.

We have breakfast available for guests at whatever time in the morning they want. We’re very flexible with that.”
Mani tower - Tainaron Blue Retreat, in Mani Peninsula, Greece
— Mani tower

— To you personally, what is so special about staying at Tainaron Blue?

Kostas: “The uniqueness of the place is what makes it so special. The view from the tower is incredible and you can see the sea, the beaches, and the isolated ruins around the tower. At night the cruise boats coming from the eastern Mediterranean are visible, which look like moving buildings. That is quite spectacular to watch.”
 - Tainaron Blue Retreat, in Mani Peninsula, Greece
 
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