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How would you describe Tainaron Blue Retreat in a nutshell?
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.
What is the history of the tower and what was your inspiration to turn it into a small hotel?
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.
How would you describe the atmosphere inside the Mani tower?
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.
To you personally, what is so special about staying at Tainaron Blue?
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.
How long do you recommend to stay at the hotel?
Most of our vacation guests stay for about three days or longer. We have a minimum stay of two days and are open for six months, from May 1st through the 31st of October.
What’s been the biggest reward about running Tainaron Blue?
Our biggest reward has been the feedback we are receiving form our guests. It is such a wonderful feeling to know that people from all around the world enjoy this place as much as we do.