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Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Monemvasia 

Agios Stefanos
Greece 23070
Tel: 30 27320 66300
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
One of Greece's most romantic destinations, Monemvassia village is the site of a medieval castle marooned on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by a tangle of stone houses. Camouflaged in the citrus-scented hills, the 27-room Kinsterna is only about four miles away, and equally romantic. Immaculately restored, the 500-year-old mansion is named for a Byzantine cistern system that still snakes through the property, sidestepping a lone orange tree and spilling springwater into an angular pool. Lounge chairs set up in stone alcoves welcome guests to bask in the stillness and gaze at the sea (only a 15-minute walk away). Interiors subtly bridge the Byzantine, Ottoman, and Venetian phases of the building's checkered history. Soothing pale grays are jazzed up by a mix of old and modern: richly textured kilims and antique chests, gold Kartell lamps and transparent Ghost chairs. Treats abound: Champagne is standard at breakfast, the first raid of the minibar is free, and there's a hot tub outside the sultry little spa. If you can muster the energy, explore the hiking trails on the grounds; the likable staff will pack you a picnic. —2011 Hot List

Which room to book: Top-floor suites have the best views and catch the sea breeze.

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