The Tower In The Wild Beauty of Mani, Greece
Mani… The southernmost part of mainland Greece that ends at Cape Tainaron. A multifaceted and always charming place. The mountains and the sea, the olive trees and the stone, shady or sunlit. 98 villages full of towers, each one telling its own story!
is housed in an early 19th-century stone tower that boasts stunning panoramic views of the southernmost slope of Taygetos mountain and the sea. Perfectly situated in an idyllic location, it is an ideal place to watch the magical sunset over the sea or witness the serene beauty of a new day dawning.
This traditional tower is a perfect example of the defensive architecture of the area. With their simple and austere beauty, the imposing towers of Mani resist the passage of time and offer a fascinating journey into the past. In times of conflict, they served to control and repel hostile attacks, while in times of peace and prosperity they were used as residential places and courtyards.
During the conversion of this three-story tower into a gues thouse we encountered considerable difficulties. We had to adapt to the specific characteristics of the architecture of Mani and at the same time ensure that the interior spaces keep pace with modern aesthetics. The structure inside and outside of the tower had to remain unchanged, while all modern facilities and infrastructure had to be settled imperceptibly.
As the formation of the exterior spaces had to ensure minimum interference, the addition of a water surface area was adapted to the specific environment and respected the topography of the landscape, resulting in an even and unified set of buildings and space with intensity and character.
The Tainaron Blue Retreat offers you the quaint and unique experience of staying in a tower that comes from the past, with its traditional narrow stairs and wooden ladders. Its three vintage rooms, with unobstructed sea and mountain views, are equipped with beautiful Coco-mat linen and ecological O-live toiletries and are embellished with works of art created by sculptor Nikos Karalis.