The Base Destination: Kinsterna Hotel and Spa, Greece
Sitting peacefully amongst a lush Grecian olive and citrus grove is Kinsterna: a restored archaic mansion designed for total relaxation and rejuvenation. Brimming the ocean's wild green edge near the Byzantine fortress of Monemvassia, majority of this vast, tonal structure was built in the late 18th century with some elements dating back to the 13th. And it's this historical patina that gives the restored hotel and spa its rarefied charm. Visitors are encouraged to wander the grounds, exploring each beautiful variation in materiality and texture, conjuring their own versions of memories from the past.
A pivotal life force for nature and beauty regimes alike, water is key in the form and function of Kinsterna. Trickling from the tip of the nearby mountains, nourishing the landscape en route and pooling at the end of its journey in the central cistern of the hotel, the mineral rich water is used to nourish and revitalise guests in the pool and spa.
Treating yourself has never been so delectable, with self-grown ingredients such as olive oil, honey and grape extracts incorporated in Kinsterna's signature spa treatments. Wild harvested rosemary, peppermint, lemongrass and chamomile have also made their way to a number of prized treatments, all with potent skin-loving properties that will ensure any visitor leaves glowing and serene. Add to this a global touch of spices, mineral oils and natural mineral salts, what each spa enthusiast receives is a well-rounded, gently refined and natural approach to facial and bodily pampering.
An irresistibly renewing grape seed exfoliating treatment comes highly recommended, followed closely by the spa's own "Honey Detox Massage", harnessing the healing properties of Peloponnesian mountain honey. Also on the must-try list is an invigorating orange scrub, formulated with local citrus that boost circulation in the skin uplift the spirit.
The spa itself boasts a state of the art hydrotherapy space with an Ottoman-style Hammam. The offer of an Olive Oil and Rosemary Scalp Massage in the spa's outdoor private gazebo area is particularly seductive, especially if enjoyed in one of the spa's state of the art jacuzzis.
Kinsterna celebrates - in an act of sophisticated juxtaposition - the union of old and new; with architecture that beautifies the layered complexities of historical construction as well as time-proven locally harvested spa ingredients used for their potency and sustainability.