Citta dei Nicliani
Mani Peninsula, The Peloponnese, Greece
At a Glance
A secluded hideaway with only seven guest rooms ensures plenty of peace and quiet
The hotel is comprised of three historic towers dating back to the 18th century
Fantastic views over the hills with ancient towers dotted across the landscape
This family-run boutique hotel offers personal and friendly service
Delicious meals come courtesy of the father of the family, with a variety of Greek wines to accompany the dishes
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The climate in Greece is warm and sunny for the majority of the year with the risk of the odd shower of rain and some cooler periods over the winter. From April/May onwards the weather settles but it can sometimes be cool in the evenings. By mid/end of May, the weather generally settles in a pattern of long hot sunny days and balmy evenings especially in July and August when it can be very hot. Rain is unlikely but it can happen from time to time. May to October are particularly pleasurable months.
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Citta dei Nicliani is a boutique hotel set in an ancient tower in the rustic Mani Peninsula. With just seven guest rooms, Citta dei Nicliani is a tranquil, secluded hideaway offering peace and quiet alongside delicious Greek cuisine and incredible views.
Located in the tiny village of Koita in the Peloponnese's Mani Peninsula, Citta dei Nicliani is a family-run hotel ideal for a peaceful getaway. The hotel is comprised of three ancient stone towers which date back as far as the 18th century, showcasing the protected architecture typical of this region.
The rustic style of Citta dei Nicliani's exterior continues in the design of the guest rooms, where the original stone walls and wooden beam ceilings are exposed. Rooms are simply decorated using neutral tones, with a handful of antique furnishings and special touches such as centuries-old artefacts preserved in the floors. Every room has a distinctive layout and style ensuring each has its own unique character.
Outside, the spacious terrace offers beautiful views of the hills and ancient towers of the region. Although there is no pool, this is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the tranquillity as you admire the unspoilt scenery below. Here, or in the cosy pavilion, you'll enjoy your meals courtesy of the father of the family, who prepares delicious, traditional Greek dishes using ingredients from the region. With an emphasis on friendly, personal service, guests are well looked after by the owners, and you may even have the opportunity to join the family on their trip to the harbour to pick your own seafood from the local fisherman - it doesn't get any fresher than this!
As well as boasting delectable Greek cuisine, Citta dei Nicliani is home to an extensive wine cellar with over a hundred Greek wines. Guests can discover the world of Greek wine with a tailor-made wine tasting session in the hotel, or alternatively in wineries around the Peloponnese region. In the autumn months it's also possible to visit a nearby olive oil press and discover how one of Greece's most famous products is made.
The seven guest rooms at Citta dei Nicliani each preserve the history and tradition of the ancient towers they are housed in. Original stone walls and wooden-beamed ceilings give each room plenty of character, while touches such as ancient artefacts throughout the rooms showcase the varied history of the building. Each room remains contemporary with air conditioning, complimentary WiFi and Damana bathroom amenities.
Premium Rooms measure a spacious 24 sqm, complete with a seating area and comfortable furnishings. The walls are adorned with artwork by Greek artist Miltos Pantelias, giving the room plenty of character.
The Grande Room measures 30 sqm and is spread over two levels, with the bedroom on the ground floor and the lounge area on the mezzanine above.
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The Grande Ground Floor room dates back to the 11th Century and is surrounded by history. The lower level has a double bed and seating area, while the mezzanine level above features a second bed, making the room suitable for a family.
Citta dei Nicliani welcomes children of all ages, however there are no specific childcare facilities.
Dining at Citta dei Nicliani is an authentic experience, with the father of the family cooking each meal. Guests will have the opportunity to taste traditional homemade Greek dishes, using fresh produce and ingredients available in the Mani region. You will typically be asked to order dinner after breakfast, so the family have time to source the correct amount of fresh ingredients, ensuring very little waste is produced. If seafood is on the menu you may also have the chance to join the trip to the harbour to buy the freshest fish and lobsters from the local fisherman.
The Peloponnese is a fascinating region to explore, home to ancient sites such as Mystras and Messene, all easily reached in a day trip from Citta dei Nicliani. Stone towers and Byzantine churches scatter the landscape of the Mani Peninsula and this area is great for hiking along paths and through canyons. The coastline is full of beautiful beaches and hidden coves, and the Diros Caves are only 20 minutes away, once home to man during the Neolithic period.
Location & directions
Mani Peninsula, The Peloponnese, Greece
Citta dei Nicliana is located in the village of Koita in the beautiful Mani Peninsula in the Peloponnese, just a two-hour drive from Kalamata Airport.
How to get there
There are direct flights from London Heathrow to Kalamata with British Airways or regular flights with EasyJet to Kalamata from London Gatwick. Flights take approximately 3.5 hours and from here it is a two-hour road transfer to Citta dei Nicliani. Alternatively, Citta dei Nicliani is a four-hour drive from Athens Airport.
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