The hotel is run by its owners, Esther Grau and Yiannis Rovatsos. Esther was born in Catalonia, but has long since succumbed to the charms of Kyparissi. She speaks Greek, Spanish, English, French and Italian fluently, so you can feel easy about bringing foreign friends or recommending the hotel to them! Yiannis was born and raised in Kyparissi, speaks English and knows the locality inside and out. Koralia, their daughter, completes the cast.
Esther and Yiannis opened the hotel in 1990, beginning with five attractive, tasteful rooms for rent. In 2010 they added two small buildings, and, at the same time, radically renovated the original building. All three buildings were designed by the architect Eleni Alexaki, who is based in Monemvasia. With ‘Kyfanta’ Alexaki has created a contemporary minimalist building which also interrelates creatively with the rich local architectural traditions.
The hotel is very centrally situated, convenient to the beach, the Supermarket, tavernas, cafes/ bars, all of which are within a few minutes’ walking distance. One can literally park the car at the hotel and leave it there for the duration of the holiday.
The rooms enclose the three sides of an open interior courtyard dotted with olive trees. On the fourth side of the courtyard there is a spacious open-air breakfast-bar and the reception area with windows looking on to the olive grove.
Here there is a comfortable sitting area where guests can meet, pick up local news, have a drink, use their laptops and watch television. There is also a billiard table, as well as chess, backgammon and other board games for young and older.
This is also where you will find Esther serving breakfast – coffee, freshly pressed juice from Lakonia oranges,local eggs, yoghurt, local honey and homemade jams, freshly baked bread, made by Esther herself, sandwiches ( toasted or not) and cake – or you can order something to be brought to your room.
There is also a collection of novels in Greek and English which guests are welcome to borrow during their stay.
On occasions, during the summer, local artists exhibit their work in the reception area.
Twid will be running rock climbing courses based from Kyfanta.