Design-led boutique hotel Eliamos Villas opens on Kefalonia

Earlier this week, Eliamos Villas Hotel & Spa made its debut on the southern shores of the Greek island of Kefalonia.

The luxury boutique hotel is the work of London-based, Hamburg-born interior architect, Maike, of Maike Gruna Interiors, and her husband, Spyro Korsianos, whose family is from the island.

Sustainability and inspired design

Eliamos Villas Hotel & Spa is now open above a secluded cove within its own private estate home to a locally inspired restaurant, spa and outdoor gym, with a nature-based activity offering.

The hotel is designed to echo Kefalonia’s unspoiled landscape while fusing luxury with understated modernity.

Sustainability is key to the property’s design and operations, with the use of local building materials, efforts to be free of single-use plastic, eventually becoming plastic-free, and the provision of Eliamos reusable water bottles among its first initiatives.

Water waste will be reused to irrigate the gardens and the restaurant will source produce from local farmers and suppliers.

A nature-based stay

The brand-new hotel is home to 12 one-, two- and three-bedroom villas with a private saltwater pool or hot tub, kitchen, outdoor dining area, barbeque and terrace. Each villa is designed to connect guests with the island’s earthy character and sea or olive grove views.

The nature-based wellness concept here spans an outdoor sea-facing gym featuring wooden Pilates reformers and a Nohrd rower and bike, as well as an expansive infinity salt-water pool and relaxation area. The spa offers massages, reflexology and aromatherapy treatments and an in-house instructor is on hand for Reformer pilates, yoga and fitness sessions.

Chef Socrates Malinganis is at the helm of the hotel’s restaurant, which showcases the ingredients of local farmers and organic producers in Mediterranean cuisine including dishes that are local to the island.

Activities from here introduce guests to the natural surroundings, from hiking and cycling to star gazing, wine tasting and boat trips to neighbouring islands.