Maybe it was a mention in a guidebook . . .
. ..or the recommendations we happened upon from past guests . . .
. . .or maybe it was just meant to be. . .
It is sometimes difficult, in retrospect, to pinpoint what made you choose a particular hotel, isn’t it?
Frankly, we don’t recall exactly why we selected the Hotel Vardia high on a hillside in Kardamyli many months before our spring trip to Greece.
|Our room with a view - Hotel Vardia|
Looking back on our times there, we know it would now, be difficult -- make that, impossible -- to think of staying anywhere else.
|Views of Hotel Vardia - Kardamyli, Greece|
A Springtime Introduction
Snow still frosted the tips of the area’s Taygetos Mountains, wildflowers were in bloom and a cadre of kitties lazed in the sun among the ground’s manicured flower beds as we arrived at the hotel in early spring.
|Early spring 2014 - Kardamyli, Greece|
“Give us a few minutes – it will be ready,” she assured, after we introduced ourselves. And ready it was – complete with comfortable beds, a fully equipped kitchenette and a bouquet of fresh wild flowers on the table. Because we were her first and only guests in that still chilly springtime we were upgraded from a suite to a two-room apartment.
|Two-room apartment - Hotel Vardia Kardamyli, Greece|
Travel Tip: Hotel Vardia, like many family owned hotels in Greece, offers fully equipped kitchenettes ~ our favorite kind of rooms because we save money by eating some meals ‘at home’ and also experience the joys of buying fresh fruits and vegetables at local markets for a fraction of what we would pay at similar markets back home in the United States.
|A walk to the grocery store - Kardamyli, Greece|
We stayed five days that first visit.
It was difficult to leave when the time finally arrived to move on.
I blinked back tears as I hugged Voula ‘goodbye’ with a promise to return ‘next year’.
Six weeks later – Summertime Sizzle
|Kardamyli, Greece - July 2014|
|Our air-conditioned suite sanctuary at Hotel Vardia|
|Kardamyli and Messinian Bay - July 2014|
We settled into the slow-paced rhythm brought on by the heat of summer. Errands and outings were completed by noon; the time the sun’s intensity drove us back in our room for leisurely long afternoon siestas in air-conditioned bliss. Then as the sun lessened, we’d venture out to enjoy the patios and views.
|AIkey and Vooula - owners/operators of Hotel Vardia, Kardamyli|
Many guests came and went during our summertime stay, sometimes spending only a night, as tourists often do in this area. They didn't have the chance to spend as much time here as we did. As we look back on our adventure with its many ups and downs – we can honestly say that staying at our ‘hotel home’ was one of the high points.
In fact, a downside of buying a house would mean we couldn’t stay with Voula and Ikey -- and that we would definitely miss!
Kardamyli is less than an hour’s drive from Kalamata. A number of airlines fly from European cities to Kalamata. It is a four-hour drive from Athens (freeway to Kalamata then two-lane paved road).
Hotel Vardia – For more information visit the hotel’s web site: www.vardia-hotel.gr
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And, as always, thank you so much for your time!!! Hope you'll come back and bring a friend or two!!!