Location: Spetses Greece
Concept: historic luxury and comfort
The restoration of historical hotel “Poseidonion” in Spetses required the collaboration of different teams of engineers in the all levels of planning. With emphasis in the design of internal spaces, the hotel was trested with absolute respect in his season and background.
Aiming at the re-operation of the hotel and its engagement to the modern needs, without loosing anything from the old glamour, the interventions were in complete agreement with the existing aesthetics. The building was restored in its entity, while the old equipment was replaced with the latest. The aesthetics of all internal spaces reflect a fresh atmosphere.
The building has historical interest, greatness and simplicity simultaneously. Its architecture strictly maintain the ‘Eclectic’ architecture of Southern France, inspired from the buildings in Cannes, Monte-Carlo and the Italian Riviera. The characteristic elements that constituted to its aesthetics were the elaborate cement tiles, the height ceilings, the detailed Cornish ceiling decor and the central marble staircase.
The sense of decoration is simultaneously classic, with nostalgic elegance and discreet luxury. The interior is imperial, comfortable and light, with objects and colors that tie up the past, present and future, awakening memories in each visitor. The furniture that were selected have an abstractive classic aesthetic and they combine materials and styles from the beginning of the century, with a few modern touches. It could be considered as an old house with a common background, where each room is differentiated with certain elements, colors and functions.
The Poseidonion Spa has a historical interest, since it was the first hotel that offered ‘thalasso-therapy’ in Greece. Four small bathtubs functioned with marine water which they warmed; they threw sulphur and enjoyed its miraculous attributes.
The Spa is developed around a quiet Mediterranean garden which constitutes the space of relaxation and well-being. In the centre of the garden the water element dominates in the form of a swimming-pool. The colors, aesthetics and objects are inspired from the local architecture with a touch of minimalism and simplicity.