Located in one of the most beautiful settings in the Mani Peninsula, Citta dei Nicliani directly faces olive tree plantings where Mount Taygetus meets the sea. The hotel building is an ancient monument initially built in the mid-18th century.
In 2011 it was renovated and converted into a traditional hotel.
This family run hotel centres around a large, leafy courtyard where authentic and astounding dining experiences take place. All seven en-suite rooms feature engravings and paintings by local artists, dramatic stonewalls and are fitted with terracotta tiles or wooden floors.
The region of Mani is ideal for hiking in the beautiful canyons and pathways, alternatively visit the local markets on the doorstep. Enjoy sampling the hotel's impressive collection of over 100 Greek wines or visit the local wineries in the Nemea region. A complimentary activity is visiting a local olive oil press where you can view the production of the famous Greek Olive Oil.
why we like it
Citta dei Nicliani must be one of Greece’s best kept secrets – a heavenly hideaway tucked behind an old church and up a cobbled path in the village of Cita. The welcome from Panos is akin to the greeting from a long lost relative, and before you know it, you are sitting down to a Greek Moussaka, made by Panos’ father, the resident chef. It is no surprise that he used to run a top restaurant in Athens. Fresh fish and traditional Greek family recipes accompanied by carefully selected wines for dinner, and homemade jams and breads with omelettes for breakfast, the menus are all delicious and a particular highlight. This is unpretentious luxury with immaculate attention to detail (from pristine linens to flavoured salts from over 50 countries) where everything is tailored to each guest’s needs, be it advice on which secret cove to visit the next day or what’s on the menu. And we loved the intimate atmosphere where guests mingle and swap stories on the terrace before dinner.