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Orloff Resort, Spetses

In honour of the Classic Yacht Race taking place in Spetses next weekend (19-22 June 2014), I have decided to tell you about a wonderful boutique hotel on the island.
I discovered it last year when I was looking for places suitable for a girlie weekend away; 
Don't tell anyone but it was actually a hen party!

The yacht race is a high-point of the island's summer life, with a nod to the island's Ship Building tradition.  
All these classic beauties: yachts, schooners and lateens gather here in Spetses, offering a unique spectacle: imagine dozens of wooden vessels, shining in the summer sunshine, trekking through the blue waters with their crisp white sails up high - it's a postcard image! 
Not to mention the smartly dressed crews and tanned enthusiasts gathering here, making the island a vibrant destination for the weekend!  

Orloff Resort is lodged in the heart of Spetses town. (check availability)
Not your traditional beach side property but utterly comfortable and cute.
When we arrived, a massive flower arrangement was waiting for me in our room. It came from one of my dear friends, who couldn't join us for the weekend - needless to say I cried when I read the card. It's small gestures from your friends that make special occasions so special!

Coming back to the hotel from the sea or from dinner - preferably by horse carriage - feels like you are going home.
The entrance is a discreet door on the side of a long wall that runs alongside the narrow road, a typical Spetses property!
The old part of the garden is covered in black an white mosaics and greenery and roses cover the walls all around.

Our room was spread over two floors with direct access to the pool area.
We also had a kitchenette downstairs, which I imagine would have been perfect if we wanted to make snacks for a family with young children.
Some of the rooms do not have access to the pool directly, but they all have little terraces, if you fancy sitting outside with your morning coffee or for you post-dinner star gazing. Oh, that's my favourite part of the day. Sitting under the stars reviewing the day's -and night's -  events with your friends!

One evening, we came back around two in the morning and decided to lounge around the pool because it was quite hot.
In case you were wondering, it wasn't considered particularly late; dinner starts at ten here and music doesn't get going earlier than twelve! Anyway, on with the story: out of nowhere came these two kiddies, they jumped into the pool and splashed around with their dad for a while, at two in the morning! 
I love family life around this part of the world; Can't sleep? Feeling hot? Why not dip in the pool, no matter if it's two in the morning!  

The hotel is built around the private pool, perfect for keeping cool, when you don't feel like going to the beach!
By the way, the closest beach, Agia Marina,  is only ten minutes walk away, so fear not!
Olive trees and palm trees provide shade around the pool; if that doesn't make it feel like a traditional house, what does? Interiors are neutral, with a nod to tradition: whitewashed walls, grey shutters, built-in sofas and wooden floors.

Breakfast is an intimate affair, right under the old olive trees.
One morning I decided to leave gift bags for my girlfriends, around the breakfast table, to say thank you for making the effort to travel to Greece from UK - not that anyone needs a lot of persuading to travel to Spetses! x

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