Dexamenes – Kourouta

Kourouta, Greece, From £470

About

Situated on Kourouta beach, near the town of Amaliada, this is an ideal outpost for sun-seeking and exploring the region's abundance of wineries. Enjoy the unique experience of sleeping inside old wine tanks from the 1920s which have been minimally reanimated with steel, engineered glass, timber, and a clean-lined aesthetic. Thirty-four of tanks have been converted into suites. These have been categorised into three different types: Beachfront, Courtyard, and Backyard. The names reflecting the locality of each tank.

The discreet entrance to the hotel is from the adjacent road, where you are greeted by elegant pavilions attached to the original concrete tank buildings. The reception area offers a warm welcome at any time of day. The evening offers the welcoming glow of the louvered plywood canopy, whilst by day the cool shade offers a welcome respite from the heat of the sun.

What makes this Kobu?

What makes this Kobu?

The Story

The history of Dexamenes dates back to the “Era of Currants”. After the liberation of Greece in 1830, the cultivation of currants took on impressive dimensions and currants were the main export product of the Greek Kingdom. But when the “Currants Crisis” broke out in 1910 in Greece, the trade of currants collapsed and there was a need to convert the unsold stock into alternative products, such as wine. This was when the first wineries and distilleries were created.

Dexamenes was built on the sea so that ships could be loaded with wine directly from the tanks, before setting sail for the major overseas markets.

The derelict, industrial structures that characterize the site were left relatively untouched since the 1920’s, sitting quietly on one of the most unspoilt and beautiful stretches of coastline in the western Peloponnese.

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