Spetses Goes Vintage this Spring for “A Weekend in Tweed” 

This spring the stunning island of Spetses will be filled with a retro vibe during a long weekend featuring vintage adventures, a nostalgic atmosphere, and special tweed appearances. 

From the 15th to the 17th of April 2022, Spetses island will welcome guests- from all around the country and the world- for a unique “Weekend in Tweed”. The special event, run by the Poseidonion Grand Hotel in collaboration with the Hellenic Bicycle Museum, is a celebration of classic English glamour- with participants filling the hotel and village square with their retro bicycles and vintage attire.

Paying homage to old-world charm and traditions, Spetses is the ideal destination for this unique event, as the stunning island is renowned for its aristocratic feel and cosmopolitan aura.

And with the sweet spring weather being the perfect time to enjoy such an occasion- plus the all-time classic character of the Poseidonion as a backdrop- visitors are invited to enjoy a three-day event dedicated to a whimsical journey through time- full of evocative activities and memorable moments.

Over the weekend, guests will be able to hop on a classic bicycle and enjoy a leisurely ride around the island; stop off for a charming picnic in the blossoming nature, and experience afternoon tea at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel-  all while parading in their elegant outfits and tweed attire. 

The long weekend will also include plenty of delicious delicacies and famous signature dishes from Poseidonion; plus a range of surprises including a beauty pageant highlighting the best dressed, an atmospheric party, and special awards.

About the Hotel

Poseidonion Grand Hotel first opened its doors in 1914. This stunning building has become a famous landmark on Spetses island, a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. The striking hotel occupies a prime seafront position and is one of the first things you spot as you arrive on the Saronic island.


If you would like to dress in your best vintage/ tweed outfits and take part in this charming journey through time during “A Weekend in Tweed”, contact Christina Lagkadianou on- 

PH: +30 210 9222525 | E: lagkadianou@travelworks.gr

Images Courtesy of Poseidonion Grand Hotel

3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can’t Wait to Revisit

Greece is amongst the world’s most popular tourist destinations. And with a great range of variety on offer, you should easily be able to find a luxury five-star hotel that can help you take in the destination of your choice- with comfort. Here we share some of our favourites that we can’t wait to stay at again. 

By Maria Athanasopoulou 

Poseidonion Grand Hotel, Spetses Island

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThis emblematic five-star hotel on the island of Spetses first opened its doors in 1914 and since then has become one of the most cosmopolitan hotels in the whole country. The hotel delights guests from the first instance, with its well-kept common areas and its excellent rooms. There are several types of rooms to choose from to suit each guest. What is certain is that whatever choice you make, you will be satisfied. For your relaxation, we recommend a visit to the Library Brasserie. Relax from morning to night, overlooking the Saronic Gulf.

Poseidonion Grand Hotel created its own biological estate a few years ago. The “Bostani Farm of Poseidon” will offer you an unforgettable experience. Apart from the fact that many fresh products come from here, which enrich the dishes served at the hotel, here you can also take cooking lessons amongst nature.

Breakfast served at the Poseidonion Grand Hotel is a spectacular experience that will satisfy even the most demanding guest. Finally, there is the unique cocktail bar of Poseidonion Grand Hotel, the “Palms” bar, where you can enjoy your favourite cocktail overlooking the Saronic Gulf. Spetses is very close to Athens and for decades has been a secular destination not only for Greeks but also for visitors from abroad. The island is beautiful, with its own special traditional style, while its cosmopolitan identity becomes apparent to the visitor from the first moment they arrive. The word ‘Spetses’ comes from the Venetians, who named the island after perfumes.

Porto Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThis five-star hotel is housed in a historic 1923 building. Completely renovated, it retains its industrial architecture while respecting the rules of luxurious hospitality.

Porto Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki features 176 rooms of various types, that are suitable for families, solo travellers, couples, etc. The rooms are spacious and modernly decorated. What sets this hotel apart is the great importance given to high gastronomy. The hotel is also famous for hosting major business events.

The bar & restaurant URSA MINOR offers views not only of the pool but also of the whole city of Thessaloniki, which is a splendid sight. The onsite PULSE Gym & Fitness station has all the equipment needed to stay in shape while you are away, which may be necessary with the irresistible gastronomic temptations at ZAYTINYA Restaurant. 

The city of Thessaloniki is known internationally for its beauty, its tasty food, the friendly locals who are carefree, and its many important monuments. The Promenade of Thessaloniki is one of the most beautiful areas of Greece, and the city is famous for its vibrant nightlife. Thessaloniki is the second-largest city in Greece and its most famous attraction is the White Tower!

Thomais Boutique Hotel, Lefkada 

Insights Greece - 3 Luxury Hotels in Greece We Can't Wait to RevisitThomais Boutique Hotel on the stunning Ionian island of Lefkada is a unique four-star boutique hotel located in the area of Nikiana. The reception, lobby and breakfast area are designed in such a way to offer guests a relaxing and tranquil stay.  

In 2019, all the rooms were renovated and now guests have two options for their stay- the executive and the deluxe rooms. Whatever category you choose, remember that each room has its own concept, the styling is functional and there is an inviting aesthetic; while at the same time, each guest and the high level of hospitality is the main concern of the owners.

On the roof garden of the hotel, you will find the a la carte eatery Vivarium Wine Restaurant, serving authentic recipes of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, which can be paired with an impressive variety of more than 70 small Greek wine labels. The wine here is served in a glass with the Coravin system (a technology that allows the wine to be served without removing the cork) for almost all labels.

The island of Lefkada is famous for its breathtaking beaches such as the famous Porto Katsiki, its hospitable locals and its traditional villages. Even though it is an island, Lefkada is accessible by road, and by car, you can cross a bridge that connects the island with the land. It is one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece!

Maria Athanasopoulou is the founder of the tourism marketing company Respond On Demand. She is also the founder of the non-profit urban company Top Tourism. She serves as the Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the World Food Travel Association and she is also a Master Culinary Travel Professional. She serves as an ambassador of the World Gourmet Society in Greece and Cyprus, and she also serves as an ambassador of Green Destinations. She has given seminars for tourism professionals, as well as many speeches and presentations on tourism issues, in events in Greece and abroad. She is also a Sustainable Tourism marketing expert.

Cover image Poseidonion Grand Hotel

Spetses’ 100-Year-Old Grand Hotel 

Poseidonion Grand Hotel first opened its doors in 1914. This stunning building has become a famous landmark on Spetses island, a favourite spot for affluent Athenians and international jet-setters. 


Insights Greece - Spetses’ 100-Year-Old Grand Hotel 

Only two hours from Athens, the striking hotel occupies a prime seafront position and is one of the first things you spot as you arrive on the Saronic island- a coastal playground for the Athenian A-list crowd. With classic architecture, the Poseidonion is centrally positioned on the island’s main Dapia Port and is a sight to see when approaching the island by boat. Surrounded by a rich history, it is steps away from where a proud statue of Laskarina Bouboulina, the early 19th-century Greek independence heroine stands. We should mention, very few cars are allowed on the island, so scooters, 4x4s, bicycles, a horse carriage and walking are the best ways to get around. The hotel is close to the old harbour, the Bouboulina Museum and the Hatzigianni Mexi Spetses Museum. The closest beaches are only minutes away too.

Style & Character

Insights Greece - Spetses’ 100-Year-Old Grand Hotel 

Here contemporary luxury meets old-world glamour and you will truly be forgiven for believing you are on the French Riviera. In 2009 the hotel re-opened after a 5-year restoration project that carefully combines splendour with 21st-century luxuries. Under the ownership of the Vordonis shipping family, the hotel has been updated with the finest facilities, fixtures, and fittings while carefully preserving the original architecture of the building. Filled with decorative archways, potted palms and floors decked with painted tiles, it is a place of pure luxury. 

Room Types

The hotel comprises of two buildings with superior and deluxe rooms and suites, several with private gardens or balconies offering spectacular views of the Dapia Port area and the sparkling blue-turquoise water. The historic wing features 38 rooms with a soft blend of whites and neutrals, including high ceilings, flowing layered curtains, wood floors and a mix of antique and modern decor.  A new annexe features 17 rooms with a view of a Mediterranean garden and pool. Two private access suites, the Royal Suite and the La Cupola Suite boast a private balcony with panoramic views of the island.

Insights Greece - Spetses’ 100-Year-Old Grand Hotel 


The Poseidonion is famed for being the first Greek hotel to offer spa services when it opened a century ago. Its wellness centre is now a series of small whitewashed buildings that surround a 300-metre spa pool. Treatments include massage, facials, body treatments, a  nail spa, and a hairdressing salon on site. Stretched across the back garden is a lush palm tree-lined 17-metre lap pool. The stylish lounge is decked with comfy sofas, a grand piano and a vintage jukebox; there is also an outdoor cinema, and various restaurants that spill onto the sweeping terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea- perfect for watching the horse-drawn carriages go past on this car-free island. 

Food & Drinks

Insights Greece - Spetses’ 100-Year-Old Grand Hotel 

Unique gastronomic experiences are curated by French chef Olivier Campanha, who is now at the helm of Library Brasserie and Bostani. With a focus on pure, regional
ingredients from the Poseidonion Grand Hotel’s Organic Farm Bostani is a farm to table experience combining local tradition with French techniques to create delicious dishes bursting with flavour. The updated Library Brasserie menu is dedicated to Greek cuisine with some elements from the wider Mediterranean. For some casual dining and drinks, The Palms Bar overlooks the waterfront promenade and offers scenic views of the sunset. Take a stool at the elegant marble counter and choose from an extensive menu of cocktails, developed in collaboration with Baba Au Rum, one of the world’s 50 best bars.

Ideal For

Couples, honeymooners, all artistic/creative types and anyone looking for a luxurious getaway. It’s also ideal for those who love to sail as the island is home to the Spetses Classic Regatta. With many pretty beaches and a buzzing summer nightlife, it’s also great for those who want to party and mingle with the rich and famous. 


  • 24-hour reception
  • Business centre
  • Conference rooms
  • Free WiFi in lobby/rooms
  • Gym
  • Hairdresser
  • Hotel bar
  • Laundry service
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Wellness centre / Spa
  • Wheelchair accessible