This is the perfect place to stay if you want to get away from it all and enjoy the sunshine and sea. The apartments are spacious, well equipped, and comfortable and have all the equipment you need for self-catering; those on the first and second floor have balconies, and the superior rooms look towards the sea - a perfect spot to enjoy a drink in the evening. The owners provide a welcome basket when you arrive, including locally produced olive oil and honey, and they offer complimentary coffee and cake every morning. The beach is only a few metres away, and the hotel has private sunloungers and umbrellas set aside for each room so you are guaranteed a spot. They also provide beach towels, and a shady area where you can sit. The beach is sand with some shingle - it's grey rather than golden and rather narrow, but if that bothers you there is a golden sandy beach at Skoutari only 5 minutes drive away. The sea at Kamares is perfect for swimming, since the bay is very sheltered and most mornings it's as still as a lake. The area is very rural and peaceful, without much development, so it's perfect if you want to get away from the crowds. There is a taverna at the end of the beach, and two other excellent tavernas within 5-10 minutes drive, so you don't have to go far for meals, and the nearest town is about 12km away. The hotel is located with easy access to both Gytheio and Areopoli, and both are very nice towns with lovely cafes, restaurants, and bars.
Another excellent feature of the hotel is how friendly and welcoming the owners are. It is a family run business, and they go out of their way to make you feel welcome and ensure you have everything you need, and provide lots of advice about the local area. Although the hotel is fairly isolated, it's well located for exploring the rest of the Mani, and you can also do daytrips to Mystra and Monemvassia.
The rural location was a big plus for us, but it means that Kamares wouldn't suit people who like lots of activities, or who want nightlife readily available, so you should bear that in mind before booking. However, if you're looking for relaxation, you couldn't do better.
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- Also Known As:
- Akti Kamares Greece/Gytheio