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Abeliona Retreat
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ampeliona
Reviewed 28 December 2017

Perfect location to relax, tasty food, excellent service. It's next to Epikourios Apollonas, an ancient temple that you must absolutely visit and next to many other interesting sights. It's located at the beautiful village of Abeliona, with the chestnuts' forest and the picturesque tavern of Spyros. If you want to relax, make long walks in nature and taste delicious food, don't miss it!

Stayed: December 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 1 October 2017

A paradise hidden in a small village in Greece, in the Peloponnese.
Access is easy by car.

Ambeliona is a small traditional village near Ancient Olympia and next to the Temple of Epicureus Apollo and the beautiful Andritsina.

It is the ideal choice for those who want to experience a piece of the unknown Greek hinterland, surrounded by the beautiful forest with chestnut trees of the village.

Abeliona Retreat is quiet guesthouse, with relaxing environment, rooms with high aesthetics, traditional Greek gastronomy with organic products impeccable service from the smiling and welcoming staff.

The architectural style of hotel is tied to the natural environment creating a sense of continuity between the exterior and interior.

Each room has a unique identity.
The spaces are comfortable and bright - like all rooms - and the visitor feels comfortable and intimate.

Rich homemade breakfast buffet with cheeses, eggs, cold cuts, traditional bread with dough, cakes, cereals, pies, sweets, all with local organic products from the village gardens.

I suggest you try cock with noodles and of course Greek traditional frumenty trachana

You will not be bored.

The Abeliona Retreat can be the basis for hiking on the paths of the area - ask at the reception- walks in the forest, mountain bike (rent at the reception) and other activities.

Go through from Spyro's coffee shop, in the square.

In a few minutes from the guesthouse begins the descent to the wonderful gorge of Neda, 30 minutes away there is Lousios and Alfios, where alternative tourism companies are operating.

I personally relaxed in a 4-day stay with yoga, accommodation and meals, all within the beautiful guesthouse -at very good package prices.

  • Stayed: September 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 May 2017

I booked 3 nights here for my sister and I to relax and unwind with good wholesome food. We were there out of season (late April 17) which may have affected the service etc however we felt really disappointed with the place and left a night early despite the 50% cancellation fee imposed.

Dinner every night was a basic choice of Greek salad or Green salad and from the grill you had the choice of chicken, meatballs or lamb. No other main meals on offer despite promoting a "variety of local dishes and appealing choices for vegetarians" on their website.

Breakfast was a limited selection placed at the table (no buffet)

Staff would loudly take calls and video calls in the dining room mid service.

The public areas were unlit so felt less welcoming and a bit cold in atmosphere.

It looked like there was a shop in the hotel but it remained closed through our stay.

The yurt mentioned was still under construction so unavailable.

We really felt like we'd imposed staying here rather than the warm and wholesome environment we'd been expecting. I wouldn't return here or recommend it. I commend what the owner has done in rebuilding the village. The property itself is really beautiful, as were the rooms. I especially loved the book collection available.

(Nuts come as standard in each room, a nice touch for many but potentially dangerous for anyone with an allergy.)

  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Some places are just magical! This is one of them. Food like it is meant to be, great hospitality and a village out of a fairytale .. Sleep is absolutely fabulous, especially if you don't get enough back home!!!

Stayed: April 2017, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

We went to Abeliona knowing absolutely nothing about it. I had imagined fairly rustic, basic accommodation close to two interesting sites, Ancient Olympia and the Temple of Apollo. In fact the place is super luxurious, super well organised with the most accommodating staff one could wish for. Nothing is too much trouble. The food is organic and delicious, the setting is idyllic and local views and walks are amazing. You feel this is 'real' Greece far from the hustle and bustle of tourism and yet offering every comfort to body and soul.

  • Stayed: February 2017, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 12 January 2017

I have been many times there because I love the aura of that place, but the brand new sign-posted trails in the area just upgraded the whole concept. I cannot find a more pleasant way to revitalize yourself than eat healthy, become one with nature and sleep well.

Stayed: December 2016
Thank John D
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Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We stayed here for two days, during one of which we visited the Apollo Temple at Bassae. Located high in the mountains, this is a beautifully appointed traditionally styled building characteristic of such mountain areas. This hotel can be used as a base for sight seeing as well as for cycling and mountain biking, but especially for walking.

Some of the roads in the area can be rather challenging and signposting is rather hit and miss as you would expect in a mountainous area. The rewards for visiting are superb. Magnificent views over the surrounding plains and lower mountains, brilliant displays of wild flowers, many species of butterflies and most dramatically, a wide range of wildlife. Eagles are commonly in view, blackbirds, warblers and especially jays frequent the scrub and trees.

The staff are especially friendly and the food they prepare is very high quality and very wholesome, fresh orange juice and an organic yoghurt being served at breakfast. The rooms are quiet large and are delightfully cool, air conditioning is not needed here even in the hottest summer day.

The hotel comprises of a series of blocks at different levels staggered up the hillside. Access to the main hotel block is by foot or by car and there is limited but adequate car parking in the grounds.

The hotel caters for guests during autumn, winter and spring and is not always available during the summer. Prospective guests are advised to contact the hotel during the summer to see if guests are being accepted. At other times of the year this hotel is evidently very busy.

I recommend this hotel without any reservations, it is a beautiful and quiet area to stay in and enjoy another aspect of Greece - it is not all sea and sand!

Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Paul B
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Additional Information about Abeliona Retreat

Address: Ampeliona 27061, Greece (Formerly Guesthouse Epohes)
Region: Greece > Peloponnese > Messenia Region > Ampeliona
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Ampeliona
Price Range: $205 - $295 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Abeliona Retreat 3.5*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Built on the mountainside with a view out to the hilly landscape of the crossroad of Arcadia, Messinia and Ilia, a few minutes' drive from the great temple of Apollo Epicurius, Abeliona Retreat rests in an area that has always been praised not only for its generous natural beauty, but also for giving off a blissful sensation of belongingness. In this blessed, ever-vibrant part of the Peloponnese, man and nature coexist in complete harmony. Here is a glimpse of what you are going to experience. Unfurl your mat inside the special-purpose yurt, or anywhere around the property, to discover yourself. The Retreat offers the perfect setting for yoga and meditation sessions https://goo.gl/T4732N The constructed Yurt in the highest point of Abeliona Retreat is dedicated to yoga, meditation and all kinds of therapeutic group activities. This is also the place to organize your workshop! https://goo.gl/gOuvk1 The Temple of Apollo Epicurius, this fascinating Unesco World Heritage Site, rests 11km (7 miles) from the Abeliona Retreat, which is a comfortable 15 min. drive by car. If you prefer, you can take a 2.5hour hike in nature, following a fascinating flagged mountain path of 7.5km (4.5 miles), to reach the Temple by foot. https://goo.gl/GvtSx3 Lately we have mapped 26km of sign posted trails around the Abeliona Retreat. This is the time to wear your sports outfit and explore! https://goo.gl/W8x37w We welcome you to the experience of Abeliona Retreat! ... more   less 
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