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“Magnificent location!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Mare Dei Ionian Hotel & Resort

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Mare Dei Ionian Hotel & Resort
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Skafidia
Certificate of Excellence
Athens, Greece
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15 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Magnificent location!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2014 via mobile

On a hill cliff overlooking the Ionian see. This says it all!
Rooms with beautiful views (though not all of them), large heated shared pull and easy access to a beautiful private sandy beach. The restaurant has very decent food and fresh fish (depending on the catch) every day.
The cherry on the cake: if you can afford it and you are a party of four, go for the villa. It is set on the side of the development, very spacious, with a private infinity pool, and spectacular views!

Stayed August 2014, travelled with family
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Rimini, Italy
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84 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2014

Antoine de Saint-Exupery once said "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." This has long been my philosophy when it comes to luxury hotels. And after visiting the “Mare Dei” Ionan Resort in Skafidia, I knew that their greek designers had taken Saint-Exupery's advice too. I spent four nights there in July with my wife and we were assigned the room 261. The room was beautiful, luxurious yet essential. The bathing room was terrific with aromatic bathing soap and luxurious towels changed every morning (and a second set of them was available for the beach). The balcony before our bed was huge with a scenic view on the sea, a lovely retreat to sit, relax and sip wine in the afternoon. The private beach was just two stairs below us where algae mud baths were available for free in a cove nearby. If you guess there is an elevator to the beach the answer is no, because it would rob you of the beauty of this gem. But there are beds and umbrellas and even two pools (if you prefer chlorinated water to sea-water). The staff and the owners are absolutely friendly without any sign of affectation. And even if I’m not a breakfast type, I couldn't resist the delicious , fresh greek yogurth, apricot marmalade and cakes (all home-made) while my wife tasted omelettes and bacon with salty quiches and coffee. If you can afford the drive and the dirty road to arrive there you’d never leave a place like this. At least this is my opinion. I highly recommend this darling boutique hotel.

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

My girlfriend and I had a fantastic time at Mare Dei. Minimalistically decorated rooms with incredible views of the sunset over the Ionian sea, with the beach right down a few steps (most of the times almost private only to us!). Moreover, the common spaces are tastefullly decorated with attention to detail. Also, the food is great and almost handmade to its entirity!

It is very calm, which for us was the best part and just what we were after. At tge same time, it has plenty of attractions/things to do around. For example, It is very close (25min by car) to Ancient Olympia, where you can feel the ancient spirit, walking barefoot on the sands where first olympics took place, as well as the Mercouri winery where you can taste some of the Greece's best reds (also served at the hotel).

Most importantly, the staff is incredibly friendly and everyone is doing their best to make your stay unforgettable. It has a family-like feel, which we enjoyed a lot. We would not think of any other place in this part of Greece. We are already counting down the days to be back!

  • Stayed July 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Great for relaxing, for couples and families and why not: solos! We had a great time at the beach, the pool and poolbar and most of all the restaurant. The staff and especially the owners are very friendly and hospitable. The room we had had a beautiful view over the Ionian sea and the Island of Zante. The beach is very clean and was surprisingly warm in June. All of the hotel facilities have been incooperated with harmony in the wonderful surrounding nature. I definetely recommend it and will for a long while recall the beatiful moments I had irrispectable of the daytime!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Management M, General Manager at Mare Dei Ionian Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Dear Constantinos,

Thank you for your kind words expressing your stay at Mare Dei Suites Hotel. Your nice comments have been forwarded to all of our staff and we are looking forward to welcoming you soon back at
Mare Dei Suites Hotel.

Many greetings from all the Mare Dei Team

Kind regards
Mare Dei Management
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Singapore, Singapore
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280 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2014 via mobile

The hotel got great rooms set up and stunning view on the ionian sea and island.
The pool is well designed and enjoyable.
So I recommend this place if you plan to relax or stick to the room with honeymoon mood.
There is nothing else to do than enjoy the beach on sunbeds and the sea around.

No sea sport facility, no bike to rent and get lost in the villages around. The beach is not attended by any staff. If you need to order you muat climb back to the bar...

We walked 1km to the village for diner. Fantastic diner at the taverna Xapinias = spelling approximativ. I recommend the charcoal grilled lamb chops and the fried aubergines.

Overall very good experience....

Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Management M, General Manager at Mare Dei Ionian Hotel & Resort, responded to this review, 6 July 2014
Dear Chris,

We are happy to hear that you enjoyed the piece and tranquility our property stands for. Indeed it is a unique location for Honeymooners but not only.

Sea sports are available in Katakolo, and rental cars can be organised via our reception staff. There are plenty of activities the region of Peloponnese offers ; from wine-tasting tours, sightseeing of Ancient sites, to exploring the nature through walking trails or just enjoy the beach and the sea.

We are looking forward to welcome you back at Mare Dei Suites Hotel during your next trip to Peloponnese!!

Kind regards
The Mare Dei Team
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Athens
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52 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2014

Although in the middle of nowhere, although the weather was lousy, I have only the best to say for the place. The staff is doing its best, food is high quality using local products, the views and cleanliness in the suites are immaculate. Again it is the wonderful Greek nature, the warm people in the leventohori village we met and above all, u must be a lover of Greek culture and nature to enjoy this highly qualified place with all its minor negativities. Recommended for families with children and honeymooners as well as lovers of silence.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Athens, Greece
Level Contributor
90 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

When I first saw this hotel, I never expected that the rooms would be that wonderful! The sea view is perfect and you can enjoy it through the very big windows and terrace!

The only negative that I could say in the location which is quite far from everything and very difficult to find without a GPS!

Breakfast was quite poor. I would have expected more from such a nice hotel.

In my room I faced a problem were in the evening I decided to take a bath and there was no hot water running! I thought calling the reception but there was no phone number written on the phone or anywhere else so as to reach the them! So, as I was about to give up, I noticed the hot water supply valve under the sink and when I opened it the hot water started running!

Room Tip: From what I've seen all room face the sea and you should choose a special room, only for special...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled on business
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Property: Mare Dei Ionian Hotel & Resort
Address: Skafidia, Pyrgos 27100, Greece
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Region: Greece > West Greece > Elis Region > Pyrgos > Skafidia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 3 Hotels in Skafidia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Mare Dei Ionian Hotel & Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Mare Dei Suites Hotel is located in the beautiful Southern region of Peloponnese near the village of Skafidia and town of Pyrgos in the Elis region. The hotel has an eye-catching setting of nature offering a panorama of the Ionian Sea, the sea of the ancient Greek Gods, a fact to which it owes its name. The hotel overlooks a magical little bay while harmonically resting on a naturally green hillside. On the golden sandy beach our guests will come across by natural springs and beautiful rock formations as well as natural argyle. Most of our rooms enjoy unimpeded views of the daily journey of the Sun and the Moon until they disappear into the deep waters of the Ionian Sea. All that while listening to the soothing sound of the soft waves and the salty breeze touching the skin.In Mare Dei Suites Hotel each spot will give you the feeling of relaxation and quietness. A golden beach with your private sunbed, our beautiful swimming pools, the pool bar, the well-cared garden with herbs and flowers, our Traditional Mediterranean restaurant, our Spa Center and a conference room which can be transformed to one’s needs. ... more   less 
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