In Selinitsa, one of the most beautiful beaches of Peloponnese, lies a hotel where in its glory days was frequented by the international jet set.
Angelina Jolie, Sophia Loren and Telly Savalas were some of the celebrities who stayed in the 100-room luxury hotel with its serene surroundings and the magnificent beach.
Today Hotel Lakonis, which took millions of euros to build and was dedicated to the gods with its spectacular circular atrium, lies abandoned. It has been deserted since 2002.
Situated a few kilometres away from the picturesque town of Gythio, the hotel took three decades to complete and was built by a private developer who still owes ‘significant sums’ to the banks.
With its 900-feet (300m) long secluded beach, 59,000 square feet (5,500 sq.meters) of buildings – including 10 residential outbuildings – dedicated to gods including Artemis, Poseidon, Athena and Aphrodite – and 7.4 acres (30,000 sq.metres) of gardens, it’s a prime site for development.
It has parking facility for 100 vehicles and the main building is just 900 feet (300 meters) from its own secluded beach.
Its seafront is blue-flag class — meaning it’s been classified as one of the most pristine beaches in the world. There is also the opportunity to have a private marina built to accommodate luxury yachts.
Selling agents have it listed for 5 million euros. But for years its sale has been bogged down in legal confusion.
No one seems keen to touch it. “Some people think it is cursed,” a local restaurateur said back in 2015, when the British tabloid Daily Mail ran a feature on the hotel.
The hotel in its glory days