Looking for a luxury mountain getaway in Greece? The Montanema Handmade Village is hidden in the lush, green velvet depths of the Pindos Mountains.
Luxury Mountain Getaway in Greece
At Montanema Handmade Village there aren’t any beaches or a view of the sea. There isn’t one palm tree either. It’s an experience that revolves around fresh mountain air, sparkling lake views, hearty Greek cuisine and charming rural villages.
The name, Montanema Handmade Village, says a lot. Let’s take it apart.
Mont – French for mountain.
Anema – Greek for air.
Handmade – Many of the hotel’s details are handmade. The food is homemade.
Village – It’s a series of bungalows tucked in the mountains much like Greece’s traditional villages.
What is in its name is exactly what you’ll discover and more.
The owners dreamed up the village 15 years ago when they made a wrong turn during a hike. The views they encountered before them inspired and convinced them that the special “undiscovered” point in the Pindos Mountain range they stumbled upon was worth sharing with the world.
Their dream came true last year when it opened for business.
Luxury Mountain Getaway: Location
The luxury mountain getaway’s rural location is about a 40 minute drive from Karditsa, a small city in central Greece. As you approach it, the elevation rises and the road changes to a dirt path that eventually opens up to the terracotta roofs of several stone buildings built the village’s main square, where the restaurant, bar/café and pool are centrally located among the village suites.
The Layout of the Village
Planned like a village, the 33 cottage-like rooms are connected by cobbled and pebbled pathways and wooden staircases. Montanema boasts an eco-friendly, bio-climatic architectural design. It’s also just relaxing. Imagine that waterfalls line some pathways, reflecting the hiking path experience of the region.
The on-site Fournia restaurant is stocked with a wood fire oven. The staff is in the business of local cooking only using in-season food products — all locally sourced.
Breakfast is a welcoming buffet including a series of sweet homemade jams, fresh squeezed orange juice, local Greek savory pitas, freshly cooked eggs and fresh bread.
Lunch and dinner menus feature local specialties like slow cooked pork with sauce and baked potatoes with olive oil.
The Cottages: Luxury Mountain Getaway Style
Each accommodation is different in details in design but all true reflections of the mountain landscape. What remains the same is a comfortable bed, vaulted wood-beamed ceilings, open-air balconies with refreshing mountain views and a stocked kitchenette area.
Every suite has a fireplace (with ample wood storage outside). Only a small and incredibly cozy small suite has a hot wood stove.
Soon, the venue will be featuring a spa and conference center where an event space faces out into the mountain views.
Creative details simply add to the authentic luxury experience. Check out these amazing stone walls where elements of nature are layered in.
I love how Montanema even sources someone locally to supply homemade shower gel, shampoo and soap.
Activities in Central Greece
If you love the great outdoors, the luxury mountain getaway is a perfect starting point to discover what central Greece has to offer.
I posted earlier this week about horseback riding right on the northern end of Lake Plastiras. It’s just a 20 mintue drive away. The trails to go hiking start right from the village. Farm-to-table food tours offer insight into the local life and food culture of Thessaly region.
Value for money. Close to nature adventures and activities. Authentic atmosphere. On-site restaurant. Great service. Breathtaking views.
Not easily accessible via public transport. Best for car drivers.
Romantic getaways. Family excursions. Adventure and nature lovers.
Have you ever been to Thessaly’s mountainous regions to visit? I’d love to hear about it! Not many people know this side of Greece.