Villa Galini, Historic Hotel of Europe - A story to tell!

Villa Galini

History
Initially a monastic property in its majority, the land of 1,763 hectares on which Porto Carras resort is built came into the possession of Giannis Carras at the end of the 1960s.

It all started with a cruise to Mt. Athos, for the celebration of the 1000 years since the creation of the monastic community of Athos. Known Athenians, along with ship owner Giannis Carras are aboard the yacht of the Greek tycoon. They cruise offshore Sithonia, enter the Toroneos Gulf and… the fairytale begins! Giannis Carras falls in love with the virgin site…

The constructions began in 1973 with Villa Galini; on the rocky and infertile Galani hill, named after a thief who was killed there, the famous villa was built extending on a surface of two thousand square meters. A sample of unique architecture and beauty, furnished with exceptional monastic furniture and unique art works, featured in the ‘70s magazines as one of the most beautiful buildings of the country.
Within 3 years the area radically changed thanks to the marsh drainage scheme; huge numbers of trees were planted, an olive grove of 45,000 olive trees and a vineyard covering 475 hectares were created.
In 1976 Village Inn opens its doors bringing a true revolution in Greece’s tourist and cultural image, while Porto Carras Meliton opens in 1979 and Porto Carras Sithonia in 1980.
Villa Galini was designed by renowned architect Kostas Kapsampelis to resemble the monastic architecture of nearby Mount Athos. An inner courtyard, secluded patios and verandas, topped off with mountain and a breathtaking bay views creates an ambience to match the illustrious list of guests who have passed through, including European royal family members, politicians Francois Mitterrand and Konstantinos Karamanlis as well as artisans Salvador Dali, who designed one of the villa’s bathrooms, and Gina Bachauer, whose piano remains in the music suite to this day.
Few places in Greece were and still are so frequently visited by such a great number of famous and important people: Queen Juliana of Holland, Salvador Dali, the son of Aga Han, Stavros Niarhos, Rudolf Nureyev, Francois Mitterrand, Konstantinos Karamanlis, Margot Fonteyn, Joan Baez, Fiona Von Thyssen, the Rockfellers, Prince Albert of Monaco, President Puttin, Valery Giscard d’Estaing are only some of them.

In 1999 Technical Olympic Group submitted the highest bid during the relevant tender of the National Bank for the sale of Porto Carras. Ever since the Chairman and Managing Director, Konstantinos Stengos, made purpose of his life to bring Porto Carras Grand Resort to the foremost rank of the international tourist market.

Surrounded by the rising slopes of Mt. Meliton and the expansive blue of Toroneos Gulf, amidst 1,763 hectares of enchantingly verdant landscape and 9 km of sandy beach punctuated by 25 pristine coves, rises the idyllic Villa Galini on the top of Galani hill, a unique Historic Villa. Inspired by the monastic architecture of Mount Athos and once a playground for international royalty, world famous artists and hearts of state, the Villa is an example of unique architecture and beauty. Surrounded by magnificent pine, almond and citrus trees and boasting stunning vistas over the Aegean and the islands of Sporades, the villa is passionately furnished with spectacular monastery furniture, unique works of art and antiques, splendidly fitted with lovely rare artifacts and exposed beam ceilings.

Awarded by Condé Nast the 11 graciously appointed guestrooms and 13 suites offer a real experience of the grandeur and affluence of the past. Unique details such as the bathrooms designed by frequent guest Salvador Dali, mosaic tiles of Yves St Laurent, the piano of the almost-resident – Gina Bachauer evoke the splendour of past eras, while sumptuous contemporary amenities and comforts guarantee the idyllic relaxation.

Best hospitality, service and catering can be paired with wellness & SPA services in the two Thalassotherapy & SPA Centers, the biggest in Southeast Europe which are located nearby. Enjoy Golf, Tennis, Horse Back-riding and Diving at the magnificent Porto Carras Grand Resort, at a short distance. Live a unique holiday experience!

The wonderful outdoor terraces, the magnificent private pool, the secluded private beaches, the luxurious rooms and the blooming gardens can also become the canvas for itself the day of your wedding or renewal ceremony of your vows, as well as for memorable pre & after wedding parties, but also memorable bachelors.