On the occasion of Travel Bloggers Greece one year anniversary we were invited for a Spa weekend retreat at Thermae Sylla Wellness Hotel in Evia. I don’t think that we could have asked for a better celebration than to spend a weekend in great company and relaxing in one of Greece’s top thermal spas, which has also been rated as one of the world’s top ten spas.
The Hotel and its History
Thermae Sylla Spa and Wellness hotel is a 5 star property located in the island of Evia, in the area of Edipsos which is famous for its thermal springs. The hotel was originally built in 1890 overlooking the Evoikos Bay and in the late 90’s between 1996 and 1999 the hotel was rebuilt, opening its doors with a newly added wing of guestrooms, conference center and a 1850 m2 spa facility that was ready to cater to a luxury market offering a luxurious environment with thermal springs.
The good news for all the spa and wellness lovers is that the hotel is open all year round, which means that you can have your spa weekend retreat whenever you feel like pampering yourself a little. The thermal springs which emerge from the depth of 3000 meters have a temperature of 75º-85º C and are famous for their therapeutic and stimulatory properties. It dates as early as 430 B.C that philosopher Aristotle acknowledged thermal springs for their therapeutic powers.
Over the years the hotel has welcomed many famous guests such as Winston Churchill, Maria Callas, Greta Garbo, Aristotle Onassis and Omar Sharif.
For dining and wining the hotel features 3 restaurants and 3 bars, some of which are only operated during the summer months. There also conference facilities available at the hotel, which makes it a great place for incentive trips. The hotel features an outdoor heated pool which is half thermal water and half sea water. The temperature of the water is 32-34 º C and you can even swim here during the winter months. Every night at around 11pm all the pools are emptied out and refilled with clean water. The indoor swimming pool is 100% thermal water and is the perfect place to enjoy pure relaxation. I will share more about my Spa experience in my next post.
I was accommodated in a double guestroom on the second floor with direct Sea view. The room was quite spacious with large closet space, desk and a separate sitting corner.
The bathroom was all marble with a shower cabin. There is a hairdryer in the bathroom however if you have long hair, I do recommend that you bring your own hairdryer as the one available is not that strong.
There is a soft bathrobe and slippers in the room and a towel for the Spa facilities.
The quality of the linen and towels was very good. The uniform for the weekend here was bathrobe and slippers as you would have noticed in my photos.
As the hotel is all about wellness our welcome basket was apples and water.
Dining and wining weekend
On the first night of our arrival which was Friday evening, we had our welcome dinner at the Mesogeios Restaurant which serves à la carte Mediterranean and International cuisine.
In the beginning we had a selection of fresh salads and dips (tzatziki, taramosalata) and afterwards we had a choice of three main courses, I had a burger steak with mushrooms and mashed potatoes.
Our Saturday morning started off in the Edipsos Restaurant which serves buffet style breakfast. There was a great selection of fruits, dairy products, cereal, pies, pastries, fresh bread, eggs, omelette, cold cuts and cheeses, and delicious home-made marmelades. You should definitely try the pumpkin flavour one and their home-made creams.
Lunch was also served in the Edipsos restaurant, buffet style with a great selection of salads and vegetables for a healthy alternative. There was also a choice of home-made Greek dishes as well as international dishes. Since we were still quite full from a rich breakfast I had salad and a little bit of spaghetti bolognaise.
TBG Celebration Dinner
We had our TBG one year anniversary dinner on Saturday night and the hotel went out of their way to make it a very memorable event. We were seated in the Edipsos dinning room as we wanted to have our privacy and plenty of light to take photos.
The dinner started off with appetisers such as stuffed peppers, salad with parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar, dips, followed by a selection of three main courses. I had dorade with vegetables which was excellent. We also got to enjoy the Thermae Sylla bio wines.
In the end the Chef presented us with our Birthday cake and we all sang happy birthday TBG! The cake was made of chocolate and decorated with Ferrero Rocher. Marissa and I had a challenge of blowing out the candle but we all greatly enjoyed this moment.
During our Spa weekend we also had the opportunity to hold our Travel Bloggers Greece meeting therefore we used the conference facilities and did a presentation in the Skiathos conference room. The hotel is really a great location to combine both business and pleasure.
The hotel is located 150 kilometers from Athen El. Venizelos International Airport and a 45-minute ferry ride. If you decide to drive there are two routes, the one which is going to Arkitsa from where you can get the ferry boat across, the cost of taking the ferry boat is 3.40 € and it takes approximately 45 minutes. During the winter months the last ferry leaves at 7pm.
The other route is going through Halkida where you will cross the bridge that connects Evia island with the mainland and then just follow the signs to North Evia and Edipsos. This route promises great views however the road can be very narrow at some point so you must feel comfortable driving in the mountains.
I decided to skip driving and I am glad that I did, so some of us took the KTEL bus instead. The bus leaves from Athens Liosion station and goes directly to Edipsos. It takes about two hours to get to the ferry boat and another 45 minutes with the boat. The cost of the ticket is 15.30 € one way. To our surprise on our way there our KTEL bus had Wi-Fi!
When I travel I usually like to explore the surrounding areas, however the weekend spent at Thermae Sylla Wellness Hotel I didn’t feel like leaving the hotel at all. You feel so relaxed that you are happy to spend all your day in your bathrobe or pyjamas. This weekend was pure Bliss! Thank you for the experience and the wonderful memories.
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