This striking eco resort blanketed in nature has a huge focus on thalassotherapy.
Kalidria Hotel & Thalasso Spa is a fresh, green spin on spa resorts. The amphitheatre-shaped hotel is one of four different hotels in the new Ethra Reserve, where you’ll get the perk of facilities at the other hotels and the luxury of staying in an eco oasis with just over 100 rooms embedded in the greenery. The whole reserve is open for play; go on a pine-scented bicycle ride, put your maritime skills to the test at the Sailing Club, set up for the day on the three-mile sandy beach and get active in your preferred way – you’ll have your pick from all kinds of activities, from diving to five-a-side football.
The Ethra Thalasso Spa is one of the biggest draws for the Ethra Resort and guests staying at Kalidria are just steps away from its marine-themed therapies. All guests get access to the spa’s relaxation area, sauna and Turkish bath, while Suite guests also get access to the spa and waterfront beach loungers. Choose between thalassotherapy treatments like seawater massages and skin-smoothing rituals like Himalayan salt scrubs and massages using Mediterranean herbs. The resort keeps the focus on the reserve’s brilliance with light and uncomplicated décor. Rooms have a light and simple style; it’s the private suntrap terrace that draws your attention with its slanted ceiling hidden under a plant-based roof that makes up the building’s innovative design.
Breakfast buffets and an à la carte dinner are included in your stay at Kalidria Restaurant – though guests can also try neighbouring hotel’s seasonal pizzeria for dinner instead and have lunch down by the water at the beachside Mediterraneo Restaurant.
Amid pine forests on the Ionian coast, part of the secluded Ethra Reserve on the inside of Puglia’s ‘heel’, an hour’s drive south-east of Matera
109 rooms and suites
• Take a catamaran trip from the Sailing Club* • Pick from thalassotherapy treatments at the Ethra Thalasso Spa* • Have a game of tennis on one of the courts*.
2 restaurants, 2 bars plus access to 5 additional restaurants in-resort
Breakfast at Kalidria Restaurant
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board from £46 • Breakfast and á la carte dinner at Kalidria Restaurant.
*Denotes local charge