We drove in our rental car from Olympia to Kardamili and almost had a nervous breakdown trying to find this B&B, after a couple of hours of twisty, windy roads (with a spectacular view of the Mediterranean) where we were constantly being passed on blind corners by drivers going ridiculously fast. When we got to the town, we couldn't find the B&B, as there is no street address and the name of the B&B is nowhere to be found on the building. I sent my daughter into Maria's Taverna as a last resort to find out where to go. The man at the restaurant immediately saw her distress, looked out the window to see me pretty well in tears behind the steering wheel (wondering why I had opted to drive a standard in hilly Greece!). I kid you not - he stepped out of the open window onto the side walk and told me "just park the car, leave the luggage, don't worry about anything else, just follow me". I was ranting about the stress of driving in Greece, but he just kept saying "it's okay, follow me". He took us up to our room, then straight through onto the balcony, sat us down and told us to just sit there and relax. He disappeared, then returned a few minutes later with ice cold drinks, on the house. After 1/2 hr on the balcony, soaking up the view of the Mediterranean, we had calmed down and were ready to enjoy the rest of our holiday in Greece. We were so appreciative of the kind reception we received, from someone who realized all we needed was to sit quietly and relax before checking in, etc.
The rest of our stay at Les Sirenes (we stayed 3 nights) was equally wonderful. Maria runs the restaurant downstairs and is so happy and cheerful, full of hugs and kisses, it was a pleasure to eat in the restaurant each night (although we didn't find the food as good as some other reviewers, Maria and her staff made up for it with their friendliness).
Our room was relatively quiet, although we could hear a loud tv at times and there was a strong smell of marihuana some of the time! However, these were minor issues, and not the fault of Les Sirenes. We didn't spend much time in the room except to sleep or to sit on the balcony. We probably had practically the best sleeps of our lives here because the room had a unique feature where we could leave the door to the balcony open but pull down a screen to the floor so we could breathe in the fresh sea air, and listen to the waves, all night long. The room is basic, but very comfortable and cozy.
We had a lovely breakfast each morning out on the balcony of the restaurant, looking at the water. With our stomachs full, we then headed out by car to explore the Mani peninsula.
People thinking about traveling to Kardamili and the Mani peninsula should be aware it is very far off the tourist path. When we were there, there were only a handful of tourists about (in May) and most of the locals in Kardamili didn't speak English. When we drove around the Mani Peninsula, it was virtually deserted, we only encountered a couple of other tourists and with the economic downturn in Greece, even the locals had left town, so many villages were completely boarded up, virtually deserted. We drove around for 2 days and hardly saw another soul. This is exactly what we were looking for, in that we would rather see the authentic Greece (and people) than the tourist traps and we can't stand being around hordes of tourists, but this part of Greece probably isn't for everyone.
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