CLADmag issue4 2018

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The interiors feature luxurious materials such as Greek marble, along with cool zen-like colours

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hen Marina Efraimoglou first caught site of the land where her Euphoria Retreat now sits in the Greek Peloponnese, she knew she’d discovered a place where real transformations could happen. Opened in July 2018, the 45-room spa retreat also marks the culmination of a personal journey of discovery for Efraimoglou, who quit her high profile career in Greek investment banking in 2001 to travel, experience and learn about the world’s best healing modalities.

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W hen I discovered t h is place eleven yea rs ago I im mediately felt its magica l energ y

Her creation, Euphoria Retreat, now nestles in the foothills of Mt Taygetus, overlooking an unspoiled valley of pine forests, citrus trees and olive groves, close to the renowned city of Sparta, the Byzantine town of Mistras (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and a 40-minute drive to the sea. Efraimoglou says: “I’d been searching for the perfect place to build my retreat and when I discovered this place 11 years ago I immediately felt its magical energy. “A builder had started to develop the ancient mansion on the land but had become frustrated with the strict Greek regulations related to sites of historical significance.” Efraimoglou bought the land and, once through the lengthy bureaucratic process, renovation of the existing structure and the new spa build took just 20 months. The total investment of E20m has come from Efraimoglou’s personal resources. The finished site includes a 15-treatment room spa, 45 bedrooms (including 14 suites), two impressive yoga spaces, indoor and outdoor swimming pool, salt room, Byzantine hammam, infrared sauna, gym and TRX studio, and extensive mountainside gardens.

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