Hotelier Kalia Konstantinidou is at the forefront of the Greek travel industry and is a leading expert, force and voice in the world of travel
With all eyes on Greece and the longing for a trip aboard growing stronger, Hotelier Kalia Konstantinidou and Founder of the Kanava Hotels & Resorts (the glitterati of Greek Hotels), is at the forefront of the Greek travel industry and is a leading expert, force and voice in the world of travel. As the vaccine rollout continues, she is preparing to open her hotels for this season with experiences that exceed all expectations of the definitive Grecian paradise.
Kalia Konstantinidou was born in Athens and holds a BSc in Maritime Studies & International Transport from the University of Wales in Cardiff, while she also holds a MSc in Business Communication and Public Relations from the European University in Switzerland.
Her path in hospitality started when she met her husband, Antonis Eliopoulos, at a shipping event while she was working in PR for a think tunk. Antonis Eliopoulos had decided a few years ago to buy a rustic vineyard, which he turned into a hotel in 1993 – Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, a unique village-like setting in the medieval village of Megalohori.
Kalia Konstantinidou debuted her career in the family business, as a PR & Communications Manager and as the company grew with the addition of more properties in their portfolio, her role evolved to Director of Sales & Marketing. It was the couple’s passion for hospitality that motivated them to take on the iconic Oía village, where they introduced in 2007 Mystique, a Luxury Collection Hotel, a secluded hideaway carved into the rugged caldera cliffs and boasting glorious views to the Aegean archipelago.
The duo knew that their third hotel on the volcanic island, Istoria, a Member of Design Hotels, had to be on the magical black sand beach of Perivolos, where they transformed a former palazzo of a legendary socialite to a serene retreat for sophisticated travelers. Wishing to expand their horizons, they journeyed to the nearby island of Paros for their fourth property, Parīlio, opened in July 2019, where they crafted an artful statement amid a world of pine-fringed coves and white-washed historical villages.
For this summer, they are preparing a brand new project on their beloved island, Cosme Hotel, that sits on the seafront of Agioi Anargyroi and is envisioned to be a celebration of the authentic Mediterranean villages, that will carry the visitors away in time and fill them with a sense of overwhelming serenity.
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