The main building
consists of three floors. The first floor includes a living room, four
bedrooms, two bathrooms and an extensive terrace. Second floor has the main
bedroom and a large open-air area. Its ground floor has a dining room, kitchen,
two bedrooms, bathroom and utility room. The spacious terrace of the house
opens a magnificent view of the hill, which in ancient times was the centre for
early polis including a majestic temple of Artemis and bustling market. Today,
the place and its picturesque ruins of a Byzantine tower Stavronikita remind
visitors of the past tempestuous times. The impeccable antique furniture of the
house adds to an aristocratic accent of the exquisite design of the place.
Once you enter the site
of this villa, you find yourself at a summer restaurant. Keep walking and you
enter a wonderful garden filled with palm and pine trees, flowers and beautiful
sculptures. There is a path to your left which leads to a swimming pool and spa
including everything for comprehensive rest: Finnish sauna, hammam, two rooms
for massage with heated couches, a small swimming pool with cold water, toilet
and shower. There are two guest houses located in front of the main building. One
house has three bedrooms and another house has two bedrooms. Each house has a
bathroom and fully equipped kitchen.
The place for building
this villa was chosen with an original purpose in mind. The hill, on which the
house is erected, had always been the dwelling place of local aristocracy. Some
official records suggest that Persian king Xerxes built his house in this place
before he moved his army towards the ancient town of Therma (currently
Thessaloniki). During the era of Greco-Persian wars, Chalkidiki peninsula
blocked the path of the Persian army to Attica due to the fact that the waters
near the small peninsula of Athos were too dangerous for the king’s flotilla,
and therefore, he ordered his people to dig a canal at the narrowest point of
the peninsula in order to connect the Thracian Sea with the Gulf Singitikos.
The king took advantage of the conquered cities, including Sani, which
surrendered to the king without fight, and enslaved their populations to supply
people and material for building the place. In modern times, the canal of
Xerxes is the official historical and archaeological site located near the
village of Nea Roda.
The villa is adjacent to
the luxury infrastructure of hotel complexes at Sani Resort.