Xenia is the Greek word for “hospitality,” which is something that we take pretty seriously. We have very good reason…the ancient Greeks believed that Zeus, father of the gods and the most powerful Olympian, was also the god of travelers. If you didn’t treat them well when they came to your village or home, you might find yourself sizzling from an angry lightning bolt! There are even stories of Zeus travelling in disguise in order to test the welcome that he received in each territory. If he was pleased by their warmth and generosity, he would reward them with special gifts and blessings. But if you were less than enthusiastic in showing a stranger a good time—look out! Plagues and famine could be coming in the near future.
Perhaps we worry less about Zeus these days, but we still care very much that guests feel welcome and comfortable. That is not only true for the staff of grand hotels, but for the host in even the smallest country cottage. It is part of our heritage. Hospitality has three key components for Greek people:
- We believe in providing a warm, bountiful welcome. We aim to provide good food, shelter, and all of the necessary creature comforts that travelers might need. We respect our guests’ well-being, their stories, and their space.
- We trust our guests to be equally respectful. When we open our doors, we know they will be equally friendly and gracious.
- We offer the gift of friendship and fond memories. The ancient Greek hosts always gave their visitors a parting gift—some memento to help them continue their journey. We think that today’s travelers best appreciate memorable experiences that they can treasure after returning to their own homes.
Hospitality is such a central part of our culture that children are named for it: Xenia for girls, and Xenias for boys. And because I am here to welcome you, and make you feel at home, that’s what they call me. I am here to help you get to know Elounda—our traditions, our history, our geography, our culture and cuisines—and to show you everything the Domes of Elounda has to offer, so you can make the most out of your visit. So, weary traveler, welcome. If you have questions as you prepare for a stay with us, feel free to drop me a line. I will be glad to help in any way I can.