The Sarlitza Palace Hotel in Thermi was designed by French architects and built in 1909 by order of the Turkish Sovereign Hasan Mola Moustafa. It once attracted Kings and Heads of State. For more than 40 years visitors and celebrities from all over the world were drawn by its opulence and healing waters. It began to fall into decline in the 60′s and eventually closed in 1980. “Sarlitza Palace” means Palace of the Yellow Spring, after the thermal springs that are located next to the hotel.
The Prefecture of the Northern Aegean has submitted a proposal to the hotel’s current owners to return the Sarlitza Palace to its former glory. The Prefecture will undertake the restoration of the existing buildings and maintenance of the hot springs. It further hopes, pending approval by the state archaeological and other services, to fund the construction of additional facilities to turn the grounds into a thermal spring therapeutic centre or a tourism development centre.
Update June 2014 – Rumour locally is that the project has faltered in its early stages. The fear is that the hotel will be beyond repair and restoration before the bureaucracy is overcome.
I am trying to find more information on the status of the project. Please email us if you have any information to add.
I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing right now other than sitting outside The Seahorse Hotel on Molyvos harbour with a cold Mythos, or better still a nice chilled glass of white wine, watching the world go by. What is it about this place that tugs at the heartstrings so? There are numerous pretty Greek Islands, and there are are plenty of attractive harbours all around the world, and I have been lucky enough to see quite a lot of both, but this place has a magical quality that truly cannot be matched anywhere else.
Of course, we are not alone, in fact, we are veritable newcomers, visiting for just the last 10 years or so. Many, many more have been coming for decades and countless other Brits, Dutch, Germans and many more nationalities now call Molyvos home.
What a lovely picture of the Greek Dancing Association ladies on the Welcome page of this website [and below]. Their faces positively glow with happiness.
But what makes the picture so special for us is that, during our many holidays at the wonderful Eriphilly Apartments, the ladies on the extreme left and right and in the middle of this line-up have tried (some would say in vain) to teach us the rudiments of Greek dancing.
If anyone reading this hasn’t yet tried it, you have to give it a go, despite the fact that you will look like a Friday night drunkard until you get the sequence into your head. It usually takes a few beers and ouzos to get my wife and I on our feet, but with a lot of patience and understanding from the aforementioned three ladies, we have each slowly managed to shed one of our two left feet and progressed beyond creating the impression of someone trying to copy Jake the Peg with his extra leg.
I have just published my first page for molyvos.eu.
It’s an account of our tour of Lesvos in May 2011.
You can read the page Touring Lesvos here.