Imaret is an unexpected oasis in Kavala’s historical district. Originally built in 1817 by Muhammad Ali, Pasha of Egypt, as a theological college for Imams, it was later intricately restored by a local tobacco trading family, keeping much of the original decor original in its transformation into a fabulous hotel.
26 rooms can be found beneath the graceful domes of the original construction with some of them overlooking the bay of Kavala and other radiating from the lights of the orange tree garden. With discreet modern comforts and lit by candles, the atmosphere is deeply peaceful.
The meditative theme continues in the courtyards, arcades and recreation room (the former mosque), while the original hamam is the Imaret’s best-kept secret. Another highlight is the view from restaurant.