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“Beautiful location - could be a lovely hotel...” 4 of 5 stars
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Sea Sound - White Katikies
3.0 of 5 Small Hotel   |   Exomitis, Agios Georgios, Emporio 84703, Greece   |  
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Ranked #1 of 3 Emporio B&B and Inns
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“Beautiful location - could be a lovely hotel...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2010

This is an honest review of Seasounds - we had a fantastic holiday, but I believe in being truthful about hotels - so this is warts and all!

We stayed at Seasounds for a week mid August, and had an enjoyable stay - however, this hotel does have some way to go before it could realistically be called a 4 star hotel.
The location is peaceful (apart from the private Greek residence in the middle of the complex and full of very noisy children, as mentioned by another reviewer!~) and there is nothing wrong with the beach immediately outside the grounds at all. The island is obviously volcanic so the beach is of black sand, and very very hot - wear surf shoes not sandals! There are sun loungers and umbrellas provided by the hotel, a couple were out first thing in the morning when one of the hotel's staff would go out and rake the sand, you can't get better service than that. It is meant to be a peaceful place so don't expect a beach bar/cafe - it is 2 minutes to the beach from the rooms so not difficult to carry a bottle of water with you.
We stayed in a studio as there were only two of us and this is where my main complaint about Seasound lies. Its is advertised as having a fully equipped kitchen and all the comforts of home - sadly, this only included a fridge, two plates, two knives and forks, four glasses and two mugs - which were surplus to requirements as there was no kettle. You may have noticed that I haven't mentioned a microwave or oven, or even a hotplate because there were none of these things. As we didn't go to Santorini expecting to cook this was not a huge problem for us, but if you are planning on doing a bit of self catering do not go for the studio as there are NO cooking facilities as claimed in the hotel brochure.
The room itself was a good size but could do with a couple of rugs as it does echo, and can look a little stark. The bathroom is nothing like any of the photos and is tiny - you could not shower properly as the shower wall comes barely waist high, and the shower itself is handheld. You have to move the loo roll and put the toilet lid down to avoid getting everything soaking wet. It is obvious that everything was finished in a hurry too, as there was paint in the basin and hair on the sink surround which had been painted over. I wondered if, being a new build, it would avoid the Greek plumbing peculiarities but be advised if you have never visited Greece before, no paper down the toilets.
The balcony to our room was great - a really good size with a small table and 3 chairs, plus there was another larger balcony to the front of the room and only accessible by the private stairs to the room. Wi-fi access is availble, but only directly above or outside the reception area.
The pool was fantastic, clean, a good size, plenty of sunbeds - we seemed to have the place to ourselves for much of the week so no problems there! There is a lovely area behind the bar with hammocks and a swing seat which is great to chill out in, and large enough breakfast area where you can be in full sun or shade if you prefer.
The breakfast was good, consisting of boiled eggs, cold meat and cheese, one cereal, sweet cake/breads, gorgeous Greek breads, fruit (tinned) and greek yoghurt with various butters and spreads available. There were complaints from some guests about the meat/cheese being out in the sun, and milk tasting sour - however we found no problem with this ourselves. The milk tasted different from home is all, and the yoghurt was always at a cool temperature - neither of us experienced any illness while we were in Santorini at all.
The owners are indeed lovely and extremely helpful, Yanni even gave lifts to some guests who were without transport into Fira, and Anni would always come and chat in the evening around the bar. They also fed us cheese, olives, crisps and, on one occasion, invited to join the family in a barbecue. Unfortunately Anni was ill for a couple of days and it seemed to be a struggle to open the bar as there is a very minimal staff, which caused a few problems with some guests. Still, with a few beers in the fridge and a lovely balcony this wasn't too bad! There are plans for a restaurant to be opend onsite next year.
We recommend :
Buying cheap surf shoes for the hot sand and slippery rocks on most of the beaches
HIring a quad bike for the week (ours was 60 euros for 3 days, Yanni will arrange it for you or a walk to Vlychada/Aghios Georgious will reveal hire shops everywhere) We travelled to Oia in about 40 minutes on the bike.
Simo's restaurant - fabulous location and truly gorgeous food, 5 minute walk away
Dimitris restaurant - friendly service, good position over looking the marina, and good food approx 800m away
There is a new beach called Eros, with a funky bar called Wave - very cute, but quite small so get there early!
Ritsa the receptionist/barmaid/girl Friday - this girl works so hard!!
Overall we had a fantastic stay, in a gorgeous location. Seasound has the potential to be great - but it's not quite there yet.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Nicosia, Cyprus
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2010

Very nice suites for relax, convinience place, friendly staff. Recommented for vacations if you want to relax and get away from the routine.

Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Khalkis, Greece
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2010

We have just returned from Santorini after our 10 day stay at Sea Sound White Katoikies. It is definitely a brand new hotel but it seems that it has a very long way until it is announced a 4 star hotel. You will definitely need a car during all of your stay because by foot you can go absolutely nowhere! Although very close to the sea, the beach in front of the hotel is not ready to be visited by guests: no sunbeds, no umbrellas, no water to drink! And absolutely no wifi in the rooms as it is advertised! However, the room was big enough for 2 persons, very clean, very convenient bath, good bed. What needs immediate improvement is the breakfast. Annie (the owner) is extremely kind but it needs to be more “present” to the guest needs. A very quite hotel in a very beautiful island.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Osoyro, Norway
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2010

For a family with two kids (7 and 10) this was a relaxing hotel with nice, big rooms, a great outdoor-area/swimming pool and fantastic service. Annie, Yannis and their staff wanted us to feel like home, and this was very close.
A tasty breakfast gave us a great start every day, in two weeks. We even picked tomatoes for lunch in the garden. We recomand bathing-shoes because of some slippery areas in the sea. Its about 30 min walk to the nearest mini-market. If you dont have a car the staff can help. In our 15 days stay we had a car for 6 days.
The place is not situated on the main beach, but its a walking distance on 10 min, along the beach, to Perivolos beach with bars and restaurants. The nearest restaurant is Simo's Paradise, 5min walk by the road, beautiful sunset, good food.
Best regards from Torild, Robert, Helle and Torstein. Norway.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Stuttgart, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2010

A brand new offering of apartment rentals in a remote desert neighborhood on Santorini. Very difficult to rate this place - big pros and cons. Fantastic pool area and very friendly staff. Not quite as luxurious as the website implies, and there is a strange house full of noisy greek children right in the center of the compound. Beds are hard. However, rooms are spacious and the site is very secluded and sometimes quiet (interrupted by the house full of screaming children). Must get a rental car to see sites on Santorini - incredibly, the staff seems to know very little about touring the island, so bring your guidebook. Our kids loved the pool and beach and we felt very safe away from the crazy drivers and streets of Santorini. Beach is direct access and is about 150 meters from apartments, There is really no significant sea view to speak of, although the website implies that there is (we paid extra for a "sea view" - waste of money). All things considered, I would recommend for families or groups, particiularly with smaller children.

  • Stayed July 2010, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Exomitis, Agios Georgios, Emporio 84703, Greece
Location: Greece > Cyclades > Santorini > Emporio
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 B&Bs / Inns in Emporio
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Sea Sound - White Katikies 3*
Number of rooms: 13
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
In Santorini, the island of never-ending blue and the 4,000 years of civilization that provide an almost metaphysical aspect, in a unique atmosphere full of contrasts and mystery, full of images provoking the strongest of feelings, next to the picturesque village of Vlychada and just a few metres away from the black beach of Perivolos, inspired by the traditional Cycladean architecture, lies the brand new Sea Sound - White Katikies, a complex of luxurious residences and suites. ... more   less 
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