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.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Sea Sound - White Katikies Santorini/Emporio, Greece