My husband and I had the pleasure of staying at Marizan for two weeks in late June/early July. We fell in love with the place right away: Not only were we overwhelmed by the breathtaking view, Yannis, the owner, welcomed us in such a kind and warm way that we felt we were visiting a friend.
We reserved the Cave studio but got upgraded to one of the Romantic studios (room #1). It is the smallest of the Romantic Studios but nonetheless spacious (1 queen bed and 1 twin bed) and comfortable with separate kitchenette. The bathroom is on the smaller side but that did not bother us at all. Needless to say there’s A/C.
Nadja, the housekeeper, is very friendly (she put a kettle in our room after we told her that we don’t drink coffee:-) and does a great job in fixing the rooms.
We simply loved the fact that we were able to have breakfast sitting outside enjoying the beautiful view and, most importantly, since we like to sleep in, whenever we were ready to have it. The breakfast included: Fresh rolls, ham, cheese, yoghurt, flakes, milk, juice, butter, jam and honey.
We also liked the fact that we had a well-equipped kitchenette in our studio: We were able to store store-bought food and drinks in the fridge and cook a home-made meal (Oia is pretty pricy!) whenever we felt like it.
Oia in general and Marizan in particular are absolutely beautiful. The complex blends quite naturally into the maze of traditional houses that make up the town. The owner, who played a key role in designing the place, showed us around, and we got to see that each studio has its own layout and motif.
Marizan has 6 studios (each with a patio): 1 Cave studio (level 3), 3 Romantic studios (on levels 1, 2 and 3), a big Romantic studio (also on level 2) and a Private studio (level 4). Moreover it offers a deck with a Jacuzzi and 6 lounge chairs and one deck with 5 chairs and 2 sun umbrellas. The complex doesn’t have a pool but you can use the one of the Lioyerma Lounge Café Pool Bar (check out the pics on www.lioyerma.gr), which is only a few meters away from Marizan.
Our experience at Marizan would not have been the same if Yannis wasn’t there. He welcomed us with a glass of Vinsanto (typical sweet wine of Santorini) and a plate of fresh fruit and helped us whenever he could, e.g. by organizing boat trips, calling the car rental place or giving us rides and advice on restaurants and places to visit. During our stay we got to know him better and he would invite us to his personal terrace to enjoy some wine while watching the sunset or we would simply sit together and chat.
Marizan’s major features are a) the location, which is simply amazing because of the view, its proximity to the town center and because it’s the best spot for sunsets and b) Yannis, who with his warm and charming personality will do anything to make you feel like at home.
We had the best time ever at Marizan. We can highly recommend it to anybody who doesn’t like fixed breakfast hours, is looking for a personal, family-like and easy-going environment and just wants to have a relaxing vacation while remaining independent. By that we mean that it’s actually more like renting a small studio apartment than a hotel room while getting regular hotel amenities at the same time.
Yannis and his staff will do whatever they can to make your stay unforgettable.
We liked it so much there that we didn’t want to leave…
Efcharisto poli Yannis!
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- Also Known As:
- Marizan Caves & Villas Hotel Oia
- Marizan Caves And Villas
- Marizan Caves & Villas Santorini/Oia, Greece