We recently stayed for a week at the Ambelia traditional villas; having read the previous reviews it sounded like an ideal place to stay.
We were met by Sammy on arrival who took us to the villa, which was a 5/6 minute walk down steep cobbled path and steps (ladies, make sure you are wearing flat shoes). The villa was very spacious, clean and reasonably comfortable. There was a comfortable queen sized bed, lots of hanging space for clothes, but could have done with some shelves/drawers for shorts, undies etc. Bathroom was adequate. Big living space with kitchenette, daybed, TV and radio/cd player, however the TV did not work (very poor signal) and the radio didn’t work properly, luckily we had an iPad to play music.
The villa had a small patio area with table and 2 chairs, but unfortunately did not get any sun during the day. If you stay here make sure you get somewhere to sunbathe during the day, if that’s what you like. There is currently no swimming pool, so if you like to lounge around a pool during the day this place is not for you.
There is a nice restaurant on the complex which we used one night, the food was very good and although there was only one waiter the service was friendly. If you want other restaurants and bars then you need to walk into Oia, which will you take you at least 20 minutes, part of which is up steep paths/steps, which is not ideal after having showered and dressed for the evening.
Overall we enjoyed our stay, the villa was nice and Sammy was very helpful and friendly, however had we realised just how far the walk into Oia was we would not have booked this accommodation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- “Αmbelia Traditional Villas” is a group of stunning, fully self-contained cavehouses located in Oias’s Finikia. 8 genuine village-houses of a neighbourhood have been totally renewed in 2009 to become high luxury cave houses that offer all modern facilities. Each villa overlooks the blue northern shore of the island and has a private terrace with an amazing panoramic seaview. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ambelia Traditional Villas Santorini/Oia, Greece