We booked the larger of the two houses, Villa Elia, for one week for our wedding party. In total, six adults, two teenagers and one toddler stayed in the house and we found there was plenty of space for us all.
Villa Elia is located directly below the airport but there was zero runway noise, except for a gentle whoosh when planes landed. We all loved watching the planes come in and nobody was ever disturbed by the noise. The house was cleaned regularly and beds made daily. The cleaner was sensitive to our needs and didn't clean when the toddler was sleeping.
The hospitality Tina showed was absolutely spot-on; she brought us cake the day before our wedding and even arranged for a complimentary coach transfer to the venue, something that was an absolute lifesaver as we struggled a little with taxis. On the day before the wedding, Tina gave my brother and the best man a lift to a large supermarket so we could stock the cupboards before the big day.
The real bonus of this house is the outdoor space. We spent most of our time chatting around the tables and used the BBQ for our wedding reception. The pool was a perfect size - shallow enough for kids to play yet deep enough at the other end for adults to play water polo. This was particularly helpful since the black sand beach was uncomfortable to walk on. The free wifi at the house was great for sending wedding pictures home and chatting on Skype.
Incidentally, we didn't rent a car and relied solely on the bus service which was frequent and cheap. There's an excellent taverna, Mario No 1, a few minutes' walk along the beach front which was perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. There's a mini market about ten minutes' walk away, although we did find that prices suddenly increased on the items we were buying frequently! If you want to be in the midst of the tourist hot-spots, Agia Paraskevi isn't the right choice. However, we wanted to relax, swim, cook and enjoy our time together, and for this, the villa is perfectly located in a quiet, calm and secluded area.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Villa Elia for a wedding party. We would love to go back for a future anniversary! Thanks Tina for all your help in making the wedding so special for us, our friends and our family.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our villas are located near the beach in a quiet area surrounded by vineyards, pistachios trees and olive trees. The rooms preserve the traditional style of the island and the private pools can offer you endless hours of relaxing and fun. The villas are suitable for large families,kids and large groups. There is a 2 minute walk to the beach which is not crowded and quiet. The cities are 1 or 2 km away and there are traditional restaurants near by. Kalypso houses can offer everything a family needs for an enjoyable relaxing calming and reviving vacation. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kalypso Houses Santorini/Monolithos