My partner & I stayed here during the first week of July.
The hotel has 3 different sized swimming pools and a small spa. It also has a sauna, a gym, a conference room, a table tennis table, a pool table, an outside chess table and a pool bar. It is in a very peaceful location. Wi-fi is free to use.
The service throughout the resort but particularly in the restaurant was exceptional. All the staff, including the baggage carriers & maids was very amiable, approachable and helpful. The only small gripe we had was with the barman at the pool bar late one evening when we asked for a drink he had not heard of before and he seemed to take it as a personal insult. He became very defensive and confrontational and claimed the ingredients for this drink could only be found in the UK. Considering the first time I discovered this drink was in Cyprus & I have since had it all over Europe I knew this to be absolute rubbish.
Upon booking our holiday with Thomson we requested a high floor room with sea view. When we arrived at the hotel we were given a ground floor room. When I complained at reception we were told this was because we requested a sea view room and did not pay extra for one but this option was never available to us. Nevertheless, the room we had was spacious and conveniently located right next to the pool and inbetween reception and the restaurant and being sunken fairly private. The room’s air conditioning and safety deposit box were both free to use. As stated previously by some reviewers the beds are quite hard but as someone who has recently had a serious back problem I found them fine to sleep on. Incidentally, the hotel is only 3 storeys high (no buildings are allowed to be any higher in Santorini) so I am not sure how much of a sea view you would get even if you were able to pay extra for one.
The Restaurant provides a buffet style service for breakfast and dinner (lunch can only be taken at the pool bar). For breakfast, this consisted of your standard selection of hot and cold foods though I must admit as a cereal lover I was not partial to the choice of cereals on offer. We only frequented dinner at the restaurant on two occasions and whilst the quality and quantity was adequate (the meat soup was delicious but some of the food was only luke warm ) we were happy we had chose to go bed & breakfast as this enabled us to sample other restaurants in the town. Dinner at the restaurant cost 15 Euros pp which was fairly reasonable for what was effectively a three course meal. Drinks were extra.
Whilst Santorini is not renowned for its beaches, the beach at the back of the resort across a narrow and fairly quiet road is regarded as the best on the island. It is a long stretch of black volcanic sand and pebble. The sunbeds on this part of the beach are exclusively for hotel guests only though this is not monitored and the beach is not private as stated by Thomson and many locals use it. There is also a steady flow of traders selling massages but if you decline they move on without hassling you any further. Sun towels are provided by the hotel and can be changed every 2 days. Due to the pebbles on the beach, my partner wore sea shoes when going for a swim but many swimmers didn’t seem to mind and went barefoot.
We pre-booked 3 excursions with Thomson and would recommend 2 of the 3 (Simply Santorini which includes Oia and Santorini’s Secrets, the Premier Island Tour which includes Akrotiri). It should be mentioned that the hotel offers very similar excursions at almost half the price. Unfortunately as we did not go of any of the hotel excursions we are unable to compare them. The third excursion, the Caldera Cruise we found slightly disappointing although the cruise itself was very pleasant. The Caldera is very scenic and beautiful but is best viewed from above rather than the sea. The walk to the volcano is a very arduous, steep and exhausting trek across various sized pebbles, stones and rock. You can see the five islands from the top but the volcano is basically 3 fairly large craters with some steam emitting from one of them and therefore feels a bit like an anti-climax and not really worth the effort. Incidentally, if you are interested in the Archaeological site at Akrotiri you should be aware that whilst it is well worth visiting most of the pieces found there are either in the National Museum at Athens or Thira.
The Local Transport
Buses are available from 3 stops near the hotel. The one directly outside the hotel is fairly infrequent though. The one we used was about a 10 minute walk outside the back gate and turn left. From there you can catch a bus to Thira which is well worth a visit. You can also get buses from Thira to Oia , Akrotiri and Kamari. Try getting the express bus though because this takes under 30 minutes to get to Thira whereas the normal one can take almost an hour. Taxi’s are ridiculously expensive. For instance, you can walk from the hotel to Ancient Thira but a taxi would cost 30 Euros.
The Town and Restaurants
Perivolos is a very quiet town with around a dozen bars and restaurants but you can walk up to Perissa which is much more livelier. Of the restaurants we visited in Perivolos the best was Afros (rated No.2 on Trip Advsior) which specialises in home produced vegetables and fresh fish which you can view and select yourself. Don’t be put off by the decor though which gives the impression of a very basic fast food cafe. We visited Popeye’s (rated No. 1 on Trip Advisor) twice with very contrasting opinions. The first time the food and service was excellent and lived up its top spot rating. On the second occasion at the weekend when they were much busier the food and service was simply awful. Sea Side (rated No.3) can be viewed in 2 ways, either over priced and slightly pretentious (the menu came in the form of a large paperback booklet which included a profile of the chef and recipes for some of the meals on offer!) or top quality gourmet food at an affordable price – I will leave it to you to decide.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Santo Miramare is a fine luxury resort next to the black sandy beach of Perivolos. The absolute destination for families, group of friends, honeymooners or anyone who desires a highly standard accommodation in a traditionally built resort that offers everything the world famous island of Santorini is promising for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santo Miramare Hotel Perivolos
- Hotel Santo Miramare
- Santo Miramare Resort Santorini/Perivolos