We have just returned from a fabulous holiday at Anema Residence and would recommend to anyone. The booking procedure was very easy and although I had reservations about paying a deposit to an overseas account it was fine, all very professional and reassuring. Maria was extremely helpful and answered my many queries before we set off. We were met at the airport and taken straight to the villa which is only a 15-20 minute drive. We arrived about 9.30pm and we had water, wine and fruit awaiting for us on arrival. Maria also made us a snack each as we were hungry which was so lovely of her.
I woke in the morning to a bright sunny day and was totally blown away at the beauty of the place, we were in Livas Villa which was just perfect for us, the sun deck is fabulous and very relaxing. i had slight reservations about privacy due to reading reviews, you will see an occasional gardener, maid etc but on the whole it was very quiet. the villas are in a secure gated community so there is no passing traffic and Maria's children were absolutely fine, no noise from them and very polite. Breakfast was buffet style in a communal room, it consisted of cereals, freshly baked bread, cheese, meats, Greek yogurt, honey and you can choose to have freshly made omelettes, bacon or eggs if you wish. There was a daily local dish too which was a lovely change, my favorite was spinach and feta filo pie - a real treat for breakfast!
You get a hire car as part of the booking which was there when we arrived, each villa also has parking space so it is very easy. We spent 40 Euros on petrol and that lasted a full week of touring every inch of the island. The roads are pretty easy to navigate although a little scary at times! All the car parks on the island are free so it really proved to be a cost effective way of getting around.
We swapped villas half way through due to our late booking so moved to Levante. This villa was just as lovely and they were very relaxed about us moving over at our own pace.
The villas all have BBQ areas, coal and firelighters are supplied and replenished each day. we had 3 BBQ evenings, meat and fish are easy to buy and very cheap so it helped to budget and was very relaxing sat on the terrace with the lanterns lit.
Location wise the villa is literally a 5 minute drive from Fira. We asked for taxis on 2 nights so we could go out for a drink and were offered a lift on both occasions. Taxis back are 9 euros. you can reach any point of the island within 30 minutes it really is quite small but there is lots to explore.
As sunset is on the Caldera side we decided to wake up for sunrise and we had a direct view from our villa it really was worth getting up for so peaceful. Sunset was around 8.15pm so there was never a rush to get in and changed and get to Fira or Oia.
The weather in may is warm but not hot hot. It was averaging out mid 20s, when the wind stopped it felt very hot. we had one very windy day and one raining day, you will also need a jacket for evenings if coming in may as the Caldera is so high up it gets a little chilly.
All in all we had a very relaxing, calm, stress free week. Nothing is too much trouble for Maria she really is a lovely host, has very good advice about where to go and what to see and made us feel very welcome. We will be going back, its just a matter of how soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Anema Residence of Santorini is a 6000 square meter property overlooking the Aegean Sea and stunning views of the islands of Anafi and Amorgos. Located in the Santorini countryside and surrounded by vineyards and farms, and only 300 meters from the black pebble beach of Vourvoulos. Its panoramic position offers views of the surrounding farms, fields and the sea, offering a true feeling of nature and serenity.On the 3000 square meters is located the house of the owners and 2 adjacent guest houses.On the remaining 3000 square meters is located a beautiful private villa, with 2 adjacent guest houses. This villa can be rented all together or separately. Each house has a separate entrance, private pool and parking.Anema Residence is a new unique private villa in Santorini in terms of size and style, perfect for couples or a group of friends looking for spacious areas, large gardens with fruit and olive trees, comfort and privacy. ... more less
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