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“We simply didn't want to leave this fabulous little hotel!”
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Kokkinos Villas
Ranked #2 of 16 Akrotiri B&B and Inns
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Reviewed January 10, 2012

If you are looking for a boutique, beach chic hotel, don't come to Kokkinos Villas. However, if you are looking for a privately-owned hotel, lovingly run by Antonis and his family, pristinely clean bedrooms and breathtaking views, do try Kokkinos Villas. It is based on the South of the island and we managed to get around easily by bus and by hiring a quad bike, which Antonis organised for us. There are restaurants within walking distance, including a little taverna on the beach beneath the hotel, which we loved going to as the sunsets were wonderful.

Any criticisms? Yes, breakfast could have been a little more varied and bathrooms are very basic. However, we were on a laid back beach holiday, so this really didn't bother us.

Faced with returning to a stressful job and the hum drum of daily life, I really didn't want to leave, but Antonis,caring as always, gave me a bottle of local wine to make things better. What a gem!

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  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 16, 2011

one month ago i have been visited santorini island and i love this island for the unique vie and the hospitality of the people!! We stayed in the hotel "kokkinos villas" in akrotiri!! the hotel is wonderful , the rooms are big and comfortable mand the most important are very very clean!! All the rooms have the unique view in Caldera!!! You can enjoy the most beautiful sunset in the world!!! The people of the hotel are very friendly and full of hospitality !! they help us in everything we want and they offer us traditional products!! The breakfast is full of delicious flavors like the famous cake of chrissoula!!! i love this island and of course i decide to visit it every year and i stayed in the same room in kokkinos villas!! i suggest you to come and see close the unique vie of this island and enjoy the hospitality of kokkinos villas!!!

  • Stayed: July 2011, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

We did not think we would find a place with a view that would fit into our budget but then we found Kokkinos Villas. We had our own private balcony and the view was spectacular over the Cyclades with Thira in the distance. In the morning we had the same view from our bed. The hotel manager was very friendly and we really enjoyed our stay. I would recommend Kokkinos Villas to anyone who wants a view and don't have enough money to stay in Fira. I found the surrounding area very peaceful compared to the bigger cities and it was perfect as we wanted to get away alone. The hotel manager went out of his way to make us feel comfortable and gave us much more than we expected.
We miss it already and wish we did not have to leave.

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  • Stayed: May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 31, 2011

I stayed with Antonis and his family at Kokkinos Villas for about two weeks. They serve a late breakfast (Santorini time!) and have had my o.j., coffee cake, and yogurt as late as 11 a.m.. They serve grapes from their own vines. Antonis gave me wine room service on my birthday, and helped me book a tour. Antonis’s sister made me a hot tea with honey and lemon when I caught a day cold. Their hospitality is limited only by my modest desire not to take advantage of their goodness.

Kokkinos Villas has very justly received favorable reviews. I will try to refrain from passing judgment on the traveler looking for a spa experience in the south Aegean, since the sea itself is the ultimate spa, but he should not stay at Kokkinos. Come to Kokkinos if you want to experience the essence of Santorini, namely, the caldera.

While the word “caldera” can be used to describe any part of the inner crescent of Santorini, since all of this area marks the serial collapsing of the ignimbrite center of the volcanic cone, most recently 2100 years ago, the “lip” of the caldera, the most staggering 300 M spectacle, sits directly beneath Thera. In other words, to have regular views of the eye-popping caldera, you must stay in the south part of the inner crescent. You simply cannot have view of the caldera if you stay on top of it in Thira, so be skeptical of hotels in Thira that advertise “views of the caldera”--such ads aren’t wrong, but they aren’t fully right, either.

Akrotiri is of all the towns in Santorini, the one most picturesquely situated for views of the caldera. In Akrotiri, you enjoy the awesomeness of the caldera, the rhythm of a small Greek village in the midst of Santorini-rama, without feeling rusticated. Thira is an easy 10 km punt away.

Standing on the topmost terrace of his Cycladic white, organically molded villas, the roofs of which are painted a flat olive and dissolve innocuously into the horizon of the sea, Antonis produced a sweeping gesture over the caldera and told me without a trace of embarrassment, “we don’t have a pool or hot tub...we have this.” The “this” is the awesome spectacle of the caldera, rising in sheer 300 m hulks of crazy red and brown and black lava piles from the cerulean blue Aegean. Santorini is not a harmonic white sand Greek island you should seek out if you want, like Odysseus on Circe’s island, to forget about life for a while: it doesn’t resolve into sand and sea and soft feelings. Santorini jolts you with the explosive powers of primal earth and makes you feel small. It reminds you at all times of life in both its glory and fragility. As I keep mentioning, Kokkinos Villas are uniquely situated for an experience of this awesome caldera.

Antonis knows his vista and location sell themselves to the enlightened traveler; he has little need to sell a bill of goods. He prefers to keep his villas at maximum occupancy and to keep cost low for guests. His reasonable rate allowed me to stay with him for more than two weeks. Antonis enjoys his villas, too, and I think it suits him to have guests who hang up their hats for a while, so he can relax, play with his family, and not worry about frantic turn-overs.

As for the accommodations themselves, I think it is important to underline that just because you will not find boutique lotions in your bathroom doesn’t mean the villas aren’t beautiful. On the contrary, they are simple and clean, which is precisely the Greek vision of beauty. All the same, it is Greek, not Spartan or baroque: you will find here a perfect accommodation to your needs rather than a minimization of your needs; your needs will not be multiplied into distraction. The beds, in particular, are romantically arranged: I enjoyed a queen size laid on an elevated Cycladic stucco platform with a molded headboard, pointed at the endless sea. I also enjoyed a private balcony that commands the caldera (and, incidentally, also has wifi--to be able to surf the net while staring at the remains of an eruption that destroyed Europe’s first civilization is not without some ironic charm). Other guests at Kokkinos share knowing glances with you: your wits both led you to the best deal in Santorini.

I have read sour reviews of the showers, and I want to say that the showers at Kokkinos are fairly typical European jobs, where a detachable shower hose can be used to reach the sink and toilet as well. The shower stall itself is small because it isn’t expected that all of the water will stay in the shower partition: the main drain is in the middle of the bathroom. So it shouldn’t be a source of cosmic anxiety if water from the shower should enter the main drain. That’s the way it’s made. All shall be well.

The last part I would add in praise of Kokkinos is a word about another dimension of the location itself, since this aspect goes under-appreciated in previous reviews. The fact that Kokkinos commands the only beach on the caldera deserves special notice: it’s called, simply, Caldera Beach. The ocean side beaches such as Perissa and Kamari and Kokkini are lovely and typical and gently sloping. But they aren’t awesome. They aren’t the ground zero of the largest volcanic eruption ever witnessed by humans. Caldera Beach is. Kokkinos Villas command Caldera Beach, a short descent directly below. You will also find there a mellow tavern; trees; sand to lie out; and a cliff to dive off. Of course, because this is the awesome side of the island, you have the best snorkeling in Santorini (Santorini Scuba Dive launches from here), since the caldera turns abysmally deep so quickly. Within steps off the shore, you are looking at the crazy underwater cliffs, lava flows, spewed out boulders, in short, the aftermath of the eruption.

  • Stayed: June 2010, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 26, 2011

great view,loving hospitality,comfortable rooms and apartments. excellent service and very kind stuff.holidays i will never forget!!!!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 30, 2011

I can warmly recommend Kokkinos Villas! The view from the superior rooms was fantastic, the room very nice and the service very friendly and helpful. We did some diving in the diving center below, very convenient.
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  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 4, 2010

This place was clean, attractive, and the view was outstanding. The 4 person apartment was a particularly good deal. The location is on the quiet side of the island, so if you're looking to party, you'll need to drive (and probably have a DD since the roads are narrow and people drive like they're rushing a woman in labor to the hospital).

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Kokkinos Villas

Address: Eparchiaki Odos Akrotiriou, Akrotiri 84700, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Akrotiri
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Akrotiri
Price Range: $115 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Kokkinos Villas 3*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
With a fantastic panoramic view over the breathtaking Caldera, Santorini picturesque gulf with Volcano in the centre, Kokkinos Villas welcomes you with traditional Greek hospitality, in its friendly island environment. Kokkinos Villas is just like a balcony over the Caldera and the clear waters of the deep blue Aegean Sea. 21 Furnished apartments and rooms only 200 meters from the Beach. Look out over the deep blue Aegean sea, Caldera, Volcano and savour the peace and tranquillity as you give life to you most magical dreams. ... more   less 
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