This hotel is amazing. As soon as you park your car (and you will need a car) in front of the hotel and start looking around, you will be struck by all the breathtaking beauty that surrounds you. Not only does the hotel offer an incredible view of the caldera, but the hotel itself is unique and picturesque.
The owners of the hotel were warm and welcoming, always greeting us with a cheery "kalimera" when we came up for breakfast and waving goodbye when we left. Eleftheria cooked up a delicious breakfast with different cakes every day, which you can eat outside on the balcony of the breakfast room. The cleaning ladies were so sweet and did and excellent job of keeping our room spotless. Spiros was really helpful when it came to providing advice on what to see and do. He was also very helpful lending us plates and utensils when we brought back crackers, sausages and cheese to consume on our private porch. We had some lovely evenings here, drinking local wine, feeding the seven cats, and conversing with a nice German couple who stayed in the room next to ours.
We had a great room, number 24, which was very large, clean and newly renovated. It was just heaven after a terrible stay on Ios. Naturally, there is always some room for improvement, in this case: the internet connection was a bit unstable, the shower was missing the part where you hang the shower head, and the beautiful infinity pool was FREEZING (the wind makes sure you will get splashed with cold water if you attempt to lie there on a sunbed, and I applaud you if you can stay in the water for more than 5 minutes). We heard "Apanemo" means "no wind", but perhaps this is an ironic name, because it varies from very to extremely windy. Nevertheless, we had such a wonderful time here, and I will recommend Apanemo and Santorini to all my friends and family.
There is something special about Santorini. It lived up to our expectations of being a very romantic island. Highlights included the trip to the volcano and hot springs (book with Dakoutros in Fira - they are cheap), the Open Air Cinema by Kamari Beach (magical!) and walking around the village of Pyrgos at sunset (bring a camera!). I will remember this trip for the rest of my life.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Apanemo is a traditional village style complex of independent and fully equipped studios and apartments with excellent view to the volcano and to the famous Caldera. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Apanemo Hotel Akrotiri
- Apanemo Hotel Santorini
- Apanemo Santorini/Akrotiri, Greece