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Apanemo
Ranked #1 of 12 Hotels in Akrotiri
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Perth, Australia
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24 reviews
8 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Remote but beautiful.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012 via mobile

Lovely, family run small resort style hotel. It is very isolated with a hearty 15 minute walk up and down steep pathways to the main town or half an hour to the ancient ruins. You've *really* got to be fairly fit or hire a scooter or quad bike from town. We chose to use it as an opportunity to burn off all of the Greek delicacies! The pool and common outdoor area is as beautiful as it looks in the website photos. The rooms are spacious, very clean and beautiful. Clean, modern en suite. Buffet breakfast is simple but delicious - including home made "milk pie" by the owner's mother - yum. Great spot if you want to experience a more authentic island holiday away from the tourist crowds.

  • Stayed September 2012
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2012

Our only disappointment was that we had to come home!! We have just returned from a 4 day stay at Apanemo and really can't fault it. The views from around the whole hotel are truly amazing, we could not spot a room that had a bad view, either to the North of the Caldera or the sea to the South.
The room was very spacious, included a kitchenette and fridge which was ideal for keeping drinks and snacks in from the local supermarkets. The bathroom was spotless and spacious. It was lovely to have a private terrace which was bathed in sunshine all morning, and overlooked part of the Caldera and the sea to the South.
Breakfast was good with different homemade pastries every day. There was also bread, cheeses, cold meats, eggs, fruit, yoghurt, cereals and juices.
The infinity pool was lovely to dip into while sunbathing, a lovely and refreshing temperature - perfect! (Especially in the evening after a walk up the hill from the village of Akrotiri ). The smallest part of the pool is also a jacuzzi - don't miss the button on the floor to turn it on! There were plenty of sunbeds at any time during the day, and parking was not a problem and we definitely recommend you hire a car for your stay to get around all the island has to offer.
Spiros the owner was always helpful and available, with many recommendations for tavernas and things to do and also very obligingly allowed us to check-out late on our last day for our evening flight.
We thought the price was reasonable and we would have no qualms about returning to Apanemo on our next visit to Santorini, we're already looking forward to it!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2012

Truly enjoyed our stay here.We were part of a large party.. all the rooms were clean, the value was great, and the panoramic views are really unique. We booked quads via the hotel and they were delivered to us. We travelled to the lighthouse and red beach easily and had some of our best meals closeby in Akrotiri. Spiros was exceptionally patient and helpful with all my e-mails before our stay and the good service continued throughout the week. Finally, it is a quiet town, a little windy (welcomed by day) and I would recommend that you have transport (a quad bike for 20e a day is perfect) but so so worth a stay.

Room Tip: I saw many of the rooms and they all had exceptional views.. I dont think any would disappoint.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Athens, Greece
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

Landlord !!!, Service !!!, Cheer !!!, Place !!!, Ambience !!!, Value !!!, Cleanness !!!.
Everything was excellent, but I would like to underline that the staff was extremely helpful and polite in all our requests. Keep up the good work!!!

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

This is a great place to stay if you decide to make Akrotiti your base. The views are simply fantastic (you can see the volcano, the caldera, and also Fira in the distance). You can dip in the pool and enjoy these views without a care in the world. The famous Red Beach is not far from Apanemo and I would highly recommend a visit. The room we got was fairly big, and was designed/decorated in typical Aegean fashion. Also I should not forget to mention how great Spiros (the owner) is. Extremely polite and always willing to help. Akrotiri itself has a few shops and restaurants but if you want something more cosmopolitan you'd need to go to Fira or Imerovigli or Oia (and thus need a car). Oh, the breakfast they offer is pretty good too!

You'd love this place. I highly recommend it!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2012

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.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2012

My wife and I stayed at the Apanemo hotel for 7 nights during the end of June 2012. This was a “mistake” as we should’ve stayed at least 10 nights! We had a great time at this hotel. It is an intimate and relaxed hotel with about 25 rooms/apartments. We loved its architectural style and the outside décor and evening lighting fits perfectly to it,just like on the pictures. Our room was well priced and we were very happy with it.We had an unobstructed view of the caldera and could walk around the hotel to have the view over the Mediterranean ocean to the south of Santorini. Breakfast was good, the view from the balcony and the Greek coffee was awesome, and the service from Spiros and his family and staff was great. The pool was very nice and big enough for a smaller hotel like the Apanemo. It has two levels and being an infinity pool it gives you great views over the caldera when you’re in it.
Akrotiri is in the south western part of the island which is the quiet side and very good for relaxing. You almost get the feeling you’re in a different time era. Here you will meet the friendly locals who want to sell you beautiful home-made organic wine and olives. It is away from the hustle and bustle of Fira and Oia. If you want to party every night, then rather stay in the eastern side of the island. And if you rent a scooter to explore the island, make sure you can drive one, or opt for a Quad Bike as the roads can be tricky in Santorini and it’s not a place where you should learn how to drive a scooter.
During June/July the weather was good, around 30-35 degrees Celsius every day with no clouds. The first 2 days we had a bit of wind, but this went away and resulted in great sunny days. We went sightseeing during the days and restaurant hopping in the evenings – Spiros has some good tips about where to go. We loved Zafora’s in Akrotiri and Captain Dimitri’s fish taverna near the lighthouse. There we had the best grilled fish and if you see Zack, please say hi to him (he seems to be the father of most of the puppies in that part of the island…)
Spiros and his family are great hosts and made our stay very pleasant and memorable. We also loved Santorini itself and our plan is to go back there again one day and stay at the Apanemo. Please also remember that most comments posted on this site are subjective so they must be read in that context. For instance being quite easy and rustic travellers the style, ambience and budget of the Apanemo suited us perfectly. Our room needs to be clean, value for money and maybe have a bit of a view. We got all this and more at the Apanemo!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Apanemo
Address: Akrotiri 84700, Greece
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Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Akrotiri
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Akrotiri
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Apanemo 3*
Number of rooms: 25
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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