We booked this house based on it's location - I wanted to be near the Summer Lovers house, which was my reason for coming to Santorini in the first place. I was not disappointed. It was perfect. The views were magnificent, the villa was beautiful, clean, and I had to keep reminding myself we were really there, that it wasn't just a dream. Because Santorini was exactly as I had pictured in my head, only more beautiful and more perfect.
Fotinos and Ioanna were absolutely lovely. We started our month-long vacation on Crete, and they were another reminder of how wonderful the Greek people were. They provided free transportation upon pickup at the port, and I was so excited when we arrived that I hugged the man holding our sign, thinking it was Fotinos, only it wasn't. He didn't seem to mind, though! Fotinos was waiting for us in the parking lot (near the Lioyerma Pool), and this being our first trip to Santorini, I didn't realize how far we'd be from the house and we had all way over-packed - a month in Greece, with two of those weeks on Santorini. Fotinos and my husband took 2 trips to haul our bags, so lesson learned for next time. My jaw dropped to the floor upon seeing the villa. I was literally blown away. Ioanna was there waiting for us with fresh chilled juice - and our son immediately fell in love with her. They could not have been better hosts - I am truly honored to have met them. Every day she would leave us treats - chocolate bread, almonds soaked in honey. And upon learning we had left our adapter back on Crete, Fotinos came back the next morning and drove my husband into Fira to buy one. On our last night there they gave us a tour of their favorite places on the island, and invited us back to their home for Greek coffee and tomato kefkedes. It was a truly special experience and we are kicking ourselves for not going to Greece sooner.
The location is perfect - while I thought we'd be fighting the stairs given my two recent back surgeries and a broken knee, I was in no pain at all, and everything was so beautiful that we didn't mind walking everywhere. In fact, we found it to be an absolute joy to do so. I can see how it could be difficult for the elderly, but the house is only half way down the hill, so not as far as many of them are. And the stairs do slope downwards a bit, which in the wrong shoes could be a real problem! You are also 5 minute walking distance to the Lioyerma Pool, which has an incredible view (but very windy as you are on the tip of the island), and if you buy drinks you can swim for free. We spent a lot of time there, and it seemed like most of the time my son had the whole pool to himself.
The neighbors were wonderful, as well as all of the tavernas and shops. Especially Melenio, where we had dessert every single night, and our son started getting free ice cream for flirting with the women who worked there. Be sure to check out the Summer Lovers gallery - the owners are absolutely fantastic, and invited us over to watch the sunset one night. They would welcome our son with open arms every morning. As did just about everyone in Greece. We can't wait to return.
You are right next to where everyone congregates to watch the sunset. We found the people watching the sunset more entertaining than the sunset itself (they all cheer, it's hilarious). They start getting there early, and it can be impossible to navigate the crowds, so if you're trying to make it back to the villa in time to watch the sunset, keep this in mind.
Fotinos and Ioanna, thank you so much for opening your beautiful villa to us, and helping to make a dream come true!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Traditional houses on cliff (Caldera) with the best view to sunset-sea-Caldera. The property is inside of Oia village near supermarkets, restaurants, galleries, cafe ... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fotinos Houses Santorini/Oia, Greece