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“Lovely Suites but very basic standard rooms”
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Meltemi Village
Ranked #5 of 40 Hotels in Perissa
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Reviewed September 13, 2010

This was our first holiday to anywhere in Greece and choose this resort after reading all the good reviews on Tripadvisor, and from recommendations from friends who have stayed here in the past. We'd also heard about how friendly the Greek people are and so couldnt wait for our holiday.

We travelled with Thomson who were excellent. Upon arrival we met the lovely Roy who was very helpful and friendly. Peter was in the back section of the office on the computer, who came out to welcome us and take copies of our passports. The reception are was very nice, clean, cool with comfortable chairs and sofas. There was a pc with free internet access, a book library and the holiday company guest information folders to browse through.

We waited for Roy to check everyone in and then she showed us to our rooms. Walking through all the lovely white washed little buildings and stunning flowers growing over them we were really disappointed to be given room 72 which is in the annexe at the back of the village, not whitewashed, and overlooking wasteground. The room itself was quite big and clean, with a double bed and single bed, small cooking hob, fridge and kitchen area with limited utensils, whereas the bathroom was very small and basic, in traditional Greek style with no shower curtain leaving the tiled floor to get extremely slippery when the bathroom floor gets wet. Some of the decor was a bit hit or miss in places, and the electrical plug hanging out of the worktop into which you plug the kettle and hob looked a bit suspect.

Another draw back with the room was the lack of privacy and light. The front door couldnt be left open because of people walking past, and the side window we couldnt leave open again because of people walking past and the staircase next to it to the upstairs rooms. With these sources of light closed the room was very dark. It was however nice and cool thanks to this and the air con unit on the wall. Outside, your terrace area consisted of two chairs and a table, again, no privacy from people walking past, though I guess this adds to the charm of the village, though not for us, given that we were in the annexe block overlooking waste ground!

Unimpressed, we went and spoke to Roy about an upgrade to a suite. The next day we moved to suite 68 for the cost of 50 Euro per day. The difference was incredible and really made our holiday. The suite was upstairs facing the fields next to the hotel (and some building works), but it was stunning. The entrance floor had a large lounge, giant sofa bed, wardrobes with fridge, safe (not secured to anything), dressing gowns, slippers, while the bathroom was very large, with walk in shower. Upstairs was the bedroom with a window at either end allowing a lovely breeze to come in, and outside on the sun terrace was a sun lounger and chairs and a lovely jacuzzi (which was not heated until the sun shone on it all day).

If we had been given a standard room but on the upper floor it may have been different but upgrading to the suite certainally made the holiday for us, as we could leave the curtains open and leave the room with the windows and doors open, the room was also more lighter and airy. Not that we wanted to but dont expect to watch much tv, all we could pick up was snow on the screen!

As for the rest of the complex, the pool was lovely, large, and quite warm! The pool area never got busy and there were plenty of sun beds available. the pool bar which we only used to sit at during breakfast was nice. Breakfast was basic, with the only hot items being a fried egg with bacon on top. There was no toaster, you had to place the bread in a grill machine. There was also fruit, jams, ham, cheese etc. It was adequate for the day ahead.

The resort was clean, though we did notice that the bins and ash trays around the pool area were not emptied regularly.

As for Perissa itself, well, a mixed bag really. Its a quiet resort, not much going on. The main roads have no pavements and as long as you walk into the traffic we found it no problem, the drivers were actually quite careful. The 24 hour bakery up the road to the right of the hotel next to the supermarket was delicious, and the staff very friendly. The large supermarket was cheap and stocked everything you needed.

Infact, the whole resort was cheap. Drinks and food were very reasonably priced, we found it possible for the two of us to eat out and have a drink each in the night for 15 Euro. We actually came back with money after taking 350 Euro each for a week.

Its a 10 minute walk to the beach down the back roads, which are poorly lit at night but no major problem. The beach as others have pointed out is dark sand which didnt really appeal to us. Along the back of the beach are all the bars and restaurants, I would say about 25 or so in total. Many were stunning inside, with lovely decor, sofas etc. However we found it annoying that you couldnt browse the menu without being hassled by the waiters to come in. We hear of one waiter pulling a face at a couple as they walked off because they didnt want to eat in his restaurant.

We ate in Gods Kitchen which was lovely. Turn right out of the hotel then take the next left. The food was delicious, the staff friendly and it was very cheap. It was full every night by 8pm! We also tried Charlina's on the sea front which was nice, and one at the top end of the beach near the cliffs beginning with "A" which I cant recall the name of but the food was excellent.

Our only bad meal was in the Atlantis restaurant. We were asked to move table to start as they needed ours, then the food came out in portions which looked like kids meals. My lamb was actually pork though the waiter wouldnt take it back, and they charged us for the bread even though we didnt touch it. Even after argueing that we hadnt eaten any of the bread, they still charged us for it.

Beware of this by the way, they will put bread down on your table without you asking for it, then charge you afterwards!

We hired a quad bike for 30 euro which was well worth it and went around the island. It was great fun and the roads are pretty safe and we didnt bother with helmets. We also made us of the local busses to Thira and Oia which were excellent, air conditioned coaches which run every 30 mins right up to 4am.

Thira was pretty and full of hussle and bustle, but be warned, prices for drinks and food here were 3 times that in Perissa. We then headed on to Oia to watch the sunset. Oia is gorgeous place, pretty and quiant and we loved it there. The sunset was pretty though not as spectacular as some of the photos tend to indicate. The coach back from Oia was an "experience", never seen so many people crammed on to one bus as everyone scrambled to leave the village after the sunset!

We didnt do any excursions with the hotel or Thomson, we booked the Volcano and hot springs boat trip with a company in Thira for 18 Euro each. This left at 14:00 and got back at 17:00. It was very good. We walked the volcanoes where you can see steam coming out and smell the sulphur, before stopping just outside the entrance to the hot springs where you must swim in the sea off the boat to get to them. Not all hot, but the odd pocket of hot water. Be warned though that the water will stain your clothing and towels. The boat sailed all around the volcano before returning back to the port. We did the cable car down (4 Eu each) which is an experience and did the donkey ride back up (5Eu) which is even more of an experience! Not for the faint hearted is all I will say as they climb up the 350 or so steps! I wouldnt recommend walking down the steps due to some of the pebbles being quite slippery and the amount of donkey poo on them!

The Thomson rep, Kirsty? was very helpful and friendly and told us about a water taxi to the neighbouring resort of Kamari. We did this one morning for 4 Euro each and the boat crew were very friendly. You get on the boat from the beach near the cliffs in Perissa. Kamari is a lovely resort, with pretty small hotels and bars along the front. We would consider staying here next time.

Overall, a great holiday on a beautiful island, though we wont be in a rush to return to Santorini. The hotel was good only after we upgraded to a suite, while the Greek people we came across in the bars and restaurants were quite rude and unhelpful. It seemed to be the exception that we encountered someone who was friendly or talkative. We heard of one couple being told to get out of a restaurant in Oia becuase they were just ordering drinks!

If I were to go back to Santorini, I would try to stay initially in Oia or Thira, though prices can be extortionate. Kamari would be next on our list. As for the Meltemi Village, its a nice place, quiet, clean and ideal for relaxing break, which goes for Perissa as a whole. Ugrading to the suite made the holiday for us, though if you dont mind the basicness of a studio room then you will enjoy your stay.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

Myself and my 20 yr old son stayed one week at the meltemi village room 59 a quiet spot upper level, quite spacious very clean typically greek bathroom a little small but managable not really a problem , a very pretty apartment area with a village feel hence the name, lots of palm trees and bouganvillea completed the setting. The pool area is so nice surrounded by palms and very clean. Staff here are excellent and kirstie the Thompson rep was very profesional and friendly and helpful.
We were on b&b basis but only had one breakfast, it was not that good and coffee not good but that is truly the only negative comment which is no big deal! Watch the road when leaving hotel no sidewalk to speak of just be aware and careful with small children. A few stray dogs well looked after by locals harmless and friendly. The beach is lovely with a welcoming breeze in september, just wish smokers on the beach would clean cigarette ends after them its no different to leaving bottles etc so come on its not difficult to clean up! The meltemi bar to the left next to front of hotel is a very good place Antonis and his son Stelio are really good people and friendly also the rest of the staff, a clean comfortable bar and they were very good with my son who has some difficulties they let him sing oasis songs with the mike and made his night. Also Antonis cooks a mean pizza! Bus stop to fira just outside to the left only 2 euros then 1.40 euros to continue to oia...you must travel to fira and change bus to access any other area it is the only terminal and gets busy. visit oia is a must as is fira expensive but thats expected as many famous people visit and you pay for the views which are worth every penny. taxi from fira to perissa 15 euros and from oia to fira 15 euros its worth asking if anyone is travelling to same area we went from oia to perissa normally 30 euros we shared with german couple and got a deal of 20 euros each , it was late and queues were hectic for the bus. This island has so much to offer the volcanoe is a must oia is breathtaking we visited about 2pm felt like we were the only 2 there perfect, then the crowds gather about 6ish waiting for the famous sunset, i prefered sunset from fira with the backdrop of Tharrassia and Nea Kameni great for photos get a restaurant overlooking the caldera its a great experience, Fira busy with cruise ships but fantastic. Lots of non touristy places to visit with a car get a map and head off. great food great people, looking forward to a return trip to this truly unique island.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

I travelled with my family to Perissa, Santorini in Aug 2010 with Thomson. All of us enjoyed the relaxing break although, the weather was very hot. Usually the Meltemi wind arrives and makes the heat bareable but didn't arrive until the day before we left.
It is worth walking to Ancient Thira but it is a hard climb and you need plenty of water, when you get to the top there is a van selling everything you could desire. It is closed on Mondays. See Santorini in one day by Kamari Tours is good but is a long day 9am - 10pm and includes a long walk to Oia or a ride on the very frightening donkeys, there is a lot of walking involved on this trip and if you like swimming you can swim to the hot springs from the volcano but beware you will come back with yellow on your body and swim wear so only wear things you don't mind ruining.
The ferry boat from Perissa to Kamari is good but you need to take flip flops or beach shoes as you walk in the sea, onto the beach and there isn't any protection from the hot sand.
The bus service is good but don't rely on the timetable as buses seem to arrive when they like. It is worth getting on the express bus as this doesn't go the long way round.
We ate mainly in Aqua on the front where the food suited us all, everything from Burgers to Crepes. . A lot of reviews recommend Gods Kitchen but we didn't like the look of the menu. If it's cocktails your looking for Dorians bar with Nickos, Costas and the family is excellent. At three euros a cocktail it doesn't break the bank.
And finally, I can only praise Meltemi Village. We had bed and breakfast. Breakfast was typical greek, but everything was constantly topped up and fresh. The pool bar is slightly more expensive than eating elsewhere but very nice, especially the club sandwiches. The accomodation is very clean, well looked after and we were lucky enough to have two pool view rooms. This isn't as good as it sounds as I was bitten by mozzies! The holiday rep Kirstie said she hadn't seen any who had been bitten this year in Santorini. Roy (a lady) and Georgia on reception were really friendly and the lady in the pool bar who's name escapes me.
One of the best holidays I've ever had despite initial reservations with teenagers.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 18, 2010

My partner, son (11yrs) and I stayed in suite 62 for a week from the 3rd to the 10th of August. Upon arriving we were greeted by Roy and Peter, whom I had booked the holiday directly with via email. The first impressions are of friendly, efficient, professional staff in a beautiful environment. As we were shown our suite (excited to see our own private jacuzzi) we went past three kittens and that was it. Our son immediately decided that this was going to be the best holiday EVER!!! And it was. The kittens were from domestic cats, well looked after and well behaved.
The previous reviews talk about:
* the cleanliness being great,
* towels/sheets changed every day,
* cleaners trustworthy and reliable,
*jacuzzi cleaned daily,
*any repairs are done immediately,
*brilliant staff (Thanks Roy, Irene and Peter, cleaners and the breakfast lady!!),
*very good breakfasts with lots of variety,
* lots of sunbeds (although on the second last day a group came in with no pool etiquette at all and left their towels over all the sunbeds and wandered off)
*close locality to the beach.
This was our experience too. However, added extras you may want to know are:
*There is a book swap in reception in case you read all your books.
*There is also free internet in reception.
*Irene and Roy are able to tell you just about anything you could possible wish for and Roy will be able to get you the best price for nearly anything.
*The bar that serves lunch for the pool makes the best tzatziki.
*There are loads of powerpoints in the rooms.
*Toiletries in the suites include a sewing kit and cotton buds.
*You may want to take your own hairdryer if you use one every day and want something high powered.
*There is a big supermarket about 300mts up the road if you turn right when walking out the front entrance of the village. It's on the lefthand side and is called the 'Coop'. Here there is a post office and an ATM and you can get almost anything in the supermarket, even the newspaper from the day before.
*Just before the supermarket is a 24hr bakery that is run by the nicest people and the quality of the baked goods is excellent.
*The waterpark (usually reduced in price or complimentary for guests of Meltemi) is a nice relaxing way to spend a day for the kids. I didn't think it would be so enjoyable. The pool is HUGE and there are heaps and heaps of sunbeds both in the sun and the shade. Pool food and drinks are not overpriced as they normally are in other places.
*We didn't find Atlantis a great place to eat and would not recommend it but maybe that was just the day as other people seem to have enjoyed it. However, next door is a fabulous place for dessert and next to that is Gyro Gyro Pita which is a great place to eat (the best Greek salad and frappe on the island !) It's a casual place to eat, not a restaurant so don't expect that type of service but the food is very good and quite cheap (about 4.10 euro for an XXL pita) .
*Roy helped us book a 5 hour tour on the Catamarans (lagoon/spyros) to watch the sunsets. This is an expensive thing to do (90 euros/adult for a semi-private sail; half price for kids under 12yrs - dinner and drinks included) but having paid 18 euro's two days before for a day trip around the volcano, hot springs, Oia and Tharissa, this was positively luxury. The crew were absolutely wonderful (thanks Mya) and we had a really nice group of people on the boat. They provide towels and snorkelling equipment. The boat is spotlessly clean and if you like sailing, this is a must. Our son sat in the boom nets most of the time providing everyone on the boat much amusement every time he got soaked in a wave. He is still talking about it daily.
*Oia is lovely - we watched the sunset from Pelicanos. Originally we went there to escape the heat and the crowds and just ordered iced coffees and water, and thought they might be a bit snooty as we hadn't ordered very much. They weren't though so we reserved a table and went back there for dinner and the sunset. We highly recommend it.
*The other thing about Oia that I wished I'd been prepared for is the jewellery. It's incredible!

Santorini is an incredible island, Perissa is a lovely part of the island and Meltemi Village is the perfect place from which to venture out. We had the most relaxing and enjoyable holiday and will certainly be back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

My wife & I booked a suite at this hotel directly with Peter Lender the complex manager.
We decided on one of the maisonette suites and were not disapointed when we arrived.
The suite which comprised of living room, seperate sunken bedroom with king bed ,en-suite bathroom with shower,smaller bedroom up open staircase was both comfortable and emaculate.All rooms had air conditioning The totally private balcony was huge and was furnished with 2 sun lounges and table & chairs & had its own huge jacuzzi. The balcony was in the sun all day.The self serve breakfast was excellent and could be taken in the beautiful breakfast room or outside at the pool bar.
We did use the hotel pool on a number of occasions but found that we prefered the privicy or the suite.
The location of the hotel is within yards of many good bars & tavernas.We would recommend Gods Kitchen ,Atlantis and The Volcano.
The only thing we thought missing was an umbrella on the balcony

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank foxwell
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Reviewed August 10, 2010

Stayed for one week on a bed and breakfast basis at the Meltemi Village studios. Extremely clean rooms with towels and linen changed daily. Simple but adequate and tasty breakfast each day, which can be taken in the breakfast room or round the pool. Cereals, croissants, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, ham, bread, cake, biscuits, fried eggs, boiled eggs, omelette, tea, coffee, juice.
Lovely shady pool area with plenty of sunbeds and parasols.
Beach is about a 5 minute stroll. Although the sand is black it is very clean and pretty. Only down side was the amount of hawkers. Sea is lovely to swim and snorkel but very slippery under foot.
Lots of lovely restaurants along the seafront. Particularly liked Volcano and Ntomatini.
Dorian's bar opposite the hotel does all cocktails for 3 euros and beer for 2 euros.
Did trip to Oia to see sunset. Busy half day trip but worth it.
In all, very pretty island, lovely accommodation- would go back.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thank Billy_WizzKent
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Reviewed August 5, 2010

Our Villa at Cote Sud was wonderful! It was right on the beach and above a great Greek restaurant that our two boys loved. The apartment is two bedroom two bath upstairs downstairs and is nicely decorated, well equipped with most modcoms (including air conditioning) and is very spacious. Because the Villa is part of the Meltemi Hotel Resort there are some additional perks that come with this rental. First and foremost are Peter and Katerina who were excellent sources of information who also helped us arrange tours, restaurant reservations and baby-sitting. As part of the deal we received a voucher for a discount at a water-park just around the corner from the Villa which we used and when we weren’t at the beach, on a tour, or exploring on our own we were at the Meltemi’s beautiful pool (also part of the package). Our kids loved the warm water and playing with the other guest’s children and we loved being able to sit by the pool in the sun sipping iced coffee – a specialty prepared by the great server at the outdoor bar. When we return to Santorini we plan to stay at the Cote Sud again and highly recommended it to families who want attractive accommodations right on the beach that provides the means to prepare food for oneself but also gives you the convenience of walking downstairs and ordering a pizza if you so choose!

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled with family
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Thank Euro41Year
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Address: Perissa, Perissa 847 03, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Perissa
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Perissa
#6 Family Hotel in Perissa
#8 Romantic Hotel in Perissa
Price Range: $82 - $278 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Meltemi Village 4*
Number of rooms: 56
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