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.
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- Also Known As:
- Meltemi Village Perissa
- Meltemi Village Hotel Perissa
- Meltemi Village Santorini/Perissa