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Above Blue Suites
Ranked #2 of 29 Imerovigli B&B and Inns
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London, United Kingdom
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“They should be called Above and Beyond Suites....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2010

Well where to start! My new husband and I have just returned from Santorini after spending 7 nights there for our honeymoon. After much internet hunting and deciding whether to stay in Oia or not we chose Above Blue Suites in Imerovigli and we are so so so glad we did!
I'd looked at literally hundreds of reviews and checked the pics on their website so many times and I can honestly say it lived up and surpassed every expectation - and I am hard to please. We stayed in the Heaven Suite. The private balcony is quite small but perfectly formed and the view is literally the most amazing thing you have ever seen - and that's before the sun sets! We arrived to a bottle of bubbly just as the sun was setting and jumped straight it (see pics attached of our first night!). The room itself is very clean and nicely decorated. We found the laptop really useful as we could see all our wedding photos and say hi to family and friends to de-brief the wedding. The rooms are refreshed both morning and night and everything about it was luxurious. The breakfast choice is amazing and you can choose different items every day, served at your chosen time with fresh linen set up on your balcony every day - pure pure luxury it even feels naughty!
The staff we lovely, really helpful but polite and not snobby in any way. They looked after us really well but we never felt like they were in the way.
The location is actually brill too. We we worried we'd be stuck in the middle of nowhere. Its true to say there isn't anywhere you can roll in to so if you don't like a stroll then its not for you. But if you like to discover little Greek streets and explore all the little cobbled walk ways its only 10 mins to Firostefani, which we loved, and then on to Fira from there. Near enough to walk down there each day, and after a few pints and chicken gyro, a 5 euro taxi back up the hill.
We didn't really like Oia that much after all the hype, and were really glad that we visited rather than stayed there. It's too perfect and looks like a stage set rather than a traditional village, and its true to say it gets very busy at sunset and we were there off peak - although the sunset is definitely better from the middle of the crescent of the island at Fira or just in your hot tub at Above Blue Suites! As you can look at Oia in the distance but you get a central on view of the sun setting over the volcano in the middle.
There are lots of American cruise tourist and what seemed like college kids, and I'd imagine during summer when its at its busiest this could get annoying but in May it was quite quiet but busy enough to feel a atmosphere of holiday.
One thing we did have was quite a bit of wind. Don't know if we were unlucky but as the suites are so high the wind is amplified by 100% and some days we couldn't sit out on the balcony when down on the beach it was just a strong breeze, and unfortunately our sunset cruise was cancelled - but you can never rely on the weather I guess! When it was hot and sunny and clear it was really the most stunning place we've been.
We went travelling in 2007 and the stunning view as you arrive inside the caldera at the foot of the cliffs, can really be compared to how you feel when you first glimpse the Grand Canyon.
Anyway that's enough - Santorini is stunning, luxurious, different and somewhere we would definitely return and Above Blue is amazing, so if you are looking for somewhere to stay on Santorini STOP and book it now!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2010

I LOVED the view from the hotel and my balcony. Room was amazing. Customer service was wonderful. I stayed at Lagoon Suite for one night and Rose Suite for other nights. It was picture perfect.
If I ever go back to Santorin I will stay there again.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2010

Dimitris and staff were extremely welcoming and helpful to all our needs. They also provided great suggestions to our itinerary.

The Harmony room was spacious and beautiful, the black and white theme was very nice. Having breakfast in the balcony everyday was a perfect way to start the day! Imerovigli may be quieter than Fira & Oia, but that was how we wanted it. Anyway its very easy to get to other parts of the island, either by rental or taxi.

We had a beautiful experience with Above Blue.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
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Auburn, Alabama
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2010

We saved up and splurged on this hotel and for us it was worth every penny. It was the perfect place to relax and enjoy the scenery. We very much enjoyed eating breakfast on the balcony each morning and watching the sunset from the jacuzzi each night. The decor and layout of the room was very appealing. The bed was comfortable and the room came with some nice bonuses such as a laptop for our use, a nice sitting area, a mini refrigerator, and two flat screen tvs.

The service wasn't fantastic. They definitely did not want to come in early to check us out for our early flight off the island, but they did show up and they were on time. We had two TVs, but the problem was the same remote would work for both, so while we were lying in bed and turned the tv by the bed off, the other tv across the room would come on. The room didn't get very cool. For the price I would have liked a better working air conditioner. The jacuzzi was a little cool for my taste as well, but with views like that I barely noticed.

Overall we are glad we spent the extra money for a nice hotel with a private jacuzzi and sunset view. It exceeded our expectations. See my pictures for a perfect summary of our stay.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Isle of Wight
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2010

This really is heaven on earth!!
We were booked into the Lagoon room for our honeymoon stay, when we arrived we were given a complimentory Bottle of Champagne, the view from our veranda was quite simply stunning as was the room. The Staff were wonderful and made us feel so special everyone knew we were getting married out there and were constantly smiling and wishing us well for the day. The Breakfast was beyond belief we had a champagne breakfast with beautifully presented food every morning. Even down to the scrambled egg in the shape of hearts!! We were a bit greedy and ticked everything on the list we were given daily, but we were served with a huge smile from the waiter even though his knee's were buckling from the weight of the tray's. On the day of the wedding we were to be picked up and taken to a little church on the mountain, everyone was exited for us and watching the weather and the lovely Dora (who was on reception and catered to our every need) she even laced me into my wedding dress. Love you Dora!! Whilst we were away they lit our verana, bedroom, jacuzzi with candles and when we arrived back everything just looked magical. I am rarely moved to tears of joy but I was on the brink the whole time we stayed there and couldn't beleive how lucky we had been to pick this Hotel above all others. My advice to anyone thinking of a wedding, aniversary, or just a holiday to remember forever is ABOVE BLUE above anyone else. I would personally like to thank all the staff for their help in making our stay so perfect. I have attached some photos of our wedding day and of course the breakfast!!! Love to all at Above Blue xxxx

  • Stayed April 2010, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2010

This is a classy example how you should not run your hotel.

Just a selection of issues encountered in 3 days:
1. No toilet paper.
They either never bothered to check this, or they were using it themselves.

2. Booked a car hire - they forgot about it and lied
I have a confirmation in writing from the manager of this place confirming the car hire. When i asked about it on the day, they apparently didn't receive the reservation. After showing my document, they said, they forgot.

3. Breakfast - not worth the money
They have these fancy sheets allowing you to choose breakfast, but they never stick to what you say.

4. Service is terrible
I've asked not to be woken up early, but the service people knock hard on the door at 8am. Then I tell them, please come back later in the afternoon... and guess what: 30 minutes later they turn up knocking again

5. The manager is rude (the lady that is).
I tried to reason with her over the problems but.. forget it. She became rude and horrible claiming how many million EUR she runs and how we're wrong

6. Rooms are not for the claustrofobic types, as there's only a tiny vent where air gets in. Otherwise you're in a cave.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
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Kitchener
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2010

We ended our Honeymoon month with a stay here at Above Blue suites. We stayed in the Siren Suite. George and staff were super helpful from the moment we signed in, to the moment we left. The views, unbelievable. The food, perfection.
It's a slight walk to Fira, so if you have bad knees or not prone to long walks, you may want to rent a vehicle or taxi to Fira. It's maybe 10 mins. walk up and down stairs and cliffside terrace's. There is nothing better than waking up to a gourmet breakfast on your balcony high above the sea. Nothing compares!
We only experiecned 1 issue, which was when we arrived via ferry, the transport I had arranged with Above Blue was not there. To make it worse, nobody in the port had a phone number (ours had been lost) and all the internet connections were down. We had to wait for a taxi driver who knew of Above Blue - as at that time it was still brand new.

Overall. No complaints. Luxurious from start to finish. 5 stars!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Above Blue Suites
Address: Imerovigli 84700, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Above Blue Suites 4*
Number of rooms: 10
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Above Blue Suites represents a new concept of sanctuary where ten suites perched in the highest point of the stiff cliffs, facing the endless blue of the Aegean Sea, combine harmonically the unique architecture of the famous Santorinian caves, with the sophisticated luxury and the particular decoration, offering generously a truly romantic atmosphere. ... more   less 
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