We have just returned from a wonderful 6 day experience with Despina and her team at this beautiful location. We have travelled widely and never ever before have we began planning to return before we have completed our holiday! We had the White Suite from 28th August to 3rd September and it truly was everything promised and more.
The suite was extremely comfortable with a king sized bed, made up each day with pristine linen. The bathroom has a large walk-in rainforest shower with a fabulous view of the sunset over the caldera. Towels and robes were changed twice daily. Toiletries were plentiful and local products which we welcome.
Also provided was a small kitchenette with a full fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and 2 ring hotplate. A full set of crockery, cutlery and stemware was also supplied. This facility would have been adequate to prepare simple meals which we did not utilise as:
a) the small (Despina's description) complimentary breakfast was huge!
b) the poolside lunch plates were enormous and a couple need to only order for one!
c) the complimentary afternoon tea had us fit to burst
d) the complimentary canapes and pre-dinner drinks meant we really did not need starters in the wonderful restaurants recommended by the team.
e) the daily 'gifts' of food and drinks left at turn down such as chocolates, champange, fresh fruit meant that we were sometimes 'scared to come back'!
To conclude on food, my only complaint is I have now had to join a well known weight reduction programme!
The large terrace was more than sufficient to enable a good sized table for breakfast, made up with high quality linen each morning. Sun loungers were also freshly made up each day. If all of this was not enough, this suite also comes with exclusive use of a private garden and hot tub on a lower level.
Poolside, the location and provision of loungers is excellent. We spent 2 full days relaxing by the pool and the service from all the staff is in our opinion, unobtrusive and incomparable. Complimentary cold drinks, cold towels, fresh towels all appeared as if by magic.
Regarding the location, it could not have been better. The local buses stop a few minutes walk from the apartments and the timetable was very good with buses to Fira or Oia every 30 minutes or so. A flat fare of 1.6 euro seemed to us to be very good value. Taxis were also good value to Fira at a flat fare of 6 euro. However, the Anastasis team also provide a courtesy car service to and from local restaurants which to us was beyond the call of duty! We dined at Argo in Fira, Vanillia in Firostefani, Blue Note and La Maison in Imerovigli and 1800 in Oia. These restaurants represent a mix of mid to high end prices and all of them were excellent.
Overall, we were overwhelmed at how exceptional this small 'hotel' is. There is excellent and then there is beyond excellence! Anastsais is beyond, beyond beyond.........Mid way thorough our stay, we felt compelled to remark to Despina that we have only ever used one hotel that came close to her establishment. We now revise that view to Anastasis is absolutely the best ever!!
- Also Known As:
- Anastasis Apartments Imerovigli
- Anastasis Apartments Hotel Imerovigli
- Anastasis Apartments Santorini/Imerovigli, Greece