My wife, 8 month old son and I stayed at the Santo Miremare in May 2011 for 1 week. We had visited before, 6 years ago when the hotel first opened and knew it would be a good option for our first holiday away with Alex. We had a great holiday and cannot recommend the hotel highly enough. I hope my comments on the various aspects of the hotel and on the resort in general are useful:
I’ve put this first because the level of warmth and hospitality we were shown by all the staff at the hotel was amazing. From day one, they all welcomed us and especially Alex like he was part of their family. It was genuine warmth and really was a pleasure to meet so many good-hearted people. Without missing anyone out (sorry) Yannis at breakfast service, Adonnis at the pool bar, the lovely lady at the pool bar whose name now I’m sorry escapes me but begins with a P (Paulinis?) I think and is married to Yannis, Vincent, and the young guy who does portering and maintenance were all particularly hospitably and happy to see us. Yannis would even take Alex for few mins while we ate our brekkie, which they both enjoyed equally! It’s strange in a way seeing men so happy and keen to interact with a baby. Back in the UK, most men are very standoffish in that way, especially younger men, but in Greece it must be the big family culture. Really refreshing to see. Yannis also offered to give us a lift in his car anywhere we needed once he finished his shift if we needed any items for Alex. He had heard us say we needed more baby wipes.
Hotel spotless everywhere, very high standards.
Always polite, friendly and helpful. Was usually a young guy who looks like the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, or a suited and booted slightly older man.
This is one of the big draws of the hotel. Very spacious pool and sunbathing area, the biggest I’ve seen in all out travels to the Greek Islands and perfect if you hate crowded poolsides. There were always plenty of sunbeds and didn’t seem to be many ‘towlers’! There are two adult pools, one kids pool and a bubble pool/Jacuzzi. The water was beautiful, clean and clear and not chemically. Only thing is, they were cold – too cold for Alex unfortunately – but this was due to it being early season and no fault of the hotel. Not a problem for adults but something we’ll need to consider when planning a holiday in future as we had been looking forward to getting Alex swimming. Solution is to wait till June when they will have warmed up enough for babies. Towels for the pool are available at reception. The pool bar is great, lovely setting and as mentioned – brilliant staff. It does a nice ice cold pint of Mythos the Greek lager (great lager by the way). Food a bit pricy at the pool bar I have to say but if you want cheaper you can always stroll to a local tavern.
We got room 222 on the first floor. Lovely, clean and spacious. Ours had a kitchen unit which we wanted for preparing bottles etc. I may be wrong, but it seems these family rooms are all on level 1 which means carrying the buggy up about 10 steps. Not a problem for us but just be aware if booking a family room with kitchen that if you specifically want a ground floor room then you may have to query this in advance.
Room serviced every day, cleaned thoroughly by friendly local ladies. Leave a good tip, they deserve it.
You can sit indoors or outdoors which is nice to have the choice. Main staff member Yannis is a star as described above. What a happy, genuine guy. The other staff – 2 girls – were also great – very attentive and friendly in a quieter way. Choice and quality of food was excellent with cereals, fruit, cooked items, cold meat, cheese, yogurt and honey etc and regular coffee top-ups. Couldn’t fault it.
Internet access charged at 5 euro for 90 mins and fast connection. I used it to watch Rangers beat Celtic to the SPL on the final day of the season – most satisfying. Free sunbeds on the beach.
Because it’s at the higher end of the market, other holidaymakers all seemed decent. Nice and quiet and friendly. A mix of British, Germans, American, Asians and Scandenavians so nice to hear the various accents and meet people from different places. Just before we left a flightload from Manchester came in and I have to say there were one or two loudmouths amongst them. You know the type – they commondeer a space by the pool like it’s their private villa and don’t limit the decibels for anyone. Not a problem though, poolside big enough to ignore them and as I say were the exception rather than the rule. We met some really nice people while we were there.
As mentioned we’ve been to the area before so knew what to expect. We were early season this time so it was quiet but still a good number of tavernas to choose from. If you like more things to do that restaurants and a few bars then you may find it too quiet. But that’s all we want on holiday. If you want Sky Sports bars and re-runs of Only Fools and Horses then head to the nightmare that is Tsilivi in Zante. The hotel is officially in Perolivos, but this merges with Perissa as you walk along the shore road. Give about 25 mins to walk the full length to the rock at the end of the strip from where you can get the boat to the more trashy Kamari. We enjoyed regular walks up until an incident detailed below. Restaurants all very high standard. Special mention to the beautiful Mary and the staff at the restaurant immediately to the right of Santo Mire Mare. Great food and brilliant people.
I wasn’t sure whether to include this as I don’t want to put people off but I do feel it’s worth sounding a note of caution. About 3 nights in to our week, we walked along the shore road as usual (to the left of the hotel) for dinner. It was dark when we finished and as we walked home we noticed up ahead a man walking along who all of a sudden was faced by two dogs barking aggressively at him. One was an Alsation and one a fierce cross bull terrier looking thing. Almost immediately after this, a man cycled past on a bike and again the dogs became aggressive, this time chasing the bike. This was enough to put my wife off walking along the road at night again. The dogs in question were clearly guard dogs as there seemed to be a man ‘controlling them’. However, they were off the lease and we did wonder what would happen if they decided they didn’t like Alex’s buggy for example. We simply couldn’t take the chance. Perhaps we overreacted but once you see that type of behaviour from a dog it unnerves you. I hope the issue is quickly addressed by local business owners and perhaps the Santo Miremare have a part they can play here, making it known to the dog owners that this is unacceptable or simply poisoning the mutts might be the simpler solution. I should say, during the day, the dogs in question seem to be tethered and out of the equation – it’s only at night they roam and I stress we didn’t see them attack anyone, it just left a questionmark in our head.
A brilliant hotel and a great place to go if you want a quiet relaxing holiday with a warm welcome. Extremely highly recommended. If you can, visit the other side of the island too to see the volcanic rocks and caldera that Santorini is famous for.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Santo Miramare is a fine luxury resort next to the black sandy beach of Perivolos. The absolute destination for families, group of friends, honeymooners or anyone who desires a highly standard accommodation in a traditionally built resort that offers everything the world famous island of Santorini is promising for. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Santo Miramare Hotel Perivolos
- Hotel Santo Miramare
- Santo Miramare Resort Santorini/Perivolos