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Santo Miramare Resort
Ranked #2 of 11 Hotels in Perivolos
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New York City, New York
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“Highly reccomended”
Reviewed July 16, 2012

My wife an I stayed at the Santo Mira  resort from July 4 - 8 and we couldn't have asked for more. The resort is located on the perissa side of the island, which is much more intimate than fira and oia, plus youre rit in front of the beach. The resort has three clean pools and and clean rooms, which goes a long way with my wife. The owner, dimitri, and his staff were absolutely amazing, especially at the restaurant. The breakfast buffet is exactly what you need to start the day and the dinner buffet is worth it. Our waiter reserved our table for us every night and held onto our bottle of wine from the night before. One more thing, keep an eye out for when billy brown (live entertainment) plays.

Overall, my experience here was fantastic and wouldn't hesitate to return.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 10, 2012

I just got back from week vacation at Santo Miramare which was a fantastic time for us. The hotel itself is neat and clean with welcoming and helpful staff at all positions (reception, poolbar, restaurant, cleaning...). The pool area is spacious and has 3 nice pools plus a smaller jacuzzi type one so there is enough room for everyone.
Sunbeads were never an issue, always enough to pick from both at pool area and the beach regardless of time of day. We had 1st floor double room which was neat and clean with nice balcony facing the pool area which we used a lot.
All the time we experienced quiet and non-crowded time, either there weren't so many guests or the facilities were well balanced but either way that suited us perfectly as we came for relaxing vacation. The location of hotel is in the more quiet end of Perivolos so you are small walking distance away from restaurants and beach bars and even further away from the restaurants in Perissa, but that we saw as a plus since that meant more quiet neighbourhood. We were one day in Kamari and that is more busy area with hotel poolgardens reaching directly into the strand promenade which we were glad we didn't book as we were originally considering.
We didn't feel much like working out in the gym due to the heat and other explorations during day but we had a look and tried it out. It is pretty low key with running band, cycle, rowing machine, crosstrainer and multimachine. They were all bit worn out, squeeky and seen the best of their days.
The staff at the reception was friendly and helpful answearing inquiries regarding rentals, tours etc. But I would do some checking of price first as for example car hire you can get much cheaper just down the road - we hired car for 2 days at the small family company Heriz (note: you will only need 3 gears on the small roads of Santorini)

Few minor downsides or things that could be better:
- (biggest downside) On the beach one is constantly harressed by bypassing salespeople of massage, sunglasses, cd's etc
- no internet in the rooom (despite what the booking agency said), but if you are close by the reception you can get signal on your balkony
- there was no "do not disturb" signs which would have been useful for times like we had massage ordered to our room. But the reception took care of that so that cleaning would enter happen during our massage

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 9, 2012

Stayed at Santo Miramare with my two sons for 5 or 6 days. The problem with this hotel is the rooms -- they're sparse, sad and totally lacking in comfort. The furniture is very basic. The beds are too low and the mattresses are like concrete. You really don't want to spend any time in these rooms -- they are horrible. The aircons in our rooms worked OK. The pool area is really nice, with several pools and plenty of loungers. Access to the beach is easy -- right in front of the hotel. Some great restaurants on the beach. Good but costly watersports available but not from the hotel. Staff are very obliging and friendly. Breakfast is pretty basic fare. Friendly and efficient pool bar provides the basics -- snacks and drinks. Wouldn't go back just because the rooms are so awful.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Solihull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 8, 2012

My wife and I stayed here for two weeks on a half-board basis from 19th June to 3rd July 2012. We had a lower ground floor 'Junior Suite' with a large patio area outside the front door which was not overlooked. The hotel was spotless and the staff were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay.
This hotel is not wheelchair friendly as there are quite a few steps around the complex albeit on level ground, but the staff were always very willing to carry the guests luggage if required.

My main concern is it's location. Perivolos is quite remote compared with the more established resorts such as Perissa and Kamari and would benefit from more investment such as additional hotels/shops. There are only two mini-markets and one beach shop in the resort so apart from walking up and down the very quiet beach road, there isn't much to do here during the evening. If you turn right out of the hotel gate some of the bars/restaurants are quite attractive but were almost empty most of the time we were there. If you turn left towards Perissa some of the bars are quite shabby and again were deserted.
The hotels beach was handy but the 'sand' is made up of rough crushed volcanic rock so wooden board-walks are laid over it. We did spend a few day's on the beach but found that the beach sellers were quite a nuisance as they seem to walk up and down all day long, continually pestering the holidaymakers. There were several large open rubbish bins along the road lining the beach and quite a bit of rubbish thrown into the vacant fields alongside it which spoilt the resort for us.
Although the hotel is lovely I can't help thinking that the owners may have regretted building it in this resort eight years ago, as the basic and sometimes tatty surroundings do let it down.

Overall, we had a nice holiday with beautiful weather but were very disappointed with the resort. We loved Thira and Oia but the beach resorts need smartening-up to live up to the islands sophisticated reputation. The next time I visit this island will be from a cruise ship for a day trip as it is far too basic for my tastes.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 7, 2012

My wife and myself stayed here for the 3rd week in June 2012, and really enjoyed it, we wish we had stayed for two weeks. We booked a half-board package through Thomas Cook.

The weather was 25C to 30C with no clouds, but a persistent wind. This came from the north, so being a south facing resort it didn’t affect us too much. You can get a detailed weather forecast for days ahead from accuweather.com (Search for Thira).

The official Greek rating for the hotel is ‘A’ class, which I guess makes it 4-star? It was well up on par with other Mediterranean 4-star beach hotels we have stayed at.

The hotel is in a quiet, peaceful location. There is little to do in the locality of the hotel, so if it’s nightclubs, tourist shops, bars, arcades and the like that you are after it is not the place for you.

It it's quiet peaceful and relaxing you want then this is the place for you!

The nearest supermarket is some 500 yards away down a road between some fields. The nearest bus stop is outside this supermarket.

The actual location of the hotel is given on the excellent detailed 1:25,000 German map (with English names as well) of ‘Santorin’ (sic) from Reise Know How. I got my copy from Amazon. The map also contains street maps of Perissa, Fira, Kamari, Imerovigli and Ia. Also it has annotated plans of the archaeological sites of Akrotiri and Ancient Thira.

From the map you can see that the hotel is on the beach 3km west from the landing stage at Perissa, in the sub district of Agios Georgios in Perivolos.

The hotel is low rise with 3 floors. The ground floor is actually slightly below ground level. The grounds are well manicured and kept clean with plenty of space. (See photos).

It isn’t wheelchair friendly.

The hotel is child friendly with lots of clear space to run around by the pools, and a children’s pool. But there is little for kids, or teenagers, to do outside the hotel, though there is a Water Park half an hour’s walk away in Perissa. (We didn’t go and have a look).

There are two adult pools, one of which is big enough to do lengths in. It’s quite deep at one end. There is also a large whirlpool by the bar.

There was only entertainment one night at the bar (Billy Braun – he was quite good we thought), but this may have been because Euro 2012 was on and that was showing on a screen at the bar most nights.

The private beach is very quiet with waiter bar service. It has coarse black/grey sand but with pebbles by the sea edge which makes it difficult to get in and out of the sea, which shelves quite steeply. I didn’t see any kids on the beach, and you couldn’t make sandcastles out of the sand, even if it was cool enough! The sea was amazingly clear.

Being a private beach it doesn’t get overrun at the weekend.

There are plenty of sun loungers to go around on both the beach and around the pools.

There are some water sports down the beach, but again, not many takers while we were there.

We had a junior suite on the middle floor (see photos), which was clean and tidy with plenty of storage space. For some bizarre reason it had a kitchenette. (Why?). Perhaps it was in case we felt the need to rustle up a quick kleftico! The fridge was useful.

There was no mini-bar in the room. Air conditioning was controlled by a remote control which needed a degree in I.T. to fathom out, but seemed to be efficient. The TV had 2 English language channels: BBC World News and CNN.

There is a small gym (see photo) with a sauna. Equipment has controls in English.

There is free WiFi, with no password, which operates in reception. (Range doesn’t extend to the rooms). My Smartphone picked it up OK after a pause. There are also Internet PCs in reception at a fee. (4 euros per hour?). The reception area is quite large and comfortable, and has a bar, but this is only open in bad weather.

If you come out the beach entrance to the hotel and turn left you can walk to Perissa along the beach road in 30 mins. First bar on the left is Kelly’s Bar which belts out thumping music. It didn’t seem to have many takers, except at the weekend when it was infested with locals and the volume goes up.

If you turn right out the beach entrance things are a bit more up-market with some nice bars and restaurants, including one that is in an old converted factory with a tall chimney. We were half board so didn’t eat out, but other guests said the ‘Sea Side’ restaurant was very good. The beach road in this direction peters out after about 500 yards, but it looks like there might be a nice path leading to the tiny port of Vlichada.

If you are thinking of booking half board check the price. Eating in the hotel restaurant only costs 15 euros each.

We were happy with the food in the restaurant. There was quite a variety of dishes, and none of them fell below par. If red wine is your thing we recommend the ‘Atlantis’ wine.

Breakfast had the usual fry up, as well as more continental fare. We like Greek food and there were dolmades on the buffet, so I was in my element :-)

The hotel staff are polite and friendly. Once I had said kalispera to one of the waiters I had a friend for life and he started teaching me Greek. I can now talk my way out of anything.

We hired a car for 2 days. Driving on Santorini is quite laid back.

We drove up to Ancient Thera from Kamari. I suggest you read my TripAdvisor review. (Search for ‘Ancient Thera’). All I’ll say here about it is NOT to drive up the zig-zag road to it like we did! (My wife is still on tranquilisers :-)

We drove to Fira Town. There is a large car park just as you arrive in the town (indicated by the usual ‘P’), on the right, opposite the pharmacy, just before you get to the hospital. This is close to the Pre-History Museum containing artefacts and wall paintings from Akrotiri. At the other end of town, near the top cable car station, is the Archaeology Museum containing artefacts from Ancient Thera.

Fira Town is a nice place with great views, well worth a visit.

We took a Thomas Cook guided tour of Akrotiri which also took in the traditional village of Megalochori, the mountain top of Profitis Ilias (with fantastic views across the island), and an evening in Fira Town for the sunset. We ate at the Agora Restaurant in Fira watching the sun do down, where my wife said it was the best Greek meal ever, though by then the wine was kicking in. We had the set Greek Platter for two which seemed to contain everything.

Akrotiri has only been open a couple of months. There are no guides of any description yet and there are only one or two notices. So it’s best to book an organised tour for the time being. It was noticeable that the group following our guide around was much bigger at the end than when she started! The site was bigger than I expected and worth the visit. I read somewhere that it will take another 200 years to fully excavate at the current rate. I’m reminded of Pompeii, but unlike Pompeii it’s in better condition, and is in a covered building against the elements.

Would we go back to the hotel? The answer is yes definitely, we would stay here, if we went to Santorini again.

Only downside to Santorini is the airport. Arrivals are OK, smooth and no problem, but departures are chaos. It can’t seem to cope with the check-in load. Having checked in we then had to carry our hold luggage to the x-ray point. We were told that the duty free area after security was small, and advised to go and have a coffee in one of the two tavernas just outside the terminal, and wait until we saw our plane landing (!). Once through security the duty free area is plainly not big enough to hold a plane load of passengers, so the queue between security and boarding gate snaked all around the duty free and sitting area.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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Studley, Warks UK
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Reviewed July 5, 2012

Good quality accommodation. Rooms cleaned every day. Bedding and towels changed every day. 3 nice pools and grounds. Enough sunbeds. Own beach across quiet road with own sunbeds and beach waiter service.
Breakfasts very good. Buffet style evening buffet very good value @ 15E/person
Also good choice of other tavernas within 1 mile of hotel.
Good for families but no kids playground.

Room Tip: All rooms are sea and pool facing. Better views from first floor
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Reviewed July 3, 2012

We needed a place to chill. This is a good place to do that. We rented a car so we can visit the the more hectic Fira and other Santorini sites. It was nice to come back where we could relax and breathe. Service, breakfast, and pools were awesome. There are a few restaurants along the beach but nothing like Fira. If you are looking for a place where there is more excitement then I would suggest finding a place in Fira.

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Property: Santo Miramare Resort
Address: Perivolos Emboriou, Perivolos 847 03, Greece
Location: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Perivolos
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#1 Luxury Hotel in Perivolos
#2 Family Hotel in Perivolos
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Perivolos
#4 Romantic Hotel in Perivolos
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Hotel Class:4 star — Santo Miramare Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 115
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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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