Are the owners, staff and support crew REALLY that good - as you've already read? Well yes, they are.
Is this the way every holiday hotel should be run - with guests considerations first and last? Yes it most definitely is.
Can I really add anything to the ever growing mound of superlatives building here on Trip Advisor? Not really.
Getting up at 0530am to "towel up" your sunbed of choice. Is that mad? Clearly. But Spiros assures us that by 2014 the 28 room hotel will have at LEAST 29 double sunbeds - so if he delivers - no problem on that score. And that would be my only negative. Well maybe breakfast wise - for me it could be more Greek, maybe a choice of juice. Some tomato balls, lumps of feta, ditch the hotdogs, bring out some fish, or olives. Oh, I don't know.
But I can just say the following...
On a personal note...
here are 10 things that I love about Hotel28, Kamari, Santorini - on my first visit.
1.the hotel is very nearly faultless.
2.the espresso served poolside is better than 95/100 restaurants in the UK. Straight up.
3.Santorini is so much better value than I had feared. For all it's picture postcard blues and whites (which are MORE vibrant in the flesh), we never ever felt ripped off. Well apart from that reflexology session up the hill at "Suites of the Gods"....but that's another story.
4.with the exception of "Peros", you will struggle to find a bad meal.
5.Kamari, despite being on the airport's approach path, and despite being stuffed full of bars and shops and restaurants, and despite the large number of holiday makers there - still retains a cool, calm, well turned out air about herself. In a lot of ways, being baseing yourself on the East coast - and occasionally venturing onto the caldera side - IS the way to do it.
6.Spiros and the girls have kindness running through their veins. Obviously, being a boy, I would never shed a tear - but the thoughtfulness of bubble-wrapping up a pair of "donkey" glasses on departure very nearly got through my English reserve! Thank you Demetria.
7.in 7 days we genuinely never saw a single coud, ever. On my kids' lives.
8.if you could invent a drug called relaxation it would be how I felt most days, around 2 in the afternoon, snoozing and reading and swimming and drinking and snoozing....
9.the yellow, red and "crazy" donkey beers - brewed a mile up the road - are climatically perfect.
10.when Hazel cries on departure - I know something special has just happened.
She is my barometer, very very rarely wrong.
I adore this hotel.
...but I'll leave it at that. But I could go on - a LOT!
Was I dubious when I read the high level of praise on TA? I was.
Do the 150+ 5 star ratings overstate the uniqueness of this place? No, not at all.
Do we ever return to a hoiliday venue? other than Vegas, no.
Would I return to the Hotel 28 family - like a shot.
Have I already booked to return later on this year? I have.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel 28 Santorini/Kamari