We loved everything about this hotel! The hotel feels quite new, is spotless, beautifully situated with a fabulous pool and poolside lounge area, very quiet and relaxing. The gardens and greenery are beautiful as are all the little details. Eating breakfast on the veranda surrounded by flowering trees.
The hotel staff helped us to organize car rental for a day and a day trip to the volcano and hot springs on a boat. Our rental car was delivered to the hotel and we drove up the switchback to ancient Thira (it is right across the road from the hotel). It is a long steep drive back and forth to get tthe the top then we had a hot hike to the top of Thira and conveniently could stop back at the hotel for a swim before heading out in our car to see the island. Renting a car on Santoroni is perfect, it is small enough to tour in a day, stop along the way and ee the fantastic views, and end up at Oia to see the sunset. We found a fantastic little beach and bar called "The Wave Bar" for lunch.
Taking the bus into Thira was easy and cheap $1.40 per person. but the area around Kamira is also very nice to enjoy for an evening, walk along the boardwalk to see the shops and restaurants.
We really enjoyed our boat tour day, it actually picked us up right in front of the hotel. I would look into a tour with a smaller group next time as several boats were following the same route and it was a bit busy but okay, the hardest part about the larger group was that the tour guide announced everything in so many languages that she was always talking away on the speaker -until we dropped most passengers off at Oia at tthe end of the day. I would not choose this option myself as you get dropped off with a few hours to see Oia and the sunset but you have all of you daygear to carry and we were already very tired in the heat. Seeing the caldera from the boat was fantastic (the wooden boats are actually quite beautiful) and the ride back to port after dropping the others at Oia was the most relaing part of the boat trip.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Matina is in a quiet flower garden with swimming pool & pool bar, only 2 minutes walk to the beach, in a nice central location of Kamari next to shops, restaurants & bus stop. Feel at "home away from home" according to our repeating visitors & enjoy our fresh buffet breakfast overlooking to pool. There is 24-hours reception, Internet service. Transfers from airport/port on request. Tastefully decorated combining traditional & modern style in elegance! SEND AN EMAIL directly to the hotel for the lowest prices with TRIPADVISOR SPECIAL OFFER ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Matina Hotel Kamari
- Hotel Matina Santorini/Kamari