Just come back from a lovely week in Santorini this summer. Was a bit worried about the heat and crowds - but there was a lovely sea breeze and it was not unpleaseantly busy, particularly away from the key central spots.
Villa Ostria is run and owned by Costa a very friendly local greek and his wife who is from Finland. They are genuinely warm and welcoming throughout the stay. The rooms are mini villas with lovely self catering facilities with comfortable dining room lounge areas as well as very clean bathroom and perfectly spacious bedroom area. The rooms are cool and built of thick stonework in a beautifully artistisic and local style, all white washed interiors. They also have air conditioning and a safe included with the price. The rooms all have outdoor balcony areas facing onto the peacful courtyard garden area which Costas lovingly tends each morning. So I can highly recommend this as a place to stay. You can use the pool in the hotel opposite for free or stroll down to the sea which is only 4 minutes walk away.
We booked with them directly - they dont advertise much - so find thier web site on line - it has about three pages with some photos of the villas facing onto the garden courtyard made up with crazy paving. On it you will find the email and they are quite quick to respond and then you can confirm your reservation directly with them and you just pay when you are there. It is one of the cheapest places - as it does not have its own pool and it is not located on the sea front. Cost about 60 euros a night for two people in their peak season.
Kamari is a nice relaxing and reasonably sophisticated little resort. There are lots of places to eat on the sea front, some specialise in fresh fish, others do nice fresh pasta and some have stone ovens for pizza - so it is pretty clear what they specialise in. We are vegetarian and found lots of the greek food great - particularly the tapas/ appetisers which were large enough for a meal.
Another highlight was the open air cinema which is about a ten minute walk out of Kamari on the main road. It is beautifully designed and a really fun expereince. Get there early and see the silent movies before the film and enjoy their cocktails.
I hope this informaiton is useful. I really enjoyed staying at villa Ostria and know that there is so little information about it on the internet that I thought I would write this to update the previous reviews.
Submittted by a 35 year old couple from Bath, England
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