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27 reviews
There are pool towels and sun beds by the pool
There is an outdoor sitting area and two outdoor dining areas
On The Rocks Ios Cyclades Greece
The view is breathtaking
There is a spacious lawn garden
The two villas share a swimming pool
The villas are enclosed and private
The entrance
The beach is 5 min walk from the house
The town is 800m five min drive or 15 min stroll
The living room is spacious with flat TV and library
There are four double and two twin bedrooms
All bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms
All bedrooms have a pillow menu to choose from
There are complimentary bathrobes and slippers
The villas are cleaned daily and the bed linen changed twice a week
The villa is air conditioned throughout
The kitchen is fully equipped at a very high standard
Be inspired and stir up a great dish
There are complimentary toiletries
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Villa -
6 Bedrooms, 6 Bathrooms, Sleeps 12
Ios, Cyclades, South Aegean

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Laaahmp
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Paradise”
Reviewed 3 April 2017 for a stay in August 2016
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I stayed at On the Rocks with some friends for two weeks in August 2016 and we absolutely loved our stay.

The Villas themselves are beautiful - they’re spotless and really nicely decorated, with excellent facilities. Looking over Valmas beach and across to Sikinos, the views are really special. We enjoyed being able to eat dinner whilst watching the sun go down, and afterwards spend the evening under the stars.

What is more, the Villas are only a 15 minute walk from Chora. We were a group of 6 friends in their early twenties, so being close to restaurants and bars was perfect for us. The Villas would be a great place for families to stay as well - a real home-from-home!

John and Emmanuela and their team are really welcoming and were fantastic hosts. They helped us by booking ferries, picking us up from the port and recommending beaches, bars, and even places on the Island that other tourists don’t get to see. We even sat with them for dinner a few times, and it was nice to meet hosts that were so personable. They clearly love what they have created in On the Rocks, and it really shows with the quality of service they provide.

The island itself is a real hidden gem. The beaches in Ios have to be Greece’s best kept secret. Whether you want to enjoy the rugged tranquillity of Kalamos, soak up the sun on Manganari or spend an afternoon in the bars on Mylopotas, Ios will not disappoint. The food on the island is incredible – One recommendation would be Koumbara fish restaurant by the beach. Beautiful seafood and a great atmosphere.

We were really lucky to have the chance to stay at On the Rock, and will certainly be making a visit again in the future.

Thanks John & Emmanuela

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Management Response
4 Apr 2017
Thank you for your kind words and wonderful review. It was a pleasure to have you as our guest. We are very happy you've enjoyed your stay at "On The Rocks" and had a great time with your friends. Ios is indeed a hidden gem and we are glad you've had the opportunity to discover some of its beautiful aspects. We wish you all the very best and hope to see you again.

Best regards,
John and Emmanuela
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A TripAdvisor Member
Sydney, Australia
1 review
“A great holiday? No...it was absolutely FABULOUS!!!!!!!”
Reviewed 14 October 2016 for a stay in August 2016

When booking a holiday for the family to all meet together on the other side of the world you secretly hope that what you have chosen from the web site does actually materialise into the perfect vacation. On the Rocks exceeded EVERY expectation.......stunning location, fabulous accomodation and our hosts, Yannis & Emanuella, made our vacation seem like staying with friends!
The sparkling pool, the crisp and beautifully appointed townhouses, Jalena our amazing maid, the outdoor wood fired pizza oven and the winding garden path to our "own" Valmas beach with its cute taverna plus a hundred other things just all added up to the most amazing holiday we could ever hope for.........when our 2 week vacation reluctantly came to a close we knew we had enjoyed something truly special because as the taxi arrived to take us to the port, we didn't say goodbye to our gracious hosts, we said "see you next time" :)

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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Management Response
16 Oct 2016
Dear Mark,

Thank you very much for your lovely review. It was a great pleasure to me you, Nicole and the rest of the family and friends and to have you as our guests.
You were wonderful guests and we hope to have the opportunity to meet again in the future.

All the very best,
Yannis and Emmanuela
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Silvia S
Novara, Italy
Level 6 Contributor
124 reviews
35 hotel reviews
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“...a magic sea view”
Reviewed 14 September 2016 for a stay in September 2016

An amazing solution in Ios. We stay with our friends in September. The position is spectacular, closed to chora and with a magical sea view. The villa is big, well cared, bright. There are two double room, a children bedroom and a play room for babies. The pool is large and with different deep. All around villa there is a green grass, great for children.
The kitchen and the bathrooms are large, modern, well equipped, clean. Every day was done cleaning the villa and the pool. Emmamuela and his housband are very kindly and hospitable and their beautiful villa had helped make our holiday wonderful.

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Management Response
15 Sep 2016
Dear Silvia,

Thank you for your kind words. It was a great pleasure to have you as our guests and we are delighted you had a wonderful holiday!!
Hope to see you again sometime in future!!

All the very best,
Yannis and Emmanuela
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Ursula M
Schlieren, Switzerland
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
31 hotel reviews
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“Extra ordinary service, wonderful house with superb view”
Reviewed 11 August 2016 for a stay in July 2016

Service: First of all I would like to mention the absolutely outstanding service Emanuela and Yannis gave to us - this was unbelievable. The house is cleaned outside in the mornings, when the maid is bringing the bread and water for the day. We got to try several greek dishes and got some wines as a welcome present. Really outstanding. In the afternoons, the house was cleaned and the beds were done. The retired Greek-English couple did everything to make you feel comfortable, better than in any 5 star Hotel.
Location: The house is located above the Little beach Valmas (7 minutes to walk down, some more to walk up) and about 15 minutes walking from the Chora. By car it takes about 3 minutes - a car is highly recommendable, but there are very frequent buses from Chora to the bigger beaches. The house is situated on top of a hill with no neighbouring houses - very nice. No direct sunset view, but in the morning you can see the sun rise. The gardening (nice gras and plants) makes the sunbathing near the pool very nice. Bigger beaches are within 10 minutes drive.
House: The furniture is chosen with lots of taste and local touch. The bedrooms on the second Floor (in each of the two houses) are of a nice size. There is a/c over the whole house, but it was very windy (not s hot also during the day, which we enjoyed), so we did not use it. On the first floor the bedroom is very nice, but small. The children's bedroom is a little dark, the beds are separated and can not be combined. There is though a playroom where you can store your luggage and extra things, if not needed in the room. Very convenient. Also the washing machine can be used, which is comfortable during a long vacation.
Ios: Offers really a lot. We were so surprised and pleased - good restaurants like the Katogi, excellent beaches like the Mylopotas and cheap Prices. We went alos to the Pathos club and had a good laugh (we are in our 50ies and the crowd there is vey young..)..My husband is not so fond of beaches and could go to drive 4 by 4 and enjoyed himself a lot. We also rented twice a boat with George - once to Sikinos, which is not very recommendable, as not so interesting and once to the South Ios, this is well worth it. There are a lot of secluded beaches, which are very nice to visit.
Ferry: This is an issue... Try to fly to Santorini (we flew to Mykonos and there are not so many Ferries...), where it is calmer (Airport is smaller) and there are a lot more ferries to Ios. Don't book them too early - there were lots of space left this year in all classes despite the high Season - the ferry schedule changes all the time and it is almost impossible to change tickets (the ferry companies just change your Travel times without asking and then it is almost impossible to change...), Shop around for the ferry tickets as the Prices for the same ferry vary significantly. The link which is on the Homepage of On the rocks leads to the Travel agent Acteon (is located on Ios). Stefano has good Prices, but the service is not the best (we had another Travel agent as well, which had difficluties as well....). In order not to loose too much money, I would book the ferries only 1 or 2 months ahead.
Groceries: There are 2 butchers in the old town - you get every kind of meat, but you need to ask (they have only a very small selection in the window of the shop). You can also get meat in the Supermarket at the port. Fish can be bought in the bigger butcher shop in the old town. The fish shop near the port has hardly any fish for shoppers, all go to the restaurants.There are 3 grocery stores - the one on the port is very frequented, the Aegean Market near the Chora is very organised (I liked it best) and then Rolan, which had not a lot of fresh fruits or vegetables - all the rest was very good. Vegetables can be bought also in the old town of Chora. here is an excellent bakery in the Chora and near the port (where you even can buy ice cream cake). You can really get everything on Ios to cook your own meals.
Summary: I celebrated my birthday and invited several friends and Family and all of them loved the house, the Island and Overall the superb service of Emmanuela and Yannis (and of course of Alina and her colleague, who cleaned the house daily). Thanks a lot for this memorable time !

Travelling group: Großer Gruppe
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Management Response
13 Aug 2016
Dear Ursula,
Thank you for your kind words. It was great meeting you all. We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay at "On The Rocks" and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.

Best regards,
Yannis & Emmanuela
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Annas1335
Munich, Germany
1 review
“An unforgettable getaway”
Reviewed 9 June 2016 for a stay in May 2016

"On the rocks" is an amazing property, with many different facilities. The owners Yannis and Emmanuela welcomed us warmly. I went with a group of friends during the end of may 2016. The house is close to the city of Ios, Chora (walking distance) and to many beaches.

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Management Response
10 Jun 2016
Dear Anna,
Thank you for your kind words!!
It was a pleasure to welcome you and your fiends at "On The Rocks" and to know that you had a memorable holiday. We hope to see you again sometime in future!!

Best regards,
Yannis & Emmanuela
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