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“A fantastic 50th Anniversary at Heaven on Earth”
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Perivolas
Ranked #18 of 56 Hotels in Oia
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New York City, New York
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“A fantastic 50th Anniversary at Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed 21 October 2011

We recently spent a wonderful five nights at Perivolas. There’s no question about rating them excellent, but the place is definitely not for everyone. Luxurious in an understated casual way, absolutely yes; but swanky, no. If you would prefer a Saab or an Audi to a Cadillac Escalade, or San Francisco to the Las Vegas strip, you would love Perivolas. We’ve traveled widely, we’ve stayed in many nice places, but we tend to avoid the showy, the pretentious, and look for places with more personality and friendliness.

Some would find the cave rooms; dark, oppressive, and sterile. We loved the cool minimalism, the simple and well chosen colors, the comfortable bed. Some would not like walking up the equivalent of four stories to get to the pool and restaurant from their room, we marveled at the ever-changing view and the beauty of the stairs themselves winding their way in curves over the roofs of other rooms. Some commentators have mentioned the pool was too small; too small for what? Olympic swim meets, no way, but for sheer prettiness, there’s no where better to sit and chat or read or swim or have a snack. I’m a person that normally doesn’t like spending a lot of time in a hotel when there’s places to see and things to do, but here I looked forward every day to coming back and spending a few hours vegging around the pool or on our room terrace.

We ate dinner there the first night, and it was great. We would have eaten there again out last night except we were asked out by new friends we had made. The food was simple, well prepared, and delicious. We looked forward to the breakfast buffet every morning; the Greek yogurt, the honey, the fresh fruits, the musli, the pastries, the fresh eggs and omelets.

The staff was always there, but never in your face. Towels were changed twice daily. They arranged a rental car for us one day, and a semi-private catamaran cruise of the caldera another. They gave us tips on restaurants and places to see. Just nice, nice people.

P.S. We walked from the hotel in Oia along the edge of the Caldera to Imervogli. This is an absolutely spectacular walk of about 5-6 miles, some of it pretty tiring climbing, but one of those experiences of a lifetime and not to be missed. We took the bus back. Our new friends did it in reverse and found it a little less strenuous because Imervogli is somewhat higher than Oia, but there are still some big hills in between.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Adelaide, Australia
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Reviewed 11 October 2011

We recently spent 4 nights at Perivolas. We loved the simple, elegant cavelike rooms, they blended in beautifully with the surrounds. It was very quiet and peaceful, with the most stunning views of the caldera, this is obviously why it is so expensive. The service was unobtrusive but staff were friendly and there for any needs or advice about things to see locally. We received a champagne cocktail on arrival, also a carafe of local vin santo in our room and home made chocolates left after the twice daily room clean. Breakfast was excellent, with delicious greek yoghurt, local honey, fresh fruit, a selection of freshly made on premises sweet and savoury pastries and eggs cooked however you like, all while looking out over the spectacular view of the pool and caldera (or you could eat on your private balcony). We also reserved a private table for two in a little alcove by the pool for dinner one night. The food and service were exceptional, I would definitely recommend having a meal here. It is only a short walk into the main town of Oia, which is very charming with lots of great places to eat and shop. This was the perfect end to our European holiday and we hated to leave. Would love to come back here one day.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Quatro Barras, PR
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Reviewed 26 September 2011

If you`re looking for a charming, mot inexpensive, place to stay in Santorini, this is your place.
Luxury is not a characteristic, but vey nice service. Exclusive, with tables for two, no one passing by, with an extraordinar view of Caldera.
Having breakfast, a level below the wonderfull swimmingpool is a unique experience.
Location is perfect, as far as you`re with a car or motorbike.
God food.
Rooms are big, bathrooms not. Again, no luxury, but my own cavern was perfect for a romantic night.
If you don't like cats, don`t come!!! They're everywhere, even coming inside yur room.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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NY
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Reviewed 19 September 2011

Just back from 4 great days at Perivolas. First of all, early September is a glorious time to be in Oia -- great weather, everything is still open, but not nearly as crowded as high season. A terrific vacation.

We really enjoyed Perivolas and would go back. We were pretty sure this would be the case after having read the reviews, but we were quite curious what we would ultimately think about the various aspects of the property given that the reviews were somewhat mixed. Here's the truth in our view. For context, we are very seasoned travelers in the US and abroad, have been fortunate to stay in many top-tier properties around the globe, and tend to notice the details. In the end, we suspected that personal tendency toward noticing certain details is probably the reason for the mixed reviews on this property.

The general property is stunning and unique, a classic as others have rightly noted. The pool area, which is the central focus of the hotel, is really nice with a gorgeous view, and the infinity pool is everything you would imagine. It's a pretty quiet and serene setting, with the adults only policy (welcome from our view) and only 17 units on site. The rooms are very nice, generally well kept up (it doesnt feel like a new property, but it doesnt feel poorly maintained), and you'll get a good sense for the aesthetic from the pics online so judge for yourself. We thought they were pretty cool and unique. We lived out of suitcases (Oia is super casual, even at upscale restaurants, so not hard to do) and so we didn't mind the absence of drawers etc. The fact that the shower unavoidably soaks the whole bathroom is an unnecessary and silly design feature with no obvious aesthetic benefit (fix this Perivolas!) as many have noted. Irksome but not the biggest deal in the world for us. Also, if you are picky about your location for laying out by the pool (e,g, do you want access to an umbrella for some shade), you will want to get there on the early side and snag a spot -- only an issue for us once, but a bit disappointing to have to think about this. I suppose keeping the pool area fairly small contributes to the boutique feel of the property, so understandable from our view.

The food was spectacular. Breakfast was good -- we thought not quite to the level that others have written up here -- but very good omelets and the buffet spread with yogurt and fruit etc. was nice. But we did not have a single thing at lunch or dinner that we felt was other than exceptional. While we had a lot of enjoyable means in town, we didn't have any other meals that rivaled the food at Perivolas. Menus are a nice combination of simpler and more complex dishes, lighter/heavier, etc. Fun to explore various restaurants around Oia, but definitely worth having several lunches / dinners here. Book dinner tables in advance for best view.

The one area that stood out for us as a place where improvements easily could and should be made was the service. While it didn't bother us much, we tend to be attentive to this kind of thing, especially when paying these kind of rates. Perivolas was twice the cost of our top-end hotel in Mykonos, for example, and the service was not nearly as good. You would think the property would strive for excellence in this area. The general problem seems to be in staff hiring / training -- they are all quite nice and are trained to be good -- but not excellent. Just a few examples of service lapses: (1) Our "complimentary transfer" from the port was a taxi driver who smoked the whole way to the hotel -- everywhere else we stayed in Greece had a shuttle service. Why not Perivolas, or at least make sure there is quality control if outsourcing this? (2) When we arrived, there were flies in the complimentary vin santo in the room. A bit gross. We asked for this to be changed out, and it eventually was, but there were no apologies at all ; (3) Seems like there is not enough staff generally. For example, we saw one couple lugging in their heavy bags since there was nobody to greet them on arrival. Disappointing at any top-end property, but at a warm-weather resort with a lot of stairs and reception a good distance from the drop-off point, we would have been really annoyed if this were us; (4) When we needed something from time to time (e.g., an ipod dock that we had been told was available, or keys to the rental car that had been arranged), the general presumption was that we would come to reception to get it rather than they would bring it to our room; (5) cleaning staff often talking among each other in an loud and animated manner around the property as they are doing their jobs, disrupting the serenity of the setting. Individually none of this was a big deal, but in general we found indicative of service at a level below the best. Perhaps more importantly, concierge was generally quite helpful. Not perfect (e.g., failed to highlight for us that there would be an extra charge for fuel on our boat trip), but generally quite good.

All this having been said, I don't think there's anywhere better to stay in Oia from all we saw and heard. We had originally considered Katikies as an alternative, and we visited the property to have a look. It was nice, but not nearly as unique a property as Perivolas. The decor felt a bit generic, the environs felt far less boutique-y and private, and the property was much more difficult to navigate. We heard very similar perspectives from others.

So, all in all, from our perspective Perivolas was very good and a special place, and we would go back. However, we were a bit unclear on what to expect in reading the reviews beforehand, so thought this perspective might help clarify for others.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Chicago
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Reviewed 15 September 2011

We just got back and had a great time here. We didn't even explore Santorini because we just wanted to stay at the resort. This is a beautiful, intimate hotel. The property & pool are gorgeous. The rooms are very intimate and traditional. Outstanding views, much better than the views if you go a little closer into the heart of Oia. It's so quiet and serene, we whispered the whole time. If you are looking for a "resort" or a place with lots to do, this is not for you. This is a place to relax, unwind and lay around. The rooms are expensive and traditional, don't expect huge space. I think you pay for the hotel grounds, views and location. We had dinner at the restaurant one night and it was very good. The staff was very helpful, but they leave you alone and are out of sight unless you need them. All in all an amazing place.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Perivolas

Property: Perivolas
Address: Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#11 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#11 Spa Hotel in Oia
#14 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#20 Family Hotel in Oia
Price range (per night): ₹ 34,054 - ₹ 1,63,302
Hotel Class:5 star — Perivolas 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The charming and intimate Perivolas Hotel is the ultimate in the relaxed and elegant simplicity of island living. Combining breathtaking views with the luxury of absolute tranquility, beautiful architecture, warm hospitality, excellent cuisine and an inspiring land and seascape. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
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Perivolas Santorini
Perivolas Hotel Santorini
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