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.
- 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:
- Perivolas Hotel Oia
- Perivolas Santorini
- Perivolas Hotel Santorini
- Perivolas Oia, Santorini