My friend and I wanted a relaxing location without the high prices of Fira and Oia. The hotel was recommended on Matt Barrett's website so we gave it a try. The hotel is small, quaint and off the beaten path. We loved Akrotiri - very traditional village, with fabulous authentic restaurants in town, down on the beach and also on the road to the Lighthouse. It's necessary to have a car, but the hotel folks will reserve for you. Once we got used to the roads, we could zip around the island in no time. The hotel "infinity" pool was perfect at the end of the day, or for a lazy morning before heading out.
We loved the hotel and the location. The only downside was that the owner was not friendly. That really bothered me the first day or two, especially since it seemed they went out of their way for the other guests, all European. I chalked it up to being American....and had great fun teasing my Aussie friend that she shouldn't associate with us Yanks! We just laughed it off, and made a game out of seeing how nice, unobtrusive and undemanding we could be, even keeping our room tidy, and had great stay. Besides, everything was provided for, and in many ways that's the best type of accommodation - where your ever need is met without having to ask for anything!
I would highly recommend Hotel Kalimera for a different experience of highly touristy, but beautiful, Santorini.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalimera Hotel is a traditional, family run villa, highly committed to Santorini's architecture & culture. Kalimera is privileged to be situated on a beneficial region on the southern part of the island of Santorini, at the outskirts of Akrotiri village, which is a well preserved, quiet settlement. The villa has been designed and built with the greatest respect to local architecture and design. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalimera Hotel Santorini, Greece
- Kalimera Santorini