My wife and I travelled with our three daughters aged 17, 18 and 21 to Oia and stayed at Spitia for four night in the larger of the two houses. We drove our rental car from the Thira airport to the Village of Oia townhall where the owner, Panos had arranged to have Tim meet us to carry our luggage. Tim met us promptly at midnight, and brought along help so that we would not have to carry our four suitcases down the many steps. We were immediately impressed by this extraordinary level of service. Tim also carried the bags back up the stairs at the end of our stay.
After taking a few steps toward the house we were overwhelmed by the ambiance of the village. The lighting, the sky, the architecture, the happy mood that people were in and the night time view immediately made the place feel magical. The whole area had a classy and relaxed feel at the same time. We stopped at several points on the way down to the house to take in the atmosphere which immediately relaxed and excited us at the same time.
Arriving at the house we could not believe how well thought out everything was. Everything in the room was in good condition as the houses had only been renovated last June and everything was pretty much brand new. As impressed as we were with the house we were more excited about it's phenomenal location - There was not a single direction that you could look from the house that produced less than a post card quality view!
The next morning we woke up to a visual treat... Breakfast was brought by our friendly and always-smiling host, Tim. Breakfast was a treat consisting of different types of bread, juice, milk, Greek yoghurt, an assortment of beautifully homemade jams, honey and cereal all arranged on a tray. It was the best breakfast due mostly to the location of the breakfast table - on the large terrace overlooking the caldera and the Aegean Sea!
We met Panos, the owner, and found him to be helpful and genuine. We took Panos's advice and swam in the Bay of Ammoudi below the house and at Perissa beach and highly recommend both places.
We spent a lot of time on the terrace and in the house in mid afternoons away from the sun, watching DVDs from Panos's collection on the modern flat screen tv. The air conditioning, which worked very well, was only needed in the afternoon. We spent some time in the village centre in evenings. The shops and restaurants were of high quality and the village was lively.
We ate a couple of times at a restaurant at the water's edge in Ammoudi Bay where the seafood was excellent. The restaurants in the village are quite good. There's a typical Greek restaurant which caters to mostly Greeks across the main road from the village centre that we liked not far from the bakery, which we also liked.
Spitia offers good value for our money as other reviews have suggested. This was especially true in our case since the house accommodated the five of us comfortably and made it possible to avoid renting an extra unit. If you have a family of five, I suggest talking to Panos about getting the larger house.
My entire family agrees that this was the best vacation we have ever taken! Spitia was the best place we have ever stayed at. Do trust all the positive reviews on this property. I find that the reviews are bang-on.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located 250 feet above sea level,hanging from the cliff in Oia, Santorini, Spitia houses sets an example of traditional architecture,in combination with facilities and interiors that can satisfy the traveler who knows what he is looking for. Simplicity and luxury are the main characteristics of the cave houses. The guest is privileged to private terraces and an outdoor heated jacuzzi on each house,and of course to warm Greek hospitality! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Spitia Houses Hotel Oia
- Spitia Houses Santorini/Oia