Location, Location, Location- This is the best place to stay in Oia with unforgettable and breathtaking views of the caldera and the magnificent sunsets. My partner and I stayed at Spitia for four nights in May, 2010 – we could have stayed longer. It is the best value that you will get in Oia. This is truly a gem that has not been discovered by the masses. You will pay much more at other places in Oia for less in accommodations and no view of the sunset. I keep referring to the views, but without a doubt the view is what everyone comes to see. Every night hundreds of tourists line up on the cliffs above to watch the sunset. The crowd erupts into a thunderous applause as the sun dips down into the water. You feel special to be able to sit on your balcony alone with a nice glass of wine enjoying what everyone else has come to see.
I could continue to gush for pages about the experience my partner and I had while staying at Spitia. I encourage anyone reading this to contact us about our experience –it was so fantastic. From the pre-trip communications to the day we arrived and the day we left. It was more than our expectations could imagine. Panos knows how to help make your visit the best possible. He set up a taxi to meet us at the airport and he checked in to make sure that our stay was the best it could be. He recommended some great local places to eat at and places to see on the island.
To get to the house it is quite a few stairs. I think that is important to think about before staying here. Panos has Tim bring your suitcases to the house and to the car or taxi when you leave – that is true customer service. But, really anywhere you stay in Oia you will have to climb or go down many steps. If you need something for the house plan accordingly so you can cut down on the number of trips you make. But, to be honest you are always in awe of the view that the steps become secondary.
There are two houses to stay in. We stayed in the top house, which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND if there are two of you on the trip. (One bedroom only) It has two balcony areas to sit, sunbath, or just relax and read a book. The design of the balconies has padded sitting areas besides having chairs and tables; very well thought out. There is also a dipping pool or hot-tub that you have on the top balcony to cool you down. Each night we sat out on the deck with a bottle of wine (local variety) and a plate of meat and cheeses and olives. We were in heaven. The outdoor space of the house is what the true selling point along with the view.
The inside of the house is very simple and is much like the traditional style of Greek cave home with a modern twist. The rooms consist of a simple living area, dining area, and kitchen that you can fix little snacks along with a small fridge. The bathroom has a wonderful open shower – which we loved. No one can see in, but you are in the midst of your morning shower and you look out through the doors to see this magnificent view and the sunshine bouncing off the beautiful blue sea. The bedroom is up about 7 small stairs. So again keep in mind the number of stairs on this trip. You will find you do not spend much time in the house. Why would you with so much to do and see in Santorini (travel all around the island – that is another topic). Please note: you cannot flush any toilet paper down the stool, but goes for anywhere you stay in Oia. There is a can that is provided for toilet paper that is disposed of each morning.
Each morning Tim delivers breakfast to the house that includes different types of bread, juice, milk, Greek yoghurt, an assortment of homemade jams, honey and cereal. Tim also cleans the house, brings fresh towels, and makes the bed each day.
As I have stated over and over – THE VIEW and the LOCATION. Really it is why this place is so desirable. That part of the cliff where the house is located on in Oia was in a picture for Life Magazine as a World Must See Destination. The view is hard to describe, it must be experienced to fully appreciate the WOW factor.
Bottom Line - BOOK THIS PLACE - YOU will not regret it – more like you will never forget how brilliant it was to stay at Spitia. The reviews of Spitia were on the spot. I have since become huge fan of Trip Advisor. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have.
- 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