We really liked Perivolas and were glad we opted for staying here for
3 nights rather than at Katikies (the other place we considered). The
cave house we booked was very cozy and charming. The staff and the
service were top notch and very friendly. I don't think you can
expect any less if you're willing to shell out some serious clams for
staying at a place like Perivolas. Certainly unique and not anything
you probably have ever stayed in. The place
exudes a quiet luxury. Just relaxing by the pool and enjoying the
scenery is blissful. The property is very quiet.
One downside of these cave rooms is it got kind of humid at night. Not so humid to where it became uncomfortable, but it was still noticeable. The A/C unit didn't really help that much (got coooler, but still humid). I think this is due to the fact that moisture from the shower doesn't vent out and also because the room is a cave. Also, this is compounded by the fact that the bathroom area can get very wet (no shower curtain). Some might also find the houses a bit clastrophobic, because
these dwellings are carved into the cliffside. but this may all
depend on the type of the house you get.
The sunsets were spectacular here. I disagree that Fira's sunset is
better--yes it's more central, but with part of Oia in the backdrop
the view provides for a spectacular canvas of colors and hues. Our best sunset pictures were taken from right outside our room's balcony.
Another fellow traveller made a comment that she didn't feel like Perivolas nickel and dimed her--and I agree.
There's free wireless (though you need to be in the public area/hotel office to get reception...suppose the cave walls are too thick) in the main office which also houses a small collection of books (mainly from previous travelers--we left a book there too) and a desktop PC with Internet. There's a nice little work out gym with free weights etc and a suana room. The bar/eating room has a basket of fresh fruits (apples, pears, bananas and plums) you can eat.
Breakfast is delicious and you can them send it up to your outside balcony to eat.
This place is very soothing. We could have spent days just lounging around reading a book and drinking cocktails at this property. This place has a very charming quaint feel to it. I feel it was well worth the extra price, but having to pay in cash or traveller's check was an inconvenience. The people that work at this property are all fantastic and super friendly. All of them seem to have wonderful attitudes and excellent customer service. Rhea, Kelly, Madja (though sadly never got to meet her in person), Philia, the bartender, and the chick who speaks espanol were all very helpful.
- 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/Oia
- Perivolas Hotel Santorini