In September 2010 my wife and I spent nine nights at the Chelendonia Villas. Although not certain I think the villa we stayed in is called “Peros.” It was a bit rustic, the walls were all white stucco and the furnishings were not fancy. However, the villa was spacious and more than comfortable. The kitchen was small, but it served all of our needs. The bathroom was larger than you normally see in Europe. It was more like a bathroom in an American hotel. We had a very large private terrace with 2 lounge chairs, 2 sling back chairs and 2 tables (one was rectangular and large enough to eat at, the other smaller and round, but certainly large enough for drinks and appetizers.) The best part however was the view. Our terrace had a view across the Mediterranean in the general direction of Imerovigli and Fira. We could also see the very end on the uninhabited volcanic island. Regardless, the views were breath taking and worth every penny we paid for the villa. We had communicated extensively with Erica before our arrival. She arranged for an airport pick up. When we arrived in Ia the Chelendonia porter was waiting and immediately took our luggage and lead us to the reception area. Until you are there its difficult to picture the arrangement. The reception area is up along the main walkway in Ia while the villas are scattered along the caldera hillside. Our reception with the owner was very cordial and informative. He provided a map of the area and the island and made suggestions regarding restaurants, bakeries, and sightseeing. He then accompanied us down to our villa, it was 90 steps down and certainly not for someone with a physical disability, the porter carried our luggage. When we arrived at the villa he gave us a bottle of water and a very nice bottle of Santorini wine which we enjoyed on our terrace. For the elderly or infirmed the walk down to this particular villa could be a problem. There were many villas closer to the main walkway than ours, but if you even think you may have a problem with the steps you should make sure Erica puts you in one of the “higher” villas. During our stay we stopped by the reception area to get help from the owner for many different touristy things. Invaribly he was very helpful making calls and arrangements on our behalf. Our departure from Santorini was scheduled for about 4:00PM and although check out was supposed to be at 10:30AM , because the next guests wouldn’t arrive until late the owner allowed to use the villa until 2:00PM. If you are looking for plush accommodations this is probably not for you, but I wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Chelendonia Villas.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Chelidonia is a family run set of carefully restaurated traditional dwellings on the caldera cliffs in the heart of Oia, Santorini. We offer panorama and privacy for individual travellers who contact us directly. We are proud to have been recommended by the New York Times as the preferable accommodation to stay on Santorini island. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Chelidonia Villas Hotel Oia
- Chelidonia Hotel Oia
- Chelidonia Villas Santorini/Oia