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“It Doesn't Get Any Better”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chelidonia Villas

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Chelidonia Villas
Ranked #28 of 54 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Overland Park, KS
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60 reviews
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“It Doesn't Get Any Better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2011

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.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2011

We stayed in the calderra cavehouse that had once been the owner's grandparents' bakery - whitewashed walls, blue gate, bright red flowers. We were adopted by a cat. The view from our little terrace took in the white of other towns topping the caldera, the harbour, the volcano, the island on the other side - not, unfortunately, the actual sunset but the colours it gives off are sublime nonetheless. Our host was most pleasant, interesting and helpful; his staff superb. It is the quintessential Greek postcard. Except for the constant ebb and flow of the hordes disembarking from huge cruise ships and choking the narrow paths of Oia, our stay would have been ideal.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2010

I could not praise this accommodation high enough.

From the moment we arrived to the moment we left this met our every expectation and went far beyond. we stayed in the Studio apartment and everything from the charming balcony with outdoor furniture and a glorious view of the sea, to the fully functional kitchenette and spacious living area and bathroom was just so. what I particularly enjoyed was the fine details eg authentic furniture, Wifi and appropriate cutlery to be entirely self sufficient (in a rustic yet sophisticated way).

The best part about the Chelidonia Villas has to be its secluded and private location in the midst of a town that is heaving with tourists. Oia deservedly has a large influx of tours as it is arguably the most picturesque town in Santorini and the sunsets truly are as memorable as everyone says. Chelidonia Villa's offers a private secluded oasis (in the heart of Oia town) where you can spend many a relaxing hour reading and relaxing whilst gazing over the ocean. Also, if you don't want to eat out every night, you can make your own dishes in your private kitchen to eat on your private balcony.

Finally, a note to say that the owners are also fantastic and very helpful.

I have nothing negative to say about Chelidonia Villas, it is a top notch accommodation and perfect for that romantic relaxed holiday. 10/10.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2010

My husband and I stayed here for three nights in November. From lthe moment we arrived, we were entranced. We had booked a room with a kitchenette, bathroom, and patio but were upgraded to a room that also had a living room. The patio overlooked the caldera which was amazingly beautiful and was a wonderful place to sit and relax. We felt like we were the only ones around, even when there were tourists on the walkway in the village. It was simply incredible. We were very sad when it came time to leave.

The bed was comfortable and the kitchenette was great for our needs. The owners, Erika and Rose were extremely helpful when it came to giving us information about the area or historical background.

The town of Oia itself is very charming. We were lucky to witness a wedding party exiting the church in the town square after their wedding ceremony. There were serenaded by local musicians playing traditional Greek instruments while fireworks were shot into the sky. It was incredible and one of the high points of our trip.

I highly recommend this lodging! Can't wait to go back.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2010

This was a great location overlooking the caldera, with no sunset view. Be wary of the 'private balcony' comment as it is not so true, the one we had was a shared balcony with a potplant and lattice in between which does not afford any privacy particularly if you have someone who sits out there from 8am to dark as we did. The bed was like a cement slab and the pillow a bag of cement. There is no TV in the villas but there is wi-fi. The place was very clean and serviced everyday. We had a kitchenette with toaster/kettle/fridge/hotplate. There are several steps down to all the villas, there are 10 villas in total and I feel a little overpriced. They do not take credit card at all so make sure you have enough cash to pay your final bill, only a couple of atm's around. Good idea to hire a car and visit other parts of island, driving is easy. We used Vazeos and hired for 24 hours so we were able to drive ourselves and to the airport and leave the car there at no extra cost, it was 30 Euro which is cheaper than a taxi and it was our days entertainment as well.

Don't leave anything on the balcony that you don't want a cat to eat or sit on, cats are everywhere, and I mean everywhere purring around your legs in a restaurant and any wonder when they get fed from the table by tourists.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2010

We stayed in cave house number four, facing East with a beautiful sunrise view. The apartment is 98 steps down from the main walkway in Oia. The apartment included a kitchen, sitting area with dining table, bedroom with large closet and bathroom with no shower curtain. We had a beautiful terrace with an additional sitting/sunning area. It included air conditioning and excellent wifi. At first the cave house seemed a bit primitive and old, but within a few hours it became our home in Oia. It was in a great location with beautiful views of the caldera and Oia. The proprietor, Rose, is a native of Oia and an interesting conversationalist. This was an excellent traditional cave house experience and recommend it highly, especially if you expect to spend a week relaxing in Oia. When in Oia definitely dine at the Sunset Taverna in Amoudi. The Lobster spaghetti is extraordinary and worth the price. Get there in time to get a table harborside and in time for the outstanding sunset.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2010

We stayed here a week and did not want to leave. Clean, spacious and perfectly located in a private haven. We stayed in the XL Cavehouse with 2 teenages and could not fault the beds, lounges, period furniture and the cushioned courtyard seating where we soaked up the most amazing view never getting tired of just relaxing. The welcome bottle of wine was appreciated and the hosts more than helpful.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Chelidonia Villas
Address: Nikolaou Nomikou, Oia 847 02, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
#9 Family Hotel in Oia
#12 Romantic Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Number of rooms: 10
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 
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Chelidonia Villas Hotel Oia
Chelidonia Hotel Oia
Chelidonia Villas Santorini/Oia

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