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“Go no-where else - this is it!”
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Fanari Villas
Ranked #22 of 56 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
Newcastle, Australia
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Go no-where else - this is it!”
Reviewed 29 June 2011

As 2 women, we have travelled extensively at about 4 star throughout Europe for years. Without doubt staying at Fanari has provided one of the most memorable moments in our travels. It is different, cute, clean as and comfortable. Sunsets from your balcony each day. Popi and Nicholas make you feel so very special and take a keen interest in making your stay in Oia enjoyable and relaxing. They went out of their way to help us nagivate a stressful cancellation of ferries and were generous with their time in helping us sort out whatever request we had - from restaurants to eat at in Santorini to where to purchase specific goods. I have never felt compelled to write a review of a place I have stayed before but do in this case. Fanari Villas is special - coming back to our room each night made us feel like we were going to our home in Greece. Why would you stay anywhere else!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2011

The hotel location was PERFECT for incredible views, especially for the sunset. Stayng in Oia is highly recommended over Fira and others spots on the island. We drove around the island to compare and we confirmed that Oia was the best!

The rooms are spacious & the bathrooms are nice

The hotel staff was wonderful! Friendly & very helpful.

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The food at the hotel wasn't good... we ate dinner one night at Fanari (yucky!) and had the free breakfast one more. It was so bad that we chose to go to other places for breakfast - even though breakfast was provided for free at the hotel.

The bed was probably the hardest bed EVER. It was so bad that it was nearly impossible to sleep. I get the cave concept but I really think the bed could be improved & still try true to the cave concept.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2011

My wife and I were there June 12-17 for our honeymoon and had such a wonderful time! When we arrived there were fresh fruits and flowers in the room along with a bottle of champagne! The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful throughout our stay. The rooms were very clean and very well maintained. The sunsets were perfect and the best part was peacefully watching them from our balcony terrace, while other tourists had to find a good spot by the castle hours before the sunset in order to see it! Also, the breakfast buffet in the morning was a very nice touch. They had a little bit of everything (eggs, bacon, sausages, Greek yogurt with honey, dried fruits and nuts, pastries, fresh orange juice, and coffee) and it was all delicious. Highly recommended for a wonderful vacation!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2011

What a beautiful place! I highly recommend this hotel for several reasons. If sunsets are special for you like they are for us, this hotel provides the perfect place to view. When I was doing all my research I found that Oia was the spot on Santorini for sunsets, but what is not clear is that the hotels north of the old castle show the full sunset (sun sets in the sea). The hotels south of the old castle do not. The staff at Fanari is unmatched in all my travels. Popi and Nicholas were just the best. Without their advice, attention, recommendations and time my husband and I would not have had the amazing experience on the magical island of Santorini. Lots of stairs are just part of Oia, but Fanari is located on the upper part of the cliff, therefore, your amounts of stairs are not quite as many as some of the other hotels. This is a plus after many trips to the village and restaurants.

Room Tip: We had the emerald villa due to price, was great!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Secaucus, New Jersey
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179 reviews
23 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2011

This was the Santorini that I always imagined after years of looking at photos in travel magazines. Nice hotel with beautiful views, great food and perfect hosts in Nickolas and Poppy. Why fight the crowds in town for a view of the famous Oia unset when you can sip wine on your terrace or have a great meal at the Fanari restaurant and watch in peaceful surroundings
I've never felt better in my life after walking up the 136 steps from our room to Oia's main street several times each day. I ate very well each day and did not gain a pound. The joints in my body that stiffen from sitting at a desk all day were loose and pain free!
Although Fanari was obviously a honeymoon/couples destination, we never felt like our 9 year old daughter was unwelcomed. She was treated like a princes by the entire staff.
We would return in a heartbeat!

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Bergen
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5 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2011

What can we say? This is the place where we got engaged and this is the place where we will get married. That should be recommendation enough, but we will still tell you more about this treasure of a hotel.

17 amazing rooms, (we have seen them all:-)) all with beautiful views of the Oia sunset. Every room decorated with big hearts and a elegant greek soul.

The staff is unique, the friendliness have no end, and you feel like a member of a very happy family when you stay there.

Not to forget the restaurant that serves delicate, creative dishes that makes you want to come back over and over again to taste everything on the menu, and after that start all over again. It is an amazing kitchen and everything is served with excellent service in magic sunset surroundings.

If you ever stay in Oia, this is the place!

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
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dallas
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20 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2011

We were staying at the sunset honeymoon suite before we were transferred to Fanari villas. This happened because another honeymooning couple thought they had our suite at oia castle so we thought we would be nice and take the suite at Fanari. I was curious to see another property anyway; however, we were disappointed. The price of the rooms were roughly the same, but the Oia castle was superior for us. Both properties have excellent sunset views and unbelievable service. Oia castle came with a free car rental, I'm not sure about Fanari. Our room was definitely smaller with a smaller kitchen and closet. The worst thing was the bed. I felt like Wilma Flintstone laying on that slab of concrete. It was the worst bed we slept on in Greece. However, after we checked out the lovely Poppy and Nicholas offered us another room to freshen up in and it was a large room (30 steps farther down) with a bed that was a little softer and a beautiful shower. Talk about going beyond the call of duty! All of the rooms are different and special in their own way. I think if you specifiy what you're looking for, you can have a great experience. Neither of the rooms had a very private balcony, so if that is important to you, look elsewhere.

Room Tip: Be specific about what you want! Lots of units!
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  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Fanari Villas

Property: Fanari Villas
Address: Oia santorini, Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#13 Romantic Hotel in Oia
#16 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#17 Family Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:4 star — Fanari Villas 4*
Number of rooms: 16
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Dream-like, magical, and absolutely breathtaking are words that are used by our guests to describe the indescribable: the beauty of Fanari Villas Luxury Hotel in Santorini!Located in one of the finest locations in the world, Oia Santorini, Luxury Hotel Fanari Villas is a favorite destination for those who want the highest quality accommodation in an enchanting and peaceful setting. From the hotel, guests are provided with the most stunning view in the world: the deep blue Aegean and the Caldera, which at sunset are enveloped in the orange and red rays of the sun. ... more   less 
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