Back actually in 2011, our group from a yoga center in the U. S. arrived via Athens and a small plane to Santorini, where we were picked up at the tiny airport and driven to our destination hotel, Pelagos. We each had to ourselves, or some shared, our own, white stucco cottage along the garden walk, within eye sight of the beautiful lap pool,(no spa to speak of, the pool was more than one needed in this location; plus the management could arrange or advise spas or private massage therapists or manicurists, who could either to come to you or they would take us to them!) our grape-arbor covered yoga morning practice spot, with an unbelievably surreal backdrop of a mountain with a Greek Orthodox blue domed church behind us! It plus a bit of jet-lag made it all surreal, it was too beautiful to take it all in. Sunflowers lined the garden which made for a wonderful spot both to meditate and practice, or to have our awesome coffee and breakfast by to gaze at. It was immaculate. Whatever was growing in the garden that morning at 7 a.m. and hand picked by our wonderful host and his son always at the kitchen as well, would be on our menu for dinner or lunch that day. I loved eggplant, stuffed squash blooms, there were always fresh strawberries to pluck or tomatoes along side. A beautiful homemade apricot jam was a highlight every morning, with breads and everything you could want. I felt totally at home, yet it was care-free so we could focus on our retreat and also take in the sites nearby. "Our" family, because that is how I felt, was so attentive and since they ran a boutique but rustic place, we had everything we needed and then some. To walk a bit, there were roads of dirt and gravel, as the ocean was yards away. The mountain behind us had caves of tales untold along the trail to the top where the church stood. The town, Oia, was always attainable and arranged if you wanted a ride, only 10 minutes or so down the road; cruise ships would also visit this island of Santorini so timing driving around through the countryside and guiding ourselves along to beaches, away from a lot of people or with, it all was great. There is enough land area sea-side to never even see a huge ship if you chose not to! I was so sad to hear of a tourist falling through the active excavation site of an ancient city, and we also were disappointed to learn it had been closed to the public ever since. We found the museum to be incredibly full of artifacts, though, as they had been carefully removed and are revered. I saw so many things, from early-dated (post-volcanic eruption,date? not sure! Then an earthquake destroyed this particular city) arrow and weapon designs along side exquisite murals, pieces of pottery, saved in the ruins that had once been alive and very progressive and wealthy. There was a great model of how the town must have been laid out, and it was mesmerizing to see early Greek life on a volcanic island. The mystical story of Atlantis thought to be located here, around the volcanic eruption site thousands of years ago, even before the downfall of this particular town being excavated I imagine still, added to the wonder of this different and exotic land. We did not mind too much that the only ATM in town was right as we entered it, before entering the city proper! Careful of driving, as there are many mopeds and small cars zipping at break-neck speeds as you round corners! I miss our friends running Pelagos; we got to know them, they put up with our lack of knowledge of the Greek language, we always found a way to talk! I would like to see more of the islands, but it would be really hard to top a hotel like Pelagos anywhere.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Pelagos is located at “Baxedes” of Oia in Santorini island, just 3km from the center of Oia village and 200m from the most beautiful beach of Oia, among vineyards and gardens where you will find all the beauty and calmness for your relaxation. You can choose to swim in the beautiful and nearby beach of the hotel (300m), or in one of the nearby beaches (Columbo, Paradisos, Pori), or to take a dive in our amazing pool (10m x 20m). For our little guests there is a smaller swimming pool. Relax drinking your coffee or cocktail at the fully equipped bar and try traditional Greek cuisine in the renovated restaurant next to the pool and in the shade of the vineyard surrounded by friendly and cozy atmosphere. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pelagos Traditional Studios Hotel Oia
- Pelagos Traditional Studios Oia
- Pelagos Hotel-Oia Santorini