Yes, the pool is too small, there are a lot of steps to climb, and the prices may appear to be steep, but we loved this place. It is in a magical setting on a clifftop just outside the centre of Oia. The rooms spill down the side of the cliff and are in a traditional Santorini style. Each room has its own entrance from the many paths which criss cross the site. Ours was full of light but I think some rooms may have smaller windows; each room is quite individual. The design and decor are superb - very understated and restful and because it is set down from the road (which runs along the cliff top) there is no sound of traffic - and nothing to disturb the astonishing view of the towering canyon like cliffs of the caldera and, of course, the blue sea and blue sky. At night, it is equally beautful particularly in moonlight.
What makes this hotel even more special are the staff - the hotel owners should be careful lest the staff are snapped up by some big city hotel - the staff here are one in a million, charming, always friendly and incredibly helpful. Although there are only a small number of rooms, there is a very high ratio of staff to guests and the level of service is superb. Having stayed in the hotel for 5 nights, I can understand why it is not just the view which justifies the steep price but also the level of service and comfort. For that reason, notwithstanding the steep price per night, I think the hotel does offer value for money.
I note that some reviewers have suggested a lack of privacy on the terraces outside each room. Our room - called an Allure suite - (and I think most rooms have this feature) had its own terrace which was private in that it had its own gate from the path (the terrace was large enough for two sunbeds and a small table and chairs) but the terrace could be seen by staff and other guests passing by on the path. The topography is such that this is inevitable and it did not bother us.
We did not eat at the hotel except at breakfast (which is cooked to order and was very good except for the bread selection which is surprsingly poor ) but it was very relaxing to return for a drink before bedtime (the bar is tiny but the service here is top class).
We did not hire a car (which would have been a cheaper option) but took taxis to Perivolos beach where the hotel has some very comfortable beds on the beach and where there is a full cafe/bar service at the touch of a button. This beach is about 25 minutes distance from the hotel but we thought it was worth going that distance for the services available at Perivolos and because this beach offers very easy and safe bathing and generally a cooling beeze (it can get quite hot in Oia during the day).
As for the steps.......... well, it is difficult to see Oia without navigating a lot of steps and the worst steps are actually outside the hotel property(on the path down from the road) which are, by times, both very deep and yet of quite different depths, and very unevenly spread out. So, care is required - but then similar care is required in much of Oia (at least on the caldera side) and I think, ultimately steps are the price you have to pay for a good view of the caldera.
We left this hotel with regret and are keen to return, if we can, next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mystique is a stylish property consisting of 39 suites and villas built exactly on Oia's most famous cliffs with dazzling views of clear blue crystalline waters towards the Volcano and the Aegean Caldera. 18 Km from Santorini Airport and 20 km from Athinios Port.All accommodations are a wondrous exploration of driftwood, a free spirited, untamed material that harness the elegance of simplicity. Enticing patterns carved into the walls. All suites open onto sea-facing terraces with relaxing daybeds. Cobblestone pathways lead to the plunge pool surrounded by sun beds for the utmost relaxation.Guests may experience an outdoor infinity-edge pool, the "Aura" Bar, the "Charisma" Gourmet Restaurant, "ASEA" the new artisan Japanese restaurant and the "Secret" Wine Cave. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Mystique Oia
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