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Mystique Luxury Collection Hotel
Ranked #20 of 55 Hotels in Oia
Certificate of Excellence
London
1 review
“Close your eyes....get ready. Mystique sets the bar standard for an exclusive retreat; mezmorizing lovers.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2009

When you want to escape from the world of chaos and do nothing but stare off into a 24 hour panoramic view from your bed, balcony, pool or restaurant, this is the place. The decor is a cross between Loro Piana and the white backdrop of the Greek Isles. Service was outstanding. Never seen a staff more dedicated and physically fit, as they run up and down the cliff side pampering each guest with their every request. Food is the best in Oia, as is the poolside view and rooms with jaw-dropping views. Don't even need to get out of bed for a picture postcard view. They indulged me in a birthday dinner in their "secret" wine cave, delivered a birthday cake with a dozen red roses. On the off nights, you can have dinner on your balcony surrounded by candlight. If I wanted to escape for the rest of my life to another world.....it would be the Hotel Mystique where everything you wish for in a hotel, comes true!

  • Stayed July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Orlando, FL
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2009

My wife and I recently stayed at Mystique for honeymoon. It was definitely worth it! The hotel only consists of 18 rooms so the staff take extra care of you. Everyone from the frontdesk to the restaurant to the housekeepers are wonderful. This is definitely the perfect place for honeymooners to be pampered.

Our typical day consisted of waking up and going to breakfast at their wonderful restaurant. All the food is fresh and delicious (try the frappes). We would then spend most of the day touring the island either by car (I recommend renting a smart car) or boat. We then enjoy the best sunset in santorini, which is just a walk from the hotel. Then after a long day, we return to our room where the hotel either has flowers on the bed, fruits, or wine.

During our stay, the hotel did its best to upgrade our room. We were able to get the villa for the last two nights. I definitely would recommend this hotel to honeymooners. My wife and I plan on coming back some day. Hopefully, during May, since the weather was very pleasant.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2009

For those who want a luxury, romantic and drop-dead-gorgeous view...here is the hotel for you. And, if you are a troglodyte (cave dweller)...even better. The Mystique is an all-cave room hotel! Bedrock it is not...with funky touches, great toiletries, fluffy towels, turndowns and delicious food - what's not to like!? a member of Starwood but fear not - this is not some cookie cutter corporate hotel. It is a special and romantic 'villa' like experience... the pool is small, but the sun deck is large. There is no gym, but the wine cave is excellent. The steep stairs up and down...part of the exercise programme for weight loss from all of the delicious food in Santorini.

The staff were unbelievably friendly and helpful. And, the location is perfect - don't stay in Thira/Fira (too busy from the cruise shipper/day trippers); Oia is cozy and quaint - but, a 10 minute walk away. Except for the walk for 20 yards on the narrowest of roadways...it is a stunning vista and artistic amble past shops and sleeping dogs. If you want a romantic get away, and if you are north american you will be pleased. They have an arrangement to use the facilities of the Vedema and the Beach on the other side of the island...but, can you be bothered to take a 30 minute minimum shuttle ride? and...the beach is not brilliant. Just chill out on the deck, plunge in the little pool - enjoy the view with a drink and take it easy. Perfect for a maximum of 3 - 4 days - then move to another island otherwise you will go 'luxury cave crazy'. Enjoy mystique, a super hotel for a honeymoon or quiet get away break.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled with family
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2009

WARNING: if you are not in good shape do not stay here. You must walk up several flights of uneven stairs to get anywhere. If you are handicapped in any way DO NOT EVEN CONSIDER this hotel.

We spent 5 nights here on our honey moon because everyone told us we had to go to santtorini. Santorini is nice, but not for three days. First it is really windy and the beaches aren't so great, the island is only 10 miles long and its a tourist trap. There are some great wines on the island and if you choose to stay at Mystique you MUST do their wine tasting it was an excellent experience but I wouldn't stay more than two nights on Santorini.

Now to the hotel. When we first arrived and walked down I think 200 uneven stairs we were shown to our room which was literally a hole in the wall. Although there are amazing views from the hotel our room had no windows and was dark and musty. I decided to leave and was upgrade to a spiritual suite that had windows in every room and was beautiful! The hotel is located within walking distance to Oia which is romantic and quaint but walking in OIA is a work out. We stayed in bed until noon most days out of fear of the stairs. The restaurant in the hotel is ok, I wouldn't eat anything other than a snack or breakfast at the hotel there are tons of great restaurants within walking distance. The pool (aka the puddle) is tiny but functional. The staff is great, very accommodating. They always go above and beyond. If you stay here I recommend going to their sister hotel during the day which is in a traditional greek village has an excellent pool and is near the beach. Do not stay at the sister hotel because there is nothing to do at night there. Go to the sister hotel in the morning lie by the pool or beach come back in time to clean up and go to dinner in OIA. For Santorini this is an excellent hotel, especially since you can use the accomadations at its sister hotel. However, its not for everyone. If your not in good shape or want a beach vacation this is not for you. the beaches are awful and its usually too windy to use the beach or pool. Also call in advance and schedule a sailing trip to the hot springs to watch the sunset, by far the best thing to do on the island and don't forget the wine tasting which was awesome.

  • Stayed June 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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MysOia, Hotel Manager at Mystique Luxury Collection Hotel, responded to this review, 24 July 2009
Dear Guest,

Thank you for your comments on Mystique posted on Trip Advisor and for your wonderful comments for our employees.

We would like to note that as a volcanic island, Santorini’s structure consists of cliffs and lava rocks. That is why it is such a special destination and a place for one to visit at least once in a lifetime.

We do mention on our website that the property is built on the cliffs. This is not only a characteristic of Mystique though, but of all hotels on the island. There are no 200 steps to reach the hotel from the main road, but are about 50 steps, built in the traditional public pathway. This offers two important advantages at the hotel. Firstly, it is far from the main road, so we avoid the noise from the traffic and people passing by that could disturb our guests privacy and secondly, we are the first hotel on the Caldera, therefore we offer unobstructed views to the Aegean Sea and the Santorinian Caldera.

The island is not famous for the long golden sand beaches like other Greek islands are. It is a volcanic island. The hotel though, does offer a private space on the best well organized black sand beach on the island, called Perivolos. Our restaurant there operates for the whole day and the facilities (towels, sunbeds and umbrellas) are offered complimentary to our guests.

Regarding the rooms, Cave Houses is the traditional architecture of Santorini. There is no other way a house or a hotel can be built on a cliff site. Mystique actually offers large spaces for the standards of Santorini, as it is built horizontally and not vertically. Similar rules are valid for the pool. There are very strict laws about how something can be built in Santorini, what can be changed and in what way and size it will be constructed. The whole construction of the property follows the local legislation and is built with respect to the traditional architecture and design.

As for our restaurant, this is private to our guests and our sister property’s guests only. The menu is a harmonic combination of fresh ingredients, traditional recipes and a modern cooking and presentation of the dishes. The exceptional that we offer, is that our guests can create their own menu. Our Chef can prepare anytime a dish according to our guests tastes, which one can not find easily anywhere else.

As far as activities are concerned on the island, indeed as you mention wine tasting is on the top of the list, as Santorini is famous for the exceptional wines. A cruise to the Volcano is also a must do on the island, but except that, there are various other activities such as water sports, horse riding, hiking, diving, romantic candlelight dinners, ancient sites and many more.

Kindest Regards,

Antonia Veskou
Hotel Manager
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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2009

We recently stayed at The Mystique for our 25th Anniversary. We wanted this to be a special destination, unlike any other we've been to. It exceeded all our expectations. Upon arrival we knew it was going to be relaxing, romantic and completely unwinding. The service was excellent. The staff knew us by our first names. Our Room, Villa #7 was very spacious, comfortable and hard to leave. The location was great. We walked to everything and never needed to take a cab. The village was a short walk away with lots of shops and restaurants, including spectacular views of the sunsets.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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new jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2009

The room and the grounds are very pristine and lovely. I loved the cave atmosphere and the view from my room and terrace. I was there May 1 st and it was very, very windy which I was told was normal for the start of the season. It is a very short walk to town the only hard part is the last set of steps from the resort to the street. The hotel restaurant is nice enough for breckfast and lunch but a bit too plain for dinner.

You can not see the tv from the bed. The staff was very friendly yet did not get me the reservation I wanted for dinner which they said was due to being the start of the season.

I wonder if it would have been better later in the season

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2009

My husband and I went to Santorini after a whirlwind trip through Turkey. We were exhausted and wanted only to relax. The transportation from the airport was efficient and we arrived to Mystique around Noon, where the staff greeted us with a glass of champagne and took us on a little tour of the property.

We were then taken to our room (Allure Suite #3), which was lovely. It is just above the pool and restaurant level, and it is in the corner, so we didn't have anyone walking past our room. The color palette is soft and neutral with nice sized bathroom and a huge bathtub. The staff is always friendly and addresses you by name. One of the bellmen overheard us talking about trying to find a bar where we could watch a big soccer match, and he quickly (and politely) suggested a pizza place where he goes to watch the matches. We went there and it was a hit. The bellman later ran into us and stopped to ask if we had found it and whether we enjoyed it. Antonia and Dimitra made dinner reservations for us every night and the next day always remembered where they sent us and asked if we enjoyed it. They are so warm and caring - it's almost as if you are staying with family - a very well-trained and efficient family. The breakfast was nice, your standard fruit, breads, eggs type of breakfast. We did not have dinner on the property, so cannot comment.

We took the recommended semi-private catamaran tour of the caldera and this was amazing - you feel like royalty. We also rented a Smartcar and explored the island and also drove over to the black beach, which was a nice way to spend the afternoon (I think the hotel also offers bus service to the black beach). The hotel has their own private area there, with lounge chairs, towels and food service.

The hotel is about a 5 minute walk to the start of the pedestrian road in Oia, and you do have to walk in the street with the cars, but the cars drive slowly, so we didn't feel any danger. I read an earlier post from someone who was unhappy with all the stairs at Mystique - well, if you do not like stairs then Santorini is not for you as practically the entire island has stairs because it is built on the side of a cliff. It is not only Mystique that has stairs, but pretty much everywhere in Oia, Fira and Imerovigli has stairs.

As far as restaurants 1800 was our favorite for a more gourmet experience. Ambrosia was our second favorite (it's a close second). We thought Red Bicycle was okay but do not agree with other reviewers that gave it rave reviews. The service and view were lovely, but perhaps we did not order the best items on the menu.

We are pretty well-traveled and we can be quite picky, but I have to say that Mystique and Santorini surpassed our expectations by a mile. I had a romantic idea of what the island would be like, but nothing really prepared me for the reality. It sounds cliche, because how long can you sit and stare at this view of the caldera? Well, trust me, it was mesmerizing. I want to go back! We would definitely go back to Mystique and would recommend it to our friends!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: Mystique Luxury Collection Hotel
Address: Thiras - Ias, Oia 847 02, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Oia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#12 Spa Hotel in Oia
#14 Luxury Hotel in Oia
#17 Romantic Hotel in Oia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Hotel Class:5 star — Mystique Luxury Collection Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 39
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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