We stayed in the Vista Suite with Caldera view for 6 nights. It is on the second floor with its very own private stairways up. The front door and the balcony faces part of the caldera. You can see Thirassia all the way to Oia. The view of Nea Kameni (Volcano Island) is partially blocked the roof terrace. Nevertheless, from the balcony, you can have a direct view of the sunset. We spent 5 evenings sitting there to watch the sun set with our own drinks, snacks and ice cream. These can be easily bought from a very well-stocked mini market just 100-200m on the right of Vallas (towards Imerovigli). It has everything, from drinks, canned food, bacon and ham, instant noodles, dish washing liquid, etc and even English novels. Note that you can also buy the drinks and ice cream from Vallas cafe if you aren't too keen on walking.
You can also enjoy the entire caldera view and sunset from the roof terrace. The jaccuzi, sun beds and umbrella are all at the roof terrace.
The room itself is very simple yet cozy. It has a functional kitchette where you can cooked some food (like the noodles, eggs, and bacon bought from the mini market). It has a double bed plus a sofa which can be quickly converted into a single bed. It is air-conditioned as well, which is a relief during hot days. The tv is a small 14 inch old crt type on top of the wardrobe. But who cares about the tv when one can just sit on the balcony and enjoy the marvelous view and simply enjoy life.
The bathroom is small though. When taking a shower, it is hard not to wet the bathroom floor, even with the shower curtains.
From Vallas, it is about 20 minutes walk to Fira, mostly downhill. On the other hand, returning to Vallas from Fira will be more exhausting. It's the other way round if you want to go to Imerovigli, uphill to Imerovigli takes about 25 minutes. From there, you can hike all the way to Oia. but we did not try this as my kid may not be able to do it. So we just walk to where Skaros rock is and return.
Overall, Vallas Apartments is really a good choice for the price we paid. I believe it will be difficult to find another accommodation that offers similar views and kitchette for 3 persons at that price. If I ever visit Santorini again, I will not mind staying at Vallas apartments again.
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