Our family (kids 11 & 12) spent 2 nights at Villa Illias, late Sept. We stayed in the Traditional apartment which is only a short walk from the main premises & pool. We had our own small private verandah which we spent each night having drinks watching the sunset. Very quiet & perfect position away from everything. No one minded the short walk as it was good exercise after the well laid out and generous breakfast, plus with the scenery what more could you ask for.
Some people may expect 6 star accommodation, however we never had these expectations and as such were not disappointed. The room was clean, spacious, air conditioned, good bathroom, beds and kitchen. No complaints, the room was extremely adequate for our needs. What more do you need other than this after a long day walking, swimming, dining, looking at the scenery.
Pauline & Nancy were most helpful with all our questions, nothing seemed too much trouble for them. They even offered help carrying our suitcases between our accommodation & the main premises (I think they were volunteering George services, however he seemed busy all the time).
As long as you don't mind a few stairs and walking (although it seems all of Santorini is like this) then Villa Illias should be considered as one of your top choices in accommodation (although we have nothing to compare it with).
We would definitely stay again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Damigos family has been a part of Santorini history for over a century. Villa Ilias is the former residence of one of our ancestors, George Ilias Damigos. It is built on this specific location to capture breathtaking views that are unique only to Villa Ilias and perched 1,000 feet above the Aegean Sea and the most famous volcano in the world. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Villa Ilias Hotel Firostefani
- Ilias Hotel Firostefani
- Villa Ilias Caldera Hotel Santorini/Firostefani