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Absolute Bliss Imerovigli Suites
Ranked #1 of 29 Imerovigli B&B and Inns
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Houston, Texas
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“Amazing Honeymoon Stay!”
Reviewed 1 October 2010

My husband and I spent our honeymoon at Absolute Bliss from September 21st-27th, 2010, and had a wonderful time. Santorini was absolutely amazing and was the perfect location for a honeymoon; all the many other honeymooners we met there seemed to feel the same way. It was surprisingly cool, windy and cloudy when we arrived, but it warmed up to really hot any time the sun came out.

Absolute Bliss is made up of only 7 or so suites and is located just below the caldera rim walking path that goes from Oia to Fira, which made the hotel very private. Any hotel located above this path will not be as private, as the path is the common tourist walkway for getting just about anywhere on the caldera rim, so many strangers (not just other hotel guests) will be walking in front of your "private" balcony at any and all times. There's only one restaurant close to the hotel - everything else is a 10+ minute walk along the caldera to Firastefani.

The transfer service we arranged through Absolute Bliss was waiting for us at the airport exit with a sign when we arrived at 7:30pm on a Tuesday evening. It was about a 15 minute drive to the hotel. Sophia, the hotel manager, met our car outside the hotel, welcomed us to Santorini, then explained that there was a technical problem with our room and it wasn't yet ready for us. She offered us a room at another hotel, White (the rates for the apartment we were given are about 160euro lower than AB according to their website), saying we could stay there for 3-4 hours until the room was ready, or stay the night and transfer to Absolute Bliss the following morning. Since it was rather late and we had been traveling for 18+ hours, we chose to stay at White for the night. The next morning Sophia sent over Thomas, the Absolute Bliss do-everything guy, to get our bags and walk us back to Absolute Bliss. White was a very nice hotel and Sophia was apologetic, but nothing more was said or offered to make up for the inconvenience and dissapointment of not being able to settle in to our suite the night we arrived.

Sophia met us at our suite and explained how everything worked. We were in Room 5, a Junior Suite with Caldera View (see the picture with the netting around the bed); it was located on the middle level, directly on top of Sophia's office/reception, and overlooking the swimming pool. The room was spacious, bright, clean, and comfortable. The balcony, where breakfast was served each morning, was on the small side, but there was plenty of room for a table and chairs, 2 mini-loungers, and to move around a bit. The amazing, unobstructed view of the caldera could be seen from the living room, bedroom, and even the bathroom. The shower was huge, and a bit cave-like; it had great water pressure, plenty of hot water, and had a wall-mounted shower head in addition to a separate hand-held sprayer. The toilet area was large as well, but did not provide very much privacy with only a swinging glass door that did not reach all the way to the floor or ceiling. The toiletries provided were adequate, but nothing special. Thier website mentions that they have satellite cable tv, but we could only get about 4 channels, none of them in English (we were hoping for a music channel). The mini-bar is actually a mini-fridge filled with water and a couple of random sodas. It kept drinks fairly cold, but wasn't cold enough to really make ice. A/C worked well, and kept the room cool and comfortable. We tried the indoor jacuzzi tub one night with poor results. It took quite a long time to fill the tub, not unlike many common jacuzzi tubs. The problem was that the hot water ran out before the tub was full and the jacuzzi heater never got close to keeping the water warm. We suffered through about 30 minutes of a tepid soak with goosebumbs waiting for it to warm up, then we abandoned the idea for a warm shower. Unfortunately, I guess we had used up all of our allotted hot water filling the tub, so there was none left for a shower - ugh... Perhaps you could fill the tub with hot water before going to dinner and try to heat it via the jacuzzi warmer while you're out. We didn't try it again; for us, the jacuzzi was a great amenity idea, but didn't actually work with the hotel's hot water limitations. The website said that bed linens would be changed daily, but I don't think they were; towels, however, were swapped out each day. The sheets were soft enough, but the towels and robes were super scratchy. Oh, and like in lots of Europe, there is no top sheet on the bed - only a bottom, mattress covering sheet, then the duvet cover; I don't think I'll ever get used to that! During our 1 night at White, I noticed how nice it was to have rugs on either side of the bed, and I noticeably missed it at Absolute Bliss. Adding a few throw rugs to the cool cement floor would be a nice upgrade. Please do not read my comments regarding the room as complaints or dissatisfaction. Room #5 was exactly as the pictures on the website show and was absolutely perfect for us.

The pool was quite large compared to other hotel pools we saw and was beautifully designed and maintained. There were plenty of lounge chairs and umbrellas poolside. We were rarely alone at the pool, but it never felt crowded. The pool area is really the only common area of the hotel, but it, and all the stairs, walls, lights, etc were kept clean and tidy. There were potted plants, flowers, and other decorative elements at each turn which really added to the already great atmosphere.

Breakfasts were good, but pretty basic, with a decent selection of items to choose from. For unadventurous American eaters, I would suggest sticking with mixed fruit, white bread (freshly baked), and sausage (like cooked little smokies). They serve bacon barely cooked, and the ham was not cooked at all (think 4 slices of Oscar Mayer square deli meat). We did try room service once, and were not too impressed, although the prices were fairly low. The Greek salad was good, fresh, and exactly what was expected. The pizzas were dissapointing though, as they used standard ketchup for the sauce. A can of plain tomato sauce would have been a big improvement. One area that I, an unadventurous American eater, would like to see them improve upon is the menu listing for breakfast and room service. The simple addition of detailed descriptions of menu items, including ingredients, would have helped me quite a bit. Similar to most of the restaurants we dined at, I never really knew what was going to show up on my plate.

The staff at Absolute Bliss were really wonderful. Thomas, the do-everything guy, was quiet, but very respectful and professional, and hardworking! Sophia, the manager, is the real gem of Absolute Bliss. She is friendly, helpful, and cares very much about the hotel and it's guests. Sophia has a bright, lively, and charming Greek personality. She is there from early morning to late at night, every day; and she gives you her cell phone number to call 24/7. One day we were at the pool and she brought us a freshly baked brownie treat with ice cream. On another day, she surprised us with lemonade; we saw her do the same with other guests. Sophia and her staff are extremely attentive, but I never felt like it was too much. One minor comment about Sophia... her office and the kitchen are right next to the pool, with the door always open. The telephone ring is really loud (there are 2 rings actually, maybe one for the fax?), and the phone, surprisingly, rings a whole lot. It was a regular occurrence to see Sophia scuffling up or down the stairs to get to the ringing phone. We found her scuffling kind of fun and charming, typical of her personality, but the loud phone ringing was an unneccessary annoyance, and easily avoidable with a cordless or cell phone set to vibrate.

On another note. . . we really enjoyed our dinners at Mama Thira's in Firastefani, and Archipelago in Fira; both had really good food and service. A highlight of our trip was a day sail on the Blue Lagoon Dreamcatcher catamaran - definitely a must if you like being out on the water or want to take a dip in the Aegean, and worth every penny (~$100/pp).

We had an absolutely amazing honeymoon at Absolute Bliss. It was everything we were hoping it to be. While my review is not entirely glowing, my husband and I were both more than pleased with Absolute Bliss, and would energetically recommend it to anyone visiting Santorini.

  • Stayed September 2010, travelled as a couple
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 September 2010

Sophia was waiting for us with a porter upon arrival at Absolute Bliss. When we got out of our cab she apologetically explained that there was a problem with the outdoor jacuzzi in the room we had booked for our honeymoon. She was so kind and explained that she had arranged for us to stay at a nearby hotel with the same amenities for no additional charge. She escorted us to the hotel to ensure we were satisfied with the new location. The room in the new hotel, which we got for the same price was in fact the honeymoon suite. Once she confirmed that we were happy with the hotel she proceeded to leave us her personal cell phone number and invite over to Absolute Bliss for drinks. Sophia is a manager who cares deeply about her customers. We applaud her efforts and hope to stay at her hotel in the future.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Athens, Greece
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Reviewed 29 August 2010

We have just come back from an amazing stay in Absolute Bliss. And miss it so much already! It was my 5th visit to Santorini and this hotel made it the best. I always stay in Imerovigli but it was my first stay in AB. Although not cheap , I must say it was definitely worth it! Sophia is an amazing host and this comes to supplement the very nice rooms , superb location and amazing view. Having your breakfast served every morning at your private balcony is incredible. We stayed at the Honeymoon suite and the external jacuzzi normal rooms. Both amazed us! Go for the external jacuzzi is my advice (available both in Honeymoon suite and other rooms - Suite has the bonus of an internal jacuzzi too!) ! You wont regret it!

Thanks Sofia . Hopefully will see you next year!

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 19 August 2010

Absolutely fantastic views, rooms are v confortable, had a huge bathroom, jacuzzi on the terrace. Highly recommend the romantic dinner on the terrace. Food was delicious, much quieter than running around in ioa. Sofia organised us a semi private tour on a boat to the hot springs. She picks up her phone and organises everything, boat, quad, dinner, taxi. She is lovely and her staff is impeccable. I would go again tomorrow!!!

  • Stayed August 2010
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Reviewed 26 July 2010

If you want to relax and have a great view of the sunset this is the place for you. You can relax as you will have the best service and planning help on your side. Sofia, the sweetest lady on earth (runs the hotel) made our stay a wonderful experience in Santorini. We got to the airport and she had arranged a pick up for us (we paid 20 euros which is better than waiting for almost non-existing taxis), we got to the hotel and a gentlemen was awaiting for us to take our suitcases, after some stairs downhill we got to the hotel and Sofia was waiting for us at the door of our suite. She introduced us to our suite, made sure we had everything we like and left. The room was very clean and spacious. we had a jacuzzi on the terrace, which was super clean and provided the best sunset view on earth! All staff was very nice and polite. They were there just to make us happy.

Very nice breakfast: Sofia provides you with a sheet every morning that you fill in ordering your breakfast, which is nicely served on your terrace overlooking the caldera. Really good selection and nice food.
Location wise, it is a little far from Fira, but just on the foot path that can take you there. To go to Oia you need a taxi or rent a car. It is a long walk. However, the sunset views from your terrace and Sofia's attention off-sets the distance. The first day Sofia told us how to get to Fira on foot (about 2KM) and gave us some food recommendations. She is really amazing and works very hard to ensure you have a great time. I hope her boss knows all her hard work. Dont get scared about distances, Sofia called a car for us that we rent for 40 euros a day and went to every single corner in Santorini.
We highly recommend this hotel, which after being there we call "Sophia's Place."

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Paris, France
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Reviewed 23 July 2010

There are many many luxury hotels in Santorini, most of them in Fira, a lot in Oia and a few in Imerovigli, but I do not regret for one instant having picked one in Imerovigli and I do not regret picking this one in particular.
After 2 weeks of camping and 2 particularly terrible nights in Santorini Camping I had decided to treat my partner and I for a relaxing night in a very nice hotel and I didn't have that much money so this hotel seemed like a nice compromise and good value. I booked one night in a regular room and upon arrival the manager (who is, by the way, incredibly nice) informed us that since we were only staying one night they would bump us to one of the honeymoon suites, for the same price. If that isn't good service, I don't know what is. As student travellers on a budget, we were ecstatic.
What struck me the most about this hotel is just how quiet the place is. As soon as you go down the stairs, the only sound you can hear is the wind blowing, the silence was almost defeaning, but when you just spent 2 nights in the noisiest camping on earth, you can only welcome the silence with open arms and enjoy.
The room service is excellent, the meals were delicious, for about half the price of any restaurant with a view in Fira, and frankly nothing beats having a delicious meal on your own private balcony, instead of being crammed in a small table with millions of tourists.
The suite itself was very nice, the colors and general atmosphere were very quaint and peaceful and the bed was very comfortable. Watching the stars with your loved one in the outdoor jacuzzi, surrounded by absolute silence is quite fantastic. The complimentary breakfast was almost very nice.
People complain about the location, Imerovigli, but honestly, Fira is incredibly loud and there are millions of tourists and Imerovigli is the exact opposite. If you absolutely WANT to go to Fira for dinner (but why on earth would you do that when you can have excellent room service for half the price ?) then it's just a half hour walk.
I could not be happier with my stay, I strongly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 July 2010

We were so fortunate to be upgraded to this hotel for just one night. However I have to say we had, had a fantastic holiday but this just put the icing on the cake. We had the most fantastic room (6) with views over the Caldera and a hot tub on the balcony. It was just amazing. The room was really spacious and had everything we needed to bring a romantic end to our holiday. What with sunsets, views and everything else that was here i just wish we could have stayed longer. I would certainly like to revisit for a couple of days next time. Thanks again Sophie for making our short stay a memory that we will never forget.

  • Stayed July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Property: Absolute Bliss Imerovigli Suites
Address: PO Box 360, Imerovigli 847 00, Greece
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Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #1 of 29 B&Bs / Inns in Imerovigli
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Hotel Class:2 star — Absolute Bliss Imerovigli Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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