We have very complicated lives and very little free time. We were also very much in need of a rest and a hassle-free holiday, we could only travel very early in the season and with my husband's 50th birthday coming up too, I wanted it to be special. What a tall order!!
As we would be travelling all day and arriving late on, and that on my husband's birthday, I called ahead and asked if the hotel restaurant would be open so early in the season? I had lived and worked in Greece many years ago and knew that things can sometimes be different to expectations, but I was assured that it would be and the reviews I had read were very promising.
I was happily surprised when I received an email 3 days before our arrival, from Laura, the Avaton manager, asking if we would like them to arrange a transfer from the airport for us, which we agreed to and it worked well. I got a good feeling from that.
The good feelings multiplied the moment we arrived. Our taxi was met by Markus, who greeted us warmly and showed us along to the hotel. For anyone who has never been to Santorini, if you choose a location on the "Caldera" - the crater top - you have to expect very narrow streets or pathways and possibly many steps to your accommodation. The Avaton Resort and Spa is on the edge of Imerovigli and therefore at the end of the path with just a few easy steps into the hotel. Laura met us on arriving there and we were immediately made to feel like very special guests - we were given an upgrade on the de-luxe room we had booked, to the Avaton Suite, as a special birthday present for my husband. Wow, what a welcome!
That night, due to our lateness, we ate alone in the restaurant, the first of many marvelous meals, and we were even treated to a "Happy Birthday" chorus with a birthday cake after dinner. Later we sank into our beautiful, comfortable bed and slept like babes, knowing we had found our own little bit of heaven.
Staying at the Avaton Resort and Spa is like staying with very good friends, nothing is too much trouble for them, but you have no obligation to fit in with their plans!
We enjoyed the most relaxing and pleasurable time, we ate like kings, beginning each day with the most incredible breakfast imaginable and delicious dining at night - as one of our fellow guests said, the scales provided in every room are a definite "no-go-area"! The hotel is modern in design but also quite intimate, everything is immaculate and of a very good standard and it all works. The spa is a beautiful experience and using the heated jacuzzi on our balcony, in such an unbelievably beautiful setting was a very memorable touch of luxury. My husband also enjoyed a very good massage.
Laura, Markus and all the team worked very hard to make our stay perfect, though always in a very discreet way. All our own impressions were also confirmed at dinner by our fellow guests and we were very sorry when we had to say goodbye.
We thank you all for making our stay so wonderful.
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- Also Known As:
- Avaton Hotel Imerovigli
- Avaton Resort Santorini/Imerovigli