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“Better Than Our Dreams”
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Tholos Resort
Ranked #32 of 51 Hotels in Imerovigli
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Lancaster, PA
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4 reviews
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“Better Than Our Dreams”
Reviewed 31 May 2009

We stayed at Tholos on our honeymoon May 19-22, 2009. We weren't sure what to expect, but it exceeded out expectations by a mile. We arrived via the flying cat ferry from Mykonos. Didn't have any transportation arranged so we stood at the port till a bus driver to Oi offered us a ride. We were the first ones off the little bus and the porter from Tholos was there to meet us. We followed him down a stairs along a path about 1/4 mile. He carried our bags.
The frienldy girl at reception told us we'd been upgraded from the junior suite to the family suite. I couldn't complain since it had a private jaccuzzi. The family suite was huge and nice. We had a table and chairs on the deck and two more "laydown" chairs. The view was absolutely amazing and we couldn't believe how awesome it was. We could see Oi, the Harbor, the old fort, the caldera and it's islands, and the sunset.
The room and bed and two bathrooms were great. nice decorations too. Tholos was intertwined with Astra Apartments. Tholos was just as nice and cheeper. Tholos is kind of spread out. A few of the apartments and reception are up by the main foot path while the rest of the apartments are down by the pool. The pool was 114 steps down. Kinda tiring to go down there.
Tholos is close to a few good restaurants. 30 min. walk to Fira. We walked there and back a few times. The night we walked there for dinner we brought a taxi home. 10 km to Oi. I warn you that Oi is farther than it looks. Make sure you DONT hike there in sandals. Me and my wife hiked there in about 2 hours and back again, but most people we talked to didn't hike there and back. take good shoes and plenty of water.
Another thing you should do is ride donkeys from the old port to Fira. Tholos was a great spot to relax and explore the caldera side of the island. We never rented a car or went to the other side of the island. The view and accomadations are great.
Negatives: Our hottub was cold but didn't feel like complaining since we hadn't paid for it anyway. Distance to pool, but we didn't use it much anyway since our balcony was great to lounge on. Right next to Tholos is an old building which is kindof an eyesore.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 28 May 2009

My wife and I thouroughly enjoyed our stay this month at Tholos. The staff was great and the view from our patio was fantastic! The stair climbing to and from the hotel was somewhat strenuous for at least the older set like us. Access to the bus and taxis was great! Room services was super.

  • Stayed March 2009, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia
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Reviewed 21 May 2009

Could not say enough nice things about this place. The service was impeccable, the view from the balcony was the most beautiful thing we have ever seen, best view of the sunset, would stay here again and again. One of the most amazing hotel experiences I have ever had.

  • Stayed June 2008, travelled as a couple
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colorado
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Reviewed 19 May 2009

Beautiful location and a great staff! We had a balcony with a great view and our room had a small kitchen area which came in handy. Room was a "cave-type" of dwelling which is apparently common for this area. Room was not luxurious, but, very pleasant. We enjoyed staying in the Immerovigli part of the island which is quiet, scenic, and has a great view of the boats in the harbor. Staff carried our luggage for us upon arrival and at departure and brought us a beautiful breakfast each morning. Stairs are steep and therefore I wouldn't recommend this area for the disabled or elderly. Our balcony was "semi-private" since the rooms on either side of us also had balconies close by......however, my husband and I enjoyed visiting with the other guests and shared info on island activities and transportation. Wonderful place to stay!

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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New York
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Reviewed 9 May 2009

We picked this hotel after reading lots of other positive reviews and decided to have our wedding at the Tholos Resort. We couldn't have picked a better place. Celeste and her team organized everything we wanted and more (and probably the weather too!!!). The hotel was beautiful, the rooms large and the service attentive. The view from the hotel is trully unbelievable. The location is nice and quiet yet walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops (the cliff walk is a great way to see the island). We would definitely recommend this hotel and Celeste to other couples planning their wedding in the Greek islands.

  • Stayed May 2009, travelled as a couple
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SonnyAru
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Reviewed 2 February 2009

What a wonderful place!

We are going back this year! This hotel is the best place to relax with a breathtaking view. We had such a fantastic holiday last year – highlights being breakfast on our veranda and lazying at the pool until sunset. The room we had was spacious, the service great and lunches by the pool… mouthwatering.

Tholos Resort is in Imerovigli, which is only about 5 minutes drive from Fira town. It is a lot more peaceful there as Fira tended to be very crowded. You can also walk along the caldera edge to Fira – great for photos!

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  • Disliked — Saying goodbye
  • Stayed September 2008
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SAKLOVE
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Reviewed 8 October 2008

At first I was hesitate to stay at this hotel because of few bad reviews, so I wasn't expecting much when we got there. But wow where the reviews wrong. 1st off the staff was so incredibly nice and wonderful and extremely helpful. Our room was incredible we had beautiful views from our hotel balcony. It was perfect place to stay at for honeymoon. We would have wonderful breakfast every morining on our balcony enjoying the beautiful views. Whenever we needed something the staff was always there to meet our needs. The food there was good especially the pasta I have never had such great pastas anywhere. The staff was so taught and nice that during our stay there it was my husbands b-day and the staff had sent flowers for his birthday and crepe with candle on it for break feast. I have never had such wonderful service anywhere. We went to Athens afterwards and we stayed at 5 star hotel but the staff didn't even compare to the ones at Tholos. I suggest anyone who’s going to Santorini to stay at Tholos I promise you won't be disappointed. Thank you to the staff for making our honeymoon extra special.

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  • Stayed September 2008, travelled as a couple
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Property: Tholos Resort
Address: Main Street, Imerovigli 84700, Greece
Region: Greece > South Aegean > Cyclades > Santorini > Imerovigli
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Kitchenette Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#18 Family Hotel in Imerovigli
#26 Luxury Hotel in Imerovigli
#29 Romantic Hotel in Imerovigli
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:4 star — Tholos Resort 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Santorini hotel of your choice in Imerovigli, on the island of Santorini. Much beloved and world-famous, the island of Santorini in Greece is a place of awesome beauty and bewitching atmosphere. Its exceptional character is a blend of blazing volcanic rock, against the backdrop of the deep cobalt-blue sea and the clear Aegean sky. The imposing Caldera is the result of the volcano's biblical eruption, a crescent of cliffs rising steeply hundreds of meters above the water, with white villages nestled upon their tops. One of these picturesque settlements is Imerovigli, a small distance away from the capital of Santorini, Fira, where you can find Tholos Luxury Hotel Resort. Perched on the cliff of the Caldera, the hotel will offer you an accommodation of luxury and hospitality, in a magnificent setting overlooking the volcano. Panoramic vistas to the crater, submerged into the deepest blue waters, sparkling under the bright sunlight, will leave you enchanted in the day, while the spectacular sunsets that turn the landscape into a melange of dreamy pictures will make your memories unforgettable. The whitewashed apartments and studios, all in the traditional Cycladic style, are built on different levels of the cliff, with terraces or balconies facing the superb surroundings. In their discreetly luxurious interiors you'll find comfort and relaxation. At the patio by the outdoor pool on the other hand, you'll enjoy refreshing moments under the sun or romantic time under the stars. The service, day and night, is friendly and impeccable, while the hotel's owners are always at your disposal for your every need while staying here. ... more   less 
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