Our group of four friends had the pleasure of staying at the gorgeous and wonderful Remezzo Villas in late August. It is located in Imerovigli, a quiet and non-touristy town north of Fira and Firostefani. The cab drops off in a small parking lot, where the villa itself isn't so obvious to locate (no sign). You need to walk a short distance down a stone path (going past Galaxy Suites) before reaching Remezzo's gate. From the gate, there are several flights of stairs to reach the reception area (where the veranda with tables and chairs are located), and more to reach the rooms (which are located on different levels, some with their own paths). Their staff will help with carrying luggage for arrival/departure.
Vassilis was not there the day we arrived but his sister, Calypso, gave us a warm welcome, tour of our suite, and recommendations for dinner at the lovely Imerovigli tavern just 10 minutes walk away. Vassilis and his staff were helpful throughout the stay.
We stayed in the Master Suite, which opens directly into a high-ceiling living room with sofa, television, and kitchenette (countertop, stove top, sink, fridge). Accessible fom the living room is a small bathroom, the cavernous queen bed bedroom, and a smaller room with two single beds. From the queen bedroom is a very large bathroom with two sinks and a huge jacuzzi. Up the stairs is the loft bedroom with a king bed. The curved walls and a few tunnel skylights evoke a cavernous feel. The space is very generous, furnishings simply but beautifully appointed, beds comfortable, and was just lovely to stay in. The kitchen facilities were great and we cooked breakfast every morning we were here, and dined just outside our suite on the tables and chairs there.
The master suite does not have a private veranda/sea view, but just a few steps out the door is the small, immaculate pool area overseeing the caldera. The view here is breathtaking. Actually, the view from most anywhere in this villa is spectacular; you can see the curve of the caldera from both sides and a wide view of the caldera center. We had a perfect sunset from this balcony.
Remezzo Villas has a great location if you want to be away from hordes of tourists. Its less than 5 minutes walk from two nearby food markets and a small taverna. Less than 10 minutes walk away is the Imerovigli tavern where we had two great dinners with caldera views. The stone walkway just outside the restaurant winds its way along the caldera coast south through Firostefani and to Fira. It takes about 30 minutes to walk to Fira, a mostly downward walk; the walk back to Imerovigli is a slight uphill. At night, be warned that parts of the walk can be quite dark, some through fairly isolated areas, and some sections of the road is rough. I never felt unsafe, but probably better not to travel alone. The walk is filled with gorgeous views of the caldera, and you can see Oia far to the north, and Firostefani and Fira as you approach south. Along the way are interesting buildings, a church, restaurants, cafes, galleries, and stores. Until you pass through Firostefani and upon reaching Fira, it is not very commercial or touristy.
It is difficult to hail a cab on your own from Remezzo; better to have Remezzo call a cab although depending on the time of day, there may be none available. Car and ATV rentals are easily available, although the traffic on the western side of Santorini can be quite intimidating (we did not rent). The nearest bus stop to Remezzo is less than a 10 minute walk but buses do not come frequently; we took one to go to Oia and waited nearly an hour for it (one bus passed through b/c it was too full to take passengers). Transfers to and from the port are available if arranged ahead of time but there is a fee.
Overall, we loved our stay at Remezzo. The combination of location, quality of the facility, and service was extraordinary. This was not a cheap stay, but it was certainly well worth the cost in just about every way. I look forward to staying again in the future.
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- Also Known As:
- Remezzo Villas Hotel Imerovigli
- Remezzo Hotel Imerovigli
- Remezzo Villas Santorini/Imerovigli