We had initially booked at Villa Manos through a recommendation, however they rejected our booking the morning we were due to arrive. We were at a loss for what to do, but thankfully we found Emmanuela Studios.
Shortly after booking we received an email saying their father would meet us at the port. He made such a good first impression. Shook every one of our hands and made us feel so welcomed. Despite the scary road from the port, I felt safe with him at the wheel.
When we arrived we were then greeted by the two daughters and their mother. Their English was very good and they took us through our rooms, letting us know about their amenities and helpfully informed us of tour options. There was no pressure to book, they were just helpful.
The rooms were very clean. They were also much bigger than we had anticipated with a beautiful balcony. There was no view, but we spent so much time exploring the island that it didn't matter.
The beds were alright. Crisp, clean white sheets with a slightly better pillow than most. The mattress was a little hard for my liking though (but many in Greece are).
The bathroom was one you would typically find in Greece: small with a shower head you need to hold up yourself. The white shower curtain was pristine though. Obviously very clean.
The air conditioning unit worked perfectly despite our room facing the sun. We turned it on and within minutes the room was nice and cool.
The breakfast was given in the family home. It was delicious and we felt so welcomed. The next morning we had planned to eat out, but Maria (the mother) came round to ask if we would like coffee and check we were ok with everything in the rooms. She even gave us cookies to take to the beach.
The location was a little out of the way. The bus stop is just under a five minute walk, but we were always able to get on it even though it was the last stop before the Fira bus station. It was a bit of a walk but we ended up walking into Fira most times ourselves with no trouble (although there isn't always a side walk). I'm sure they would have been happy to shuttle us around if we'd have asked, they were that accommodating.
If you're looking to stay with genuinely kind people who keep their rooms very clean, this is the perfect place. So thankful for all they did for us during our stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Emmanouela Studios & Villas Santorini, Greece