We had a couple of hotels to choose from, but I'm glad we went with the Rose Bay Hotel in the end... it was great value for money. Very clean and modern apartments and facilities. The pool area was lovely, with a great pool bar serving great cocktails with happy hour running 5pm-11pm - the hotel bar area is very quiet in the evenings though as most people tend to go out to the bars & restaurants along the beach. The hotel restaurant was very good too - breakfast is included and was served 7am-10am every morning - there was a great range of continental breakfast items as well as bacon, eggs, sausages etc. The bedrooms have air conditioning, which although it is meant to switch off when you take your key card out upon leaving - we just popped in another plastic card from our wallets in order to keep it on while we were out - this made all the difference to come back in from the hot sun and be able to cool down immediately. The hotel provide towels and sunloungers by the pool free of charge, free internet access via a computer located just off reception (we found this very useful for checking our emails etc each day) - I believe they also have free wireless available, and for 40 euros they gave us an evening check out as we had a night flight and wanted to be able to use the room all day. All of the staff were very friendly and efficient.
The only thing that some people might see as a negative, is that the hotel is right under the flight path and fairly close to the airport - so the planes would fly just overhead when you are out sunbathing by the pool... I actually quite enjoyed seeing them up so close and the noise didn't bother me at all - it was only very brief and not frequent enough to become bothersome.
The Rose Bay hotel is just off the top of the main strip along the beach in Kamari - a 1 minute walk will bring you onto the main strip where there are lots of great restaurants/bars. The entire strip takes about 15/20 minutes to walk approx (without stopping) with great views of the sea. The beach is lovely, though very stony, so beach shoes of sort sort are required... there are lots of sunloungers for hire along the beach, but we just lounged at our hotel pool every day.
Good restaurants include Nichteri and the Italian beside it who's name I can't remember (that was our favourite), Ya mas and El Greco Taverna are also very good. There is live music in a couple of the bars throughout the week - Albatross and Ethnic... in fact they were probably our favourite bars in Kamari. If you want to party then Kamari is probably not for you - it has some lovely chilled out restaurants and bars, but isn't a party resort - its fairly quiet with a mix of nationalities. Coming from London we actually expected to see a lot of British people while on holiday - as is generally the case with most popular European resorts - Santorini seems to be one of the few exceptions, we saw very few Brits while there - it was a refreshing change to have a good mix of locals and other nationalities. We did go to the capital Thira on a couple of occasions to browse the little shops and take in the amazing views from the cliffside bars/restaurants. Thira is more of a party resort with lots of bars and clubs, but also has a lot of beautiful scenery... definitely worth visiting Thira while in Santorini for the views alone. It was 12 euros in a cab from Kamari to Thira.
Overall Kamari is a very chilled out resort which would be perfect for those seeking a relaxing holiday, and especially for couples... and the Rose Bay Hotel was definitely one of the best hotels in the resort - I didn't see any other hotel that I thought looked better.
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- Rose Bay Hotel Santorini/Kamari