Well where to start... we stayed at the Tamarix from the 16th to the 30th August 2011. It truly was one of the best holidays we have had. The hotel itself is absolutely beautiful, we really could not fault a thing. On arriving at the hotel the staff were very welcoming and made check in so easy by seating us in the bar for a welcome drink whilst they organised all the paperwork and sorted the room. The bar is situated facing the pool area as is every bedroom. It really feels like a small greek village. The pool area itself is very pretty. The pool is not big enough to swim lengths (if you have burning desire to do so) but its perfect for a dip to cool off! We went in mid August so of course there were children staying at this hotel this did not bother us but there were some couples there who were sold this hotel as an adults only by thomson so needless to say they were not happy, but at the end of the day this is a family hotel so kids playing and splashing in the pool is inevitable!! We did find it quite funny watching some people getting angry but come on people you are on holiday so chill out! - you are only ruining your own holiday by remaining so angry!! Pool and beach towels are provided by the hotel and there are plenty of sun loungers to go round... enough for everyone so there was no need to get up early to put towels down which was very refreshing. However during our second week there were a few couples who did do this and never actually sat on their sunbeds until much later in the day, which is pretty out of order.
We stayed in room 208 and 303. We stayed in 2 different rooms because we went to a different part of the island for a couple of nights and on return we were allocated a different room. I mention this because we were probably the only people who did not ask to move rooms for what seemed to be very trivial reasons. The staff at the Tamarix are just amazing and can not do enough for you so they tried to accommodate people's wishes. Unfortunately for the hotel it seemed that others cottoned on to the fact that the staff will always do their best for you and took advantage of this good nature, resulting in pretty much every single person staying in a junior suite being moved to a superior suite.
Anyway... room 208 was perfect it is a junior suite but it is on the 1st floor. All other junior suites are on the ground floor with the balcony doors opening out onto the pool area. From speaking to others it seems our room might have been slightly bigger than the ones downstairs but to be honest we were never in it long enough to make use of the space. The colour theme in the room is blue and white and was typically greek. It really is luxury in greece, i say this because a few people we spoke to felt that it is not a 5* hotel but if you have ever been to greece before it is definitely a high standard for greece. We knew this before we booked so we were so pleased by the hotel and our room.
On our 9th day the staff approached us and asked us if we would like 2 nights away free of charge at a different 5* hotel in Akroteri, at first we were reluctant as we loved it at the Tamarix but after looking at the Avant Garde on the internet we quickly packed our suitcases! We were given a bottle of chanpagne and the hotel driver took us across to Akroteri. We are so appreciative of this lovely opportunity to see more of Santorini!
After our 2 nights away we returned to the Tamarix and spent our final few days in room 303. This is a superior suite situated above the bar area. The decor in this room was terra-cotta and white and was truly beautiful. We had a superking bed, a jacuzzi bath and a jacuzzi on the balcony. We could not believe our luck. Although clearly different to room 208 both were equally lovely, clean and comfortable we would recommend both types of room depending on your budget.
We spent most of our days lazing around the pool which was just perfect for chilling out by. However if you do like to get out and about there is lots to do on the island, there are some extremely pretty sites including the sunset which is a must see! We saw it when we went to Oia and Imergovigli, Oia is a bit of a tourist trap but worth a visit whereas imergovigli is quieter and a much more peaceful place to see it set. We went to the Above Blue Suites hotel for a meal which we would definitely recommend.
Back in Kamari... Kamari itself has everything you could possibly wish for if like us you enjoy a beach/pool holiday. The beach is aprox 3 mins walk from the hotel where you can find many bars and restaurants. Lots to choose from! some which you should avoid at all costs but others which are just perfect! Our favourite tavernas were the Sellada Taverna which is directly next door to the Tamarix, Almira which is on the beach front ( when you get down to the beach turn left and walk all the way to the end of the row of restaurants), Nichteri is also on the beach front (turn left and about half way down it is a lime green taverna), and finally our absolute favourite Byzantio which is situated between the no name restaurant and a small shop. The food here is absolutely amazing and sylvia is one of the loveliest people we met on the island!! The food is well priced and typically greek. Dont be put off by the fact that it often looks quiet inside, trust me it is just perfect! If you want to eat good greek food avoid No Name and Peros to name a few!!
I dont think that there is too much left to say other than Tamarix del Mar is a perfect holiday destination! The staff are so friendly and helpful ( im sorry that we did not learn the names of every one but the reception staff were great! ) If you do decide to go to this hotel be sure to have a drink at the bar in the evening with Demitri!! He's a good laugh and makes the best cocktails.. try the cosmopolitan!!
Thank you Tamarix del mar for our best holiday yet!!
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- Also Known As:
- Tamarix Del Mar Kamari
- Tamarix Del Mar Hotel Kamari
- Tamarix Del Mar Santorini/Kamari