Perivolas is perhaps the most stunning luxury hotel on Santorini. It is in an area on the caldera where a few hundred years back farmers and fishermen lived in troglodyte houses carved into the cliff-side. Owner Costis Psychas (and his parents before him) spent several decades restoring them, creating breathtaking complex of whitewashed cave houses that blend in perfectly with the shapes and volcanic grey shades of the cliff. A spectacular swimming pool gently follows the shape of the cliff-edge, its blue colour merging with that of the sky and the sea. Terraces dazzle with potted flowers and greenery. Luxury studios and suites are done in a striking ‘Cycladic Zen’ style, white and bright, while hand woven fabrics add splashes of blue, lavender and pink. In some houses a shaft of sunshine pours in from a skylight. Everything (stone-built benches, walls, ceilings) is smoothly curved. Even the built-in beds are tucked away in round niches. There is a sense of subtle luxury. In place of a heavily stocked mini-bar, you will find a carafe with wine and a bottle of mineral water. Most suites have a few novels lying around, but there is no television. There are views to watch instead. It creates a calm and peaceful feeling, which matches the overall atmosphere at Perivolas. Simply magical…
2 studios for 2 persons
5 junior suites for 2 persons
4 suites for 2 persons
4 superior suites for 2 persons
2 superior suites for up to 4 persons
1 luxury suite for 2 persons with private spa area
2 luxury suites for up to 4 persons with private spa area and mini-pool
Prices for two persons from 520 Euro per night, breakfast and taxes included. For a full overview of room rates, please contact Hotel Perivolas.
En-suite bathroom (shower)
Coffee and tea making facilities
Outdoor swimming pool
Sauna & hammam
Breakfast is served from 8.30 to 11.30 am at the poolside bar/restaurant. You can help yourself from a spread of excellent fresh, healthy products (seasonal fruit salads, Greek yoghurt and honey, local cheeses, cold cuts, fresh bread, little tomatoes, olives and of course freshly squeezed orange juice) while at the same time there are enough omelettes, croissants and scrumptious homemade cakes & pies to tempt you. The poolside restaurant (open from 1 to 11 pm) furthermore serves gourmet Greek and Mediterranean cuisine for lunch and dinner. It is a fantastic spot to dine (with views of the infinity pool and the sea beyond), but private dining in your suite is possible as well. The combination of the stunning setting by the swimming pool and the perfectly executed, sophisticated gourmet dishes is absolutely unbeatable
Other restaurants, ranging from lunch cafés and traditional Greek tavernas to top-class restaurants are at walking distance.
Because of its cliffside location Perivolas welcomes children from 16 years and up. The set-up is not for family holidays; its perfect for romantic escapes and honeymoons.
Swim in one of the most famous pools in the world (it is!) and feel privileged. You are. But also go to the volcanic beaches for swims. Try the famous Red Beach on the south coast, but go early in the day, before it gets too crowded. On the east side of the island there are long stretches of beach, including many with beach facilities, and on the northern side Koloumpos is a beautiful virgin beach.
Walking and hiking
Santorini is a great island for walking holidays. The cliff-side walk between the capital Fira and Oia is spectacular, and there also are beautiful inland walking trails, taking you through volcanic landscapes and vineyards past old whitewashed chapels, churches, windmills and small villages. You can do the Fira – Oia walk with an English-speaking Trekking Hellas guide with a picnic and local transfers included.
Water sports such as windsurfing, kite surfing, waterskiing, jet skiing, sailing and parasailing are possible on popular beaches on the east coast, such as Kamari, Perivolos and Perissa. In the caldera itself you can do stand-up paddling and go on kayak tours. There are also several certified scuba diving centers on the island that give lessons for beginners and that can take some great diving sites.
Caldera boat trips
Go for a boat outing in the caldera. The hotel can book trips on sailing boats or luxury yachts for you; not to be missed! They can also organize a speedboat tours around Santorini or to nearby islands.
Culture and history
Visit the archaeological site of Agrotiri, preferably early in the day before it gets to hot and the crowds arrive. There are also quite a few small interesting museums on Santorini (the Archaeological Museum and the Megaro Gyzi Museum in Fira, the Argyros Mansion in Messaria, the Koutsoyannopoulos Wine Museum in Vothonas stand out) and in Fira and in Oia you will find a lot of nice art galleries.
You will find Hotel Perivolas on the outskirts of the village of Oia on the caldera of Santorini. It is quiet; the views are amazing, and the village centre is at walking distance. Beaches are a few km away.
The fast way to get to Santorini is by plane – there are several flights per day from Athens and during the summer there are direct flights from abroad. Arriving by ferry, however, is a great experience and worth the extra hours spent at sea (there are high-speed boats that take about 4-5 hours from the port of Piraeus). Upon arrival at the island, guests are met at the airport or in the harbour.