It has taken a little time, but here is my review of Suites Of The Gods, Santorini. First things first, the hotel is out in the sticks, a good 15 mins walk down a very busy road to the nearest village, Megalochori. Although other tour operators book families into here, it has a few family rooms and other than the pool there is nothing for young children here, you will need to travel to the nearest beach 20 mins + by car/bus every day. However, if you want peace and quiet with nothing to do but sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the Caldera, ideal.
The hotel was fantastic, only 21 rooms, all overlooking the Santorini Caldera and when we stayed there mainly couples; every room has a 4 poster, a bath big enough to hold an ...
Olympic event in as well as a shower room. Also supplied are bath robes and slippers and along with the towels everything is monogrammed. There is a TV and fridge in the room and the safe, air conditioning and Wi-Fi are free.Read More
It has 2 pools, a spa; guests from other hotels come here for treatment, restaurant and bar.
All the staff were very friendly and really helpful. It also has sunsets to die for.
We were in room 301 which is right at the bottom. However, do not be put off with this, remember the hotel is built into the side of a cliff as well has in an old Winery. The rooms near the top are lighter and have a little more space outside but everyone walks past them, the ones by the pool are almost in the pool, so no privacy, and the ones under the 3 suites, hear every splash and crash from the suites above. The suites are not all that private, yes they have their own area, as well as their own splash pools, but there is nothing stopping other guests walking past them.
Rooms 301/ 303 are right at the bottom and have all the facilities of the rooms higher up, but they are peaceful, unless your room is down there no one comes down, so a little privacy. In the heat of the day when it is too hot to sit out, you can at the bottom, nicely shaded.
The only downside was, speaking for our room was the iffy smell now and again but we have been in 4* + hotels in other countries with the same problem so it did not put us off. The rooms need a good extractor system, but they are built into caves, so not much chance of this happening.
The best thing we did was upgrade to half board. The hotel is al a carte and some of the prices were a little steep, however on being given the al a carte menu on our first night I informing the waiter we were half board, his reply was, 'it is the same menu, choose what you want' we could not believe ourselves. Others we met were only on bed and breakfast so if they ate in the hotel it was a little expensive. Whether this is the same at peak season I do not know.
The nearest restaurants and bars are 10- 15 min away in Megalochoria and the main city Thera is 15 mins by taxi (â‚¬10) although the local buses are frequent and it costs â‚¬2.
Out and about there is a good supermarket, 10-15 mins walk up the hill and our best find was a local bakery that had cakes and pastries to die for, and only 10 min walk away down the hill towards Megalochori.
We booked this last minute through Thomson Holidays, and were well looked after by their reps. If you want ideas for a trip, I can recommend the sunset boat trip. Well worth the money and would we go again, definitely.
Tour Operator: Thomson