Aenaon Villas in Imerovigli, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 13, 2018

Review of Aenaon Villas in Imerovigli, Santorini.

Aenaon Villas – Luxurious villa collection with a cliffside infinity pool and sunrise and sunset views over the caldera and Aegean.

Aenaon Villas features six spacious villas in elegant Cycladic style with minimalist, contemporary design and high-quality furnishings, linens, and amenities. This award-winning property boasts a shared infinity pool on the caldera’s edge, plus one villa has its own private pool, and another has a private, outdoor jacuzzi. Located high on top of the caldera in the narrow neck of the island, the views here are astounding, with sweeping sunset views over the caldera, and wide sunrise views over the Aegean Sea beaches. Service is impeccable and personal, and the setting is tranquil and quiet.

Aenaon Villas – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location, among the very best views on the island, though it is fairly remote. The hotel is in a very quiet area, just north of Imerovigli village, a 7-minute drive to the beginning of the village with its restaurants and attractions, and about 17 minutes’ drive to world-famous Oia.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits on the side of the caldera just off the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to get to whether by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. There are always buses at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from the airport (both buses will stop in Fira from where you’ll get a different bus to Imerovigli – the entire trip from port or airport to Imerovigli will take at least an hour). There is an unofficial bus stop near the hotel, in front of San Antonio hotel; let the bus driver know ahead of time that you will be getting off there. Arriving by car is the easiest way to get here, though. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Aenaon Villas will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Aeneon Villas will cost roughly €30. For those driving themselves, Aeneon Villas offers free valet parking (a major perk).
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk); bus stop to Oia, Fira, and the rest of the island (1-minute walk).

Aenaon Villas – The Basics

  • Ages: This is an adults-only property, and guests must be at least 12 years old to stay here. Guests tend to be couples celebrating honeymoons, anniversaries, or birthdays. They get a good amount of friend groups traveling, but they do not host very many families.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Koloumpos Beach, 4.4 km northeast, but Exo Gialos is a better beach and not much farther, just 6.9 km to the north end or 9 km to the south end with its impressive wind-sculpted cliffs. The best beach bar and restaurant is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (16-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (12-minute drive).
  • View: At the highest point in the narrowest part of the island, the villas offer outstanding panoramic views of both, caldera sunsets and Aegean sunrises. Zaneti is the only villa without a caldera view from its veranda.
  • Kitchen: Two villas, Marily and Zaneti, have kitchens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Villa Charissa features an outdoor jacuzzi, and Villa Elidami offers a private, unheated plunge pool.
  • Parking: Free parking onsite.
  • Extras: Fresh flowers, fruits, and a welcome bottle of wine on arrival.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from late April to mid-October. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for travel during the high season from June to September. Reserve at least 2 months in advance for travel during low season.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 27014
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.aenaonvillas.gr/

Aenaon Villas – Amenities

  • Pool: Unheated infinity pool on the rim of the caldera.
  • Spa: No spa onsite, but in-room treatments can be arranged.
  • Fitness Center: No gym.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel is unsuitable for guests with mobility issues as it is on the caldera, and filled with stairs. There is no elevator, and no accessible room type.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, guests must be at least 12 years old to stay. There are no amenities or facilities for children. Only Villa Marily is large enough to accommodate a family of up to 4.
  • Activities: The owners and staff are happy to recommend and reserve any activities, from sailing to wine tastings to helicopter tours and more.

Aenaon Villas – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: There is no restaurant onsite, but they do have a kitchen serving light snacks and drinks during the afternoons, served poolside or to the villas.
  • Lounge/Bar: No bar onsite, but drinks can be ordered to the pool or to the villas during the afternoons.
  • Breakfast: An a la carte complimentary breakfast is served daily to the villas or to the main terrace at the time of your choosing. The breakfast menu features local, fresh products and produce with especially great Greek omelets, chocolate soufflé, and coffee.
  • Room Service: Available for breakfast and lunch, served to the villas, private terraces, or poolside.

Aenaon Villas – Rooms

  • Room Types: Villa Charissa • Villa Zaneti • Villa Anezina • Villa Feggeri • Villa Elidami • Villa Marily
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces, and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: Villas Charissa and Elidami are the 2 best villas for couples. Charissa is a spacious 65 sqm with a king-sized bedroom and a private, outdoor jacuzzi, while Elidami is a 45 sqm villa with a queen-sized bed in its loft and a private, outdoor plunge pool. Both villas offer stellar sunrise and sunset views.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, guests must be at least 12 years old to stay. There are no amenities or facilities for children. Villa Marily is the only one large enough to sleep 4 guests. The 95 sqm villa has 1 queen-sized master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and 2 single bedrooms with a shared bathroom. Marily offers a full kitchen, separate living and dining areas, and a private veranda with direct access to the infinity pool.

Aenaon Villas – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located at the northern edge of Imerovigli, right on the Oia-Fira Trail, just south of the halfway point between Imerovigli and Oia. This is one of the more remote hotels in the area, and there is not much within a short walk of the property. It’s a 51-minute walk south to reach Imerovigli village with all of its restaurants, attractions, and boutiques.
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is across from the hotel in front of neighboring San Antonio. This is an unofficial stop, but the bus is slow and easy to flag down to board. When heading back to the hotel, tell the driver your stop is at San Antonio upon boarding, otherwise they’ll keep on driving. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. Tickets are bought on board and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10. Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
  • Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, all the way down in Fira, so it’s not very practical to walk or bus to. Plus, there is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, and have them meet you directly at the hotel. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Imerovigli to Fira is roughly €10 and from Imerovigli to the airport or port is around €20.
  • Scooters/Motorcycles: Just don’t, unless you’re Evel Knievel! Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
  • ATVs: This is a super popular mode of transportation with tourists, but the locals absolutely hate them. They move too slowly, and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. ATVs with smaller motors have been banned from the roads, and a full ban is expected to pass soon.

Aenaon Villas – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • OVAC: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambiance. Stupidly expensive, but everything on the menu is absolute perfection. 6-minute drive or 27-minute walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 6-minute drive.
  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 8-minute drive.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 8-minute drive.
  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 8-minute drive.
  • The Athenian House: Elegant fine dining with spectacular sunset views. Contemporary and imaginative Greek dishes incorporate modern gastronomic techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. Most of all, they’re delicious. 9-minute drive.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Hlios Bakery: Good coffee, basic pastries, and deli sandwiches. Not exceptional, but the bakery’s cheap, and delivers (cash only for deliveries). 6-minute drive.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb and the sunset views are gorgeous. 8-minute drive.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking the full length of the path from the hotel takes 1 hour 11 minutes to Oia Castle or 1 hour and 14 minutes to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel (add at least 15 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock). 1-minute walk.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 7-minute drive.
  • Anastasi Church: The most picturesque, blue-domed church in Imerovigli offers gorgeous caldera views overlooking Skaros Rock. Popular for weddings and photo shoots. 7-minute drive.
  • Agios Georgios Church: Small white church on a platform over the caldera, marking the start of the trail to Skaros Rock. Gorgeous, panoramic views from here. 8-minute drive.
  • Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating to 1207. The monastery at its base, Panagia Theoskepasti, is the only part of Skaros that is still active. 8-minute drive.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Jimmy’s Market Cava: Market and deli with a great selection (especially the wines), plus great coffee and breakfast sandwiches (more consistent and better quality breakfasts than Hlios but they don’t deliver). 6-minute drive.
  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 7-minute drive.

Aenaon Villas – The Hotel

The hotel architecture is a modern take on Cycladic style.

Aenaon Villas exterior. The design is a modern interpretation of traditional Cycladic style. All of the lava rock used in the construction was recycled from the excavation.

The hotel's architecture features natural lava rock walls.

View from the sidewalk, with a closer look at the lava rock walls.

The white walls and black lava rock walls contrast sharply.

Another exterior view facing east toward the Aegean Sea.

The infinity pool offers views of both volcanoes, Imerovigli, Thirassia and Aspronisi.

Facing west is the infinity pool with panoramic views of the caldera. The white buildings on the left make up Imerovigli, the closest village. Just to the right of the village is Skaros Rock. The 2 cruise ships sit in front of the new volcano in the center; the old volcano is just behind the new one, slightly to the right. All the way in the back center is Akrotiri at the southwest end of Santorini. Thirassia Island is on the far right-hand side, and the tiny one next to that is the uninhabited island Aspronisi.

The infinity pool features 3 natural lava rocks and amazing caldera views.

The pool is flanked by 3 natural lava rocks. On a sunny day, the view from the infinity pool here is the best view of anywhere on the island.

The infinity pool deck has a few sun loungers.

View of the hotel from the other side of the infinity pool.

The pool deck has sun loungers and Bali beds, with views to Oia.

There are a few sun loungers surrounding the pool, as well as these Bali beds on the lower terrace in front of the pool. The white buildings in the center of this photo make up Oia village to the northwest of the hotel.

A popular breakfast area is on the cliffside terrace.

Daily breakfast can be served to the villas or on this cliffside terrace with stunning views.

The reception area is small and cozy, and displays multiple awards.

This is the reception area, where guests are welcomed and served refreshments on arrival. The owners have all of their awards displayed prominently throughout the reception area.

There are travel guides and magazines guests can borrow at the reception.

The owners and staff are happy to offer advice on restaurants and activities island-wide, and there is no shortage of printed travel guides and magazines available to borrow.

The villa's kitchen is at a slight lower level than the living and dining areas.

Spacious Marily Villa opens up to a kitchen on the lower right and the dining and living areas on the upper left.

Rooms are decorated with fresh flowers.

Each room has a bouquet of fresh flowers waiting on guests’ arrival.

Villas have wooden furniture and a fireplace.

Interiors and décor are entirely in white, rich wood, and warm-toned tile. Each villa has a fireplace with candles inside.

The entrance leads to a living area with a small kitchen and dining area.

View of the kitchen, dining area, and the donkey door entrance from the living room.

The fully-equipped kitchen has a small coffee table, a large stove, and an oven.

The kitchen has a second, smaller table for 2, a 4-burner stove, and an oven…

The kitchen is well-equipped, and includes a full refrigerator.

…as well as a full-sized refrigerator, kettle, and espresso machine.

the kitchen is in a recessed area behind the living room.

View toward the dining room from the kitchen.

The master bedroom has a queen bed and ensuite bathroom.

This is the master bedroom with a queen-sized bed and ensuite bathroom.

The bathroom features a large Greek shower.

The bathroom features a large, open-style, Greek shower with exposed natural lava rock.

The second bedroom is smaller with a single bed.

The second bedroom has a single bed…

Similarly, the third bedroom too has a single bed.

…as does the third bedroom. These two rooms share a bathroom.

The villa has an al fresco dining area leading to the infinity pool.

The villa exits to a private, al fresco dining area with direct access to the infinity pool.

The large terrace offers fantastic views.

View from Marily’s terrace.

Villa Charissa has an outdoor jacuzzi with amazing caldera views.

A couple of villas have their own private water feature. This is the outdoor jacuzzi for Villa Charissa.

Villa Elidami has a private plunge pool with fantastic caldera views.

And here is the private plunge pool for Villa Elidami. It has a caldera view facing the other direction.

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