Updated: March 10, 2021
Andronis Arcadia – Refined, family-friendly hotel with an infinity pool, a revitalizing spa, and two top notch restaurants.
Contemporary, Cycladic accommodations all feature a private terrace with a heated pool and unobstructed sunset sea views (not over the caldera) and range in size from the spacious 42 square meters Sunset Suite to the enormous 6-bedroom, 600 square meter Eden Villa. Opson, the hotel’s signature restaurant, offers an ambitious menu of ancient Greek fare curated by a culinary archaeologist and reimagined for the modern palate by a talented chef. Pacman serves refreshing sushi and casual Greek taverna fare, while the all-day pool bar highlights craft cocktails and local wines. Set within a short walk of Oia’s best-loved attractions and near the bus station with routes to Fira, while being removed enough for rest and relaxation.
Andronis Arcadia – Location
• Area: Peaceful setting on the northwestern edge of Oia, just 150 meters from dining and shopping, 300 meters to the caldera’s edge, and only 600 meters to the Byzantine castle ruins, Santorini’s most popular sunset lookout point. Oia’s main bus station is just steps from the hotel with frequent service to Fira, where the main bus hub serves the whole island.
• How to Get There: The hotel sits on the main westbound road through Oia, making it very easy to travel to and from, whether by taxi, driving yourself, or riding the bus. It is approximately 20km from the ferry port and about 16 km from the Santorini Airport to Andronis Arcadia.
There are always buses waiting at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from Santorini Airport. There are no direct buses from the port or airport to Oia, however; buses from both locations go to Fira, where you must then board a different bus to Oia – the entire trip from the port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour and cost about €5 in total. Tickets are purchased on the bus, in cash only. The hotel is only 250 meters, about a 3-minute walk, from the Oia bus station.
Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there can be a long wait; schedule ahead to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Santorini are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport to Andronis Arcadia will cost roughly €35 to €40. A taxi from the ferry port will cost around €35 to €40. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $60 (or €50), but is worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.
For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival or in Fira. The road from the ferry port is steep and narrow, with many tricky switchbacks, large trucks, and buses. Leave that for the locals to navigate. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. Upon arrival in Oia, Andronis Arcadia offers free parking.
Andronis Arcadia – The Basics
- Ages: Guests of all ages are allowed at the hotel. Family amenities include spacious suites and villas, cots, cribs, kids’ menus, babysitting, child-sized bathrobes, swim goggles and water wings, kids’ yoga, kids’ spa treatments, and more.
- Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 900 meters (16-minute walk – it’s a steep hill) from Andronis Arcadia. This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia, and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.) Katharos Beach is another rocky beach nearby (20-minute walk) with one beach bar. It is off the beaten path, so much quieter than Ammoudi Bay but not as beautiful.
- View: All suites and villas boast a sunset view over the Aegean but not the caldera. This is a spectacular sunset spot for unobstructed views of the sun sinking into the sea.
- Kitchen: The 3-story, 6-bedroom Eden Villa features a fully equipped kitchen.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All suites and villas have their own heated private pools on their terraces with sunbeds and sunset views. The Three Bedroom Villa adds a jacuzzi, and the Eden Villa adds a second heated pool.
- Parking: Free parking onsite.
- Extras: The hotel’s Sleep Concierge offers a pillow menu, in room aromatherapy, bedtime snacks, and a lavender turndown service. Room amenities include a fitness kit, a choice of 3 toiletry brands, Nespresso machine, and organic selections in the minibar. Services include 24-hour reception, 24-hour room service, free yoga, free functional training, free daily hiking. Family perks include kids’ menus, child-sized robes, kids’ yoga and spa treatments, and more.
- When to Book: The hotel operates from mid-April/early May through October. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +30 22860 27392
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: andronisarcadia.com
Andronis Arcadia – Amenities
- Pool: Large, unheated, infinity pool overlooking the Aegean Sea served by an all-day pool bar.
- Spa: Wellness spa blending traditional healing with modern techniques, including hair profiling tests, cryo-wrap walks through their Kneipp pool, herbal organic products, and a wide range of tailored skin care and body treatments.
- Fitness Center: Excellent gym facilities with modern, well-maintained equipment, including cardio machines, cable machines, a punching bag and golves, Smith machines, and free weights. Yoga and functional training are available, as are child and family yoga sessions.
- For Disabled Guests: Though the hotel is not wheelchair accessible, those with mild to moderate mobility issues should be fine. The hotel has fewer stairs than those located on the caldera’s edge, and the staff can arrange golf carts to transport guests around the property. The Sunset Suite offers the easiest access to hotel facilities, including the pool, restaurants, and spa.
- For Families: All ages are welcome at Andronis Arcadia. Most suites and villas accommodate 4 or more guests. The 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Family Suite is split over 3 floors and sleeps up to 4, while the 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom Eden Villa (the largest villa on the island) sleeps up to 12 and adds a full kitchen, second pool, and a spa room. Family amenities and facilities include private pools in all room types, kids yoga and spa treatments, kids pool gear (goggles and water wings), child-sized bath robes, kids’ menus, cots and cribs. Cooking classes and tennis are available at their sister property Andronis Concept Wellness in Imerovigli (transportation can be arranged).
- Activities: Live music, weekly cocktail parties, sunset parties, free guided hikes, free yoga and kids’ yoga.
Andronis Arcadia – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Opson is the hotel’s standout signature restaurant for unforgettable dining. Designed in collaboration with the hotel’s head chef and an archaeologist from the University of Crete, Opson’s menu presents dishes rooted in ancient Greek cuisine; in fact, many of the historic recipes served here were preserved through millennia on papyrus scrolls. Tasting menus range from 8 to 11 courses with wine pairings available; items can also be ordered a la carte. Dinner only; reservations required (especially at sunset). • $$$$ and worth every penny.
- Restaurant: Offering a vibrant, laidback atmosphere, Pacman is the hotel’s all day poolside restaurant, offering Greek taverna fare for lunch and light, fresh sushi for lunch and dinner. Gorgeous sunset views over the Aegean every evening, plus tasty craft cocktails and local wine. • $$$
- Lounge/Bar: Andronis Arcadia’s pool bar serves signature cocktails, local wine, beer, and refreshments throughout the day from 11:00 a.m. until midnight.
- Breakfast: A decadent, complimentary, a la carte breakfast is on offer daily in Pacman restaurant or delivered directly to the suites.
- Room Service: Available 24 hours with a dedicated menu.
Andronis Arcadia – Rooms
- Room Types: Sunset Suite • Executive Suite • Family Suite • Two Bedroom Villa • Three Bedroom Villa • Four Bedroom Villa • Eden Villa
- Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
- Best Room: For couples, the Executive Suite is the best choice. This 50 square meter, open-plan suite features lavish décor, a private terrace with an infinity pool and expansive sunset view, and a contemporary bathroom with dual vanities.
- For Families: Andronis Arcadia is open to guests of all ages as well as pets. Kid-friendly amenities include kids’ menus, babysitting, pool accessories, kids’ yoga and spa treatments, and more. The hotel offers several wonderful accommodations for families, including 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Family Suites, spread over 3 stories with an infinity pool and sleeping up to 4. Larger groups should book a villa. The top tier villa here is the 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom Eden Villa which sleeps up to 12 and offers its own private spa, gym, fully equipped kitchen, and two private pools. At 600 square meters, this is the largest villa on the island.
Andronis Arcadia – Local Transport
- Walking: Tucked into a quiet nook just northwest of Oia village’s center, about a 2-minute walk from romantic dining and luxury shopping, about a 4-minute walk from the caldera, and a pleasant 9-minute walk to the picturesque castle ruins. The hotel is an easy 4-minute walk, to the bus station with frequent service to Fira.
- Bus: The Oia Bus Terminal is only 250 meters away and serves all of the major villages and beaches on the island (sometimes 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 near the Oia Bus Terminal. 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, plus you can 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 Oia to Fira is €20, and from Oia to the airport runs about €35 to €40.
- Scooters/Motorcycles: 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 are a fun and popular mode of transportation with tourists, but for the locals stuck driving behind them, they move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. For those who don’t ride quads regularly (i.e. most people), they can be dangerous at high speeds and on turns. Crashing your ATV is a sure-fire way to ruin your vacation.
Andronis Arcadia – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live, Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 2-minute walk.
- Roka: Authentic, Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 4-minute walk.
- Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 5-minute walk.
- PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 5-minute walk.
- Melitini: 100% Greek menu, using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 5-minute walk.
- Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Ammoudi Bay, the port below Oia and closest swimming spot, is home to four phenomenal seafood restaurants, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 16-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Sunset Sangria Bar: Chill spot for sangria, cocktails, and tapas with excellent sunset views (though not of the caldera). 1-minute walk.
- Fino cocktail Bar and Restaurant: The best cocktails in Oia. Plus, inspired Mediterranean food, and an extensive wine list. 4-minute walk.
- Fino Cocktail Bar and Restaurant: The only nightlife in Oia, this is where to go for dancing, as they regularly host live bands and DJs. 5-minute walk.
Best Nearby Cafes
- Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. 6-minute walk.
- Vitrin Café Creperie: One of the best breakfasts on the island, plus AMAZING sunset views if you arrive early enough to snag a table. 7-minute walk.
- Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty okay sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 10-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops
- Atlantis Books: Widely considered to be the best bookstore in the world. Nat Geo calls it a “Destination of a Lifetime.” 6-minute walk.
- B.Loose: Greek-made, casual linen wear for men and women. 5-minute walk.
- It’s a Beautiful Day: Greek-designed clothing and luxury-brand accessories. 5-minute walk.
- BLOW by Labro: High-end designer boutique with unique pieces. 5-minute walk.
- Steps to Art: Truly unique metal sculptures, replicas inspired by Akrotiri, and jewelry made with volcanic sand and watch parts. 7-minute walk.
- Spilia Cave Greek Clothing: Truly unique metal sculptures, replicas inspired by Akrotiri, and jewelry made with volcanic sand and watch parts. 7-minute walk.
- Spilia Cave Greek Clothing: Handmade, leather sandals, cotton and linen Greek clothes, located in one of the original living caves of Oia. 7-minute walk.
- Bligaki: Santorinian accessories, especially jewelry and bags, mostly handmade. 7-minute walk.
- Museum of Ancient, Byzantine Musical Instruments: Faithful replicas of Greek instruments dating from the prehistoric through Byzantine eras. 5-minute walk.
- Church of Panagia of Platsani: The most iconic church in Santorini, beautiful inside and out. 4-minute walk.
- Maritime Museum: Small museum focused on Greek Naval and Santorinian seafaring history. Only €3 to enter. 5-minute walk.
- Maritime Museum: (aka Oia Castle aka Byzantine Castle Ruins): The medieval castle ruins are the most popular sunset viewpoint on the island. 9-minute walk.
- Ammoudi Bay: Best known for its fresh fish restaurants, Ammoudi is the rocky port of Oia; boats sail to Thirassia and cruise the caldera from here. It’s an incredibly popular spot for cliff diving, and is one of the best places to swim on the island. 16-minute walk.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 3-minute walk.
- Asteras Supermarket: Small but solid selection with a surprising amount of fresh produce for its size, along with prepackaged deli cuts, snacks, beer, wine, and some beach gear. 3-minute walk.
- Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. 4-minute walk.
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