Andronis Concept Wellness Resort in Imerovigli, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 13, 2018

Review of Andronis Concept Wellness Resort in Imerovigli, Santorini.

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Family-friendly, wellness-focused hotel with private pools for each spacious suite, an impressive spa, and three shared pools.

The only resort of its kind in Santorini, this property offers a luxurious blend of privacy, mindfulness, and indulgence. Suites and villas are amply sized (from 35 to 160 sqm), all with private, heated plunge pools; villas all have the same number of bathrooms as bedrooms. The three shared pools are all unique: the spa’s unheated pool is the largest on the island, and long enough for doing laps; the heated cave pool is shielded from the sun; and the heated infinity pool at Throubi restaurant offers gorgeous caldera views. For families, they offer special kids’ yoga and spa programs, cooking classes, tennis, and kids’ amenities in the suites and at the pool. The restaurant menu was overseen by a nutritionist, and offers healthy, delicious options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with many ingredients grown onsite in their gardens and vineyard.

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location about 14 minutes’ walk from the heart of Imerovigli village. This quiet location offers more privacy than the hotels in the village center, along with stellar views of the caldera to the west, and the Aegean to the east.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera, just outside of Imerovigli village, and 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). The bus stop is just 12 minutes away on foot, mostly downhill, and fairly easy to navigate with luggage. 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 Andronis Concept Wellness Resort will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Andronis Concept Wellness Resort will cost roughly €30. For those driving themselves, Andronis offers free valet parking (a major perk).
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Anastasi Church (16-minute walk), Skaros Rock (28-minute walk).

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – The Basics

  • Ages: All ages are welcome here. The majority of guests are couples celebrating a special occasion, though more families have recently discovered the hotel, and are making up a growing share of guests.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Exo Gialos, a quiet, black sand beach with intriguing wind-sculpted cliffs at its southern end. The best beach bar and restaurant is East Breeze (14-minute drive), just a few meters from the cliffs. The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (10-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 4.5 km drive to the north end, or 6.3 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: 25 suites offer gorgeous caldera views from their private infinity pools and terraces, while 3 suites offer views to the Aegean Sea and gardens.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All suites and villas have a private, heated infinity plunge pool. The Fabulous Suite offers a jacuzzi in its plunge pool; the Three Bedroom Villa has both a jacuzzi and a pool; while the 4 Bedroom Villa boasts 2 private pools.
  • Kitchen: The Four Bedroom Villa has a full kitchen.
  • Parking: Plenty of free parking onsite.
  • Extras: Welcome wine on arrival, bespoke room experience (pillow menu, choice of scent, choice of luxury brand amenities), cooking classes, yoga studio, tennis court, family activities (kids’ spa, yoga, family cooking classes, kids’ amenities for pool and in suite), evening shuttle to and from Oia, and a cave cinema showing a different movie every evening.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from the first of April until early November. 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 36737
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.andronisconcept.com/

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Amenities

  • Pool: 3 pools onsite: unheated spa lap pool, heated cave pool, heated infinity pool with caldera views.
  • Spa: The largest spa in Santorini, offering treatments for individuals, couples, or families. The full-service menu features bodywork, skincare, hair, and nail treatments based on Eastern and Western healing traditions. Most treatments are done inside the spa, while they also offer sunset massage outdoors over the caldera. Full day spa packages can be integrated with yoga, fitness, and meals at the restaurant.
  • Fitness Center: Large gym, featuring a good selection of cardio machines and free weights. The yoga studio offers Hatha and aerial styles with views of the caldera. Personal trainers are available for workouts or yoga. Yoga is available for kids and families. Sunset yoga is their signature.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with no elevator and lots of stairs (though fewer than you’ll find in other caldera properties). Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: Exceptional family amenities, probably the best in Santorini. Activities include kids’ spa and yoga, family cooking classes, tennis court, and kids’ amenities in the room (baby cots, tiny bath robes, board games), and at the pool (goggles, floaties).
  • Activities: Cooking lessons, sunset yoga, cave cinema (screening a different movie filmed in Greece every night).
  • Other Facilities: Helipad, vineyard, vegetable and flower garden, cave cinema.

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Throubi is located next to the infinity pool and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks with caldera views. The menu fuses wellness, fine dining, and local Santorinian flavors, offering a unique selection of healthy, delicious apps and entrees all day (more indulgent choices are also available). Most ingredients are grown onsite in their gardens, and the wine list spotlights the best local selections. The restaurant is open to the public and serves lunch from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and dinner from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Pool Bar serves lunch and snacks prepared in Throubi’s kitchen with refreshing cocktails using homegrown ingredients. Drinks are available all day, and food during Throubi’s regular hours.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is served daily to each room. Order off the a la carte menu from a wide selection of healthy, organic choices as well as more decadent favorites. Available from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Rooms

  • Room Types: Cozy Suite • Wet Allure • Finesse Suite • Fabulous Suite • Two Bedroom Villa • Three Bedroom Villa • Four Bedroom Villa
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces, and in the outdoor designated areas.
  • Best Room: The 160 sqm Four Bedroom Villa is their top tier room category, and boasts 1 large master bedroom and 3 additional bedrooms with a private ensuite bathroom for each bedroom, with a separate living room and a full kitchen. Round trip airport or port transportation and 24 hour butler service are included.
  • For Families: Several categories are suitable for families of 4 or more, including the Fabulous Suite (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 levels, 90 sqm, infinity pool, caldera view, up to 4 guests), the Two Bedroom Villa (2 bathroom, 1 level, 70 sqm, infinity pool, Aegean Sea view, up to 4 guests), the Three Bedroom Villa (3 bathrooms, 2 levels, playroom, 100 sqm, infinity pool, jacuzzi, caldera view, up to 6 guests), and the Four Bedroom Villa (4 bathrooms, kitchen, 160 sqm, 2 infinity pools, caldera view, up to 8 guests).

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located just outside of the main village area in Imerovigli. Though it feels remote, the village’s restaurants, shops, and attractions are all within walking distance, 5 to 25 minutes away along the Oia-Fira hiking trail.
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is in Imerovigli village, a 12-minute walk from the hotel. 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 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.

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • OVAC: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambience. Stupidly expensive but everything on the menu is absolute perfection. 10-minute walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 14-minute walk.
  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 15-minute walk.
  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining, and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 16-minute walk.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 16-minute walk.
  • 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. 22-minute walk or 4-minute drive.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Buddha Bar Beach: Upscale cocktail bar, restaurant, and shisha lounge with views over Skaros Rock to the caldera. Pricey but on point. 15-minute walk.

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Hlios Bakery: Good coffee, basic pastries, and deli sandwiches. Not exceptional, but they’re cheap, and they deliver (cash only for deliveries). 15-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: 1-minute walk. One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia and Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking northwest, the full length of the path from the hotel to Oia Castle takes about 1 hour 44 minutes. Heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 34 minutes (add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock).
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 15-minute walk or 3-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. 16-minute walk.
  • 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. 17-minute walk.
  • 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. 28-minute walk.

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). 13-minute walk.
  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area, and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 14-minute walk.

Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – The Hotel

The resort has an iconic round building that houses the reception.

Outside the hotel, the round building houses the reception, lobby, and boutique. To the right, you can see the main building where the suites, spa, pools, and restaurants are. The architecture puts a contemporary spin on the local Cycladic style.

To one side of the round building are the Two Bedroom Villas.

Looking to the left, you can see the building where some of the Two Bedroom Villas are. This is the only section of the hotel without views of the caldera. They face the sea and garden area.

The resort boutique sells a nice selection of items.

Entering the main building, the boutique is in front and to the left of the lobby and reception areas. They sell beach gear, leisure clothing, accessories, and a few other basic items.

The lobby offers a holistic health vibe.

The lobby is an eclectic, indoor-outdoor space with a holistic health vibe.

The hotel's reception is staffed 24/7.

The reception is to the right of the lobby, and is staffed around the clock.

The spa is in the main building.

Head up to the main building to find their spa center…

The gym is under the spa.

…with the gym below.

The main pool is unheated but large enough to do laps.

On the other side of the long spa windows, you’ll find the main pool. This pool is long enough for doing laps and is the only unheated pool onsite.

The infinity pool offers good sea views.

Views from this pool are towards the Aegean Sea…

A small bar offers good mix of drinks by the pool.

…while the pool itself is served by a small bar, offering refreshing cocktails, juices, smoothies, and snacks, plus lunch cooked in the main restaurant’s kitchen.

The vegetable garden is in front of the main pool.

Just in front of the main pool is the vegetable garden.

The heated cave pool has a small waterfall inside.

Down the little steps off the main pool deck, you’ll find the heated cave pool, protected from the sun and with a little waterfall inside.

The yoga studio offers Hatha and aerial yoga classes.

Nearby, but facing the caldera, is the yoga studio, offering an excellent program of Hatha and aerial yoga in the mornings and at sunset, with private lessons available by appointment.

Throubi Restaurant opens onto a terrace with an infinity pool that oversees the caldera.

Also facing the caldera is the infinity pool and terrace at Throubi Restaurant. Directly in front of the pool is the Oia-Fira Hiking Trail. Take this path to reach Imerovigli village’s restaurants, shopping, and attractions, including Skaros Rock.

Throubi Restaurant offers healthy and delicious meals.

Throubi Restaurant offers healthy and delicious meals all day, with a menu that is overseen by a nutritionist. They also have a full bar to serve the pool area. Both the poolside terrace and this covered area offer spectacular sunset views during dinner.

The entry-level Cozy Suites are spacious and well-decorated.

The Cozy Suites are all on the same level as the restaurant, and also face the caldera. This is the entry level room category, yet it still offers a lot of space at 35 sqm. The room opens to a desk behind the bed, facing the patio door.

The suite has an open plan layout and stylish decor.

This open plan suite plays up traditional architectural elements with a modern twist and stylish décor.

The suite decor is neo-traditional and welcoming.

Both the bed and the sofa are on elevated built-in platforms. The palette is neutral with red accents and neo-traditional motifs.

The suite's bathroom features a traditional style.

The bathroom is built in a classic style with pressed concrete, marble dust, and an open style shower.

The suite's patio has a plunge pool, sun lounger and small dining table.

The patio boasts a heated, infinity plunge pool with views over the caldera to Oia, a double-sized sun lounger, and a small dining table.

The Cozy Suites are right over the Oia-Fira trail and offer less privacy.

The Cozy Suites are in front of the Oia-Fira Trail, and make a great home base for exploring the area. However, due to their proximity to the trail, they offer less privacy than the other suite categories, which are on the higher floors.

Cooking classes are offered in the vineyard gazebo.

The grounds also feature a vineyard with a small gazebo, where cooking classes are offered to couples and families.

The resort also features a tennis court with sea views.

There is also a tennis court facing the Aegean Sea.

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