Andronis Luxury Suites in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 17, 2018

Review of Andronis Luxury Suites in Oia, Santorini.

Andronis Luxury Suites – Decadent suites and villas with Jacuzzis or pools, plus a world-renowned restaurant, indulgent spa, and an infinity pool overlooking the caldera.

Extravagant, five-star hotel perfect for a romantic occasion, Andronis offers elevated and well-appointed cave-style suites and villas, all featuring either a private Jacuzzi or a private infinity pool with caldera views. Their award-winning restaurant, Lycabettus, offers one of the best caldera views on the island. The spa offers a full-service menu of bodywork, skin, and nail therapies, plus unique treatment packages and private yoga sessions. Bespoke experiences include wine-tasting and shopping excursions to Mykonos by helicopter.

Andronis Luxury Suites – Location

  • Area: Fantastic location on the caldera’s edge in the center of Oia, along the marble path of the pedestrian-only zone. The hotel is surrounded by amazing restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, and is a 6-minute walk from the Oia Bus Terminal.
  • How to Get There: Andronis’ location on the footpath just off the main road makes it very easy to travel to and from; whether by taxi, driving yourself, or taking the bus. There are always buses at the ferry port for every arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from the airport. From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s an easy 6-minute walk to the hotel. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule ahead to avoid this. The rate should be roughly €25, with a small surcharge for luggage or for booking in advance. For those driving themselves, Andronis offers free parking in their lot nearby.
  • Handy To: Shopping (2-minute walk to Soho Soho, 7-minute walk to Atlantis Books), Church of Panagia of Platsani (5-minute walk), Oia Castle (11-minute walk).

Andronis Luxury Suites – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, only guests aged 13 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples from 24 – 60 years old celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon or anniversary, though they do get a few families traveling with older kids, especially in the summer months. About half of the guests here are Americans.
  • Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 1.1 kilometers (17-minute walk) from the hotel. 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.)
  • View: Astounding, panoramic caldera views throughout the hotel. The best sunset views are from their villas.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All suites and villas offer either Jacuzzis or heated infinity pools.
  • Parking: Free parking is available in several nearby lots.
  • Extras: Welcome bottle of wine, bespoke room experience (pillow menu, room scent, and your choice of brands for the in-room amenities). Several exclusive experiences are offered for an additional fee: Wine tasting at Lycabettus (only one couple per night; reservations required), Mykonos shopping spree (day trip to Mykonos by helicopter), and professional photo shoot at several locations on the island.
  • When to Book: The hotel usually 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. Use the website specific to your language, currency, and home-country for easiest use: UKUSAFrançaisDeutschNederlands.
  • Phone: +30 22860 72041
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.andronis-suites.com/

Andronis Luxury Suites – Amenities

  • Pool: Large, heated infinity pool with views of the caldera.
  • Spa: Full-service, cave-style spa offers both standard treatments and unique experiences.
  • Fitness Center: In-room fitness is available, as well as access to the gym at their sister property, Andronis Concept Wellness in Imerovigli.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with no elevator and many stairs. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: An adults-only property, only guests 13 and older are permitted. There are no specific amenities for children or families. A handful of suites can accommodate up to 3 guests, while only the 2-bedroom villa can accommodate more – up to 5 guests.
  • Activities: Wine tasting, Mykonos day trip, professional photography shoots.

Andronis Luxury Suites – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Lycabettus Restaurant is the crown jewel of the resort, offering creative Greek and local Santorinian fine dining with super fresh ingredients. Elegant yet informal atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Recognized by Nat Geo as having the best balcony in the world, the restaurant is perched on a section of the caldera that juts out over the Aegean Sea, with stunning views of the caldera and perfect sunsets. The restaurant is reserved for hotel guests only during lunch, and opens to the public in the evening. Make reservations in advance for dinner here. • $$$$
  • Lounge/Bar: There’s an excellent cocktail and snack menu at the pool bar, prepared in the Lycabettus kitchen. Drinks are top-notch, and the snack menu offers Greek and international bites, including sandwiches and sushi.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary, a la carte breakfast is delivered to the room every morning at the hour of your choice. Order off the menu the night before.
  • Room Service: Always for breakfast, and available throughout the day until about 10:30 p.m. when the restaurant closes.

Andronis Luxury Suites – Rooms

  • Room Types: Premier Suite • Grand Suite • Deluxe Suite with Indoor Jacuzzi • Deluxe Suite with Outdoor Jacuzzi • Exceptional Suite with Infinity Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Indoor Cave Plunge Pool • Pythia Suite • Superior Suite with Infinity Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Outdoor Jacuzzi • Exclusive Suite with Infinity Pool • Sunset Villas Socrates • Sunset Villas Aristotilis • Two Bedroom Villa • White House • Infinity Pool Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking inside any guest rooms or suites. It is allowed on private outdoor terraces, and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Infinity Pool Suite is their top suite, boasting 80 sqm of space and a full-sized, heated infinity pool with panoramic caldera views. This open-plan one-bedroom unit features a living room, bathroom with jet shower, and a private terrace with dining space and sun loungers. Though one of the largest suites onsite, it is for 2 guests only.
  • For Families: The best space for families is the Two-Bedroom Villa, which sleeps up to 5 guests with two king beds and a sofa. This spacious 110 sqm villa has 2 bathrooms, a separate living room, a large terrace with amazing views, and an outdoor heated pool.

Andronis Luxury Suites – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in the heart of Oia on the marble, pedestrian path, surrounded by an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions. Shopping is a 2-minute walk from the hotel, Oia Bus Terminal is just 6-minutes away on foot, and Oia’s most photographed church, Panagia of Platsani, is only 5-minutes away. The castle ruins, Santorini’s most popular sunset viewpoint, is a 12-minute walk west, while Ammoudi Bay is just a little further, 17-minutes from the hotel.
  • Bus: Andronis Hotel is very close to the Oia Bus Terminal, just 6-minutes away. 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, near the Oia Bus Terminal. There is often a wait here as only 25 taxis serve the entire island (including guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, and for the option to have them meet you a little closer to the hotel (Passaggio is a good meeting spot). 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 €15; from Oia to the airport runs about €25.
  • 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, they can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop-offs with no guardrails – plus no street lights in most areas. Also 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 Luxury Suites – What’s Nearby?

  • Caldera Yachting’s Gold Sunset Cruise
    Sail in a catamaran from Ammoudi Bay (17-minute walk from the hotel) across the caldera, with stops for swimming and snorkeling plus incredible views of the volcano, Thirassia, the Red Beach, and more.
  • Shotz Tour: Photography Tours
    Visit the most picturesque spots in Oia and the rest of the island while learning the ins and outs of taking great photos. Tours are private, customizable, and range from four hours to a full day. Transportation included.
  • Domaine Sigalas: Vineyard, Wine, Gastronomy Tour
    Tour the vineyard to learn about the island’s unique winemaking process and sample 10 supreme wines paired with local delicacies. Domaine Sigalas is due north of Finikia, about a 29-minute walk or 7-minute drive from the hotel.
  • Eat & Walk Santorini Food Tour
    Fantastic walking tour through Fira and Firostefani’s winding pathways with at least 7 tasting stops at local restaurants for Santorinian food and drinks, including wine, beer, and raki. Tour begins in Firostefani near St. Gerasimos Church, about 9km from the Hotel.
  • Best Nearby Restaurants

    • Melitini: 100% Greek menu, using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior, and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 1-minute walk.
    • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 4-minute walk.
    • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live, Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 6-minute walk.
    • Roka: Authentic, Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 7-minute walk.
    • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 7-minute walk.
    • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 7-minute walk.
    • Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in charming Finikia village. 16-minute walk.
    • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 17-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.

    Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

    Best Nearby Cafes

    • 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. 3-minute walk.
    • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 7-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. 9-minute walk.

    Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

    Nearby Attractions

    Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

    • Village Super Market: Good selection of staples at a fair price (for Santorini). Located just across the road behind Passaggio. 4-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.
    • Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 6-minute walk.

    Andronis Luxury Suites – The Hotel

    Distinctive look of the hotel.

    Andronis has a very distinctive look and is easy to recognize when first arriving.

    The hotel is laid out vertically down the side of the caldera, offering amazing views from every level.

    The hotel grounds are spread out vertically down the side of the caldera, with excellent views from the pool and especially from Lycabettus Restaurant, seen here with the 2 hot pink chairs.

    The main pool is usually empty, and dining on the Lycabettus restaurant balcony is a must.

    A closer look at the pool and Lycabettus. Since all rooms have their own pools or Jacuzzis, it’s usually super quiet at the main pool with plenty of sun loungers and great service at the pool bar. Lycabettus is small but has unparalleled caldera views. Do not miss the chance to dine here. Reserve a table on the balcony well in advance.

    Reception with friendly staff at the hotel.

    Indoors, the reception area is just off the marble footpath, and is always staffed with friendly people ready to accommodate any request.

    The reception has a quaint little seating area.

    Seating area in reception.

    Ultra-luxurious treatments at the hotel spa.

    The spa offers ultra-luxurious treatments…

    Cave-style treatment rooms at the Andronis spa.

    …with cave-style treatment rooms for individuals or couples.

    The cave-style Superior Suite with infinity pool is spacious and welcoming.

    This is a Superior Suite with Infinity Pool, one of their mid-tier suites. It is a spacious 40 sqm open-plan, cave-style suite with a large living room in front of the bedroom.

    The bedroom has a traditional Cycladic design with modern amenities.

    A closer look at the bedroom, with the bathroom just behind. Design is traditionally Cycladic with modern luxuries.

    The Pandora Room bathrooms sport a classic Cycladic style.

    Bathrooms are in the classic Cycladic style, using pressed concrete and marble dust and featuring an open shower.

    All rooms have a mini-bar featuring a Nespresso machine, mini-fridge, and complimentary bottle of wine.

    All rooms feature a Nespresso machine, mini-fridge, and a well-stocked mini bar, along with a complimentary bottle of wine.

    The private terrace features an infinity plunge pool and furniture.

    The living room opens to a private terrace with a wide sun lounger, private dining table, and an infinity plunge pool.

    The Pandora Suite pool offers breath-taking views.

    The suite boasts excellent views from the pool to Oia village…

    The Pandora Suite offers view of the caldera and Skaros Rock.

    …and of the caldera below, including Skaros Rock.

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