Elysian Santorini in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 5, 2018

The rooftop pool is large and quiet.

Elysian Santorini – Spacious, family-friendly, luxury villas with jacuzzis or plunge pools in quiet Finikia village.

Gorgeous villas in a Cycladic style, with lava rocks, rich wood, and pressed concrete, blended with contemporary, minimalistic furnishing. Villas all have one or two bedrooms with sunset views over the Aegean Sea (not the caldera). Each villa boasts its own private pool or jacuzzi, plus there is a large, shared infinity pool (one of the largest on the island) with excellent views. The location in quaint, traditional Finikia village is incredibly peaceful; removed from tourist crowds, yet still accessible to Oia’s caldera sunsets, fine dining, and luxury shopping.

Elysian Santorini – Location

  • Area: Elysian’s two villa complexes are located along the winding footpaths of Finikia village, one of the very first medieval settlements on the island. The area is very traditional and charming, but may feel a little remote for some. There are a handful of restaurants within 3 minutes of the hotel, while a 10-minute walk gets you to the closest restaurant with a caldera view. Most of Oia’s best-known attractions are within a 20-minute walk.
  • How to Get There: The villas are situated on the pedestrian path in Finikia, about a 5-minute walk from the Finikia Parking Lot and about a 9-minute walk downhill from the Finikia Bus Stop. 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 Oia – the entire trip from port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour). 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 Elysian Santorini will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Elysian Santorini will cost roughly €30. Whether arriving by bus, taxi, or driving your own car, staff will meet you at the Finikia Parking Lot to assist with luggage and guide you to your villa.
  • Handy To: Mes Amis (the closest restaurant with a caldera view, 10-minute walk), Domaine Sigalas winery (12-minute walk), Church of Panagia of Platsani (23-minute walk).

Elysian Santorini – The Basics

  • Ages: All ages are allowed at the hotel, though about 80% of guests are couples celebrating a romantic occasion.
  • Beach: The closest beach is Baxedes, about 2 km (29-minute walk) north of the hotel, but Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, is the must-see “beach” in the area. Located about 2.4 km away, a 35-minute walk from the hotel, it’s not much farther, and well worth a visit. This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving, though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. 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 waterside restaurants and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
  • View: All villas have views of the Aegean Sea and sunsets, though not of the caldera.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All villas have a jacuzzi, plunge pool, or swimming pool. Most are on an exterior terrace or rooftop, though a few Executive Villas have an indoor cave pool.
  • Parking: Public parking is free in the Finikia parking lot. This is a tiny lot, so it fills up often. If it is full, head southwest and park up the hill in the free lot at the Desalination Plant. It only adds about 5 minutes to your walk to park there versus parking in Finikia.
  • Extras: Welcome bottle of wine, cell phone to reach staff, wedding and event planning.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1 to October 31. Reserve at least 3 months in advance (4 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 71434
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.elysian-santorini.com/
  • For Families: There are no special amenities for kids or families, but they do offer several villas that sleep up to 4 guests, all with private pools or jacuzzis, and with 1 large, shared, infinity pool.

Elysian Santorini – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: There is no restaurant onsite; this is a self-catering hotel.
  • Breakfast: Hearty, complimentary breakfast served to each villa every morning. The menu changes daily, but all items are prepared fresh onsite in their kitchen.

Elysian Santorini – Rooms

  • Room Types: Luxury Cave Villa (1 bedroom) • Executive Villa (1 or 2 bedrooms) • Elysian Villa (1 or 2 bedrooms)
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed inside any of the villas. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces and in outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The 1- and 2-bedroom Elysian Villas are the top tier villas, all with outdoor swimming pools (heated in the winter), and the best views. Amenities are similar to those of the other categories, but the furnishings are all unique and of finer quality. The 2-bedroom Elysian Villas are the largest onsite, up to 83 sqm over 2 stories.
  • For Families: Most of the villas here are suitable for families, sleeping up to 4 guests. The best villas for families are the 2-bedroom Elysian Villas (56 to 83 sqm, 2 king beds, private swimming pool heated in winter), and the 2-bedroom Executive Villas (55 sqm, 1 king and 1 double sofa bed, private plunge pool).

Elysian Santorini – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located at the entrance to Oia, along the Oia-Fira trail. Walk 14 minutes west to get to the center of Oia, where you’ll find an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions, as well as the bus terminal. Head east to find the traditional village Finikia, which has a couple of great restaurants (10-minute walk) and Sigalas winery (12-minute walk). The Oia Castle ruins are 30-minutes away, while Ammoudi Bay is just 5 more minutes past the castle at the bottom of the caldera.
  • Bus: The Finikia Bus Stop is uphill at the entrance to Finikia village, a 9-minute walk southeast on the main street in front of Alonistra Oia Houses. Most buses that serve Oia also serve Finikia, except for the Baxedes bus which takes the northern route around. 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, 22-minutes from the villas. 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 at the Finikia Parking lot, much closer. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate to Fira is €15, and 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, 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.

Elysian Santorini – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Meze Meze: Friendly Greek restaurant ideal for a casual, romantic night out or a hearty lunch away from the crowds of Oia. Great sunset views from the terrace (over the Aegean, not the caldera). 2-minute walk.
  • Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 2-minute walk.
  • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 11-minute walk.
  • Domaine Sigalas: There is a wonderful, al fresco restaurant at the vineyard, serving tapas and wine by the glass or flights. 12-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. 17-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 21-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live, Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 23-minute walk.
  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 25-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 35-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

  • Mes Amis: Amazing little spot on a covered patio looking over the caldera. Super casual, fantastic views, and great food. 10-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. 15-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 25-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Mini market: Near Santorini Mou Tavern. 7-minute walk.
  • Perivolas Market: Small store with a decent selection of drinks, wine, and bread. 11-minute walk.
  • Village Super Market: Good selection of staples at a fair price (for Santorini). Located just across the road behind Passaggio. 15-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. 21-minute walk.

Elysian Santorini – The Hotel

The entrance to Complex 1 is very traditional.

This is the entrance to Complex 1, where the first group of villas is located.

The small hotel reception is staffed with friendly people.

Beyond the arch is a small reception office, with friendly staff available all day to answer any questions.

The hotel's reception has a small outdoor area as well.

And a small outdoor reception area, too.

Complex 1 has a traditional design with arched roofs, stairs and lava rocks.

Inside Complex 1, designed after the traditional village where it’s located and featuring plenty of Santorinian elements: little boxy houses, arched roofs, lots of stairs, and lava rocks.

Complex 1 oversees vineyards, farmlands and the Aegean Sea.

Views from here are over the farmland and vineyards to the wide, blue Aegean Sea.

The villa has an open plan layout with traditional design and modern furnishings.

The 1-bedroom Executive Villa features an open plan layout, with the living area in front and bedroom in rear. The architecture is traditional, while the furnishings are modern and minimal.

The Executive Villa features concrete shelves and arched ceiling.

Facing opposite, notice the traditional, pressed concrete built in shelves and the arched ceiling. There is also a little counter space with a mini-fridge and espresso maker in the living room.

The bedroom has a large and comfortable King bed.

A closer look at the king bed.

The villa bathroom is split into a toilet on one side and shower on the other.

The bathroom is adjacent to the bedroom with separate rooms for the shower on the right and the toilet on the left.

The villa bathroom has a Cycladic cave style architecture.

The shower is designed in Cycladic cave style…

The villa shower has mood lighting.

…with mood lighting.

The Executive Villa terrace has a jacuzzi and 2 sunbeds.

Outside the villa is a private terrace with two sunbeds and a jacuzzi.

Complex 2 is connected via a picturesque cobblestone path.

Complex 2 is a few minutes away, along one of the picturesque cobblestone footpaths of Finikia.

The Complex 2 is similar in style to Complex 1.

Complex 2 follows a similar architectural style as the first.

The garden and staff kitchen overlook the village.

Here, you’ll find the culinary garden and the kitchen where breakfasts are prepared, with a village view above.

A path from the kitchen leads to the infinity pool.

Pass the kitchen to find the infinity pool. At 22 meters long, this is one of the largest pools on the island. And because every villa has its own pool or jacuzzi, it’s usually super quiet here…

The rooftop pool offers fantastic views of the Aegean Sea.

…with uninterrupted views to the Aegean Sea.

The Luxury Cave Villas are small but cozy.

The Luxury Cave Villas are all in Complex 2. This is the smallest villa for 2 guests. The Cave Villas really play up the traditional, local architectural elements.

The villa's living area has a wet bar.

Facing toward the living area and the wet bar.

The large villa bedroom has a bathroom on the side.

Closer to the bedroom; the bathroom is on the left.

The villa bedroom opens into a living room.

In the bedroom, facing the living area.

The villa bathroom features a unique cave-style shower.

The bathroom features a classic cave style shower…

The villa bathroom also has a unique cave-style sink.

…and even a cave style sink.

The Luxury Cave Villas have a huge patio.

Outside, the villa has a huge patio with a little seating area. The stairs on the left lead to the rooftop.

The villa terrace has a jacuzzi with amazing sea views.

The rooftop terrace boasts a jacuzzi with a sea view…

The terrace also has sun loungers and an umbrella.

…along with a couple of sun loungers and an umbrella.

The roof of the hotel overlooks the Finikia village.

Village view from the roof.

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