Elysian – 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 – Location
Elysian’s 2 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, just south of the village of Oia. It is approximately 18km from the Athinios ferry port and the Santorini Airport to the hotel, though they are in different directions.
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 Finikia, 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. From the Finikia bus stop on the Fira-Oia route, it is a 9-minute walk downhill to Elysian.
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 a ride through a private car service in advance 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 Elysian 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 Finikia, it is about a 5-minute walk from the Finikia parking lot to the hotel.
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.
Elysian – 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: 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 – 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 – 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 – Local Transport
- Walking: The hotel is located along one of the maze-like footpaths of traditional Finikia village, just a short walk from a handful of charming restaurants. Walking 10 minutes south leads to the edge of the caldera, while walking 15-minutes west leads to the entrance of Oia, where you’ll find an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions, as well as the bus terminal. 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 €20, and 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/Quads: 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.
Elysian – 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
- Fino Cocktail Bar & Restaurant: The best cocktails in Santorini. Plus inspired Mediterranean food and an extensive wine list. 22-minute walk.
- Sunset Sangria Bar: Chill spot for sangria, cocktails, and tapas with excellent sunset views (though not of the caldera). 24-minute walk.
- Marykay’s Bar/Hassapiko The only nightlife in Oia, this is where to go for dancing, as they regularly host live bands and DJs. 25-minute walk.
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
- BLOW by Labro: High-end designer boutique with unique pieces. 21-minute walk.
- Bligaki: Santorinian accessories, especially jewelry and bags, mostly handmade. 21-minute walk.
- It’s a Beautiful Day: Greek-designed clothing and luxury-brand accessories. 23-minute walk.
- Atlantis Books: Widely considered to be the best bookstore in the world. Nat Geo calls it a “Destination of a Lifetime”. 25-minute walk.
- B.Loose: Greek-made, casual linens for men and women. 25-minute walk.
- Steps to Art: Truly unique metal sculptures, replicas inspired by Akrotiri, and jewelry made with volcanic sand and watch parts. 26-minute walk.
- Spilia Cave Greek Clothing: Handmade, leather sandals, cotton and linen Greek clothes, located in one of the original living caves of Oia. 26-minute walk.
- Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: 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 south to Fira, the full length of the path from the Byzantine Castle Ruins takes from 2 to 5 hours; Add about an hour for a detour at Skaros Rock in Imerovigli. 10-minute walk from the hotel.
- Church of Panagia of Platsani: The most iconic church in Santorini, beautiful inside and out. 23-minute walk.
- Museum of Ancient, Byzantine Musical Instruments: Faithful replicas of Greek instruments dating from the prehistoric through Byzantine eras. 25-minute walk.
- Maritime Museum: Small museum focused on Greek Naval and Santorinian seafaring history. Only €3 to enter. 26-minute walk.
- Castle of Agios Nikolaos (aka Oia Castle aka Byzantine Castle Ruins): The medieval castle ruins are the most popular sunset viewpoint on the island. 30-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. 35-minute walk or 18-minute drive.
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.