Maregio Suites Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: January 27, 2019

Review of Maregio Suites in Santorini.

Maregio Suites – An intimate hotel on the caldera’s edge under the windmills, Maregio offers spacious suites with heated plunge pools, private dining, and direct views of Oia’s coveted sunset.
 
Maregio Suites boasts nine contemporary, cave-style suites each with its own outdoor heated plunge pool overlooking the caldera. This romantic hotel is known for its peaceful ambiance, flawless and friendly service, and dramatic sunsets that can be enjoyed from the suites’ private terraces. Each suite is served directly for private dining and in-room massage, rather than having a centralized restaurant or spa. The hotel’s location is superb: within steps of the island’s best dining, shopping, and attractions, while remaining as private as possible on their small perch over the water.
 

Maregio Suites – Location

  • Area: Quiet location with gorgeous sunset views right underneath the windmills in a pedestrian-only area above Ammoudi Bay. Maregio Suites is walking distance to the Byzantine Castle ruins, Ammoudi Bay for dining, cruises, and cliff diving, and the shopping and dining of central Oia.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits midway down the side of the caldera along one of Oia’s maze-like footpaths, so it’s a bit difficult to find. Coordinate with the hotel directly to have them meet you at arrival and guide you to the entrance, whether arriving by bus, taxi or driving yourself. There are always buses at the ferry port for every arrival as well as buses departing hourly from the airport. The local buses from the ferry port and the airport stop in Fira first, where passengers must transfer to another bus to get to Oia village. By bus, the total trip will take more than an hour, depending on how long you have to wait in Fira to catch the Oia bus. From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s an 8-minute walk to the hotel along a mostly flat route. 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 – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Maregio Suites should be about €25, and a taxi from the ferry port to Maregio Suites should be about €15. There will be a small surcharge for luggage or for booking in advance. If renting a car, there are a few free public parking lots within a 3 to 6-minute walk of the hotel, but be patient as you may need to check a couple of lots before finding an open space.
  • Handy to: Byzantine Castle Ruins (5 minutes on foot), Oia Bus Terminal (8-minute walk), Ammoudi Bay (10 minutes on foot downhill, and about 15 minutes to climb back up).

Map of Maregio Suites

Map of Maregio Suites in Oia.

Maregio Suites – The Basics

  • Ages: Maregio Suites has no official age limits, though they do recommend guests be 12 years or over due to the many stairs onsite. There are no amenities or facilities for children, and even the largest suites only accommodate up to 2 guests. Most guests are couples celebrating a romantic occasion, especially honeymoons, anniversaries, proposals, and weddings.
  • Beach: The closest beach is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 500 meters down (10-minute walk). 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: Each suite has a spectacular, direct sunset view over the caldera.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All suites have their own private, outdoor, heated plunge pools.
  • Parking: There are a few free public parking lots within a 3 to 6-minute walk of the hotel, and even more if you check farther east. Be patient, as you may need to check a couple of lots before finding an open space, especially during the high season.
  • Extras: More private than other Oia hotels (due to its location at the far end of the village and its high walls), complimentary cell phones, 24-hour reception, airport shuttle (additional fee).
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1 until October 31. Reserve at least 3 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the high season from June through September, and about 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 72218
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: maregiosuites.com

Maregio Suites – Amenities

  • Pool: No shared pool. Each suite has its own private plunge pool.
  • Spa: No spa onsite. Spa and salon services are done in-suite.
  • Fitness Center: No gym. Personal training and yoga can be arranged.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with plenty of stairs and no elevator. This hotel is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: Maregio Suites does not have a specific age policy, but they do recommend guests be at least 12 years old in order to safely navigate all of the stairs onsite. There are no facilities or amenities for children, and rooms accommodate a maximum of 2 guests, so larger groups will need to book at least 2 rooms.
  • Activities: The concierge team is happy to arrange any activities on the island, including wine tours, caldera cruises, visits to the archaeological site, car tours, and more.

Maregio Suites – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: No restaurant on site. There is a full kitchen open from 12 pm until 10 pm that prepares meals, snacks, and beverages throughout the day to be delivered directly to each suite. The menu is filled with Greek and Santorinian favorites made with organic produce, fresh fish, and local ingredients. The food pairs exceptionally well with their well-curated selection of local wines, champagne, and custom cocktails.
  • Breakfast: A complimentary, a la carte breakfast is served directly to each suite at the time of your choosing from 8 am to 11 am. Breakfast is a real highlight here, made with local, organic ingredients and with exceptional eggs, coffee, and pastries.
  • Room Service: Room service is available all day from 8 am until 10 pm.

Maregio Suites – Rooms

  • Room Types: Junior Suite with Heated Plunge Pool • Premium Suite with Heated Plunge Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Heated Plunge Pool • Deluxe Villa with Heated Plunge Pool
  • Smoking Rooms: Maregio Suites does not allow smoking in any of its rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private, outdoor terraces and in the outdoor common areas of the hotel.
  • Best Room: The Deluxe Villa with Heated Plunge Pool is the top choice at Maregio. The Deluxe Villa is the most spacious at 90 sqm with a huge terrace and the largest private pool on site. The chic, minimalist villa features a king-sized bed and upgraded amenities, and is the only unit with an indoor soaking tub.
  • For Families: The hotel allows guests of all ages, but for safety concerns, they suggest all guests should be at least 12 years or older. There are no facilities or amenities for children, and the largest suites accommodate a maximum of 2 guests, so families would need to book at least 2 suites.

Maregio Suites – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located on the western point of Oia, walking distance to the area’s best restaurants, shopping, and sights. Ammoudi Bay is accessible via a steep and winding path, easy to descend the 500m down, but arduous going back up; many people taxi back to the top. The heart of Oia, with its fine dining, luxury boutiques, and a few bars is only a 3-minute walk from the hotel, while the castle is only 5 minutes away.
  • Bus: Maregio Suites is close to the Oia Bus Terminal, just an 8-minute walk. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island. Routes to Imerovigli, Firostefani, and Fira are direct, while all routes to the beaches, port, airport, or other villages require a change of bus 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 am to 5 am) 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, an 8-minute walk and near the Oia Bus Terminal, but there is often a wait 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 closer to the hotel. A taxi from the airport to Maregio Suites should be about €25, and a taxi to Fira or the ferry port from Maregio Suites should be about €15. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros.
  • 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.

Maregio Suites – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 4-minute walk.
  • Roka: Authentic, Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 6-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 6-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 9-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 10-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.
  • Melitini: 100% Greek menu using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. 13-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Vitrin Café Creperie: One of the best breakfasts on the island, plus AMAZING sunset views if you arrive early enough to snag a table. 2-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. 4-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. 14-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Mini Market: There is a small market up the hill directly above the hotel with drinks, snacks, and some basic items. 1-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. 9-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 am. 9-minute walk.

Maregio Suites – The Hotel

The hotel offers enviable caldera views across its many floors.

Standing outside Maregio Suites, looking toward its enviable caldera views. The suites are spread over multiple floors all connected by stairs, as is typical in Santorini.

The hotel is located under Santorini's windmills.

Heading downstairs and turning back, you can see that the hotel sits directly under Oia’s picturesque windmills.

The hotel offers fantastic caldera and sunset views.

View of the caldera from the stairs. The hotel sits on top of Ammoudi Bay facing Thirassia Island with direct sunset views.

One can see the private terraces with pools and dining tables on the lower floors.

Angling down to see 2 typical terraces with outdoor, private plunge pools and al fresco dining tables.

The small reception is staffed round the clock.

The 24-hour reception area is the only shared space in the hotel. All suites are self-contained for ultimate privacy, at least by Oia standards. This is one of the most private hotels in the village; many hotels closer to the center have public walking paths running through them.

This Premium Suite is the most photographed one.

Seen here is the terrace of the Premium Suite with Heated Plunge Pool. This is the most photographed suite on-site…

The suite features a unique cave-style pool.

…because of its unique cave-style pool…

The cave pool offers uninterrupted caldera views.

…with direct caldera views.

The suite's cave pool is heated.

Backing up to see the full size of the heated cave pool.

The suite's private terrace offers panoramic caldera views.

The Premium Suite’s private terrace has gorgeous views of Thirassia Island on the right, tiny Aspronisi Island in the center-right, the 2 volcanoes on the left, and Akrotiri peninsula in the left background.

The suite has an open-plan layout with a king bed and large living area.

Inside, the open-plan suite features a king-sized bed and generous living area.

The living area has a colorful sofa and traditional table.

Another angle of the Premium Suite.

The spacious bathroom has an open shower, rock sink, and large vanity area.

The bathroom features a natural stone sink, large vanity, Apivita natural amenities, and an open-style Greek shower with a large rainfall showerhead.

All Honeymoon Suites are unique in layout.

Almost half of Maregio’s suites are Honeymoon Suites, similar to this one. No 2 suites are exactly alike, though.

The suites have a heated pool, sunbeds, dining table and seating on their large terraces.

Honeymoon Suites feature outdoor heated plunge pools, sunbeds, outdoor dining tables, and extra seating for perfect sunset viewing.

The terrace has plenty of seats to enjoy the sunsets.

A better look at the terrace’s seating.

The spacious suite has an open layout with a king bed.

Honeymoon Suites offer ample indoor space with an open layout and king-sized bed…

The suite even features mood lighting.

…with mood lighting.

The living area of the suite is very spacious.

A view including the living area.

The suite is bright due to the natural light coming in through the windows and door.

View of the suite from the bed.

The bathroom has a large vanity, rock sink, and an open shower.

The bathroom features a large vanity with a natural rock sink and a traditional, cave-style, open shower.

The bathroom has a unique cave-style open shower.

A look at the shower and its rainfall showerhead, bench, and lighting.

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