Perivolas Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 5, 2018

Review of Perivolas Hotel in Oia, Santorini

Perivolas Hotel – Cave-style luxury hotel with sweeping caldera views and a beautiful pool.

Set on the caldera’s edge at the entrance to Oia, this mainstay offers luxury facilities and amenities, including an infinity pool and spa. Rooms and suites follow traditional, Santorinian architectural style: hand-dug caves with windows in front, skylights above, rich wood accents, and marble dust and concrete built-in beds, sofas, and shelves. Emphasizing the view and tranquility, rooms are minimalistic in design and do not have TVs. All units face the caldera, with dreamy sunset views from their private terraces – enjoy dinner with a view in private, or from the restaurant terrace. Expect top-tier service in every aspect from this hotel, family-owned and run for 3 generations.

Perivolas Hotel – Location

  • Area: Excellent location on the caldera at the entrance to Oia. Perivolas is within 3 to 20 minutes’ walking distance to the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the village, but in a quiet section removed from the throngs of sunset tourists.
  • How to Get There: Room rates include transfer to and from the airport or port. For drivers, they offer private parking about 2 minutes’ walk away. The hotel sits on a pedestrian path, just off the main road to Oia, making it very easy to travel to and from anywhere, whether by taxi, driving yourself, or riding the bus.
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira hiking trail (2-minute walk), Oia Bus Terminal (14-minute walk), and the restaurant/shopping heart of Oia (14-minute walk).

Perivolas Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: 16 years and older only. This adults-only property mostly hosts couples celebrating an occasion; usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or birthday.
  • Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 1.8 kilometers (27-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: Overlooking the caldera with excellent sunset views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Perivolas Suites have an indoor jacuzzi, and an outdoor cave pool (partially covered). Perivolas Luxury Suites offer an indoor jacuzzi and steam room. New Perivolas Suites have an outdoor swimming pool with hydrotherapy jets. Deluxe Suites have either an outdoor jacuzzi or an outdoor pool.
  • Parking: Free parking in the private lot nearby.
  • Extras: Complimentary airport or port transfers, boat tours with their private fleet (additional fee), complimentary champagne cocktail on arrival, nightly turndown service.
  • When to Book: Perivolas usually operates from mid-to-late April until the end of October. 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 71308
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: http://www.perivolas.gr/

Perivolas Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Free-form infinity pool overlooking the caldera. Not heated.
  • Spa: Small, full service spa with an outdoor jacuzzi with caldera views, and indoor steam room, sauna, and jet shower. Full service menu of face and body treatments.
  • Fitness Center: Located just across the street, it features a 2 meter lap pool outdoors. The indoor gym has huge windows facing the caldera, and offers cardio machines and free weights. Yoga and Pilates trainers are available on request.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel is unsuitable for guests with mobility issues, as it is on the caldera and filled with stairs.
  • For Families: 16 years and older only, no young children allowed, and no family-centric amenities.
  • Activities: Boating, private dining.

Perivolas Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant and Bar: The restaurant here is private, reserved for hotel guests only. The interior portion of the restaurant is a former wine cellar, while the outside terrace offers magnificent sunset views. The menu changes seasonally, and features fresh, local produce, seafood, and meats prepared in a contemporary Greek style. They also offer romantic private dining, a 7-course degustation menu with wine pairing, and a 5-course full-moon dining experience. The restaurant is open for breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and for dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Drinks and cocktails are available all day, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary for all guests, Perivolas offers buffet selections and a small a la carte menu, which can be taken in the restaurant or delivered to your room.
  • Room Service: Available from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. for drinks or food.

Perivolas Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Lifestyle Studio • Junior Suite • Suite • Superior Suite • Deluxe Suite • New Perivolas Suite • Perivolas Luxury Suite • Perivolas Suite
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed inside any of the rooms. It is allowed on the private terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Perivolas Suite is the best room onsite, with a king bed in the main lounging area, a small double-bed room, sunken jacuzzi indoors, and a heated cave pool with a caldera view. A skylight illuminates a small olive tree in the living room.
  • For Families: Ages 16 and older only. No family-friendly rooms. Though there are larger suites with 2 beds available, in order to maintain a calm, peaceful atmosphere, the maximum occupancy for each room is set for 2 people.

Perivolas Hotel – 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 (22-minute walk). The Oia Castle ruins are just 22 minutes away, while Ammoudi Bay is just 5 more minutes past the castle at the bottom of the caldera.
  • Bus: Perivolas is right in between 2 bus stops. The closer of the 2 is at the entrance to Finikia village, a 13-minute walk east on the main street in front of Alonistra Oia Houses. The Oia Bus Terminal is 14 minutes west of the hotel. All buses that go through Finikia also serve Oia, but the Baxedes bus to Oia does not pass through Finikia. 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 there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (including guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, plus you can have them meet you directly at the hotel near the parking area. 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, and 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, 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.

Perivolas Hotel – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 3-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. 9-minute walk.
  • Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 9-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 13-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live, Greek music, and absolutely delicious food. 15-minute walk.
  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 17-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 27-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. 3-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. 7-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 17-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Perivolas Market: Small store with a decent selection of drinks, wine, and bread. 3-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. 13-minute walk.
  • Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 14-minute walk.

Perivolas Hotel – The Hotel

The hotel entrance is simple yet welcoming.

Outside the gate.

From the entrance, once can view the entire hotel and caldera.

View of the hotel and caldera from the gate. The main pool is in the center and reception is one level above, where the closest open umbrella is.

The main swimming pool has an infinity edge and gorgeous views of the caldera.

The free-form, infinity pool with a caldera view.

The approach to the reception area is very welcoming.

Approaching the reception area.

The reception features a hand-sculpted room with lots of wood and bright colors.

Inside the reception, you’ll find the same architecture and décor as in the rooms. Hand-sculpted walls and ceilings, warm woods, lots of white built-ins, and bright pops of fuchsia and purple.

The hotel restaurant is set in a former wine cellar.

This is the interior of the restaurant, a former wine cellar, in a basic daytime set up. It is much more romantic at night.

The restaurant's terrace is very romantic during sunset.

The restaurant terrace, perfect for romantic, sunset dinners.

The hotel offers views of almost the entire Oia village.

View to the west. All of the white buildings are Oia village. Thirassia Island is on the left.

The main bedroom of the New Perivolas Suite has a king bed.

The New Perivolas Suite has a king-sized bed in the spacious main room…

The smaller second bedroom has a sink, minibar and fridge.

…with a second, smaller bedroom off to the left. There is a sink and minibar/fridge in this room.

The suite also has a walk-in shower and steam room.

To the right of the main room, there is the bathroom with a walk-in shower and steam room…

The suite features a large vanity area with a big sink.

…a large sink and vanity area…

The area leading to the suite's private pool has a small rinsing area.

…and a smaller rinsing area next to the huge double doors…

The Suite's private pool offers great Caldera views.

…that lead to the private pool. Being cleaned at the moment, please pardon!

The Luxury Suite features a heated pool.

One category up, the Perivolas Luxury Suite also has a heated private pool.

The Luxury Suite's pool offers fantastic caldera views.

View from the private pool.

The Luxury Suite features and indoor, sunken jacuzzi.

This suite adds an indoor, sunken jacuzzi bath.

The Luxury Suite bedroom is very spacious.

The room itself is very spacious…

The Luxury Suite has a huge vanty area.

…with a generous vanity area…

The Luxury Suite wet bar has a kettle and 2 different coffee machines.

…and a wet bar with a kettle and 2 ways to make coffee, drip or espresso.

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