Remezzo Villas in Imerovigli, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 13, 2018

Review of Remezzo Villas in Imerovigli, Santorini.

Remezzo – One of the original family-run hotels in Santorini, Remezzo offers traditional cave-style suites with breathtaking caldera views, a pool, four-course Greek breakfasts, and warm service.

Located in a converted winery from the 1800s, Remezzo features eighteen unique rooms, suites, and villas designed to preserve the the original architecture. All but one studio have gorgeous sunset caldera views; many rooms and suites have kitchenettes, while a few feature indoor or outdoor jacuzzis or private, heated plunge pools. This family-run hotel also has an unheated main pool to share. One of the major highlights is their breakfast spread, a four-course meal with different options every day, all with local ingredients and traditional recipes. The owners and staff go out of their way to offer personal service, and to create a local, authentic, homey vibe.

Remezzo – Location

  • Area: Spectacular location in the heart of Imerovigli village, with all of the village’s excellent dining and attractions within 2 to 20 minutes’ walk of the hotel. Imerovigli is the highest elevation on the caldera, and the views are unbeatable from each room and throughout the hotel.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera in the center of Imerovigli village, not far off the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to reach by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. There are always buses at the ferry port for ferry every 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 Imerovigli – the entire trip from port or airport to Imerovigli will take about an hour). The bus stop is just 5 minutes away on foot, and the walk from there to the hotel is mostly flat, easy to navigate with luggage. 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 long wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Remezzo Villas will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Remezzo Villas will cost roughly €30. If renting a car, there is free street parking near the hotel (often full), near the Imerovigli Basketball Court, and near Sunbird Rent-A-Car. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini, so you may have to circle around a couple times to find a spot.
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Anastasi Church (7-minute walk), Skaros Rock (18-minute walk).

Remezzo – The Basics

  • Ages: This is an adults-only hotel, and guests must be at least 13 years old to stay here. Guests tend to be couples between 25 and 65 celebrating a romantic occasion (wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary), or birthday.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Exo Gialos, a black sand beach with dramatic, wind-sculpted cliffs at its southern end. The best beach bar and restaurant there is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (16-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (13-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 4.7 km drive to the north end or 7.2 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Overlooking the caldera with excellent sunset views from most rooms and throughout the hotel. Only 1 studio has a pool and hotel view instead.
  • Kitchen: Most room types feature kitchenettes: Studios, Superior Studios, Sea View Studios, Honeymoon Suites, Superior Suites, Senior Suites, and the Master Suite.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: A few room categories offer private jacuzzis or pools. The Pool Suite features an outdoor, heated, private pool; the Honeymoon Double offers an outdoor jacuzzi; the Senior Suite has an indoor, 2-person, jacuzzi tub; and the Master Suite has an indoor jacuzzi tub.
  • Parking: Free street parking near the hotel, near the Imerovigli Basketball Court, and near Sunbird Rent-A-Car. Imerovigli has the hardest-to-find parking in Santorini; be patient and eventually you’ll find a spot.
  • Extras: Crazy awesome breakfast, welcome drink (usually wine or a cocktail), twice daily maid service, turndown service.
  • When to Book: The hotel usually operates from April to November. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during the 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 23030
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.remezzo-santorini.com/

Remezzo – Amenities

  • Pool: Unheated main pool on a large veranda. Sweeping caldera views from the deck, but not directly from the pool.
  • Spa: No spa, but in-room massage can be arranged.
  • Fitness Center: No gym.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevator. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: This is an adults-only hotel, and guests must be at least 13 years old to stay. There are no amenities or facilities for children. Families traveling with older kids should opt for their 3-Bedroom Master Suite which sleeps up to 6 guests, or the 2-Bedroom Villa which sleeps up to 4.

Remezzo – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: The restaurant is open all day, offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a menu of simple, well-executed, Greek comfort foods. Whenever possible, Santorinian-grown produce and local products feature heavily on the menu. They are excellent at accommodating guests’ dietary restrictions.
  • Lounge/Bar: The bar is located in the lobby and is open all day, until around 11:00-ish at night. Drinks can be served on the main terrace, poolside, or delivered to the room. The menu features a strong selection of beers, local wines, and great cocktails (they make a mean mojito).
  • Breakfast: Breakfast is phenomenal, a completely unique experience that no other hotel is doing. The 4-course set meal features local Santorinian recipes with different courses every day. Hearty portions and fantastic coffee are served al fresco overlooking the caldera. Though they serve a set menu, they are adept at working with any dietary needs of their guests.
  • Room Service: Available all day during restaurant hours.

Remezzo – Rooms

  • Room Types: Studio • Superior Studio • Sea View Studio • Superior Double • Pool Suite • Honeymoon Double • Honeymoon Suite • Superior Suite • Junior Suite • Junior Suite with Outdoor Hot Tub • Senior Suite • Master Suite • 2-Bedroom Villa
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces, and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: Every room is completely unique, but the best rooms for couples are the Pool Suite, Honeymoon Double, and the Honeymoon Suite. The Pool Suite is a spacious 50 sqm with a king-sized bed; this is the only room type with a private, heated pool. The Honeymoon Double offers a generous 32 sqm with a queen-sized bed and an outdoor jacuzzi. The Honeymoon Suite is the largest suite onsite (even larger than the villa) with 90 sqm of space (including a huge 25 sqm bathroom with a stone soaking tub), a king-sized bed, kitchenette, and a private balcony.
  • For Families: This is an adults-only hotel, and guests must be at least 13 years old to stay. There are no amenities or facilities for children. Families traveling with older kids should opt for their 3-Bedroom Master Suite, which sleeps up to 6 guests, or the 2-Bedroom Villa, which sleeps up to 4 guests. The Master Suite measures 60 sqm with a queen-sized bed in the master bedroom with an ensuite bath, king-sized bed in the loft bedroom, and 2 single beds in the third bedroom. There is a jacuzzi tub in the master bathroom, an extra half-bathroom, a kitchenette, and a shared terrace. The 2-Bedroom Villa is 65 sqm with queen beds in both bedrooms, a separate living room, a bathroom with a rain shower, and a large private terrace.

Remezzo – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in Imerovigli village, above the caldera and the Oia-Fira hiking trail, with the village’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions just a few meters away. Easy access to all dining and attractions in Imerovigli as well as the nightlife and shopping in Fira, just a 30-minute walk south.
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is in Imerovigli village, a 5-minute walk from the hotel. 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, all the way down in Fira, so not very practical to walk or bus to. Plus, 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, and have them meet you directly at the hotel. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Imerovigli to Fira is roughly €10, and from Imerovigli to the airport or port is around €20.
  • 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.

Remezzo – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 1-minute walk.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 3-minute walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 4-minute walk.
  • The Athenian House: Elegant fine dining with spectacular sunset views. Contemporary and imaginative Greek dishes incorporate modern gastronomic techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. Most of all, they’re delicious. 7-minute walk.
  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 8-minute walk.
  • OVAC: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambiance. Stupidly expensive, but everything on the menu is absolute perfection. 17-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Hlios Bakery: Good coffee, basic pastries, and deli sandwiches. Not exceptional, but the bakery is cheap and delivers (cash only for deliveries). 8-minute walk.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb, and the sunset views are gorgeous. 17-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Pegasus Boutique: Next to the hotel of the same name, this little boutique offers clothing, shoes, swimwear, and accessories by Greek designers. 9-minute walk.
  • Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail. 12-minute walk.

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: 1-minute walk. 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 northwest, the full length of the path from the hotel to Oia Castle takes just under 2 hours. Heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 33 minutes. Add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock either way.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 3-minute walk.
  • Anastasi Church: The most picturesque, blue-domed church in Imerovigli offers gorgeous caldera views overlooking Skaros Rock. Popular for weddings and photo shoots. 7-minute walk.
  • Agios Georgios Church: Small white church on a platform over the caldera, marking the start of the trail to Skaros Rock. Gorgeous, panoramic views from here. 9-minute walk.
  • Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating to 1207. The monastery at its base, Panagia Theoskepasti, is the only part of Skaros that is still active. 18-minute walk.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Mini Market: There is a mini market and ATM across the street and down a few meters from the hotel. Not on the map, but you’ll find it almost directly across the street from the hotel Absolute Bliss. 1-minute walk.
  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 5-minute walk.
  • Jimmy’s Market Cava: Market and deli with a great selection (especially the wines), plus great coffee and breakfast sandwiches (more consistent and better quality breakfasts than Hlios, but Jimmy’s doesn’t deliver). 7-minute walk.

Remezzo – The Hotel

The hotel has been carefully made from an 1800s winery with most of the architecture intact.

Exterior reception area at Remezzo. The hotel was built as a winery in the late 1800s, and care was taken to preserve the natural shape of the original architecture.

Breakfast is served on the terrace, which offers panoramic caldera views.

This terrace is also where breakfast is served. Views of the caldera are absolutely stunning from here. That is Thirassia Island on the left, and Oia village is center-right with all the white buildings.

One can view Oia and Thirassia from the Pool Suite.

A closer look at the caldera on a rare, hazy morning with Thirassia, Oia, and a sailboat.

The hotel is famous for its 4-course traditional Greek breakfast.

The famous breakfast. This is just the first course. It’s blurry, but in the back left are Skaros Rock, the volcano, and Akrotiri.

The original cave-style architecture is carefully preserved in the reception.

Inside the reception area, the décor is cozy and homey, and the cave-style architecture is more apparent.

The reception features a small bar and library at the back.

A closer look at the reception area. The bar is at the back of the room, seen here on the right.

The reception was formally a wine storage room.

Facing toward the terrace. This room was formerly used for wine storage.

Room without private balconies share the terrace featuring the main pool.

The main pool is unheated, and sits on a shared veranda overlooking the caldera. Rooms that don’t have a private balcony have outdoor seating on this terrace behind the pool.

The veranda is a popular spot to enjoy cocktails, sunsets, and caldera views.

The veranda in front of the pool is a popular spot for sunset cocktails. To the left here, the top of Skaros Rock is just peeking out. The two brown strips behind that are parts of the old and new volcanoes. The tiny island just left of center is Aspronisi, and the large island on the right is Thirassia.

The Superior Studio is spacious and has an open plan layout.

The Superior Studio is one of their smaller rooms, though it’s still an ample 25 sqm with an open plan layout.

The room features a queen bed and traditional sofas.

It offers a queen-sized bed and a seating area with traditional, Cycladic built-in sofas.

The large glass doors lead to the terrace, and let in ample sunlight.

View from the bed to the terrace.

The bathroom is spacious with a mix of traditional architecture and modern amenities.

The bathroom is behind the bedroom and living area.

The hand-sculpted tiled shower reminds one of the traditional architecture.

The tiled shower conforms to the original architecture.

The room's private balcony has a small dining table and sun loungers.

This room includes a private balcony with an al fresco dining table and sun loungers for 2.

The suite has a shared terrace with ample seating and some trees.

Outside the Senior Suite. This is one of the few rooms that has a shared terrace, seen here.

The large living room features exposed lava rocks in the wall.

The 1-bedroom Senior Suite opens up to a spacious living room, with exposed natural lava rocks in the wall.

The living room leads to the bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette.

The bedroom, bathroom, and kitchenette are behind the living room.

The large living room has a writing desk and a big mirror.

View of the living room from the bedroom door. There is a writing desk here made from an old sewing machine. The doorway to the right of the mirror, just barely visible here, leads to the kitchenette.

The mini kitchenette is well-equipped.

The kitchenette features a sink, 2-burner stovetop, mini-fridge, and coffee maker.

The bedroom is cozy with a queen bed.

The cozy bedroom offers a queen-sized bed.

The spacious bathroom has a 2-person jacuzzi tub and dual vanities.

The bathroom is fantastic with a 2-person jacuzzi tub and dual vanities.

The suite's jacuzzi has a rain shower.

The jacuzzi is fitted with a rain shower.

The Senior Suite has direct access to the main pool.

The Senior Suite offers direct access to the main pool.

The top-tier Pool Suite features a private, heated plunge pool.

One of the top tier rooms is the Pool Suite. This is the only room category with a private, heated plunge pool. Views here face directly toward Thirassia, with Oia to the right.

The suite's terrace has a small dining area and 2 sun loungers.

The outdoor terrace includes two sun loungers and a small dining area.

The best caldera views in the hotel are from the Pool Suite.

The Pool Suite terrace offers the best views of the Oia and the caldera.

The pool offers views right up to Oia.

A closer look toward Oia from the pool’s edge.

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