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How can a land which looks so dry and harsh grow such lustrous sweet tomatoes and tasty fava beans? Bit of volcanic soil might help? Seriously good food in Santorini, but more about that elsewhere. Suffice to say, (1) anything we grow at home purporting to be a tomato is a pale shadow of the Thera offering and (2) we really need to get handle on …
... the island. They're fun and have a top cruising speed of 50 km/hr. It's better not to rely on the buses which come by every half an hour to an hour. There a few tourists in santorini so far. Amazingly enough, all six I've met so far are from Canada! Two from Newfoundland, two from Winnipeg and one from Toronto and one from Calgary. It's a travesty to post this blog without any pictures but I'm on my iPod right now and don't have access to a computer. I promise I will add pictures ...
... what we were actually standing on was what had come out of the water when the volcano actually errupted in the 1950's I believe. It was called New Kameni.
After walking back down the Volcano and getting back on the boat we headed around to Old Kameni to the Hot Springs, where we got to jump off the side of the boat into the cold water and swim to the hot springs. Which were a brown colour from the dirt on the bottom and slightly warmer than the water near the boat. If ...
... 500m where the guide explained a little more history concerned with the original massive eruption/explosion which formed the unique shape the island has had ever since.
Once wereached the highest point on the small volcano, I took a good 360 degree video of the surrounding island outer limits, and we made our way back down to the ship. On the way down, we were shown evidence of the volcano's simmering molten magma sitting approx ...
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Nice views,nice people,great experience
We stay at the hotel only one night...it was the last one in our trip...so we keep the escence of the beautiful views, the good taste and the nice rooms,....but the most amaizing part was the kidness of the owner and the people who works there in the Aroma suites....the make our stay more sweet and pleasure and we keep them in mind to come back for sure next year....
GREAT CHOICE, i am very glad we did it....
We had a very nice time at the Aroma Suites even though the weather wasn't co-operating the entire time we were there. Since it was March 22-24 we had some rain and lots of wind but had enough sunny days to enjoy our time on Santorini. We were in the Vanilla Suite which was a traditional cave apartment. It was quite comfortable and had a lot of room for the two of us. It would be suitable for a family as there was also a trundle bed and another twin bed. We didn't use the kitchenette except to keep a water bottle cool but it would be handy to make up a picnic lunch or quick meal. The 2 burner cooktop and other kitchen stuff was kept under the sink so was out of sight. The bathroom was traditional also and a challenge for us tall people to take a shower with a hand held shower wand and no curtain. The towels were not big and fluffy but did the job. Bring your own washcloths. The housekeeper was supposed to bring us toiletries but didn't and we didn't press the issue. The room stayed at a good temperature which is the advantage to the cave rooms and which is probably very nice in the hot days of summer. It was nice to have a tv as we had some downpours at night and we could stay entertained by BBC. We weren't able to get internet in our room as I think we were too insulated but went to the office and could get our emails on our laptop. I would recommend the cave suites just for the experience. The view was fabulous and Fanes is a very helpful and gracious host. We rented a car for a day, that he recommended, and arranged to use it to get to the airport so we didn't have an additional expense of a taxi. Although we visited in March, and other than the weather being somewhat of an issue, most everything was open and probably more relaxing than during the high season.
I and my brother stayed in this hotel during mid of March, this hotel has a great view of sea and volcano. The location of this hotel is great, near restaurants and bus station. The owner, Fanes, is very friendly, nice and helpful. If we have a chance to go there again, for sure, we will choose to stay in this hotel.
A Gem on the Caldera
We stayed at Aroma Suites for our Honeymoon. Meeting up with friends in Santorini for the last 10 days of our trip, we were delighted with our stay at Aroma Suites. The location is perfect - right on the edge of the Caldera only 3 minutes walk into the buzz of Fira, close to all ammenities, restaurants, convenience store. I chose Aroma as we wanted more of traditional style accommodation rather than a western style hotel. The setting is beautiful. The rooms all different - we had a lovely cave apartment with a kitchenette. Big bathroom.
As it's only 6 rooms in total it felt like a home. Lovely patio areas to sit out on over the 3 levels of the property. It did not have a pool, but we had access to the pool at another Hotel 50 metres away which was great.
The owner, Fanes, is charming and very helpful. He gave us great recommendations on where to eat and places to go to on the island that weren't always swarming with tourists. He was available to us 24 hours per day and on premises both morning and night if we needed anything. As a Travel Agent I have no hesitation in recommending Aroma Suites for those who want simple, tasteful, quaint, traditonal style accommodation- and the views are breathtaking. Erin Neale - Melbourne Australia
Cool Cave House Experience
We just returned from Santorini wherer we stayed at the Aroma Suites. Fanes, the owner, was simply one of the friendliest and warmest people we encountered during our vacation. He provided personalized round-trip transfers to the airport and shared with us unique gustatory highlights and restaurant recommendations. Although we booked a three person cave apartment, he upgraded us to the honeymoon suite and tended to all of our needs personally. The unique cave experience, combined with Fanes's effort, made our stay in Santorini the highlight of our vacation.
A view that comes only from Heaven
Firstly, lets get some background here. I have been an International Corporate Travel agent for many years, and as such, have booked and stayed in some of the finest properties that the world has to offer. So my following comments come from years of experience.
When planning this trip to Santorini, I spent many months looking for the "perfect" property. By "perfect" I am not talking glitz and glamour. I wanted a view, friendly people, and the charm and tradition of Santorini.
Aroma Suites was the end result of this search. After combing various sites and emails, I finally made the booking direct with Aroma Suites.
The experience started before I even got there. Fanes, was very kind with providing all kinds of advice before I even stepped foot on the plane. Nothing was ever too much trouble.
We were met upon arrival by Fanes himself, who immediatly went into overdrive locating my friends lost baggage, which he did with the efficiency of someone well versed in handling such problems!
The great experience continued with a short walk to Aroma Suites on a cobblestoned path....to be greeted by a doorway which post cards are made of....fantastic! Does his get any better? Well..yes..it does. Upon walking through those doors...we are greeted with a view that only comes from heaven. Looking past the dome of the church is the most magnificent view of....everything....including a sunset that will forever stay in your mind and heart.
Aroma Suites offer traditional style cave houses, which are stylish and charming. The rates are astounding, especially considering the location. There are many lesser properties there charging so much more, based purely on the views offered. Aroma Suites offer the whole package. The views, the accomodation that makes you feel the island, and the service of a professional team who will do all that they can to ensure that you are looked after..
I have been to many hotels who offer glitz and glamour, but none of these places make you feel at home.
Fanes, who owns this property is a hard working person who goes out of his way to ensure that you are well looked after. Aroma Suites were full at the time I was there, and after speaking to many of the travellers who were there with us....they all felt the same.
Aroma Suites is the kind of place suited to the traveller who knows that to visit such a magical place requires a special kind of atmosphere.
Aroma Suites provides all of this and more.
Oneday I will return. Many thanks for making me feel like a friend.
Service makes the difference
First we were met at the dock for transportation to town by the very friendly manager, Fanes. Having arranged for a room at Noni's Apts. directly via internet, we were pleasantly surprised to have a choice from 2 rooms at the Aroma Suites, which is a few steps closer to the main action of Thira town, and with newer facilities. The upper room was smaller, with a little better view, but we chose the downstairs cave room, mainly for it's roominess & fun shower (not only the best shower we encountered in Greece, but I want one like that!). Cave rooms can be a little damp/musty smelling, especially since we had a little rain shower almost every day, but just buy some candles to improve the air and your mood. Having a view of the caldera was awesome, even with a telephone/light pole there also (hey, I'd rather see the pole than not have those facilities). There's even a little domed church immediately below the patio outside of the room. The complex is just south of the main square and easy walking distance to the bus station. Fanes helped arrange a car rental, with delivery & pickup of the car as close to the complex as possible and the friendly rental agent even drove us to the airport. Fanes also recommended a wonderful restaurant in town, Lithos, with impeccable service, wonderful food, and with a view. The service by manager, Fanes, made our stay on Santorini a very positive experience.
The best place in Caldera Fira
I stayed there during September, and I had a very wonderful time over there. Fanis is a great guy and he made our vacations to be fantastic. My girlfiend and I stayed in one of the cave apartments, which was really great !!! Mr Fanis was very helpful giving us information about the Island, and he arranged our transfer from/to the port without any cost.
We strongly recommend Aroma Suites to anyone who wants to visit Santorini and stay on the cliff. It is very close to the downtown, it has spectacular view compined with the nice traditional styled rooms.
We enjoyed the sunset from our private balcony we had, which is a very nice memory for us. I hope next time I could come to Santorini and stay in the same hotel.
Thank you very much Mr Fanis !!!
Dont believe Mr Fanes' advertising
Aroma suites were very very small and smelly!
no pool or jacuzzi as advertised and as confirmed by Mr Fanes himself (the owner)
definetley would not recommend these or ever want to stay therer again....my only bit of happiness at the hotel was the view.
Pleasant stay at Aroma Suites
My brother, sister and I stayed at Aroma Suites for four nights in July 2006. It was a very quaint traditional cave-style apartment with great views of Fira, the caldera, and the sunset. The owner, Fanes, was a very nice guy and helped us make arrangements for boat trips and recommended good, affordable restaurants.
Overall our stay was comfortable. The hotel itself was only completed over the winter, so everything is new and renovated. There were some minor cleaning issues, such as the duvets needing a good washing. Also, the owner asked if we could move rooms on our last night and put us in a much smaller room--my brother had to sleep on a mattress on the floor and the new room didn't have a kitchenette and large bathroom like our first room. But overall we had a good stay, and Fanes was kind enough to hold our luggage for us for a whole day after we checked out because our plane wasn't until the evening.
I would recommend this hotel, as it is pretty good value for the money in Fira--hotels on the caldera in Fira can be REALLY expensive and this was pretty reasonable. Also, it is a five minute walk from the bus station, taxi stand, and the downtown main street/restaurants.