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Hello my friends,
As I write this blog we are sitting on the private balcony of our palatial accommodation perched on a cliff top over looking the Mediterranean, man this is living.
for the uneducated Santorini is a small Greek island south of Athens, 7hrs by ferry or if your more inclined (like us) a short 35min flight. Santorini …
Our relaxed schedule meant that we had one last day to enjoy what Fira could offer. We visited the museum that houses the finds from Akrotiri – lots of pottery and some interesting wall paintings. A small gold animal figurine was particularly impressive. The museum is modern and well displayed, but as we were the only visitors there we didn't …
We have a rule in our family that on your birthday you get the day off. This year Jess had other ideas. I didn't have to do any jobs, but boy did I get a workout...
The day started with birthday treats – some wonderful presents that Jess and the girls had managed to conjure up from the limited shopping opportunities that Santorini …
We had previously made some enquiries in the town about hiring a car and found one for just 20 Euros per day –what a bargain! So after a leisurely breakfast in front of the endless caldera view we headed off to hire the car. We started out for Akrotiri, the ancient village that was buried by ash thousands of years ago. Unfortunately it was …
There are simple ways of getting to Oia (or Ia as it is also know and how you pronounce it), such as bus, taxi or hire car. But who needs simple? I had read as part of my research about the wonderful walk between Fira and Oia and I thought we'd give it a try. Loading up the backpack with some supplies (but forgetting water of all things) we set off …
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.