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... morning. What we didn’t know was that it would take a 40-metre swim from the boat through 30-metre deep 16-degree water to reach the hot springs. I HATE cold water but I wasn’t going to give up this experience due to being a woos. A lot of people were shrieking about how cold the water was when they jumped off the boat but when Mel and I got in, we didn’t actually find it that bad. What I didn’t realize was how far 40 metres really is when you aren’t much of ...
... the sun was out, there was no wind and it was in the 30Cs. So we skipped lunch and just laid by the pool and had more wine. One nice thing in Greece is when you order a drink, say from the pool bar, they bring it with meze, which means a small snack. This can be small breads, olives, tomatos and cheeses. Very important to eat something with all the wine and ouzo you consume here! For dinner we decided to take a cab to Oía to watch the sunset. ...
... herbs and pistachio nuts. And then there was moussaka, greek salads, roasted lamb, tomatokeftedes, greek yoghurt and honey or baklava! Oia was truly a paradise for food lovers. Nonetheless, one could expect seafood restaurants there, but that was not the case. We found just a few restaurants offering fresh fish, from which we chose Katina, a very reputable one. In fact, it was so reputable we could afford only one fish for the two of ...
... This was a great retaurant to get a good view of the famous church in Ia that is so frequently photographed. We decided to try a different place for dessert where CJ ordered chocolate cake and Karen ordered crepes with bananas and nutella. YUMMY!! We kept walking and walked to the tip of the island, along the same path were most people crowd around to see the sunsent. The couple we met recommended a tavern at the bottom of the cliff right at the harbor. The problem ...
... found, oh ****, where is it? Slowly putting the room back together I spot the unwanted intruder looking quite sick. Shelley passes me my no11 shoe and the bug is no more. She has been stung on the elbow and the little finger, and luckily there are no ill effects. Both of us did not sleep to well for the rest of the night. It is stinking hot the next day so we decide to head up the coast a little to a small seaside tourist town of Syvota. Pretty little place but very touristy. We grab ...
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One week at the Esperas is not long enough. My fiancee and i had the most amazing week of our lives here and found it hard to leave. The Esperas is hidden at the quiter end of the town of Oia, which adds to the romance of the daily sunsets which provided us with some amazing photo's. It has a view that is simply breathtaking. Our room was a traditional villa which had a shower and hot tub, which was a beautiful way to end a stressful day, spent lying in the sun by the pool, drinking cocktails. (If only life was this hard everyday). The view from our room made relaxing so much easier. Having a coctail by the pool, overlooking the Caldera is purely an amazing experience. The staff are absolutely amazing, they are the most friendly, welcoming people that we have ever met whilst travelling abroad. Our room was cleaned twice a day and the lollies placed on your pillow at night just show you that they are there to attend your every need. It is the little things that seperates the Esperas from the rest. Julian and Adriana will make your stay there one you will never forget. The Esperas touched our hearts like no other place whilst on our 3 month trip. We will definately be returning in the near future.
My girlfriend and I arrived at the Esperas on April 4, and we were stunned by the view and the extremely hospitable staff. I will have to seckond all the other rewievs; you can't go wrong here. High standard, very clean, spacious villas and the location of this amazing hotel is probably the best in Oia. This is the ultimate place to go for a quiet, romantic holiday with your partner. Special thanks to Julian, the bar keeper, and his wife, who both went out of their way tomake us feel at home. Also, maximum respect to the lovely owner, Julia and the manager, Yvonne. I hope to come back one day and see you all again.Cheers,Alexander
A tad expensive, as are most of the nice hotels in Santorini, but you can't go wrong stayiing here. Comfortable rooms, helpful staff, great views.
a very special place.. I dream of going back some day..
Perfect for Relaxation and Romance
We had an amazing experience at Esperas - it is unlike any hotel we have ever stayed in. It is tucked away on the very edge of the cliffs and requires some navigational skills but was very worth it! It was the first stop on our honeymoon and we stayed for 5 nights in a Studio room. It was located just above the pool with a gorgeous view of the famous Oia sunsets. The room was so charming with the bed built into the rock wall, a small kitchenette and a clean bathroom with a shower.
They even had twice-daily maid service, so our room was always impeccably clean! We were able to eat breakfast on our private balcony or down along the pool. Breakfast was great with a variety of things to choose from. The pool was amazing and refreshing after a hot afternoon walking around Oia. We spent a good chunk of our time relaxing by the pool with no more than 4 or 6 other people and we were there during high season. The staff was amazing - likely the friendliest people we have met in the hotel industry. Their help was invaluable for renting cars, finding restaurants, planning excursions, etc. Of note, The Esperas recently began serving dinner on the premises which we would HIGHLY recommend that you take advantage of. Book a reservation (more of a formality because the tables were never full and every one had an amazing view) and watch the sunset while nibbling on the fantastic food and wine. Beware - the portions are huge so bring your appetite! Though we were headed to Italy for the rest of our honeymoon, we did not want to leave this relaxing oasis and the charming village of Oia. We will be returning for sure and we will stay at the Esperas without a doubt.
Esperas Hotel is an isolated paradise in Santorini. Away from the crowds you have a quiet romantic getaway where you can breakfast staring out at the sea, lie next to their wonderful pool sipping cold drinks, and walk around to explore the little winding streets of the village of Oia. The staff are friendly and genuinely seem happy to be there. We have just returned but cannot seem to get our minds off this perfect place. We are spoiled forever.
Wonderful and Special
Esperas is a perfect place to stay in Oia. I can think of no flaws here. The manager is wonderful and goes beyond expectation. The view is outstanding and the staff are warm and welcoming. The pool is fantastic and rooms with patio areas are a wonderful place to enjoy the sunsets of Oia. We highly recommend this small traditional hotel and will return!
Wonderful hospitality, views
Our 25th anniversary was spent traveling around Greece. By far the most beautiful and breathtaking was our stay in Ia, on the island of Santorini. Our hotel was situated on the caldera, overlooking the deep azure Aegean Sea. The staff at the Esperas were totally committed to our well-being. We were late in arriving and unbeknownst to us they had sent a young man to meet us. When we got to the parking area and were literally dumped with our luggage, we had no idea where to go. My husband started to pick up all our luggage, when a young man came running up. He didn't speak English, but he knew who we were and had been waiting in the hot sun for a good half hour. We tried to help carry the luggage but he got all of it! (2 large suitcases and 2 small ones!) We had a rather long walk through narrow, winding paths and down many steps. We were very impressed! When we finally got to the hotel, we were told they were getting worried and were ready to start looking for us. (Our taxi driver decided to just stop in another town and asked a friend of his to take us the rest of the way. I have no idea why!) The staff had upgraded our room from what had been reserved and made us feel right at home. A young lady escorted us to our room and gave instructions on the room and the amenities. She later showed us how to get into the town of Ia. Our room was clean, had a small kitchenette and a comfortable bed! The whole staff was personable, spoke English well and treated us with respect. We had a memorable and enjoyable trip and the folks at the Esperas Traditional Houses were the best!
Esperas is pure pleasure
Spent three weeks in Greece and wish I had spent all of my time here. By far the most beautiful hotel I have ever seen. Each room is different and each feels like its own little hideaway. Our modest room had two floors, its own kitchen and patio. The staff was really sweet. Amazing pool with a friendly bartender to keep the drinks coming. It has a secluded feel. We were there in peak high season yet found it quiet and peaceful. I can't wait to go back. My only warning would be that if you have kids or have any problems climbing steps or hiking you may want to think about somewhere that is not perched on the cliff face. The stairs were numerous, steep and a real workout.
My husband and I spent one week last July with our two children at the Esperas. We always travel with our children, and although it is obviously not a child-friendly place because of the high-up position, we all enjoyed the peace, the incredible views, the colors in the sky that quite magically turn lilac in the evening, those characteristic and beautiful very Greek apartments perched high on the cliff and the extremely helpful staff who always went out of their way to please everyone. The town of Oia is only 5 minutes away on foot, and its atmosphere is nothing like we have experienced before.
The Esperas is located on a cliff, so it is not suitable for those who don't want to put some effort into the walking/hiking. Try to leave the hotel before 12 or after 6 p.m. as the scorching sun will torment you on those cliffs.