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... to the sea in two places, in the northwest and southwest. The caldera being 400m deep makes it possible for all but the largest ships to anchor anywhere in the protected bay; there is also a newly built marina in Vlychada on the southwestern coast. The principal port is called Athinias. The capital, Fira, clings to the top of the cliff looking down on the lagoon.
After our lovely morning breakfast, we decided that today we would spend the day exploring Ia. Today it is quite hot out! We started by walking toward the next town on the way to Ia to do a little more exploring. In this town, Imergovilis, it looks like the hotels are more on the high end side. Most of them seem to have pools and appear to be very exclusive. We explored this beautiful town but we did not stay long as it was quite empty here. It is amazing how much ...
... get to Tolo our stop for the night and hit the beach for a well earned swim. It is here that the events of the day in the car hit home and my poor GPS has a small meltdown. Shelley saying "I don't care I am not getting back on those roads, can I fly back!" With some quiet time away from Jazzvoula and a good nights sleep things do settle and Shelley is coaxed back into the car for the final run into Athens. We make 1 stop on the way at Epidaurus. This is an ancient amphitheater, that ...
... s been buried deep under the layers of indulgence and complacency. Today we were going to change that. I tossed on a bathing suit, lathered on some sunscreen and swung my pack over my shoulders, ready to face the sulfurous remains of the small island peaks. It was slow at first, making our way through the outskirts of town and stopping frequently to take in the scenery of the pristine white facades against a perfect blue ...
... menu, so it was whatever they felt like serving . . . fairly light with some juice, toast, meat and cheese and a poached egg. As the weather wasn't cooperating, Trish and I decided a massage was in order and lucky for us, there was a spa right in front of our villa, and the masseuse brought her table to us. After all the travel . . . schlepping bags and trying to sleep on planes, trains, and boats, it was so wonderful to have someone work on our ...
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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.