Avaton Resort and Spa
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast (served on the balcony at no extra cost) plus a basket of fruit, a bouquet of flowers and a bottle of wine on arrival
- Just nine sleek suites with decor straight out of a glossy interiors mag
- Top-notch, reasonably priced food served all day
- Atmospheric spa hidden in a cave
What To Know
- Some of the balconies don't offer complete privacy
- The clifftop footpath connecting Imerovigli and Oia weaves past the hotel, and passersby can overlook the pool area
- Staff is superfriendly, efficient and discreet
- The mammoth breakfast spread can easily see you through until late afternoon
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
On a cliff edge overlooking Santorini’s scene-stealing caldera, Avaton Resort & Spa is an intimate retreat with just nine alabaster-white suites. The sleek decor is straight out of a glossy interiors mag, and balconies peer over an infinity pool overlooking the Aegean Sea. On-site it’s all about luxurious lounging, whether you kick back on a poolside daybed or get a massage at the atmospheric rock-hewn spa.
Bed and Bath
Chunky stone walls, slate-gray flooring, balconies from which to gawp at the sparkling sea views: So far, so Santorini. But these suites are more chic than typically Greek, with a breezy urban apartment feel. Cozy alcove seating areas are piled high with textured cushions and throws, the lighting is mellow, and the soothing palette runs from putty to pure white. Superior Rooms are on the ground level and have easy access to the pool; Deluxe Rooms hover above, with elevated views of the caldera. Bathrooms feature large walk-in showers lined with shimmering mosaics and are stocked with Azzaro products. Guests in every room are given a bouquet of flowers, a fruit basket and a top-quality bottle of wine on arrival.
There’s a real focus on food at Avaton, which is commendable considering the kitchen is just for guests staying in the nine suites. Breakfast spreads marquee local products: dense creamy yogurt and honey, feta omelets, strong Greek coffee. Order breakfast the night before, and it’ll be served on your balcony at no extra cost. The lunch and dinner menus are impressive, and the dishes, which are reasonably priced, wouldn’t look out of place at a fancy fine dining restaurant (fava mousse with seared scallops, risotto with cuttlefish ink and calamari). Food is served either alfresco by the pool or in the Cave restaurant, which doubles as an atmospheric spa by day. Cut into the rock, this gorgeous grotto is illuminated by twinkly lights and features a heated hydrotherapy pool, a steam cavern, a sauna and treatment rooms.
In the Area
Take a hike along the cliff path into Fira. You’ll trot along the top of the cliff, with incredible views of the caldera, through Firostefani, before reaching the island’s capital — and for the worriers among you, it’s paved. Dubbed the “Minoan Pompeii,” Akrotiri, at the south end of the island, was a thriving settlement before the massive volcanic eruption that destroyed much of Santorini around 1450 BC. A fraction of the city has been excavated — but it seems vast. At the newly reopened site you can walk down streets, peek through windows and check out huge pithoi pots that residents left behind in their flight. Rent a car and you’ll find that Santorini specializes in terrifying drives. The barely protected clifftop road to Oia is the best known, but the unbelievably scarily steep road down from Imerovigli to Vourvoulos will also have you nicely on edge. Make sure you see the non-caldera side of the island, too. The flatter landscape is equally beautiful, and the views of the sea and the neighboring Cycladic Islands are spectacular.
How to Get There
Let me start with the saying "You never left home until you been to this place"! because indeed is one of my superb stay. Now not to brag I've been to many different hotels from 3 star - 5 star and by far this one exceeded my expectation. The feeling of you thought you've seen it all but wait until you stay here it will give you a whole different vibe and feeling that I bet you haven't experience yet. From the front desk (kostas) up to the last employee who made the stay worth while did their job excellently. They will treat you more than a guest where in fact they will treat you more than a Family. They will provide you everything single thing you need from the bath kit to dental kit up to the transportation to the next destination/town. They pay attention to detail very much that you will be left with only kind and enduring words to say. They will assist you 24hours all day everyday the receptionist is open in every single thing that you will be needing. No hesitation they will even insist you to contact them even late at night no problem in order for you to have the best experience ever. They have a free breakfast with abundance of selections and the amazing part is they will serve it in your room the food of your choice, in your most convenient time. Where else can you get this luxury treatment that only goes hand in hand with your stay. Your choice of food at the time you pick to be delivered. The hotel porters are friendly and will assist you to most they could. I stayed here for 3days and 2 nights and I don't want to leave.. if only I could stay more. That's why I highly recommend it to all because I want you to experience the same thing that I did. I'm pretty sure once you stay here you wouldn't want to leave and you will surely be back!!!!!!!.
***If you don't have any idea where to go and what to do? The front desk will surely provide you a brief history and travel plans from the highlights of the city to traditional tour to water activities and even the night life of the place. Worry no more.
I guess we really got lucky in booking this place! We had a wonderful stuff all through out our stay! Lets begin with kostas which is a family to us now! He really provided us all the comfort we need from the ride, food, room services name it he got it all! He is very professional and friendly! Emilios on the other hand is very nice as well as friendly also help us with lot of stuff during our stay!
Avaton Resort and Spa is a OASIS indeed. If you just want to have a peaceful stay but has a great view of the caldera, no crowds, no noise just total peace this the haven for you. Its not that far from the action of the Santorini! 10mins drive from Fira and 20mins drive from OIA. But believe me Id rather be in this place than OIA not only its expensive its also crowded. I guess if you stay there you’re only paying for the name of the place. Avaton also is a perfect place to see full 360 of the caldera and one of the highest point so imagine you will have the best view of Santorini. Before I will forget to mention you can have a option which we got a private jacuzzi in your hotel. You will also be greeted with fruit basket and wine as you can see in the picture! Well i think i said it all. It was a one lucky stay in greece! Suite #9!
If you are looking for an EXCELLENT place to stay in Santorini, you have to choose Avaton Resort and Spa! We stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights, and there were no days we did not enjoyed our stay!
We checked in at 2pm, and we were greeted by the manager named Kostas, who has been so wonderful to us from the first until our last day of our stay. He provided us a warm welcome to the hotel, explained everything about the hotel, our room, and all the amenities! He even gave us a detailed information about Santorini, places to see, and he helped us get a ride if we have to go different places in Santorini. He was very hands on to all the clients’ needs. He provided everything that we needed during our stay. He really provided an EXCELLENT service to us and we really appreciated it from the bottom of our hearts.
The location of the hotel was perfect! We stayed in Avaton Suite, which we can see the perfect view of the Caldera in our balcony while enjoying the jacuzzi. Daily breakfast was included and they will deliver it to your room so you would enjoy eating at the balcony while watching the Caldera view!
The hotel was close to everything as well. And the transportation was easy. Kostas would call a taxi whenever you need it in a decent price at your convenience.
The staff are very nice and hospitable! Especially to Emilius who was also been very kind to us.
Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and we never regret choosing Avaton Resort and Spa! This is beyond 5 stars! We will never forget this place and we will surely come back in the future. If you are looking for a priceless hospitality, go for Avaton Resort and Spa and your Santorini holiday will be forever memorable. Thank you everyone, especially to Kostas! You are the best!!!
From: Abigail, Zarina, and Irish. :)