Vedema, a Luxury Collection Resort, Santorini
What We Love
- Free daily breakfast and champagne upon arrival
- Every room has a private patio or terrace, Jacuzzi, rain shower and free WiFi
- Wine tasting sessions in the romantic 400-year-old catacomb housing the Canava Wine Bar
What To Know
- There are no elevators, so pack light and prepare to walk everywhere
- The hotel is centrally located in Megalochori and a free resort shuttle travels to and from the beach from May through October
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Centrally located in Megalochori just a short drive from the Aegean Sea, Vedema Resort is an idyllic retreat that’s about classic Santorini as you can get, with a whitewashed façade and light and airy spaces that bring the beach indoors. Stark white guestrooms have pops of color such as olive green and turquoise, and start at a commodious 538 square feet with marble floors, wooden shutters, private terraces or patios and Waterl’eau toiletries. The island’s sandy shores and vineyards are nearby, but there some inducements to stay put, like Vinsanto restaurant, which cooks up creative Greek cuisine in a 400-year-old winery. The pool bar mixes zesty cocktails, and wine pairings are available in the Canava Wine Bar. And should you need further pampering, the resort’s spa offers gold body scrubs.
In the Area
Oenophiles can sample unusual vintages at respected vineyards like Gavalas – the family winery spans three centuries – or Boutari, which specializes in Greek grapes like Naoussa. Board the retro-fabulous Saint Nikolaos, a wooden sailing boat, for a two-hour outing to the nearby Nea Kameni volcano with Dakoutros Brothers tours, then back on dry land, hit up the fascinating Museum of Prehistoric Thira in the town of Fira, which displays many ancient archeological finds from the island. Later, watch the world go by in Megalochori Square, where musicians serenade visitors sipping ouzo at café tables.
How to Get There
Located in the charming and quaint town of Megalochori perfectly situated away from the clamor of Oia and Fira and just a 15 minute drive from the airport. There are several restaurants, wineries and historical landmarks within walking distance, but if you rent a car like we did you are provided the freedom to explore and can park for free at the hotel. Upon check-in we were welcomed with drinks and told to sit and relax while they took care of everything. That is when we found out that due to our gold status we were upgraded to one of their most photographed rooms a beautiful duplex villa with a third level balcony overlooking the historic town and Aegean sea. After checking in we decided to head back out for dinner and would you believe that the manager Nikolas had to come outside and help us with our car because for some reason it went dead on us and we couldn't figure out how to get it restarted, but thankfully he came to the rescue lol! What kind of manager gives his guests that level of personal attention? Nikolaos and his team are exceptional very warm, welcoming, attentive, helpful. The Vedema is part of SPG's Luxury Collection of hotels, but unlike many elite properties there was no air of he Vedema is part of SPG's Luxury Collection of hotels, but unlike many elite properties there was no air of haughtiness. Instead it is a wonderfully charming hotel that provides an intimate experience, giving you a traditional feel as if you are transported to the past living in your own tiny little village. The staff was amazing, housekeeping did a phenomenal job keeping our villa spotless, the pool bartender always kept the drinks strong and flowing when we were there. Other standouts include Georgia and Liezel who were always checking in, greeted us by name and offered up local suggestions. Although we stayed during the peak summer season it never felt crowded and it felt like Christmas in July because every day we were left thoughtful gifts when they cleaned our room, little canapés, hors d'oeuvres, special teas and drinks, it was almost as if they did not want us to leave! We were even invited to the manager’s welcome party one night where we sipped on champagne and hors d'oeuvres. Unfortunately, we had to get back to reality so while we were unable to move in, we definitely know where to come back to when we return to Santorini!
We really enjoyed our stay! The town was so cute and quite! There were some good restaurants right next to the hotel. Also a couple wonderful cliff-side wineries were walking distance! The shuttle was such a bonus and we took advantage of it daily. Staff was friendly, clean hotel, and quite. We really enjoyed staying out away from the crowds. Very picturesque place!
Vedema is not in the hustle bustle cities of Fira or Oia, which to us was a big bonus. We had a rental car so this was a perfect mid island resort with exceptional facilities and premium vacation experience! The resort offers shuttle to nearby black beach and is accessed by bus route. The town of Megalori offered us the cultural experience we had hoped for-watching the town go to church on Sunday, dine at family tavernas or just walk among the fields of grapes being grown for wine was relaxing! The facility is exquisite, but like most of Santorini has some steps. Our suite included a large King master bedroom, a separate living room with tv next to a small dining area and mini fridge. The bathroom was double sink vanity, shower and a separate tub. Our private patio overlooked grape fields grown for Santorini wines, and included a hot tub which was wonderful after a day of island fun. The breakfast buffet was heavenly, including eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, smoked salmon, baked items, various breads, fresh and dried fruit, yogurt, juices and much more! A great start to each day. The resort offers a wine tasting with cheese in its wine cellar, and offers great dinner dining alternatives. The pool is inviting, large and the service from the pool bar very good. Free parking. Shuttle to nearby beach. Picturesque Greek town with large church, several tavernas and friendly residences. This was a truly Greek experience as we spoke with staff and locals--a more personal experience.
The property itself is nice, but a bit old though it looks like it has been spruced up. The ocean is pretty far from the property (you can barely see it over the rooftops from the pool area) and although there is a shuttle, the route to the black sand beach is rather desolate looking and there are many abandoned/half built buildings throughout the island. The outdoor spa area looked old and the gym was very small (one treadmill, one elliptical, weight machines) and rather claustrophobic.
The town of Megalochiori was tiny and there wasn't much to explore. There were a few restaurants and shops, a church, and that was it.
Our room, Suite E2, was spacious but the marble floors and bathroom were old and stained and beds rather hard. However, the service is excellent (as most other reviewers have attested) and not only are employees friendly but go above and beyond to meet needs. We were mistakenly offered a choice of SPG points or breakfast upon arrival, to be informed the next day breakfast was not an option; however they went ahead and honoured their offer of breakfast. The breakfast buffet turned out to be quite lovely.
However, my main complaint re. this property is the lack of soundproofing. In general, the noise level was ok and we did not hear our neighbours However, I could hear others in our building (above us and next to us) whenever they were using their bathrooms. More specifically, I could hear quite distinctly the very loud sound of urination, followed by a loud flush. Sometimes other bodily noises (you can use your imagination) were also heard. For some strange reason, the sound seemed amplified through the walls and was louder than the noises from even our own bathroom. Every night, I could hear these noises prior to going to bed and was often awakened at 3 or 4 am by such sounds. It was disgusting and unpleasant, to say the least!
Also, we were attacked nightly by mosquitoes. My son and I had bites on our hands and faces, the only parts left exposed. I could hear them buzzing at night and combined with the bathroom sounds it was not a peaceful experience.
In general, the good outweighs the bad, but if you are looking for a QUIET hotel with spectacular views that you see on postcards of Santorini (gorgeous white buildings w blue domed roofs, spectacular cliffs and ocean), stay in Oia.
I don't really write a review- but this hotel deserved a recognition for their impeccable service. From the moment we arrived we were greeted by the helpful lady Liezel(guest Relations)-a fresh homemade lemonade and fresh cold towel. Check-in was fast and Liezel gave us all the information we needed- hotel tour was provided. She suggested to dine in their 400 yrs. old Canava restaurant Alati, which is worth it for every penny. We had also tried their Megalohori Village tour for about 30 minutes exploring the Village of Megalohori(from the authentic caves,to gavalas and to the beautiful 6 bells church. Thank you Liezel for your wonderful service. The Property has outdoor jacuzzi and Spa Facilities which we tried and its great. The hotel breakfast was great but service could be improve. The Island was beautiful with unique landscape. Overall, our stay was excellent- we would like to come back again. Thank you Vedema for the memorable experience and outstanding service-especial shoutout to Liezel-your sincere help and constant checking on us made out holiday wonderful!