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
We had a lovely week's stay here and would consider going again if ever back in Santorini - not least because of the hotel’s location in Megalochori - a small village away from the manic hustle and bustle of Thira.
We arrived very late (after 1.00am in the morning) and so the hotel was deserted - but the chap on reception booked us in and arranged for our luggage to be taken to our room. First impressions of the room were good - spacious and with all the amenities needed for a comfortable stay. The main things missing - an iron and ironing board and a socket in a practical place in which to plug in the kettle.
In the morning we discovered our room was on the edge of the resort (Z8) )and while I had some reservations about this at first, on reflection we were happy with the room as it was in a quieter and more private position than some of the other rooms which had people walking past them all the time (especially rooms near the pool and pool bar).
Breakfast was very good - with a wide selection of cereals, yogurts, fruit, bread and pastries, cooked foods and salads. You can order eggs to your own taste (poached/omelette, etc.) and fruit juices are also squeezed fresh to order. As a vegetarian I was happy with the choice I had, including soya milk and vegan spread for my toast.
Staff were very friendly and efficient and made us feel welcome. Deserving a special mention is Liezel - customer relations - who was excellent - she contacted numerous restaurants for me to check whether they could accommodate a strict vegetarian - and also arranged for the chef to prepare a special vegetarian/vegan tasting menu for me at the hotel's restaurant Cava Alta, which was lovely and made the last night of our stay rather special.
The hotel runs shuttle bus services into Thira - very handy if you've not hired a car or don't want to rely on taxis all the time. It also runs a shuttle twice a day to the beach at Perivolos - where you can enjoy the facilities of the rather trendy Wet Stories beach/wine bar and restaurant.
Vedema Luxury Resort was an absolutely fantastic place to spend our honeymoon. My wife, young child and I stayed for 6 nights and the way we were treated by the staff made us feel as though we were the only guests there. Staff went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and that our stay was memorable. The buffet style breakfast could not be faulted - there was on offer everything you could possible want to start your day on this beautiful island. The morning staff were attentive without being imposing, and nothing was too much trouble for them. Our accommodation was just perfect - spacious and light in addition to having everything we needed.
We would like to thank individual members of the Vedema team (apologies for any incorrect spellings!)
Lizelle did a fantastic job in answering any questions we had about our stay at Vedema as well as our visit to Santorini in general.
Andreas always took time out to come and speak with us whenever we saw him.
Alexandra and Nikki did a great job in keeping our little one fed(!) and entertained at breakfast.
Demetris and Nikos were fantastic in making sure everything was to our satisfaction.
Unfortunately I cannot remember the names of everyone at Vedema with whom we came into contact, but every individual was always positive and welcoming.
Lastly, the staff went above and beyond what they could do for us during checkout.
We were under no illusion as to the location and local amenities surrounding the resort. The fact that it is in a beautiful and tranquil village far from the crowds at the more ‘touristy’ towns was a bonus. It was no hardship organising visits to anywhere on the island from Vedema Luxury Resort, either by hire car, the shuttle service provided by Vedema or through them arranging a taxi.
We would have no reservations whatsoever in recommending this beautiful, luxury, boutique resort and look forward to visiting again someday.
Mr and Mrs Pavia
The service level here is amazing. Everyone is so nice and very attentive. The property is right in the middle of a traditional small village. We’re really glad that we chose to stay in Megalochori and at Vedema. Everyone went above and beyond.
The staff was the best part about this place. Eleni met our kids the first night and it was really fun to see her walking around the rest of our stay. Easy walk to restaurants, a winery and they can set up a shuttle to drive you around. The pool is nice, really deep. The jacuzzi is nice too. Good times. Thanks to the Conceirge staff and all the others for the great times.
We loved this hotel! Set in the quaint town of Megalochori, Vedema is a jewel of a destination that is removed a bit from some of the bustling places on Santorini like Thira and Oia. Gorgeous and spacious accommodations, a picturesque facility with a high quality restaurant, an inviting pool and breakfast area, a friendly and helpful staff, and an all sound well run organization — it is hard to find anything not to be happy about here. It is easy to use shuttles or transfers to all destinations on the island and the staff works hard to make any local travel or reservations easy. Our thanks to Nikolaos Kalogeras for his leadership at Vedema, and Mary, Alexandra and the rest of the staff (and especially Dimitrios at the pool bar) for making us feel so welcome during our stay.