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
The wine tasting event of the Vedema Resort was lovely. I am not a guest of the Vedema, but it still is possible to have diner in their restaurant and to have the wine tasting.
The tasting was held in an original wine cellar with all the historic winery features, which were well preserved by the Vedema. This makes the ambience fabulous even before the tasting starts.
The host of our tasting was Mira. She did an excellent job, by starting to show us the cellar and explaining its history and also explaining the way the Santorini wine production differs from other countries. Then she hosted us to the table where the tasting would take place. It was so lovely, I totally forgot to take pictures of the way the table and the food were presented... so this will be a surprise for you if you decide to go there.
The groups are little, which makes it an intimate happening where the guest can really meet and there is enough time to enjoy, talk and ask questions. Our group existed of 5 persons. Two of the guest came back for the second time and Mira apparently remembered that one of them did not eat cheese, so she prepared different kinds of food for her to go with the wines. She also changed the wine selection for one of those two, which gave the tasting a really personal touch.
The wine selection was lovely and Mira explaind about these winery's, the different tastes of food to go with these wines and of course we could talk about our findings and of our favorites. It was a lovely event and after the tasting ended, we could stay and talk and eat amongst the 5 of us. (The next tasting would be a few hours later so this gave us a very relaxing atmosphere).
I totally loved the people in our group and ofcourse now I understend why the other two came back again for this tasting event. Next time I am in Megalochori, I definately will join the Vedema wine tasting again. It was a great experience and a marvelous memory.
Thank you Mira for being our lovely host, I truly enjoyed it!
The hotel is very beautiful and provides shuttle services which makes the island very accessible. However, the staff was very hit or miss and the poor treatment completely soured my time here. We arrived much earlier than expected due to extreme weather conditions and were forced to wait in the hotel lobby while the staff prepared our room. While we waited we went to get breakfast at the poolside buffet. The food was good but something did not sit right with my stomach and I became violently ill. I informed the staff, who ignored me and rather then offer any assistance, instead tried to get us to leave the hotel. When I tried to get updates on the status of our room the staff was similarly dismissive and rude. They'd talk over me, attend to other people and I watched countless guests (who had similarly arrived early for check but much later then us overall) gain access to their rooms several hours before us. Given the circumstances some basic human compassion would have been appreciated.
If you are looking for a great Marriott luxury hotel
to stay at in Santorini this is the place. The entire staff is friendly and outgoing. Always willing to help answer your questions and provide some good recommendations like visiting the “Heart of Santorini”.