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
This hotel had exceptional customer service. It was unlike anything we had ever experienced before. The staff was extremely helpful- they offered great recommendations, coordinated us drivers, confirmed our scheduled tours, surprised us with honeymoon treats in our room, etc. The room was also large and very clean. The maids left fresh slippers and chocolates by our bed every day! These people just couldn’t do enough for us. And the breakfast was great each day as well! I would recommend this hotel to anyone and would definitely stay here again. We loved it!
We very much enjoyed the room. It had a king bed and a nice size bathroom and living space. The deck overlooked the pool area but was still secluded enough to sit and read. The staff were excellent; everyone very friendly and helpful. I take down to a four rating for two reasons: the price for drinks and the transportation to the hotel. I had called before arriving and asked to arrange transportation from the ferry port. They said it would be easy to get a taxi and they did not provide transport. Well, that was not a great experience. If you stay, insist they send a taxi for you. We would also like it if there was more transportation to and from their sister hotel on the beach. But overall, we enjoyed our stay very much. Late sleepers beware: the church bells start chiming at 07:00. The private dinner and wine tasting were very nice. The breakfast is the same every day but very good. The hotel property and room were clean and comfortable, and outside the busy tourist areas. The beach is black sand with nice chairs, including chair service, and a nice sea view. And we can't say enough about the staff.
I loved how the hotel blended in with the surrounding village. It had a quiet luxury to it and we loved our stay. Everyone is so nice. Definitely do the cave wine tasting and drink the most delicious lemonade ever when you check in.
Not really a luxury hotel, maybe in name only. Walls are thin, had to turn on ac unit to drone out noises. The bath rug was dirty when we arrived, did they not clean even though they made us wait 2hrs before the room was available. The fixtures and paint was poorly done, peeling. And the shower leaked out water into the room. They have two TVs on opposite walls with same remote frequency, try to watch one and the other turns on. Maybe it’s LGs fault but still. Breakfast was ok. Hotel grounds is actually charming but facilities are not open. They should have warned us it’s beginning of season, then again, why are things peeling at beginning of season. Lastly, being titanium status means nothing. Even though we were staying here and will celebrate wife’s birthday, written into the reservations I made 6months ago. No well wishes or upgrades. Save your money and go elsewhere. I travel a lot, Globalist with Hyatt and Titanium Elite with Marriott. Trust me go elsewhere. Thankfully I only have to suffer one more day here.
This hotel is amazing. The day we arrived was their first day for the season and they were so organised.
Our room is very spacious and has a lovely view.
There is a free shuttle service to Fira and to Perissa Beach and the hotel has its own taxi service(at a cost) to other parts of the island.
The staff are wonderful and the young lady, Liezel, is a wonder, so friendly and helpful, made organising tours a breeze.
All in all, one of the best we have stayed in, and we have stayed in some lovely places.