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 first thing I noticed about this hotel is the design of it. the architecture blends in with the other buildings perfectly. it makes you feel like you live in this village. the rooms are really suites. they have a very comfortable king bed, a couch with a large flat screen, a huge bathroom with a tub and a rain shower. other nice touches are the usb ports, lights for reading, a safe, and shutters for privacy. the room is cleaned every day and they even have a turn down service. still not sure what that is , but I just took the candy. the employees are excellent. they take care of you. they gave maps for directions, change money, ideas on where to go, made porridge for breakfast and always said hello. one that stood out was ILIANA, she gave the wine tasting class and was our waitress. she answered all of our questions and got some ginger ale and soup for me when I had an upset stomach. the restaurant in the wine cellar was really nice. the reason I called this review the quiet side is because of this hotels location. here in this little village, you are transported in time. walk down an ally and you sit down at a café and have dinner with wine and friendly waiters, cats walking around and church bells ringing. the atmosphere is magic, then after dinner walk back in the hotel and go for a dip in the pool. the rest of the island is also beautiful , full of things to do and see. you can get their with the hotel shuttle or the bus.
Myself and a large group stayed at the Vedema as part of an incentive trip and it was a pure escape.
The hotel is wonderful, the suites are gorgeous with little treats left each night. The pools, food and even the toiletries were lovely and it truly felt much more of a private escape than most others resorts of this style, even in the heat of summer.
Megachalori is a sleepy village which was so different to the tourist-full streets of Oia - the hotel offers free shuttles to and from Oia to allow you to explore but also get away. We also rented cars which allowed everyone to get all around the island, to the highest points and to Akrotiri, and the location was perfect for this. If you’re looking to be able to walk out of the hotel into the picture perfect sunsets you see on Instagram, it’s not for you. If you want a hotel which feels like it’s just for you with amazing staff and peaceful evenings in the small courtyard restaurants within the village, travel there as fast as you can.
My husband and I enjoined our stay at Vedema. It’s a beautiful hotel that is away from tourist. This place does not have a caldera view; however I am not one to sit in a hotel room so I don’t regret booking this hotel. It was nice to get away from the tourist at the end of the night. I highly recommend using their car service. It was easy to call them/schedule in advance so we had no issues getting to/from dinner or other activities. They also were great about making reservations for us in advance. If you like wine there is a cute winery in walking distance that has award winning vin santo.