Villas & Mansions of Santorini Island
What We Love
- The Jetsetter rate includes daily housekeeping
- Round-trip airport or port transfers are included in the rate for stays from April through October
- Beach and pool towels are provided
- All properties are located in the pretty, off-the-beaten-track village of Megalochori
- Villas sleep from two to 10 guests and all offer secluded cobblestone courtyards
- All villas (except Afroditi House) feature a private pool
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
What To Know
- There are no caldera views from here, though you can walk to them in less than 10 minutes following a path near the villas
- There are two parking lots in Megalochori
- All rates are based on two people, additional fees apply for extra guests (see Details tab for more information)
- WiFi is free
- Megalochori is located in the lesser-traveled inland area of Santorini
- Breakfast is an additional $12 (€10) per day for adults 12 and over and $10 (€8) for children
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
In the heart of the village, Afroditi House is a traditional Santorini-style home cut from soft pumice stone from the Megalochori hills. The three whitewashed rooms can be booked individually and feature vaulted ceilings, arches and subtle Moroccan touches like lanterns and throw pillows. Guests have access to a secluded cobblestone courtyard.
Sleeps: Two (per room)
Bed Type: One Double
This former winery and cellar once produced Santorini’s famous sweet wine, Vinsanto and has been transformed into a cozy hideaway that sleeps just two people. As the name implies, it’s clad in traditional volcanic stone and many original features remain including a sunken trough that was used for distilling wine, now cunningly converted into an unusual light fixture. The bedroom features creamy white walls and classic Cycladic furniture and overlooks a cobblestone courtyard with a petite plunge pool, loungers and an alfresco dining table.
Bed Type: One King
In a secluded alcove, a two-minute walk from the Megalochori square, this family-size villa was once the village school house. Packed full of character, from the traditional vaulted ceilings and arched passageways, to the antiques that dress the three airy rooms, this secluded home-away-from-home sleeps up to six. The cute cobblestone courtyard has a private pool, sun loungers and a hammock and in addition to the two bedrooms and one loft room (with deep circular tubs in the bathrooms), there’s a full kitchen, a lounge area and a dining table.
Sleeps: Six. Rates quoted are for two people, additional fees apply for extra guests (see Details tab for more information)
Bed Type: Three Queen
This traditional two-storey mansion dates to the 19th century and was originally owned by one of the island’s most powerful families. It now serves as a fancy five-room crash pad for families or groups of friends looking for an authentic Santorini escape off the main tourist track. The ground floor once served as a wine cellar but now features a rustic-style kitchen and a dining room. Arched doorways lead through to five whitewashed guestrooms with cozy nooks and alcoves cut from traditional stone. The lantern-lit courtyard is home to a private pool surrounded by loungers and hammocks and up on the roof, a large terrace offers panoramic views of the surrounding vineyards.
Sleeps: 10. Rates quoted are for two people, additional fees apply for extra guests (see Details tab for more information)
Bed Type: Three King, one Queen, one Double
In the Area
Five miles from Santorini’s volcanic cliffs and the capital city of Fira, the beautiful village of Megalochori is a central but tranquil (read: not touristy) base from which to explore the island. In the central square of Megalochori, Marmita is a fantastic taverna with ultrafriendly service and excellent local food. Santorini is a proud producer of sweet vinsanto and assyrtiko wines. Find local pours at Canava, the 400-year-old winery at the Vedema Resort in the hills of Megalochori. The northernmost point of Santorini, Oia is legendary for its sunsets. Follow the crowds down the pedestrianized street to the ruined castle at the very tip, to watch it flush the white buildings and windmills, before setting in the Aegean Sea.
How to Get There
Off to the most romantic island in the world. We arrive at a village called Megaloxori which was built for the sole purpose of wine making. The concierge informed us they had booked our 2/BR villa :( so they upgraded us to a 5/BR villa :). Overkill for me and my girlfriend but it was well worth it.
Our concierge took us to “Mansion 1878” a converted grape/wine processing house built in ... you guessed it... 1878, and immaculately restored. Two-story with a more rooms than I can count and a pool. The master bedroom was a cave built into the earth. The doors were the original ones and all furniture was repurposed wood and solid. The amount of detail put into this was mind blowing.
A fruit plate and local wine on ice was complimentary :) and awesome.
The tour of the house pointing out where the grapes where mashed, where the barrels were stored etc was conducted by the super knowledgeable concierge Mr. Neri. Formerly of SoHo House London.
We spent the rest of the day enjoying Santorini wine by the pool in massive cut-out wine barrels converted to giant loungers. Slick.
We walked after the sunset into the village square. One taverna was filled and we saw the same wine barrel theme as in the villa. The waitress told us Ducato Wine Hotel is the owner.
The pork souvlaki I ordered was the best I ever had. The cut was different (double the usual size) so I asked if the Chef can give me some info. Out came a tall gentleman and introduced himself as Pol. He explained he got his inspiration for this dish from Havana, Cuba and he cuts and seasons the meat different. Turns out he is the owner of Ducato Hotel! He invited us to have desert and “raki” (local anise flavored alcoholic drink) on him. The place is named “Raki” after all.
We slept 13 hours straight. That’s what happens when you sleep in a cave in Mother Earth.
The concierge has arranged a private yacht cruise at the volcano and secret beaches. Simply spectacular views and clean waters.
Evening in Fira to catch the sunset and another fine dinner with a “caldera” view. This is truly the island of love.
At night we sipped wine by the lighted pool at Villa 1878. This place is 5 stars.
We stayed at Mansions & Villas our first two nights in Santorini and it was wonderful! We really didn't know what to expect since the pictures online were so varied but our "Aprhordite Suite" exceeded all expectations. We arrived late at night and were warmly greeted by Nerri in the Megalochori village square and taken through a private gate and through another door into a beautiful private garden with private pool, then taken to a spacious, traditional 2 bedroom house with an outdoor patio. The house was comfortable and furnished with charming antiques. Wonderful live Greek music was being played at the wine bar next-door and we enjoyed relaxing in the large, wine barrel lounger in our garden, istening to the music under the stars on our first night in Greece. The village of Megalochori was beautiful, and just short walk to the Caldera (though don't try to walk on the main road. once you leave the village. There are no sidewalks or curbs and cars don't yield to pedestrians). The private plunge pool was one of our favorite things about our stay. It was surrounded by beautiful flowers and greenery and felt like paradise! Our trip later took us to Oia which was stunning, but I'm so glad we experienced the charm, and peacefuless of Megalochori as well .We could't have wished for a better place to stay.
What a host! I would say that this place was magical and the service we have received was out of this world!
Neri is an exceptional host, always available and responsive to our needs, thanks a million Neri. Arriving to Santorini via ferry can be quite stressful and it was easy to organize a pick-up, Megalochori village is 10 min from the port and a treasure on the island, so magical, it is a great spot to get away from the crazy tourists area, you will love Megalochori, it central place and the great restaurants, try the Raki wow!
The villa was just breathtaking, just like the magazine pictures!
I cannot recommend them more