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
Loved this peaceful village with its wonderful local restaurants and away from the bustling Oia, Fira Thera etc but close enough to visit anytime. Great accommodation my only issue, complaint is they changed the bedding every 2nd day and the towels everyday despite me literally begging them not to - there is a massive shortage of water on the island, plus the amount of plastic bags and plastic straws handed out is unacceptable for a first world country. Island is very expensive as they have a captive market for a limited period but we enjoyed our time there regardless
I booked a Villa with Villas and Mansions for my family and after reading he floor plan it seemed to me that Villa Selene is a two bedroom able to fit all four of us. It is not it is for two people and I only discovered this when the confirmation email arrived. I was surprised and worried because I booked with a non flexible rate. Alexandra understood my big problem and because I tried to contact her immediately she released the room and my payment. I can't review the property because I did not stay there but I can review the manager and I give her 5 stars.
We spent 3 days at the villa which was amazing. But what made our time there great was the fantastic service we received from Nasia. She met us on arrival, helped us plan excursions as well as arranging all of the logistics thereof. She really went out of her way to ensure we had the best experiences during our short stay.
It all began in April 2016 when we were planning to stay at Villas and Mansions at Santorini. For some reason I changed the plan and decided to cancel the booking. But sadly it seemed to be an instance of changing booking conditions by booking.com after the booking had been done. The website clearly flashed against this particular room that there would be no booking charges if I cancelled before 20th of May 2016. I did cancel much ahead of the deadline so I was clearly eligible for refund within the terms of booking.
To recover the payment made I had been communicating twice a week for almost a year during which I started contemplating taking recourse to legal action or using the social media sites.Yet before indulging in all this I made one last request to sort it out amicably and giving me full refund.
Nadia Filipopoulou the Operations Manager dropped like manna from heaven as the mail got answered on 18 June 2017. She wrote-"Rest assured we will promptly look into it, and resolve any misunderstanding that has occurred. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated." This was enough to keep my hopes alive.
Nasia was prompt in answering mails, asking for details and would even call at times.Tirelessly she worked on my issue going out of the way to go to the accounting section. Very professionally and sincerely Nasia managed to help me get the refund finally on 26 August 2017. Nasia is an asset to this hospitality industry.... May you rise higher and higher professionally....
Thanking Nasia from the core of my heart for her wholehearted involvement and Villas and Mansions for their professional approach in crediting the refund to my amount.
Dr. Aprajita Kashyap
Hoping that the matter does not get escalated.
My wife and I stayed 9 nights in the Villa Selene of Villas and Mansions. This Villa is perfect for a couple that want's some privacy and a relaxing place to stay with and Amazing view of the Caldera.
The Villa is not big, but sufficient for a couple. It has a downstairs area consisting of a very comfortable bed, large shower area with sitting area carved out of the rock. The bedroom has a wardobe and chester drawers for hanging and putting your clothing. No air conditioning but we found it cool and very comfortable due to the cave type design.
As you climb the stairs to the main floor you have a samll breakfast table, fridge, coffee pot and the Wash Cabinet. The glass doors open up to the deck area, hot tub and an amazing view of the Caldera.
The hot tub area is covered and very private. This is not the usual for Santorini as most villas the pools are out in the open and very visiable to everyone walking by. The only people that can disturb you with their presence is the couple that would be staying in the Villa below you as you share a common stairs and entrance.
The deck area is large and has two padded benches for relaxing on or catching some rays. This area we stayed in and just soaked up the sun and rested our eyes on the view. When it got too hot we jumped in the tub to cool down and drink wine. Absolutely one of the best parts of the villa.
The Villa Manager is Nasia and she looked after us in a first class manner. Everything we needed or wanted she booked and took care of. She has excellent taste in restaurants and activities and you can trust her to do all your bookings. You can rest assured she will get you the best table and a good price on anything you do. She is golden and a very valuable asset for Villas and Mansions. Thank you Nasia for spoiling us.
The negative points I can say about the Villa is because it is a traditional cave the ventalation system from the bedroom was connected with the other Villa and we could here every conversation taking place. I am sure they can fix this but if not we moved the dresser in front of the vent and blocked off the noise. This should be fixed as it is annoying if you have loud neighbours.
The other negative point is that you cannot escape the sun and lie in a shaded lounge chair. It is either you lie in the sun on the deck area or sit in the hot tub and drink wine and read a good book to escape the sun. I did get an amazing tan so all was good.
The Location of the villa is very central and close to Gala Square in Imerovigli. You can walk every where in Fira and Imerovigli in 30 minutes. We found good local mini marts withing 5 minutes that had everything you need to have breakfast and lunch in the villa, if your ok with fruit, yogurt, cereal and sandwiches for those meals. This was a very nice option as it allowed us to focus our dining on the sunset restaurants in the evening.
This was my first time to Santorini so I do not have another property to compare to but I do know that we walked past numerous other villas and they had no privacy. The hot tub's or pool's and sitting area's are in the open and usually right beside the walking path. I am very glad we did not book a villa like this as it would spoil your holiday if you where expecting privacy.