What We Love
- Private speedboats, available for island hopping
- Sea-lavender facials at the cliff-side spa
- Pilates classes overlooking the caldera
- The restaurant’s tightly curated wine list selected by top Greek oenologist Panos Zoumboulis
What To Know
- There are no TVs in the guest rooms—though the cliff-side panoramas are nothing short of cinematic
- Two of the Deluxe Suites have their own Jacuzzis
- The nearly 40-year-old property is entirely family-owned
- Children under 16 are not permitted
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Chicly restored 300-year-old cave dwellings (and honeymooner's haven) on Santorini’s tranquil northern tip
When the Psychas, a family of Cycladic wine traders who once shipped local vinsanto to the Ukraine, decided to turn a quartet of traditional Greek homes into a five-star hotel, they didn’t plan on becoming regional standard-setters. Today, the 20-room hideaway is singlehandedly credited with transforming the coastal town of Oia. It’s impossible not to fall head-over-heels for the property’s whitewashed walls, watercolor-worthy poolside sunsets, and bougainvillea sprigs. The seduction continues at the swish restaurant, tucked in a converted wine cellar, where a bottomless breakfast—apple pancakes, made-to-order feta-and-tomato omelettes, Greek yogurt—is just the fuel you need for a day of seaside lounging (if you get antsy, there’s a state-of-the-art gym, kitted out with a pilates reformer machine, and an 82-foot lap pool). During the summer months, take advantage of the hotel’s alluring private feasting options, which include a five-course supper—“full moon dining,” in Perivolas-speak—on your own balcony.
In the Area
The hotel is a zigzagging 10-mile drive from the port of Santorini, a 45-minute flight from Athens. Get to know your heavenly surroundings on a scuba dive, horseback ride, or hike—all excursions the hotel can set up for you. Visit the port town of Ammoudi (which lies 300 steps below Oia) for lunch at one of the many water’s-edge tavernas and photo ops by its candy-colored boats. While a dip in the famous caldera lake is practically a rite of passage on this paradise isle, a more unspoiled stretch of sand waits at nearby Vlychada Beach.
How to Get There
By far one of the most breathtaking places on Earth!! Excellent service, beautiful views, charming rooms, and great food! This hotel really has it all.
The rooms are amazing and extremely roomy. We stayed in a deluxe suite with a jacuzzi. The patio area is very private with sweeping views of the caldera and Oia. The jacuzzi was nice and warm, but not super hot. Almost more like a nice warm dipping pool with jets which was great for day and night.
The infinity pool is amazing but we only used it once since our jacuzzi and patio were so amazing and private. The sun set is off the charts beautiful!! They leave a delicious dessert wine for you which we sipped all week and there’s a good selection of drinks and snacks in the mini bar. They services the rooms twice a day.
The breakfast is quite good. With some continental foods and some made to order dishes. Excellent service in their charming poolside restaurant. We also had lunch our first day there and the salads were excellent. We went into town for dinner so I can’t review the dinner entrees.
We also took their private boat snorkeling trip which was amazing! We got a tour of the entire caldera complete with history of the area and stopping several times to snorkel. For a private 3 hour tour including driver to and from the dock the price was excellent. Our 2 boat tour guides were fabulous, making sure everything on the trip was to our liking.
It’s a very short walk to Oia (5 minutes) to enjoy the sites, shops and food. The town can get quite crowed from the cruise ship tours so I recommend going in early if you want to take pictures and avoid tons of tourists in your shots.
I highly recommend this hotel. It is a trip of a lifetime!! AMAZING!!
I stumbled on the famous Perivolas infinity pool in a magazine many years ago and ever since dreamed of staying there. My husband and I finally got to stay there last week and found it even more beautiful in person. We stayed in the deluxe suite with the private pool, #17. It was incredible! It was large with a very private balcony and a small infinity pool overlooking the caldera and Oia. Except for 2 previously booked tours, we didn't want to leave the hotel. We enjoyed dinners on our balcony every night. Why go out when you have the best table in your own room? The staff was also helpful and friendly.
I also noticed that the hotel in general was much more private than other hotels in Oia. There were several hotels with pools and hot tubs that were right next to the heavily walked path into Oia so I felt even more fortunate how private our room was.
Perivolas is definitely worth the splurge. My husband and I will never forget the experience.
One of the best hotels we have ever stayed at . Service was perfect , food amazing ,
views stunning . Sheltered from any wind and private and secluded of you choose the right room . Expensive but worth