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
Almost a year later, I am writing a review of Perivolas. We stayed in a suite with a terrace from which we could admire a view of the crater. The suite, though minimalist in design, managed to be cozy and comfortable. The one design flaw was the shower in the suite that tended to wet the floor due to not having a barrier of some sort. The included breakfast was nice and could be enjoyed on our terrace or at the dining area. Staff at the hotel arranged a tour for us and a special moonlit dinner. After staying here, my standards have been raised for all my future hotels.
Food was excellent. The view of the hotel was extremely perfect. I was amazed of this place. When I go back in santorini i will be there for sure. Lastly, I think that it's one of the best hotels in santorini.
We had the pleasure of spending one night here during our weeks stay on the island. The views are something else especially at night when the cliffs are all lit up.
We had a basic room which was nice (not quite sure if it was fully worth the £600 we paid).
The infinity pool is gorgeous and I love the fact they keep you supplied with ice water all day. The food was nice and the staff were lovely and I'm glad we had the experience but not sure if I'd pay that much out again.
Perivolas sits in an ideal location on the edge of the hillside with views of the white washed buildings of Oia. The rooms are decorated tastefully in the venicuar style of the area, we loved the small touches such as the dicanter of local Vinsanto the sweet dessert wine which I am now very partial too. We will forever dream of sitting dining with a breathtaking vista of the Aegean Sea framed by the white wooden doors of the restaurant. The food we sampled at Perivolas rivled that of any Michelin star restaurant we have ever visited, in particular the lamb, and the shrimps wrapped in Kadaif. Breakfast served with sea views and fresh fruit and Greek yoghurt and thyme honey which was absolutely heavenly. Service was exceptional, the staff couldn’t do enough for us, no glass was left empty for more than a few seconds and they were constantly on hand to wait on us, in particular Eleni who was always so friendly and polite. We were very sad to leave this hotel and hope to come back in the future, it will forever be the hotel that rivells all and sets a presidence so high that we fear it may not be beaten, until we return.
Just to give you some background, I had a hard time deciding where to stay when doing initial research and found reviews somewhat difficult to navigate because there are so many choices. So I hope to write a helpful review for you. I'm so glad I chose Perivolas. Locals will agree it is "Thee" best hotel on the island. Here is why: 1) Do know that Santorini is a major major tourist destination with anywhere from 2- 13 cruise ships docking everyday in Fira during the season so your location in that regard if you like privacy becomes really important. There are basically 2 sides to the island. Beach side and Caldera side. You want Caldera view side no matter where you stay. The beaches here are an after thought. Your not visiting Santorini for beaches. They are rocky. On the other hand the views in Oia at Pervolas of the "cliff side" of the caldera are spectacular. Quite mesmorizing in fact. You'll have broad sweeping views of the Caldera. There is nothing quite like it. The hotel sits cliff side with views no matter what room you choose. And whether you are at their restaurant, the pool, your balcony, or the hot tub the view is right there. No reason to leave the hotel! 2) Airport transports are included. The airport is quite a zoo so having this secured with their private driver is an essential in my mind for convenience. They are friendly courteous and prompt. Arrive 2 hours early for your departure. There is only 1 way in and out of the airport so extra time is a good idea. We had friends who stayed at another hotel and hired a taxi service who was really late picking them up. We were happy with Perovolos having a private driver to avoid that.3) Room layout and hotel layout: the hotel is situated on the outskirts of Oia is perfect. Close enough to walk to town - a quick 10minute, flat walk to all the restaurants and shops but on the outskirts for privacy. A lot of hotels are located on top of the tourist shops or main pedestrian walkways. So people walking by can see right into your room and or pool. Perovolas is perfectly private. When sitting outside one day we couldn't hear a pin drop. Another important! advantage is the tour buses all park on the opposite side of town so the tourists never make it to this side.This is really important for the tourist buses are overwhelming. 4) Privacy and staff service: The hotel located at cliffside has all sorts of "nooks and crannys". We stayed in room #2 which was perfect The patio has all the views and all of the rooms are steps away from their restaurant, pool, hot tub. With views of the Caldera everywhere. The hotel is quiet and private. You can go higher up for "sunset shots" or lower level for the infinitiy pool shots. If your into Instagram well ....you could take photos all day long! There is not a bad view at this hotel. Dont forget early morning shots are amazing! The staff is exceptional in every way!! I mean that. They are here to help you have a wonderful vacation. I think from the office staff to the restuarant staff, drivers etc all were professional in every way! 5) Restaurant and staff: Perfect in everyway! We ate breakfast daily. Nice choices of smoothies, egg dishes + varietal of pastries. All basic and good. The restaurant has a private chef with an intimate indoor dining area along with outside areas and views of the Caldera. The lunch and dinner we had were both delicious. The salads amazing and choices of fish and meat excellent. I highly recommend the Sea bream. To be honest if you want a spectacular relaxing day...just stay at the hotel and order drinks...order food and enjoy the food! You don't have to go anywhere. Another way to avoid tourism. If you eat at Perovolas you avoid all of the crowds! 6) our room: it was perfect: quiet and private balcony, romantic. The interior room had a mini fridge, coffee pot, nice seating area. the bathroom was spacious with lush towels, robes etc. The bedroom layout very spacious. Balcony beyond perfect very private, We loved it!!! intimate with amazing views. Everything perfect! Turn down service perfect. It can get hot during the day so in late afternoon we actually liked sitting in the room. Its cooler being more cave like. Very nice! Please do hang out on your patio and enjoy the view . It really is spectacular. They even have wait staff to bring you a drink, a cocktail, ice tea...etc. They are glad to do it. I think the wait staff is beyond helpful! 6) What town to stay in? Perivolas is located in Oia. Fira is the capital. To be honest, Oia is the place to be. There are plenty of shops more then you could visit in a day. Plenty of restaurants to walk to. There is also an old fishing village on the outskirts I highly recommend for dinner and a sunset. do ask the hotel to help you any with dinner reservations and recommendations. They can take care of all of that. They are a local family and know everyone. A highlight of our trip was a sunset dinner at Dimetries the hotel arranged at the fishing village. A must do! Fira is a cruise ship town so we are not into that and avoided it. The hotel helped us on all of our restaurant pics and have to say all were spot on. They really care about helping you have the experience of a lifetime. For things to do: Rather then renting a car we opted for a private tour of the island 1 day. I highly recommend it.(Tours by locals) We saw all the highlights...Monestary, ruins, the best winery, high point villages, authentic dining, without the grief and aggravation of renting a car. Some of our friends did and found parking to be a huge hassle. Most of the wineries are set up for cruise tourists, and aren't really of great quality. The catamaran sunset tours looked hokey to us. Your better off eating at a nice quality restaurant and watching the sunset. to be honest...sunset catamaran cruises are overpriced. We stayed 4 nights which was perfect for us. We stayed in late May which had warm days and cool evenings. What to bring: sturdy walking shoes and Tevas. A hat and sunscreen. top thing to do: hike Fira to Oia. Eat a gyro and authentic greek tapas. Explore all the hidden alley ways and take pictures! We are a 50+ active couple. By all means...honeymooners may have a different set of travel "check off" points then us. We found the sunsets to be underwelming (and over rated but we were visiting in May. The caldera water is ice cold in May so swimming in it is not really worth it in our opinion. Perovalos is a perfect choice! you;ll love it here! Have fun!