Vedema Resort – Santorini, Greece
Hotel Type: A 5* boutique village resort, built around 400 year old canava wine cellars.
Location: In the pretty village of Megalohori, in the south west of Santorini – just 15 minutes from Thira airport.
Style: Cycladic village luxe.
Rooms: 59 spacious suites & villas with private terraces, and many with Jacuzzis or plunge pools.
Favourite Room: Gemmas loves the Aegean Suites because their balconies overlook the bays of Santorini.
Ideal For: Seeing a different side to Santorini.
Swimming: There are two swimming pools at the hotel, one overlooking the surrounding vineyards and one nestled amongst the gardens. There is also a heated open-air jacuzzi. You also have complementary access to a private beach club, located on the black sandy beach Perivolos, just a 10-minute drive away in the free shuttle.
Dining: The main restaurant is Alati which means ‘salt’ in Greek, with an locally sourced Mediterranean inspired menu and has evolved from the 400-year old winery cave. Dine in the cave for an enchanting ambiance or on the outside on the terrace. Dine on Mediterranean barbecues and snacks poolside at the Pergola or grab a snack at the Pool Bar.
Children: From toddlers to teens, you will find there is absolutely everything your children need to enjoy a fun-filled holiday.
Activities: Once you are done relaxing at the hotel, discover the island of Santorini with its lush green vineyards, deep caverns, cerulean sea and twinkling black sands. Explore The Ancient City of Thira and visit village of Akrotiri with its impressive archaeological site. From cliff-top walks to volcanic vistas, the island of Santorini boasts some of the Mediterranean’s best hikes. The surrounding sea is also perfect for water sports and horse riding is popular on the island. At the hotel you can go wine tasting, take a cookery lesson or take a picnic to the beach.
Spa: The cosy, dome-roofed Asian spa has two treatment rooms, steam room, outdoor hot tub and a fitness centre.
Accessibility: Please speak to us for more information on their accessible rooms, common areas, or special services relating to a specific disability.
Low Season Price From: €360 per night in a Dorian Suite, including breakfast.
High Season Price From: €580 per night in a Dorian Suite, including breakfast.
Open From: April – November.
Nestled in the whitewashed village of Megalohori, what was once, centuries ago, a winery and mansion, is now an elegant resort, exuding Cycladic style and charm. The vines still encircle it, and the sparkling Ionian glimmers not far away. Vedema has been artfully transformed, retaining all the elements of the local architecture, and combining it with minimalist décor. The interiors are cool and unfussy, and the blues and whites outside, with the odd splash of colour from the bougainvillea, are picture perfect. Two large pools cry out for lounging by, and just ten minutes away there’s the black sand private beach and its very own bar. Spacious suites and villas, delicious food and very attentive staff just add to it all. This is a place to unwind and let Greek island living wash over you.
Cool whites and neutrals bring sophistication and elegance to the rooms and suites at Vedema. Each one is airily spacious, and styled with traditional Cycladic features and locally made furniture, with marble floors, traditional wooden shutters and comfortable living areas. The bathrooms are luxurious with bathtubs and rainforest showers. The Dorian Suites are cool and elegant with a spacious balcony looking out over the resort, and can sleep two adults and a child. The similarly sized Ionian Suites look across the island and can also sleep up to three. The larger Aegean Suites come with an expansive living area and feature a Jacuzzi on their roof top balcony with island views. Larger still are the two bedroom Athenian Suites, that also look out over the island. These can sleep up to five, with two bathrooms, making them ideal for families. For privacy and intimacy, the Olympian Villa is the perfect hideaway. It is beautifully decorated and have views of the vineyard and the Ionian from its terrace and Jacuzzi. The Presidential Villa feels like an elegant Greek townhouse, thanks to the imaginative transformation from village mansion to modern luxurious living. Neoclassical in design, with chandeliers and bold art on the walls, it also features three en suite bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen. It comes with an extensive garden and courtyard with a pool and Jacuzzi. Set away from the resort, and overlooking the Megalohori Caldera is Nafsika, a five bedroom villa with its own estate, that comes with a private chef and butler. It’s a harmonious mix of Cycladic architecture and modern design with a large terrace and pool, and mesmerizing views of the volcano and Ionian.
With much of the produce grown in the resort’s gardens and sourced locally, the cuisine at Vedema is fresh and delicious. Breakfasts are by the pool at Pergola, with a fabulous buffet selection of cold meats, cheeses and freshly squeezed juices. Throughout the day and evening, tasty Greek and Mediterranean dishes and snacks are served here. The more formal Alati in the original wine cellars and the adjoining terrace, is atmospheric, with a very good selection of traditional dishes. The Santorini wines are excellent and Vedema has a comprehensive choice. Try the tasting menu – a five or seven course tasting menu – with typical Santorini dishes – you’ll need to book in advance.
Like everyone in the Mediterranean, the Greeks love children, and so families are welcomed here with open arms. Many of the suites can accommodate children, and there are plenty of interconnecting options too. There are special menus for children and if you’ve forgotten to bring something, it’s likely that Vedema has just what you need. Babysitting can also be arranged. It is just a short cycle or shuttle down to the private beach and close by is a playground.
There’s a lot to see and do on Santorini, but having said that, Vedema is a place for kicking back and relaxing. The Spa is a very serene space with a wonderful choice of treatments, and there’s a fitness centre if you’re feeling energetic. The chef runs cookery lessons, where he teaches guests the secrets of Santorinian cuisine, and the wine tasting at the resort is a highlight. The two pools have plenty of loungers, whilst the private beach at Perivelos is just ten minutes away. Order a picnic to take, or eat at the beach bar there. The sand around the island changes from black to golden depending where you are, whilst other beaches are pebbly – there are countless that are worth visiting. Vedema can organise boat charters – always the best way to explore the coastline. At nearby Perissa Beach, the Dive Club offers PADI courses and snorkeling and there’s a huge range of water sports on offer, from windsurfing to waterskiing. Hiking, mountain biking and horse riding are popular, and Vedema has cycles guests can hire. Like all the Greek islands, there are thousands of years of history. The ancient town of Thira is just a few miles away, as is the village of Akrotiri with its impressive archaeological site. It’s easy to fill your days, and just as easy to sit with your book and a freshly squeezed juice.