Tuesday, August 30, 2011


The real Greece on the touristy island of Santorini? Yes…we found it at Vedema Resort in the picturesque island village of Megalachori.

Vedema blends into the surrounding village, built with the same clean lines and chic simplicity. The village is not crowded with restaurants and tourists and gives a sense of how the local people live. You can find a few tavernas there including Raki across the road from Vedema, where you eat deliciously.

The hotel is charming and well equipped with luxury amenities, offering Jacuzzis on the balcony or terrace of 15 spacious suites (one suite has a plunge pool). Terraces and windows open for views and fresh air, giving guests a sense of living in Megalachori.

The hotel has a small pool area where you also find the breakfast and lunch restaurant and a very pleasant bar. Vedema also offers the exclusive Vinsanto Mediterranean restaurant, a 15th century wine cellar where you can taste wines from the surrounding area, and a small spa area. The resort has no kids club but they can organize some activities during the day for the little ones. The staff at Vedema is absolutely great.

We stayed in an Aegean Suite that has a nice cozy living room with sofa area, TV, fridge and dining table. In the bedroom you find one more TV. The room between bedroom and bathroom has two wardrobes and a desk. Outside on the balcony there is an outdoor Jacuzzi, sunbeds, a big table and a great view over the village.

The bathroom has one shower and a small bath tub. You get bathrobe, slippers and toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, body lotion etc.)

The resort is not located at the beach but 10 minutes by car or hotel shuttle takes you to the beach where they have an exclusive area with 40 sunbeds (free for Vedema guests) and a small restaurant and bar.

The beach has beautiful black lava sand.

Fira village is about 15 minutes from the hotel, by free shuttle or hire car and here you find a wide choice of restaurants, shops and bars. The hotel provides free transfers during the day. We enjoyed the action in Fira but loved coming home to our genuine Santorini village with its intimate views. For those seeking spectacular views, Select offers various hotels on Santorini including Vedema’s sister hotel Mystique, clinging to a clifftop in trendy Oia.

Santorini is a small island and it´s easy to get around. It is a very romantic and charming destination, and like so many guests we know we will return...

View down over Fira

15 minutes by car from Fira Airport

Note: Images are informal snapshots by the Select team on location

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