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The Vasilicos

Santorini, Greece

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The Premises 

The Vasilicos in Santorini is next door to the local monastery, but there’s nothing monkish about its seven seductive suites, whose sea-and-volcano views might be the best on the island. This former family home will win your heart with flower-graced rooms, cave-carved bathrooms, hot tubs set in flowerbeds and delicious food.

The Vasilicos

Agios Nicholas Imerovigli Santorini, Greece


Compliments of the House 

30 per cent off a private dinner at the Vasilicos, or an upgrade to a private round-trip transfer for guests who pre-booked a shared transfer from the hotel

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon (flexible, subject to availability and a charge: 50 per cent of the nightly rate). Earliest check-in, 3pm, but staff will accommodate early arrivals, where possible.
Rates usually include Continental breakfast and WiFi.


Swimming pool, kitchen, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: on-loan Samsung Galaxy tablet, smart TV, DVD player, minibar, Illy coffee machine (on request), Apivita bath products, marshmallow-soft bathrobes and slippers.


A jumper for nighttime – it can get surprisingly chilly, even in summer, thanks to Santorini’s brisk sea breeze. Leave room in your case for bottles of olive oil and wine made by Daphne’s brother, sold at the hotel’s sister winery.


To ensure the safety of our staff and guests during these unprecedented times, we have made the decision to temporarily close our hotel. We apologize for any inconvenience, please check back at a later time wheen travel restrictions in the area have lifted. We look forward to hosting you in the future when the world is a much safer and happier place. We appreciate you, thank you for understanding.


If you’re staying at the Vasilicos, you’ll feel that little bit smugger when you lay eyes on the pool – it’s one of the largest on the caldera (it’s heated, too).


Want to look your best for sunset? Ask staff to book you an in-room pampering treatment – a pedicure, manicure or massage, perhaps.
Want to know the difference between tomatokeftedes and tomatines, or how to handle a white aubergine? Drop into the kitchen and spy on the chef at work – you might leave with some razor-sharp knife skills, or an expert’s recipe for pork and fava beans.


Let the hotel know if you are arriving earlier than the official check-in time; they'll do their best to get your suite ready as early as possible.


We’ll be waking up in Efta, the most private suite, which is tucked away at the lowest point of the property on the cliff edge, with stellar views. The suite has an outside lounge area with a hot tub set in the rocks. As a teenager, owner Daphne used to sit here at night and admire the lighthouse; you should do the same.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

If, when you went to a restaurant, the chef came out to enquire about what you felt like eating and how you’d like it cooked, you’d be pretty chuffed. At the Vasilicos, such service is standard: expect brilliant chef Yannis to introduce himself and quiz you on your culinary preferences, before making something to match them. (You’re likely to eat a lot of local cheese, just-caught fish, fresh vegetables and house-made bread.) Don’t expect a formal set-up, though – meals here are a room-service affair.

Liquid Bliss 

There’s no bar, so play bartender in your suite and make the most of the wine-crammed minibar. Daphne’s brother owns a winery called Vassaltis Vineyards on Santorini, so expect some serious nectars. Their cocktail list runs delightfully long too.
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Experience the Extraordinary 

As tempting as it may be to stay in bed and eyeball the caldera, hop out and see it by boat – the hotel can organise catamaran cruises. Want to explore a Minoan Bronze Age settlement? Head to Akrotiri in Thera, which was destroyed in the Theran eruption around 1627 BC. Volcanic ash preserved its municipal structures; you can also gaze at ye (very) olde domestic objects, frescoes and other artworks. If you’re inspired by the Vasilicos’ independent spirit, embark on your own walking tour of the island. Pause on the safe, sandy beaches for a breather, a dip in deep-blue waters and a Yellow Donkey beer or three. in 2016, Vassaltis Vineyards will offer wine-tasting and tours.


The Vasilicos is in one of the best bits of one of the world’s best islands. Imerovigli is the quietest of Santorini’s caldera towns, with unbeatable sunsets and lofty cliff views. Fira – the island’s largest town – is a 30-minute walk away.


Santorini International Airport ( is 8km away (a 20-minute drive). Our Smith24 Team can arrange hotel transfers: €30 shared; €40 private; €60 VIP (all prices are for two people; one way).


Forget cars – make like the locals and gad about – cautiously – by quad bike (don't forget to bring suntan lotion).


If you decide not to fly direct, you can easily hop across to Santorini by boat from Athens, Mykonos, Crete and other Greek-holiday hotspots.


Agios Nicholas Imerovigli Santorini, Greece

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