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Vedema Resort, Santorini, Greece
Luxury resort Vedema is tucked away within the charming, sleepy, medieval village of Megalohori, having evolved from a 400-year-old wine cellar, a 100-year-old mansion and old village houses. The various properties, pools, two restaurants, wine bar, spa and gym are connected by narrow cobblestone walkways, many bordered by pretty beds of thick foliage and colourful flowers, providing plenty of privacy in a development that always feels secluded, never too crowded. The rooms, suites and villas are all comfortable and spacious; all have terraces and some have their own jacuzzi or pool too. The signature restaurant, spa, gym and wine bar are housed in hugely characterful ancient wine cellars. The attractive village is relatively unknown and delightfully tranquil, and has lovely tavernas, with beaches and other attractions nearby.
Ancient, attractive Megalochori village is less known to tourists and therefore much quieter than nearby Fira and Oia. It has several appealing tavernas and a lovely church and bell towers at its centre.
Discover the island's breathtaking landscapes, red and black sand beaches, or venture into the ancient city of Fira to learn more about its history.
By plane: direct flights to Thira take around 4 hours from London and Manchester. It's less than a 20-minute drive to the hotel. Free parking available. skyscanner.net
Style & Character
The hotel appeals to couples, groups of friends, families and solo travellers. Old wine cellars are used for the restaurant and the wine bar, and there are pretty, colourful flower gardens around the resort's winding alleyways.
Service & Facilities
Alati Restaurant really is a great spot for dinner; either in the remarkable wine cave on colder nights, or watching the sunset and stargazing on the terrace on warm ones.
- Swimming pool
- Fitness centre
- Free parking
- Free Wi-Fi
Z3 is a Dorian Suite with a spacious, open-plan layout; there's a living room area with a sofa and wicker armchair and it also has a king-sized bed, marble floor and desk. The bathroom is marble, with a glass-enclosed shower, bath and twin sinks, and there's a private terrace.
Dorian Suite, Ionian Suite, Aegean Suite, Athenian Suite, Olympian Villa, Presidential Villa, Nafsika Estate
Facilities include: ensuite bathroom with toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, terrace, tea and coffee facilities, TV, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi
Food & Drink
Alati Restaurant has an impossibly cosy and atmospheric indoor seating area, and its 400-year-old wine canava is built from ancient volcanic stones. We loved the lamb, cooked in a traditional, local way; it was a small portion but deliciously crumbly and accompanied by the richest sauce. It went well with Vedema chips.
Pergola: poolside restaurant, Mediterranean cuisine. Open daily for breakfast and lunch.
Alati: atmospheric restaurant and terrace. Mediterannean cuisine, locally sourced ingredients. Open daily for dinner.