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Happy days at Marillia Village
From the moment we arrived at the Marillia village you could just feel the friendliness of the place. Liana the daughter of the owners ( and receptionist ) was waiting at the gate to greet us. You walk in to the lovely reception area then she personally takes you to your room through the beautifull garden area. We were on the ground floor and you have your own little patio area . with table and chairs, which is great for an early evening drink before going out for the evening . when you walked into the room it was like a breath of freshair it was lovely and it was kept that way all through our stay it was cleaned immaculatly every day , every one there works so hard to make your stay special .The pool and bar area was great and never packed or having to get up at the crack of dawn for a sunbed.Camilia at the bar works really hard and is lovely ( OH MY GOD ) . that was her favourite saying. I recommend the club sandwitches and there wine.If you want to know anything ask Liana she speaks very good English and is very helpfull. One tip is if you do any of the trips or hire a car or bike do it through the hotel as it exactly the same thing but a lot cheaper. we had a quad bike and it was great fun although a bit hair raising at times.Thira town is fab and don,t miss the sunset in oia. better end there as i have rattled on a bit to long now . I would just like to say thanks to everyone at Marillia Village and will see you again soon
,love Sue and Mark Batchelor room 3.
We had a great time at Marillia Village. It was really clean & friendly. The staff were always helpful & happy. The gardens & pool were kept spotless. We had a lovely view from room10, mountains sea & pool. We would definately stay at the Marillia again. It was close to the sea & tavernas but really peaceful at night. A wonderful holiday!!!
Ray & Marie from Ipswich
Island of Paradise
I have returned from the Marillia Village Apartments in Perivolos with my husband. The Apartments were absolutely perfect. There are only 13 studios and 6 apartments and are run by Adonis and his wife Maria. Their daugher Lliana runs reception and a fab lady runs the breakfast/lunch area which is open from 8-11.30 daily. We could not fault this accomodation at all as it is perfect. The staff are so friendly they feel like your family. We were even waved goodbye as we left and were given a complementary bottle of wine. You do need to explore the island as there is plenty to see. We hired a scooter. There are literally hundreds on the roads along with quads are are really safe. The roads are safer there than here. As far Thira and Oia, what can I say, go and see for yourself, ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING !!!!!!!
Carolyn & Andy July 2007
Our wedding at Marillia
This is a difficult review to write ,as we had such a wonderful time at Marillia Village, words may not truly express the experience. We stayed for two weeks, between 10th to the 24th July 2007, and on the 21st we were married at Santo Winery. We first visited Marillia in Sept 2006, when my then fiance and myself were looking for accommodation for our wedding the next year. We were greeted by Liana, the receptionist, who, not only showed us around the accommodation, but reccommended a venue for the wedding and the reception! We took her up on her advice and from that day foward, we kept in touch via e-mail. We booked accommodation for ourselves and our families directly with Liana, and we had the most wonderful apartments for our stay this year. We spent 10 days in one of the beautiful maisonettes, which are so full of character and homely- and clean! The standard of cleanliness throughout the hotel is excellent. We then spent three nights in the honeymoon suite. Oh my word! I have never ever stayed in anywhere so fantastic! The furniture is lovely, the decoration is serene and the suite has a luxurious round bath-tub! We had 18 wedding guests come to the hotel to be taken to the wedding venue from Marillia, and the space in the honeymoon suite was perfect for them all. The owners kindly gave us all free wine before the wedding and the suite and hotel gates were decorated with wedding garlands for us. The atmosphere created at the hotel makes it friendly and family-orientated and we were certainly made to feel at home there!
There are so many good things to say about Marillia- I would highly reccommend anyone to stay there. Nothing is too much for any of the hard-working, fun, kind staff at the hotel.There is an awful lot of choice when staying in Santorini, but you would struggle to find a better place than this sweet, full of character "village".
We loved every minute of our stay and are truly grateful to Liana, our good friend, and her family for everthing they did for us. Our families have already booked to return to the hotel in two years time!
Maria Pride and Gavin Shopland
A wonderful holiday in beautiful surroundings. It normally takes us a week to get into a holiday but we ralxed totally on the second day. The rooms were lovely and were kept spotless by the staff. The showers were hot. The gardens were in full bloom, what a beautiful setting. We didn't leave the pool very often, It was so quite there and lovely quite music.
Liana in the office couldn't be any more helpful. Anything you asked for was provided. Cammy in the pool bar makes wonderful pizzas and other snacks. The owner Maria makes lovely cakes and we found some in our room and given some warm around the pool. Delicious........
There are plenty umbrellas now around the pool if required and there is no need to put towels on sunbeds... GREAT.
Adonis Liana's Father. Speak to him in Greek and make a friend. He is a strong man so shake his hand at your own peril. At the end of the holiday, we were given a bottle of their own brand of wine. A nice touch. I would recommend the Marillia Village to anyone.
We found heaven
Looking for a holiday that delivers friendly service with a smile, clean rooms and relaxation guaranteed - well you will find this at the Marillia Village.
We have just spent 2 weeks and could not have asked for better hosts in Maria, Adonis and Liana. You will be welcomed with a smile from Liana when you arrive and be shown to the lovely rooms through the Bougainvillea covered paths (Oh we wish we were back there). Relax during the day by the pool or visit the black sand beach whilst the rooms are cleaned from top to bottom.
When Maria has been cooking you will find a tasty nibble of two of her excellent cakes in the room, and when you get up early in the morning to wander down to the pool side restaurant for breakfast Adonis will always have a friendly wave as he cleans the lovely pool.
There are a good selection of excellent restaurants a short walk away and then finish off the night sipping a cool drink in the quiet hotel bar overlooking the illuminated pool and sitting by the candle lit patio.
You must ask Liana to arrange the 'Sunset boat trip' for you - not to be missed
Well done to Maria, Adonis and especially Liana for making this such a special place to stay.
Simon, Lisa, Xanthe and Demi
We stayed at Marillia Village at the end of July for 2 weeks. We had not visited any of the Greek islands before, but many other guests told us that Marillia was by far the nicest accommodation they had been to throughout Greece. Even the holiday reps said it was the nicest resort they had!
We stayed in room 5 – a 3 person studio (no 2 person rooms left when we booked, so we paid extra for this), which had a double bed, sofa bed, small table and 3 chairs and a kitchenette. It was all prettily decorated in blue and white. There was a huge patio at the front with a table and chairs. The bathroom, as others have mentioned, was small but functional, the shower in particular was tiny, but if you use it as a wet room (there’s a drain and it’s all tiled) you’re fine. All the rooms were kept absolutely spotless by the cleaner; everyone was raving about how clean it was!
The staff (Liana on reception and Camillia who ran the bar) were incredibly friendly and helpful and are such an asset to the hotel. Camillia also does all the cooking – there is a continental breakfast, with things like croissants, cereals, boiled eggs etc and also a snacks menu available from lunch until early evening, with things like omelettes and crepes on the menu. There are a range of tours Liana can organise for you, as well as sorting car/bike rentals. (We rented a car for 2 days and that was plenty of time to see the entire island.) These were very easy to arrange, the bill for the trips can just be added to your room, and they were all much cheaper than those run by Thomson’s etc. If you want to get the bus (they go all over the island via Fira) from Marillia it stops several times daily just outside the hotel. There is also a more frequent service that runs from a 10 minute walk up the road.
There is a good sized pool, a Jacuzzi and a kids pool, with plenty of sun loungers at Marillia, however the (black sand) beach is only 2 minutes walk away. There are plenty of umbrellas and loungers on the beach which can be rented from any of the restaurants/bars for €6 a pair. The beach road runs from Perivolos to Perissa and is pretty much a continual stream of bars and restaurants so there are numerous places to eat. (It would probably take about 40 minutes to walk right to the end of the road in Persissa, but you can’t really tell where Perivolos stops and Perissa starts anyway.)
If you want to eat somewhere special, you have to go to the Taverna Pyrgos a few miles inland. (A taxi there is about €12 but well worth it.) The food there was sensational, by far the best on the island, and the view over the entire island is just amazing. The staff were incredibly accommodating – as you can tell we had a fabulous time! Ask Liana to arrange a visit for you.
There are several small shops near Marillia, but if you want to stock up on a few things I would suggest using the Big Discount Supermarket in Perissa. If you phone them up they will come and pick you up from the hotel and drop you back when they’re done. (They were usually there in less than 5 minutes!) The supermarket is also where the nearest cash point is.
Overall Marillia was a lovely, friendly place and we had a great two weeks there.
Everything I read and more . . . . . . .
We are a family New Zealand and found this Hotel through Trip Advisor. I loved how it sounded so friendly and clean and we were not disappointed! We stayed here with our 2 boys aged 12 and 13 and we immediately settled into the relaxed atmosphere.
Liana is a special person and together with her family they make sure you enjoy everything about your stay. We had complimentary wine from the family vineyard and Liana's mother brought us some excellent cake that she had made that day.
They have a lovely lady working there who runs the bar and sets up the breakfast each day. She always has a smile and nothing is too much trouble.
Hiring a car was easy - about 45 euro a day with insurance and driving on the other side of the road wasn't too difficult.
The beach was close - only about a 5 minute walk and finding a deck chair wasn't too difficult. Make sure you have something on your feet because the sand becomes really hot.
To reiterate what others have said, the Marillia was first class. We have visited many of the Greek islands, and this is definately the best accomodation we have ever stayed in. Our party of 7 had booked 3 studios but one was upgraded to a one bed appartment at no extra charge as all the studios were taken. All the rooms were different and had their own charm. Our appartment (no 22) was bright and airy with a double bed on a mezzanine floor and sofa bed in the living area. We had a patio and small balcony, and a really spacious bathroom with an amazing bath / shower. It was like a mustard mosaic throne! The rooms were cleaned every day and anything left out was put away. Our children have never been so tidy!!
The staff were helpful and friendly and always available to answer our questions. We booked a 9 seater minibus via Liana with ease.
The Marillia is close to the beach - the sand is the hottest I have ever come across and needed shoes to get from the sunbed to the sea. The beach was very busy and seems to be a mecca for volley ball. A number of bars played very loud music in the afternoon / early evening and were packed with local people. The beach road was incredibly busy with quad bikes and motor bikes around that time but mysteriously everyone had left by 9.30pm and the bars closed up which suited the older members of our party, but left little for the teenagers to do at night. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from, but there is little in the way of shops close by.
I would recommend the Marillia to anyone wanting a quiet holiday.
Just awsome - Oia
St John the Baptist Cathedral
Swimming in the Hot Springs
tour to the volcano and hotsprings
We are arriving to Santorini in july at 8:00 am in a cruise, and we would like to know if we could join there a tour to the volcano and hotsprings with no prior booking, just getting to a travel agency and hiring the service. Or should we book before we arrive?
Re: tour to the volcano and hotsprings
For July it's imperative that you book in advance. This is the busiest time of the year and the excursion boats are small. If you're tendered ashore below Fira at the old port you won't even have to go up the cliff, as that's one of the departure/pickup points for at least one of the excursions.
Here's one: http://www.thiratours.com/Santorini-volcano-cruises.htm
The question is, do you really want to spend the better part of your one day ashore on a boat in the caldera? It doesn't make much sense to me unless you really enjoy volcanology. The 'volcano' is a barren, lava-rock island. As for the hotsprings, it's in a cove. You have to swim about 50 yards to get there as the boats are too large to get inside the cove. The 'hotsprings' is nothing more than lukewarm, murky, sulphur-smelling sea water that will permanently stain your clothing. There's nothing else to see at the hotsprings besides rocks, it's not like a spa.
I suggest you use your time to explore Santorini itself. Go up to Ancient Thera above Kamari Beach. Visit the Museum of Prehistoric Thera and the Akrotiri Exhibit at the Nomikos Center, both in Fira. Take a bus or taxi to Oia for a stroll around the most beautiful village on the island. Have a meal at one of the clifftop restaurants.
Re: tour to the volcano and hotsprings
Personally I found the trip really fascinating and thought provoking. The volcano is one of the world's newest landmasses and gives an insight into how islands evolve.
Where you'll land on the Old Port you'll find a couple of places where you can book and the boats leave from there too.
As Brotherlee points out this is the busiest time of year and so pre-booking is advised if you really want to do this - I should imagine your cruise people could assist in the arrangements. But you can always go with the flow and if the excursions are all fully booked then just take the cable car and have the day out in Fira itself.