Perivolas by Manos Psychas and his wife Nadia located at the entrance of the village of Oia, on the cliffside overlooking the caldera in Santorini, Greece | The Hardt
Perivolas by Manos and his wife Nadia located at the entrance of the village of Oia, on the cliffside overlooking the caldera in Santorini, Greece. In the 19th century the Psychas family, like many other Santorini families, developed through trade in the noted wines of the island a connection with Odessa on the Black Sea. Manos Psychas, a sea captain, was born in Odessa, but when his job as captain of the Greek navy brought him to Santorini in the late 1950s he determined to renew his ties with his family’s island. In 1969 Manos and his wife Nadia purchased a piece of a cliff with cave dwellings and stables in the Perivolas area of the cliff top village of Oia. They had the vision of creating an idyllic retreat on their beloved island. Faithful to the tradition of Santorini’s unique architecture they have restored a group of 300-year-old caves that were once the homes of local fishermen and farmers. With the help of native craftsmen and using the local stone, this historical setting has been gradually transformed into a luxurious complex of 20 very individual suites. This was the beginning of Perivolas.
Perivolas is located at the entrance of the village of Oia, on the cliffside overlooking the caldera. It is a 30-minute drive north from Santorini Airport and the port to Oia (Ia).i and offers 5-star accommodation in addition to a Jacuzzi, free Wi-Fi, and a Turkish steam bath. Popular amenities, such as a sauna and an outdoor pool, make for an enjoyable stay in Oia. Guests can soak up the sun on the terrace or have a drink at the bar. For a fast and effortless arrival and departure experience, guests can take advantage of the express check-in/check-out feature. Guests can also admire sea views from the on-site fitness center. All of the romantic rooms at Perivolas Hotel feature a spa bath, a CD player and a hairdryer. Each includes a private bathroom with slippers and bathrobes. Those staying at the hotel can sample Greek and Mediterranean cuisines at the on-site restaurant, conveniently situated for those who want to stay nearby at mealtime. A selection of cafés and restaurants can also be found in the area. The hotel enjoys a superb location, allowing guests easy access to a range of popular attractions. The helpful staff at the tour desk are available to book and organize activities in Oia.
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