“ Address: Thira 847 03 / Santorini / Griechenland „
My husband and I stayed at the Meltemi Suites for our 1 week honeymoon in June 2013 on a bed and breakfast basis. If you stay here on a half board basis, you have dinner at the Atlantis Island Restaurant, just a minutes' walk from the hotel and situated on the beachfront. We booked with Thomson, who state that they are the only British travel agent offering this hotel. Thomson rate it as a 4 star hotel.
The Meltemi Suites are situated in the resort of Perissa, Santorini. Before we travelled, we read that Perissa isn't one of the best resorts on the island of Santorini, and after looking at images and descriptions of the other resorts, I can imagine that this is true. However, we still found Perissa to be an enjoyable place to stay. The Meltemi Suites are in the perfect location in the resort if you don't want to hire a car, as most things are within easy walking distance. Walking out of the hotel complex, to your right within about a minutes' walk is Perissa beach and to your left within a minutes' walk is the main road. There are a large number of restaurants and bars located along the beachfront and there are more to choose from along the main road. There is also a mini market on the main road within easy walking distance, and a bigger supermarket with cheaper prices is about a five minutes' walk away from the hotel. There are a few clothing and souvenir shops located on the main road and the beach, but unfortunately the shops weren't as nice as we were expecting.
On arrival at the hotel reception, we were greeted by the manageress, Athena, who was very friendly and welcoming, and we were given a small glass of homemade wine each while she showed other guests to their rooms. My husband and I thought this was a nice touch, and it's a good job the wine was only a small amount, as strong isn't the word! Athena soon returned back to reception and after a quick check-in, she showed us to our room, kindly carrying one of our suitcases up the stairs for us. She gave us a quick tour of our room, pointing out anything she thought we should know, and showed us how to use the air conditioning. When she switched the air conditioning unit on, it made a loud noise and straight away she said she would make sure someone would come to fix it (which they did). We were straight away made to feel at home by Athena and you could tell she really cared about the hotel and that guests enjoy their stay there. We also had a little note on our table congratulating us on our marriage, which was really sweet, and a small bottle of complimentary red wine. I'm not sure if the wine was given to us because we were on honeymoon, or if everyone staying there receives this, but I think it was because we were on our honeymoon and it was a nice touch.
We had room number 11 and I would really recommend this suite to anyone else who is considering staying at this hotel, particularly because of it's terrace. Our private terrace had a table and chairs, 2 very comfortable wooden sunloungers and a lovely jacuzzi, which we often used as a plunge pool in the Greek heat! I think this is only 1 of 4 suites that have their own private jacuzzi, and there is also a shared jacuzzi at the hotel, but we never visited this because we had our own. It is a shame that the view from one side of our terrace was into next door's garden, but the other views were of the mountains, and so it wasn't too bad.
In terms of our suite, we had a very comfortable double bed, large sitting area with a coffee table and a kitchenette. We loved that there was a little kitchen area, as we wanted to make our own lunches and having a fridge, plates, cutlery and a sink meant that we could do this. I have to say, this was the tiniest little kitchen area I have ever seen, and although there was a small hob and a couple of saucepans provided, I think it would be pretty impossible to cook a full meal here. However, for making small salads and sandwiches, it just about did the job. There were a few drinks inside the fridge, such as bottles of water, Fanta and beer, which you could purchase from the hotel if you wished. The room had a telephone and a TV, but the TV was tiny and the only English channel we could find was BBC World News! I don't go abroad to sit and watch TV, but it is nice to be able to have a choice of channels to watch when getting ready to go out in the evenings, and we were disappointed that there was no choice available whatsoever. There were 2 very small wardrobes containing a rail each with a few hangers, but the shelf in each one was very high up and there were no other drawers in which to put clothes, which was a bit strange and quite annoying. Dressing gowns and slippers were provided, but the dressing gowns looked rather old and tatty and looked like they needed replacing. A safe is provided for a charge of 2.50 euros per day. The bathroom had a hairdryer and we were informed that we could borrow a stronger one from reception if we wished. When we booked the holiday, we were told that there was a shower in the room, but there was no mention of a bath, and so we were pleasantly suprised to find that we did have a bath with a shower over the top. I found it strange, however, that there was no shower screen or curtain, and so whenever either of us had a shower, the water ended up going all over the floor!
I have to say that we were fairly happy with our room, but I did feel slightly disappointed with it somehow, as it wasn't as luxurious as I was expecting. I thought a few things were looking very tired, and if a few small things were sorted out, such as the bathroom door being repainted and the very rusty bathroom bin being replaced, then the overall feel of the suite would be greatly improved, and it would feel more luxurious. It was disappointing to put on the dressing gown and feel like it was tatty, to have only one channel available to watch on the TV and to have no set of drawers in which to put your clothes in. All of this was a shame really, but these little issues in no way ruined the holiday, they were just things that would of made the holiday more special. I will also say here that I would definitely recommend getting a room that isn't on the ground floor, as the ground floor rooms are not as private as the upper rooms.
Breakfast was from 8:00 until 10:00. All food and drink was laid out just past the reception area and the seating area was in the shade next to the pool, with a few extra tables inside. It was lovely to sit in the shade looking at the pool area every morning while eating breakfast, and the paper placemats showed a map of the island, which was a nice touch. There was coffee, tea and orange juice available every morning. There was a variety of food available usually consisting of cereal, greek yoghurt, bread and butter, ham and cheese, croissants, and biscuits to name a few. There were a number of homemade items as well, such as marmalade, and some gorgeous apricot jam-filled pastries a few mornings. There were some Greek specialities that Athena would describe to us and encourage us to try, such as various egg-based dishes, boiled apples and a sausage and tomato dish. Many of the Greek specialities really didn't appeal to me at breakfast time, but my husband tried most of them and he really enjoyed trying something new.
The pool area at this hotel is tiny, but it is only a small hotel. The pool itself is small, and there are a few wooden sunloungers dotted around it, with parasols. There is also a small sun terrace with a couple of sunloungers located up a few steps next to the pool. I'm not sure how busy the pool area got, as my husband and I stayed on our private terrace during the day. I think the other guests with their own sun loungers also did the same. The Meltemi Suites is part of the Meltemi Hotels and Resorts Group, and I think guests are able to also use the pool at the Meltemi Village complex, which I believe is within walking distance.
The rooms are cleaned every day by the maid, who is polite and always says 'hello' when you see her. After being in the room a few times when she cleaned, I can say she appeared to do a thorough job, dusting, sweeping and mopping every day and cleaning the bathroom. I think our towels were changed every day and bedding every other day. She also swept and mopped our outside terrace every day, so it always felt very clean. If we had left any dirty plates, glasses or cutlery in the sink she would wash these up for us. Someone also came to take care of the jacuzzi every day, and he often sponged around the side of it too, so it looked nice and white. We noticed that the maid took good care of the public areas too, sweeping the path leading from the pool to the rooms every day. We got the impression that the staff really cared about the hotel looking clean and tidy, which was nice to see.
I mentioned previously that Athena was friendly and helpful at check-in and explained the different Greek breakfast dishes to us, but I thought I should really write a section about her, as she is a real asset to the hotel. We found her to be the best hotel manager that we have ever known. You could tell how much she cared about the hotel and her guests staying there. One day, a couple staying at the hotel were getting married and so she arranged, without them knowing, for all of the other guests at breakfast time to sign a card for them. I say a card, it was actually a huge map of the island with space for us all to write our well wishes and congratulations, and I thought this was such a lovely thing to do to make their day even more special. As well as celebrating our honeymoon whilst at the Meltemi Suites, it was also my new husband's birthday while we were away. I mentioned to Athena it was his birthday and she said either she would bring him a bottle of wine or a Greek-style homemade birthday cake, and which one would he prefer? I thought he would like to try the cake, as he likes to try authentic foods and so later that day she herself brought a homemade cake up to our suite to wish him happy birthday. I presumed the cake would be tiny but it was huge! She had decorated it with a few sprigs of lavender tied with a blue ribbon, and she had written him a note wishing him happy birthday. I couldn't believe that after our surprise bottle of wine and note for our honeymoon, she also went to all this trouble to give my husband a birthday to remember, and it really touched us. We went to check-out on our last day, as were many of the other guests that day, and we were greeted by a tearful Athena who said she hated saying goodbye to everybody! It was so touching to see how much she cared about all of her guests and she set me off too! Instead of us waiting outside the hotel for our taxi to the airport, she made us sit down at reception and told us they would come to us. You could tell how fond of her the other guests where, as another couple who came to check out presented her with a big bottle of alcohol to say thank you. When the taxi arrived, she gave my husband and I a big hug and a small bunch of lavender to say goodbye. I can honestly say I have never said goodbye to a hotel manager with eyes full of tears before but she made our honeymoon so special and it was so emotional to say goodbye. I'm getting choked up now thinking about it!
I have been struggling with what rating to give the Meltemi Suites. I think the most suitable rating for our honeymoon would have to be 4 stars. This really is a lovely hotel, with clean rooms and public areas, a wonderful hotel manager and it is within very short walking distance of bars, restaurants and the beach. I do feel, however, that I have to knock one star off, due to my view that some aspects of our suite needed a little sprucing up. If you are looking at staying at this hotel, I would recommend a suite with a private jacuzzi and sun loungers. I don't think that Perissa is the most amazing resort to stay at, but we still enjoyed our stay here and there are plenty of great places to eat in the evenings. The proof of Athena's excellent hospitality and the many great things about this hotel can be seen in the number of guests that return here again and again. We heard her telling some guests when we were leaving that she had a couple arriving that day who were visiting for the sixth time, and another couple were staying there for the 12th time, and if that isn't proof of a good hotel, then I don't know what is.