Ever since I saw Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in high school, I’ve dreamed of visiting the picturesque Greek town of Oia on the island of Santorini. In the movie, Lena spends her time sketching on a dock by the sea, exploring winding white alleys, and finding love. It’s nothing short of magical.
Part of my dream of visiting Oia included staying in a traditional cave, so we chose to spend our time at the luxurious Perivolas. The hotel is known for stunning views, an incredible infinity pool, and cave rooms carved into the volcanic rock. We were looking for amazing, and we found it.
The resort is only a 10 minute stroll to Oia, the main tourist destination on Santorini. You can easily walk into town for dinner or shopping, which we did at least once a day. Even though we aren’t pool people, we spent the rest of our time (a solid three days) lounging by their world-class infinity pool. The pool is the focal point of the resort, which is perched on a cliff with breathtaking views of the caldera. You can see miles of ocean and unique geological formations while watching boats come and go from the island. It’s very quiet and very peaceful. Every evening but one, we sat by the pool with a cocktail and watched the famous Santorini sunsets. Most people flock to Oia for the iconic photos, which we definitely did one night, but there are so many people you literally can’t walk down the streets. We found it much more enjoyable to sit back and enjoy the sunset at Perivolas.
As I mentioned before, one of the main reasons we chose to spend our precious time at Perivolas was because of their incredible cave style rooms. The suites are all white caves with stone walls and vaulted, arched ceilings. Each suite looks like it could be a spa – tranquil, modern, luxurious. One of the suites even has a swimming pool that looks like a river running through it! The suites are decorated with oversized cushions and bright, hand-woven rugs. The beds are tucked into alcoves, which makes the room feel more cave-like. Perhaps one of my favorite parts of the suites is that Perivolas chose to exclude TVs from the entire resort. This is intentional, so guests can fully experience the gorgeous island, which we definitely did. When we arrived to our suite, we were greeted with fresh hand-picked flowers and a traditional Greek dessert wine. Our bed was super comfortable, the jacuzzi bath tub was relaxing, and the complimentary Nespresso was a perfect pick-me-up each morning.
Perivolas offers a great breakfast spread, included in the room rate. There is a wide variety of salads, cheeses, breakfast pastries, and fruit. You can order a custom omelette, french toast, and all kinds of breakfast entrees, along with smoothies, juice blends, and specialty coffee drinks. It’s one of the best hotel breakfast offerings I’ve ever seen. We also had a moonlit dinner by the pool of lemon braised lamb and sea bass fillet from their contemporary Greek menu, complete with a specialty Perivolas Sunset cocktail. Be sure check out their extensive cocktail menu.
Every aspect of the resort is impressive and luxurious. Perivolas one of my favorite places I’ve ever stayed. It lived up to my high school dreams of staying in a romantic Grecian cave with views of the blue Aegean. Hopefully I’ll get to return to this dreamy place again some day!
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