We stayed for a week in mid-October for our first visit. The views, rooms, staff, and pool were all fantastic. John and Stephanos in particular were incredible hosts. The 2 Small hotel restaurants are private to just the hotel guests; a 14 seat mostly outdoor seating sushi restaurant perched over the sweeping views, and the main restaurant in the cave overlooking the pool and views. The infinity pool is small with 12 beds, so it may be harder to get a bed in the high season through September, but we had no problem. The only problem we did have is leaving Chromata; we enjoyed the views and serenity by the pool so much that we had a hard time talking ourselves into any lengthy day trips. Our purpose of the trip was to relax after a very long year of work/travel, so we didn’t do the excursions like the catamaran or kayaks, but a couple of hotel guests said they were fun. We took the bus to the red beach one day. Round trip with bus delays and lunch it took ~4 hours, and honestly I would have been fine seeing a picture and relaxing at the hotel. It’s a red clay wall/mountain with green waters at its base, but if you’re not planning to sun bathe, there’s not much to see/do. The bus rides are funny because the buses are big and packed so you get to see the local hustle and terrain; a taxi is more civilized if you want to avoid the craziness. I do wish we had taken a day trip to the classic old Venetian town of Pyrgos.
This is a great property for adults. There were no kids at the hotel during our stay which only enhanced the serenity and peacefulness. The ages of guests ranged from early 30’s to some in their 50’s and 60’s, but overall I would say it was a younger crowd and very low key/chic.
Location: Chromata is in Imerovigli, which we loved for the views over the Caldera and for its proximity/walking distance to Thiera (touristy but fun day trip for shopping and bars). It’s a 20 minute or so walk, a bit of a climb so wedges and walking shoes are a must over heels (actually on any part of the island). We took the bus to Oia (pronounced “E-uh”) a couple of times, which is an easy 15 minute trip. The bus stop is 5 minutes away. When you’re going for a nice dinner, take a taxi (€20 each way).
Climate: Mid-October is the end of the season, which was wonderful for the “relative” tranquility (it is, Santorini, after all). Some of the restaurants were literally empty, so we had a few sunsets and dinners to ourselves or nearly so. It was chilly at night and can be windy too, so definitely bring a light coat and scarf. I wore my jacket every night and was happiest in jeans. The daytime is still very warm so short sleeves and shorts are fine and it’s still
really hot by the pool. Bring hat (s)!
Overall an A+ vacation. Santorini was even more beautiful than we imagined. The views are breathtaking, and Chromata takes full advantage of the majestic surroundings. Bucket lister for sure!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, preserving the Cycladic architecture, Chromata 5 star hotel both astounds and enchants visitors on so many different levels; from the hauntingly beautiful interiors within each of its 22 rooms and suites conveying the heavenly lifestyle of the island, to the uniquely captivating infinity pool from where one can literally breathe in the sheer essence of the volcano. Hidden oasis of calm on its back the Chromata's alfresco Pool Cocktail Lounge and Gourmet Resto offer three types of views: volcanoscape, poolside charm and natural splendor for long languorous afternoons stretching into the night. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chromata Hotel Imerovigli
- Chromata Hotel Santorini/Imerovigli, Greece