Staying With a Dog at the Oia Sunset in Santorini, Greece
It has been a long time since we have truly fallen in love with a hotel. That’s why I am jumping the gun a little here and going straight to this hotel review. There are other airlines, airports and hotels to review not to mention sooooo many stories to share, but Dear Reader, I can’t honestly wait to tell you about this hotel.
We stayed at Oia’s Sunset on Santorini (also know as Thira) for three nights. And what a joy, from the moment we arrived to the very last minute we were there. There was never a second we were not thrilled to be there. And we are not alone. Trip Advisor reviews rave about the place and with good reason.
Oia’s Sunset is pretty much perfect.
On a scale of 1 – 10 in pet friendliness, the hotel is a 100. I kid you not. I was allowed absolutely anywhere I could get myself into. As soon as the lovely teal gate closed behind us, I was invited to be off leash and free. I ran around the pool when the bipeds went for a swim. I gallivanted up and down the steps and little paths that lead to rooms, stopping to sniff the flowers along the way. Often, as the sun got too hot, I could be found on the white marble slab at the doorway to the reception and … bar! (That should tell you all you need to know about how they think!) There, in the shade and with the cold rock cooling my belly, I could easily keep an eye on my new kingdom.
No one blinked when I once barked. I was given lots of space, or cuddles, depending on my mood. The two gentleman that run the place were always happy to see me, smiles on their faces. Panos and Stavros become quick and easy friends. With a scratch behind the ear, a pick-up and lift to the bar, or a cool window sill, they took care of everyone: a frappé for Mom, directions to a cigar shop for Dad. They even booked us a taxi to take us to the sailboat well in advance; with only 42 cabs for the entire island, getting a taxi can be a problem if left too late.
The hotel does not serve breakfast but that is hardly a problem with Oia filled to the rim with lovely places to go. And we had our own kitchenette. We made our own breakfasts and lunches. And coffee was ready at the reception desk if you wanted it.
The hotel is large by Greek Island standards. The staff, without exception, were charming and sweet. The place is also pretty with potted flowers all around and the most beautiful pool. Guests were all smiling and in a good mood. You just really loved being there.
We truly regretted having to leave. Oia’s Sunset becomes home so fast that your heart breaks a little when you pack your bags.
When our first sailing stop happened to be Oia, we were beyond happy to go back and see Panos and Stavros! We had forgotten my food dish but they had it at the reception desk for us. I am sure they would have mailed it to us if we hadn’t stopped by. When we walked in to the hotel, the joy on their faces at seeing us was far more than one would expect from strangers: that was the greetings of friends.
If ever you find yourself on the island of Santorini/Thira, make your way to the town of sunsets. Oia will charm you in more ways than you can count. (More on that soon.) And do stay at Oia’s Sunset. Lounge by the pool; take in the sun, the bright blue skies and white washed walls; watch the crazy sunset crowds from the quiet privacy of your own balcony; and become one with the town and its people. Let Panos and Stavros make you a part of their world family … or at the very least, a long lost friend. You will not regret it. Don’t believe me check out more pics!