With six hotels in Santorini, the Andronis Exclusive team are a big player in the industry on this small island in Greece. I recently had the opportunity to check out the newest property in the group, Andronis Arcadia, which opened its doors in 2019, and to consider whether this is the best place to stay in Santorini.
- 5-star hotel.
- £££ (prices from over £500GBP per couple per night)
- 44 villas/suites.
- Children welcome.
- Unsuitable for those with walking difficulties – located on a slope.
You can book a stay at Andronis Arcadia using booking.com by clicking the link here.
Andronis Arcadia is based in Oia – Santorini’s much-photographed village with the iconic blue-domed churches. Charming Oia, a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport, is a lot sleepier than the island’s capital of Thira and is the perfect spot for a relaxing, romantic getaway. It takes less than five minutes to walk from the hotel to the centre of the village and yet this short distance, away from the hustle and bustle of Oia’s narrow streets, truly gives the hotel a secluded and exclusive feel.
Santorini is renowned for having an abundance of boutique hotels, with small personal pools overlooking the Aegean Sea, and Andronis Arcadia is no exception to this. However, the majority of properties in Oia have a south-facing ‘caldera view’ (namely, a view of the sea surrounding the island’s volcanic crater), whereas Andronis Arcadia has differentiated itself from the competition in opting for a north-western sunset view.
Style and Design
Andronis Arcadia exhibits a typically Greek facade, with the property comprising of a series of bougainvillea-clad, whitewashed villas and suites. I particularly liked the patches of long grass that had been sown into the roofs of each of the buildings – replicating the appearance of the former fields upon which the hotel now stands.
Internally, the hotel shows its youthful beginnings in nodding to the very current bohemian trend throughout the property. The rooms and public spaces are adorned with beautiful wall decor, wicker furniture and textured rugs.
Andronis Arcadia has seven different types of accommodation: Sunset Suites (up to 2 guests), Executive Suites (up to 2 guests), Family Suites (up to 4 guests), Two Bedroom Villas (up to 4 guests), Three Bedroom Villas (up to 6 guests), Four Bedroom Villas (up to 8 guests) and the Eden Villa (up to 12 guests). All property types come with a personal plunge pool of varying sizes, together with sun loungers, bean bags and an outdoor dining table.
During my visit, I stayed in the Two Bedroom Villa. The minimalist nature of the first bedroom is complemented by wonderful sea views but, sadly, the second bedroom is underground and does not offer any kind of view at all.
The bedding is very soft and so the hotel’s pillow menu will likely come in handy for those who prefer a firmer pillow. Water bottles are left in the room on a complimentary basis twice daily and sweet treats are left on the bed every night after the turn-down service. It was a nice to surprise to find a bottle of local wine left in our room on the first night, along with rose petals all around the villa on our last night.
Each bathroom has two mirrors, two sinks and two showers, the latter of which were lined with locally sourced sponges and toiletries made with Greek honey.
Arguably the best feature of Andronis Arcadia is its huge infinity pool, which I understand to be one of the largest in Santorini. There are a number of sun loungers over the water, which was certainly a novel experience, while the hidden jacuzzi embedded into the infinity pool is a nice surprise to discover. The bar staff provide complimentary water for those lounging poolside and a shisha menu is available too. Beach towels are provided for use both poolside and in the rooms.
The hotel is very much centred around health and well-being and this is evident from the daily morning offering of either a yoga class or a guided hike from Oia to Thira. The hotel’s gym is a good size and the spa menu is extensive, as is the list of activities that can be arranged by the hotel – from vineyard tours through to catamaran trips and helicopter rides. All of such activities can be perused using the hotel’s own app, Exclusivi, on which you can also order room service. The designated Guest Relations Manager is also very eager to assist with any queries and helped us book a car rental for the day.
Food and Drink
Andronis Arcadia offers poolside food and drink (including a surprisingly good sushi menu) at the Senses sunset bar, all-day dining options at the Pac-Man Restaurant and dinner only at the Opson Restaurant. We had dinner at the Pac-Man Restaurant and were able to enjoy the sunset backdrop with a selection of food from the Greek Taverna menu – the eggplant dip and Greek salad were wonderful.
Breakfast is included in all room rates and it is served at the Pac-Man Restaurant. It comprised of three parts – the first being a yoghurt ‘trolley’, where you could choose a first course of Greek yoghurt, fruit salad, Cretan honey and a selection of nuts and chia seeds. At the same time, a range of bread and pastries is delivered to your table, while a variety of fresh juices and hot drinks are also offered. You can then opt for a hot dish from the menu, my favourite being the ‘sfougato’, a traditional Aegean omelette with courgette (zucchini) and potatoes. Breakfast can be served to your suite or villa for an additional cost.
Room service is available 24 hours a day, but somewhat disappointingly consists of main meals rather than smaller snacks. The mini bar in our room was very well stocked, however, with a wide selection of drinks and snacks.
My Overall Verdict:
Andronis Arcadia is a sophisticated property and oozes quality without being pretentious. It was enjoyable to visit a five-star resort without feeling out of place or uncomfortable. In terms of value for money, I think it was slightly overpriced for a hotel without the much desired ‘caldera view’. The sunset views and overall service was wonderful, but it didn’t feel quite right to be staying in Santorini and not overlooking the caldera.
Thinking about staying at Andronis Arcadia? Check out my top 10 things to do in Santorini here.