OMMA Santorini: the heights of luxury
Santorini’s volcanic origins are evident when you approach from the air. A crescent of rock, the island and its neighbors once formed the rim of a three-mile-wide crater, now inundated by the Aegean Sea.
From its vantage point inside the arch, OMMA Santorini offers views across the water towards picturesque Oia, the town that threw a thousand postcards – and towards Nea Kameni, one of the youngest Greek islands. , which Pliny the Elder describes emerging from the sea in a puff of volcanic smoke in AD 19.
OMMA Santorini: why stay here?
While most of Santorini’s hotels occupy the beautiful – but densely populated – towns of Oia and Fira, OMMA has the luxury of space. On the outskirts of Imerovigli, a charming village perched on a rocky promontory, it has no immediate neighbors, only the rocks and terraced farmland that recall the life of the island before tourism.
Although brand new, the hotel draws its architectural cues from an older tradition. A cluster of suites and villas, its irregular roof lines and wide arches would adorn the cobbled streets of Oia. Inside, white walls meet vaulted ceilings in a gentle curve, giving the rooms a calming, cave-like quality. Many have their own hot tubs, and all are within walking distance of the pool and restaurants.
What to do
OMMA Santorini is located behind a cliff top path connecting Imerovigli with Oia. Just over five miles long, it takes a few hours to walk from end to end. From OMMA, you can start with a half-hour walk to Skaros Rock, a spectacular outcrop with a trail leading past the remains of a medieval castle that once stood on this forbidden site.
A taxi or a rental car is the most efficient way to see the rest of the island. The archaeological site of Akrotos – and the nearby red volcanic beach of Kokkini Paralia – is half an hour away, and Oia is about 20 minutes in the other direction. The hotel can organize wine tasting expeditions to the vineyards of Santorini or day trips around the island.
But you can settle for exploring no further than the perimeter of the hotel grounds. The swimming pool, sun loungers and bar are a good reason to stay put; the nicely landscaped spa another.
What to eat
Whether you are near or far, the restaurant at OMMA Santorini will bring a taste of the island and its neighbors to your table. Both breakfast and dinner offer traditional local specialties, including a refreshing dakos salad – a mixture of whipped cheese, cherry tomatoes and barley rusks – or Cretan skioufihta pasta. Orange Pie, a dense syrupy cake made with crumbled phyllo dough instead of flour, is the perfect indulgent finish.
Beyond the hotel, Imerovigli is full of restaurants vying for your attention. The Athenian House is one of the best, keeping its promise to take you on a ‘memorable gastronomic journey’. Anogi, a few blocks from the cliff, is a more informal choice.
When should we go
Like most hotels in Santorini, OMMA closes for winter at the end of October and reopens in early April. In spring, the island is green and carpeted with wild flowers, and the narrow alleys of Oia are relatively quiet. They get busier and busier in May and June, as temperatures rise in the 1920s to peak at 29 ° C in July. September is arguably the place to be, with warm days and some respite from the summer crowds.
How to get there
British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair serve Santorini International Airport (Thira), a 20-minute drive from OMMA Santorini. Rooms are available on the OMMA Santorini website from £ 429 per room per night including breakfast.