Built around a 400 year old winery in the quaint Santorini village of Megalochori, one of the oldest villages on the island, stands Vendema Resort.Â Forty-five white washed villas look out to gorgeous views of the vineyards and Aegean sea creating what truly is, as they call it, “a legendary corner of paradise.”
I booked this amazing (and quite affordable for what we got) package through Luxury Link and from winning the auction on, Vendema was incredible.Â They emailed right away to secure our dates and helped coordinate any details we needed.Â Our package included 5 nights in a Dorian Apartment with welcome drinks, wine & fruit in room, champagne breakfast daily for 2, 3 hr private island tour, 2 olive oil massages, wine tasting for 2, rose petal turndown, shuttle to private beach w/ beach services, taxes and service charges. Only $1,800 (retail value of $4,353).
The staff was perfect from start to finish. We arrived into port via ferry from Mykonos and were greeted by a friendly driver who took us directly to the Resort.Â We checked right in, were upgraded to a stunning Athenian Suite (I could have lived in this 2 floor villa complete with upstairs veranda and downstair deck with jacuzzi), then with champagne in hand we were whisked away on a tour of the Resort which offers it all …
- Restaurants & Bars: our favorites were Vinsanto Restaurant in the 400 year old winery where we enjoyed an incredible candlelight dinner our first night and Canava Wine Bar in a catacomb carved out of the earth where you can enjoy a Greek Wine Journey with the resort’s incredible Sommelier Vaios Panagiotoulas!Â Oh and champagne buffet breakfast every morning at the Pergola Pool Restaurant was a great way to start each day.
- Spa & Fitness – we enjoyed relaxing Olive Oil Massages in the cool cave like spa.
- Excursions from boating to private guided tours – our 3 hour private island tour was perfect.
- Pool & Jacuzzi – great spots for lounging (the only small draw back of the whole experience was many American honeymooners hanging out poolside at times made it feel like you weren’t on this incredible Greek Island).
- Private Beach & Restaurant on Perivolos Beach with shuttle service.
You’d never have to leave if it wasn’t for the amazing island out there waiting.Â And the sweet town of Megalochori is right outside with a few cute local restaurants.
Vendema is the perfect spot and very romantic (we even have dear friends who got engaged here)! Â Check more great photos of Vendema and Santorini in the gallery.