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Hotel La Maltese Hotel 4 star
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9 IMEROVIGLI AREA 84700 SANTORINI Grecia Santorini, Greece -
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Standing on a cliff in Imerovigli, this neo-classical residence makes for a unique destination, especially with its breathtakingly beautiful view - ideal for a holiday wrapped in elegance, a honeymoon, or a romantic weekend.

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    Location 8.03 /10

    The residence stands on the highest point of the Caldeira, 250m directly above the sea. A 10 minute walk (approximately) is necessary to reach the higher part of Imerovigli, and almost as much time to walk down to the part of the village that stretches into the surrounding countryside. The small village church and its bell tower stand just next to hotel entrance.

    You will have to enquire about transportation options if you want to move about. A bus connects Imerovigli with Fira, where you will find public transportation to various places. The village lies a 15 minute ride away from Santorini's international airport (in Fira).

    Accommodation 8.20 /10

    White like the rest of the hotel, the guest rooms do not suffer from the same baroque inspiration as the reception. There are only 9 rooms at La Maltese, a detail which fits in with the management's wish to create a unique destination for luxury holidays. Without going into details about the decor, it is clear that staying at La Maltese entails a sensory experience: the elegant rooms exhale a fragrance of wood, maintaining the setting in a timeless dimension. This atmosphere is further accentuated by the dazzling midday sun as it filters through white blinds, or by the silence shrouding Imerovigli more than any other place on the island.

    The Superior double rooms are decorated with an ageless wallpaper and equipped with vintage beds, buried in a white duvet. The rooms cool down in the evening, and in winter the temperatures can be particularly harsh because of the heavy wind rushing into the Caldeira. The superior category rooms were carved out of the rock, but they are actually more spacious than the Superior doubles: white wardrobes and four-poster beds will most certainly be enough to conquer your aesthetic inclinations. The separate bathrooms are finished in wood and special attention has been given to female guests (the hospitality products include some cotton make-up remover pads).

    Every room is air conditioned and furnished with a closet, room service is available on request, and amenities and breakfast are included in the price.

    Overview 8.45 /10

    La Maltese displays baroque-style luxury: as velvety as the fabric covering the sofas, and peaceful to the core in its carefully studied setting, this gem of a hotel - part of the 'Relais et Châteaux' group - stands at the summit of Imerovigli. Located on a sheer slope above the bay of Caldeira, this 19th century building displays a profusion of whites and harmoniously organised areas. The main hall, entirely covered with tapestries, heavy drapes, and furnished with velvet armchairs, is slightly too busy: in the absence of a real reception, the lounge gives an imposing first impression. You will also note a strong chromatic contrast between the large deep-red rugs, deep-green walls and gold-lacquered frames. In the middle of the ceiling, a - quite fascinating - huge bronze-coloured chandelier presides over the guests. Fortunately, the second part of the hotel is a mix of baroque and Mediterranean styles, exposing a more moderate ambience. It was designed by Yannis Tseklenis, a Greek architect and designer.

    Suspended above the water, the La Maltese hotel is immersed in an enchanting atmosphere. Nothing seems to be able to pull this white building out of the silence, impassive as it is, with its jacuzzis and multi-levelled swimming pools. However, during the time of our visit we did hear some children making noise and our guide took the opportunity to explain that the hotel is accessible to families with young children, unlike some other hotels in the region. There are very few steps and few angles, but at the same time, it is not an ideal location for guests with reduced mobility, as there is only one access ramp near the entrance.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The restaurant is intimate and exclusive, as is the rest of the hotel: it has a capacity of hardly more than 10 seats, which is just about enough when the hotel is full.

    Open for lunch and dinner (8:00pm to 2:00am), it offers a different type of cuisine depending on the service: in the daytime, you will be served a 'formal meal', and in the evening, an 'à la carte meal'.

    Beach

    Like all of the establishments on the cliff, La Maltese cannot easily provide quick access to the sea. Located on the highest point of the Caldeira, the hotel terrace rises high above the sea, with its sheltered pool and a jacuzzi offering one of the region's most extraordinary views. The hotel has a sauna and a massage room, but no gym.

    In the middle of cream-coloured architecture, the arches overlooking the outside part of the building shelter a small olive tree that was recently transplanted, adding a single touch of colour to this part of the hotel. The outside bar seems to be out of use.

    To know

    Once a private country house, the complex that now houses the La Maltese hotel dates from the 19th century. Retaining the style of that time, it combines a neo-classical inspiration with a Mediterranean and baroque decor. The establishment became a hotel in 2004.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, hammam, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath, wellness

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness, sports

    • Animals allowed
    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • The terrace

    disadvantages

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