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Hotel Regina Mare Hotel 4 star
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Imerovigli Santorini, Greece -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

Here lies the fabled city of Atlantis, engulfed by the sea. From the top of the cliff, the Regina Mare hotel overlooks this legendary site. It is a compact establishment, full of life during the day and shrouded in total silence during the night. The perfect formula for relaxation!

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    Location 7.66 /10

    According to local legend, the mythical city of Atlantis was engulfed by the sea at the point where the caldera steeply drops into it. Myth or reality? In any case,the place is fascinating. Some 10 minutes away from Imerovigli, a small winding path that runs along the ridge of the mountain will take you to the tip of the coast at Oia, a famous little village of white houses with blue roofs. Numerous hotels line the path without tarnishing the landscape. These small family-run establishments blend in nicely with their surroundings and generally include little more than 30 rooms. Among these establishments stands the Regina Mare, some 10 minutes from Imerovigli on the other side of the ridge and on the same level as the Uranos and Krokos hotels.

    The hotel doesn't offer a shuttle service for its guests but there are frequent buses on the main road connecting Imerovigli to Fira. Fira (the town where the island's international airport is located) is a quarter of an hour's drive away.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    You have the choice between a standard and a double bedroom, a Superior room, or one of the 'Honeymoon rooms': alone, you might feel a bit overwhelmed in these rooms designed for couples. Dug out from the rock face, as is the case in the Uranos and Krokos hotels, a lot of care has been invested in each detail. The setting, the interior design, and the layout all provide a harmonious environment. The rooms are simple and blend light colours with a style that is halfway between a beach house and an elegant residence.

    The windows looking out onto the sea provide light and openings in these small rooms, through which you can admire a lovely stretch of blue sea during the day, or gaze into the mysterious darkness at night: you will feel as though you are floating due to the fog that rapidly creeps up the cliff face. Then, everything is quiet: the atmosphere is surprising, as strange as it is fascinating. You won't find a better excuse to cuddle up to your partner!

    Overview 8.20 /10

    Hanging from the rocky cliff that drops for some 200m towards the sea, the Regina Mare hotel is a small establishment that caters mainly to couples: it only has double rooms and it would be a shame not to come here with your partner. It is the only Gorgona-owned hotel to have a swimming pool and the entire establishment revolves around it: the area includes the bottom-level rooms and a small terrace overlooking the sea where you can lie back on a deckchair. Given the limited capacity of the hotel (it can accommodate approximately 30 guests), the Regina Mare maintains a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere. Your days here are spent enjoying the odd snack and a dip in the pool. There is free Internet access but you have to ask for a password at the reception desk. As in the other Gorgona-run establishments (Uranos and Krokos), the cuisine is simple and unpretentious: local and tasty dishes are served throughout the day, along with paninis and other nibbles to eat.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    There is a constant supply of delicious Greek salads: tomatoes, feta cheese, fresh olive oil, and spices will help you overcome any fatigue, and the establishment offers this simple dish to all its guests. Having said this, it gets a bit tiresome to eat at the Regina Mare every day, as the menu is not all that varied. We recommend the colourful bar restaurant at the hotel for breakfast, for light snacks (cold cuts and cheese) in the afternoon, and for some nibbles with your evening drink. In the evenings, you can take a stroll into the village, the main road is only 10 minutes away, and choose the pizzeria on the second square (not bad!) or a simple restaurant with a decent menu.

    If you feel up for it, you can also continue right up to Fira (15 minutes away): the pubs are quite good, and if you look around, you'll easily find a restaurant run by fishermen - fresh fish guaranteed!

    Beach

    Unfortunately, this establishment perched on top of a cliff doesn't have a beach: the path leading down to the sea is too steep (the hotel is approximately 250m above sea level) and the rocks protruding out of the water make bathing too dangerous.

    The Regina Mare is the only establishment in the Gorgona group to have a swimming pool: guests of other establishments in the group are welcome to make use of it as well as come here to rest on the deckchairs made available by the hotel.

    To know

    As the other establishments on the ridge of the Caldera, this hotel is special in many ways. They are all perched on top of a cliff overlooking the sea and offer a panorama that resembles the Cinque Terra: the hotel is, in fact, a series of little white houses built on various levels cascading down the mountain face and connected by a single stairway carved out of the rock. As fascinating as it is spectacular, the setting is not at all suited for children or guests with reduced mobility.

    Inaugurated in 1995 and renovated in 2005, the Regina Mare is the latest acquisition of the Gorgona group.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      Turkish bath, massage

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      water-polo

    • Safe

    advantage

    • The breathtaking scenery
    • The silence in the evening

    disadvantages

    • The numerous stairways
    • A simple hotel

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    • Overall Score nc/10
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