Domes Novos Santorini – Review of our 3 night stay

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We have just returned from the new Domes Novos Santorini hotel, which officially opens its doors on the 19th April 2024. Whilst I am familier with the Domes brand due to working in travel, I was really looking forward to staying and experiencing Domes for the first time.

The accommodation at Domes Novos Santorini

Domes Novos Santorini is located on the outskirts of Oia, and all accommodation comes with its very own pool. We were staying in an Echos Retreat suite, which had an incredible view of the sea from our terrace. We were very lucky with the weather in April, and we certainly made use of our pool.

Echos Retreat at Domes Novos Santorini

Private pool at Domes Novos Santorini

Our room was well equipped with a coffee machine, kettle, fantastic shower, paid minibar, a bluetooth speaker, pillow selection menu, large television, and toileteries which included a shaving kit and toothbrush set (perfect if you forget to pack yours). Outside on the terrace was of course the pool, 2 loungers and a seating area.

Echos Retreat

Bathroom - Echos retreat

Domes

Santorini is famous for its sunsets, and most people head to nearby Oia to watch the sun setting. This means that Oia can get very busy, though why would you want to leave Domes Novos Santorini when this was the personal sunset we were treated to right outside our suite.

Sunset at Domes Novos Santorini

Dining at Domes Novos Santorini

Vatanee restaurant offers a culinary gastronomy experience during the evening, and the concept is all about sharing meze dishes. We were staying on a half board basis, and we experienced 2 of the 3 menu options during our stay. Both menus started with the most delicious sourdough bread, and as the night progressed, we were treated to amazing dishes all presented in their own unique way.

The menu at Vatanee - Domes Novos Santorini

Dining at Domes Novos Santorini

Dining at Domes Novos Santorini - Vatanee restaurant

Husband at Vatanee

Vatanee restaurant also serves breakfast, and we loved starting the day on the terrace overlooking the pool. There was a good variety of hot and cold food, a la carte menu, and delicious Greek coffee brought to your table. It certainly set us up for the day.

Breakfast at Domes Novos Santorini

Domes Novos Santorini - Pool view

The restaurant is also open during the day for lunch and snacks, and on one day we swapped our dinner allowance for lunch. I had the seafood black pasta which was incredible.

Dining at Domes Novos Santorini

Food at Domes Novos Santorini

Facilities at Domes Novos Santorini

Having only 50 suites and 2 villas, Domes Novos Santorini has a very boutique feel and the facilities reflect this. The hotel offers an amazing spa, which has a beautiful indoor pool if you want to escape the Greek sun. For people who want to keep fit on holiday, there is a gym, plus yoga sessions are held in the stunning grounds of Domes Novos Santorini.

The spa at Domes Novos Santorini

If you fancy a change of scene from your own pool and terrace, head to the outdoor pool where you can find plenty of comfortable loungers.

Outdoor pool at Santorini

Whilst Domes Novos Santorini has an adult only feel about it, families are very welcome and a kids club is located near to reception.

What to do in the area

This was our first time in Santorini and we wanted to explore the nearby towns of Oia and Fira. You can walk to Oia from Domes Novos Santorini, but as it’s uphill and fairly uneven, we decided to get a taxi which was organised by the hotel. Oia is stunning, and is the typical Santorini that you see all over instagram. Oia can get busy in the summer months, but it wasn’t too crowded when we visited in April.

Blue domes at Oia

Blue domes of Santorini

We loved wandering around Oia, taking in the atmosphere, and stopping for lunch with breathtaking views. As you would expect Santorini is not cheap, the most we paid for a soft drink was 6 euros, and this club sandwich was 16 euros. However it was a huge portion, came with great views and was delicious.

Eating out in Oia

The following day we visited Fira which is the capital of Santorini, around a 20 minute taxi ride from the hotel. We got there just as the sun was setting, and got those all important instagram pictures. Fira is larger than Oia, but is very similar as in you can just get lost wandering around the cobbled streets.

Night time at Fira - Santorini

Fira at night

How to get to Santorini

We flew with Jet2 out of Manchester on the Saturday and returned on the Tuesday, making it an ideal 3 night break. As we received complimentary accommodation for 3 nghts, I booked flights only with Jet2 that were £124pp. You can also fly with easyJet out of Manchester, but they currently only depart once a week. The flight to Santorini was just over 3 and a half hours going out, and 4 hours coming back to Manchester.

Jet2 landing at Santorini

You can also book a package with flights and accommodation at Domes Novos Santorini via a travel agent. If you would like a quote, please either message me or email holidays@travellab.co.uk where I work.

A huge thank you to all the staff at Domes Novos Santorini for making us feel so welcome.

2 thoughts on “Domes Novos Santorini – Review of our 3 night stay”

  1. It looks absolutely stunning! LOVE the private pool and all the food you had looks delicious. I would like to visit the area after reading this – always thought it might be too touristy but this looks ideal.

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    • I actually thought it would be busier, and getting around Oia (which is the main tourist town of Santorini) was a lot easier than I imagined. The island is so pretty and I’m glad we had the opportunity to visit. I imagine visiting in April is alot quieter than in peak summer.

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