A family-run hotel, Dream Island Hotel is a Cycladic-style hotel, overlooking the Aegean Sea, in Fira, Santorini. I arrived on a Monday night, at about 8pm, and Konstantina, a young lady, picked me up at the airport. On the way in the car, she briefly introduced facts and information about Santorini to me. It was rather dark around the hotel, and to my surprise, Konstantina told me I was the only guest that night(it was low-season in Santorini), but the hotel will have more guests the next night onwards. As much as I was brave enough to fly to Santorini on my own, I sure had not expected to be an only occupant in a hotel!
My eyebrows lifted naturally in subdued surprise. Konstantina proceeded to show me that her family occupies a unit just a few doors away from my room. All the fears (burglars, the supernatural, insufficient hot water) that had originally arisen automatically in my head turned out unfounded, because nothing unfortunate happened. I took a quick hot shower and had a good sleep. After all, it had been a long way (three flights over 14 hours + another 9.5 hours layover) here from Singapore.
I woke up early the first morning, and quietly opened my room door to this breathtaking view. This view had me gasp immediately.
My paranoia still got the better of me so I timidly closed the door again, when I should have stood out there and watched the sun rise.
Half an hour later, I opened the door to this sunrise. It was so beautiful!
By then, I think I love this hotel already, and of course, look forward to what Santorini has in store for me beyond this hotel!
The room is equipped minimally, but it has everything you need. It comes with a flat-screen TV, a wardrobe, electric kettle (you’re advised to not drink the tap water in Santorini), a safe that’s secured to the wardrobe, shower lotions etc. The aircon has a heater function, which is great in winter. When it got too cold one morning, Konstantina came over and switched on the radiator heater in my room. I didn’t encounter any problems with hot water for the tap and shower, though the hot water might take a while to arrive. WIFI was strong enough for me to do work adequately in the room (downloading large files will take longer).
Rooms are cleaned and towels are replenished every morning!
There’s an outdoor pool for use during summer. It was winter when I was there, so the water had been drained out.
My room came with an open patio that faces the sea. I imagine it would be rather a delightful experience to sit out here in summer, to watch the views as well as soak in the sun! So I tried to emulate the experience, albeit it being winter. I got my laptop out one late afternoon and sat there, trying to do some work, but it was really too cold. And besides, there’s no way I could ignore the magnificent view ahead!
On the first morning, as mentioned it being low season in Santorini and I was the only hotel guest, the staff cooked breakfast seperately for me. There were more than enough food than I could finish!
On other mornings, it was buffet breakfast as there were other hotel guests. I always head out only after having a hearty breakfast at the hotel.
This is a beautiful hotel, and I take a walk around every morning, after finishing breakfast.
Dream Island Hotel is actually a rather open place without gates and such, but Santorini is generally a safe place. The hotel room doors are opened by good old keys, not swanky key-cards.
If you really meet into trouble, you can always walk over to the hotel owners’ unit within the hotel grounds too, or call their emergency number.
Location & Accessibility
Dream Island Hotel is located about 10 minutes’ walk from the main square of Fira, where the bus terminal, taxi station, and all the eateries are at, so it’s very accessible. Over at the square, you can visit the museum, have lunch or snacks, take a walk for excellent views, take the cable-car down to the port, or catch a bus to visit Oia and catch the famous Santorini sunset there. You can also walk to another town, Imerovigli from the hotel. If I didn’t remember wrong, it’s about a 20-25min walk in the opposite direction of Fira. Here’s a post I wrote about visiting Santorini in low-season!
The hotel-owners will contact you after you have made a booking, to arrange to pick you up at the airport when you arrive. Konstantina, the daughter, picked me up when I reached on Monday night, while her Dad sent me to the airport when I left on Saturday morning. This service is kindly offered by them free of charge!
What I really like about Dream Island Hotel is their efficiency in contacting you to update about airport transfer right after you booked (I booked via Bookings.com), the beauty and cleanliness of the property and its ease of location. I had a really comfortable stay being a solo traveller in Santorini. Konstantina and her parents are hospitable people, making sure you’re well taken care of!