Santa Maria Village
20 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
One of the nicer hotels on Milos
"Santa Maria was a very pleasant stay. The grounds are beautiful and the room was clean. We got the basic room which was fine, but not overly impressive. Some of the other rooms by the pool might be nicer, but I don't know for sure. The hotel is within walking distance from the center of Adamas, but not super close, if you're older or not used to walking a fair distance. We often took a cab from the hotel to downtown. The pool area was nice, as was the terrace outside of the reception area. It's definitely one of the better hotels near Adamas."
- Travel date: Wed 2nd of July 2008
Lovely location, lovely stay
"When we arrived on Milos we checked out a number of locations and accommodations, so feel fairly confident in saying this is one of the best spots on the island and certainly for the price.
The location is the highlight, on a hill with great views over Adamas. The landscaping and pool area is gorgeous and it was great to sit on the veranda in the evening with an ouzo taking all this in.
The hotel is not 5 star by any means, just good value mid-range option. I would agree the breakfast isn't hugely imaginative and I can't understand why they have tinned peaches when there is so much great fruit in season. Ditto the shower cubicle isn't very practical. Also I would add for those that like to self-cater, the kitchenette isn't very well equipped - no kettle, cups, tea towel for example. But otherwise the room was a good size, plenty of storage and cable TV.
The staff are gracious and polite and overall we had a marvellous relaxing stay here. My hubby fell in love with the puppy and various cats which roam around and spent hours playing with them."
- Travel date: Wed 11th of June 2008
Would never stay here again
"We decided to stay here based upon the many splendid reviews. Unfortunately, we did not truly enjoy our stay here. One of the men working at the hotel was so gracious and so helpful. He gave us maps of the island and a Milos guidebook that showed all the beaches to go to.
The resort itself is beautiful and very well maintained. The pool is gorgeous but it was too cold for us to swim in.
We didn't get so lucky with breakfast - no omelette selections for us. It consisted of hard boiled eggs, bread, cheese, cereal, juice that looked like Tang, coffee, tea, cookies, fruit (red delicious apples, orange or bananas), canned peaches, yogurt, honey. We ate outside every morning because we just couldn't stand the people smoking inside.
It was impossible to keep the bathroom dry. The shower curtain did not prevent the water from getting everywhere!
Our beds were so uncomfortable! Every 15 minutes, dear husband and I were tossing and turning. Every morning, we'd wake up with very sore hips. It was like sleeping on a very old futon mattress. (We stayed at 5 different hotels and 4 of them had mattresses like this!)
Our toilet stopped working and we tried to talk to the very nice manager. She did not understand what we were saying. She got housekeeping to give us toilet paper and we tried again to explain we didnt need toilet paper; we needed the toilet fixed. and we had to play charades for 20 minutes to explain that our toilet was not working. She finally got it (we thought, anyway). 2 days later, I called my travel agent (who spoke Greek) and asked her to tell the manager that our toilet was still broken. Travel agent told me that receptionist apologized profusely and that she totally forgot about it and was wondering why we didn't tell her directly.
The next morning, we saw her at breakfast and she totally ignored us. So I went up to her, smiled and said "Efxaristo" and then she smiled back and motioned 'no problem'.
Another thing that also irritated us about this place is that the manager just got a new puppy. The puppy was so very cute, don't get me wrong - I love puppies. But the puppy was situated right outside our hotel room and it whined and cried at night and early in the morning it barked a lot. We were not expecting that.
The resort itself was very quiet otherwise. Mostly because it was still slow-ish season. The location is very close to stores and restaurants but it really sucked bec the city of Adamas is not a very safe place to walk. It's more safe toward the harbor but if you are walking from town to the hotel, cars drive by so fast and there is barely any sidewalks, so it's not very pleasant. The pictures all show beautiful pictures of the resort. What you don't really see is the surrounding area that looks like a garbage dump. It wasn't just barren land - there was literally garbage dumped on the hillside! We were so disappointed.
You really need a car to get around Milos to see all of its beauty. If ever we were to come back to Milos, we would love to stay in Plaka or Appolonia. It is more quaint and charming there."
- Travel date: Fri 6th of June 2008
A very pleasant, peaceful and relaxing place to stay on Milos
"We werenât sure what to expect of the Santa Maria Village hotel when began booking our September 2007 trip to Greece in August of last year â mainly because we couldnât find any reviews of it in the Milos section of TripAdvisor. The hotelâs website suggested the Santa Maria Village offered exactly what we wanted â a swimming pool (rare for hotels on Milos), nice views, reasonable rates and proximity to the port town of Adamas â so we made a reservation, paid our deposit, and hoped for the best.
Just two days later, a TripAdvisor member from Italy posted a question in the Milos forum, wondering why there were no reviews for the Santa Maria Village. In response, another TA member posted a link to four reviews which appeared under âSanta Mariaâ in the âCyclades â Hotels and Accommodationâ section of TripAdvisor. We had missed those reviews by searching only in the Milos section (the most logical and appropriate part of TA, or so we had thought, to find reviews of Milos hotels). The reviews were positive, so we felt we had made a good decision to book there.
When we finally got to stay at the hotel four weeks later, we found we had picked a good place indeed.
We arrived at Milos airport late in the afternoon on Saturday, September 15, hoping we wouldnât have a problem finding a taxi to take us to the hotel. When we booked our room, we made arrangements for a transfer in the hotel minibus, for a fee of 6 Euros per person. However, three days before we travelled to Greece, the hotelâs reservation manager, Elias, emailed to say the minibus would not be available after all. He suggested we simply take a taxi to the hotel. To our surprise, a taxi driver was waiting at the entrance to the tiny Milos airport terminal, holding a sign with our name on it. Elias had sent the taxi to pick us up â a nice courtesy we had not been expecting. (A small bonus: the taxi fare was slightly cheaper than the hotel minibus would have cost â just 10 Euros total.)
When we reached the hotel about 10 minutes later, we were struck by profound peacefulness â something we hadnât been expecting from a hotel situated so close to a port town. The Santa Maria Village complex sits on a broad hillside overlooking Adamas and the Bay of Milos. Though a main road runs along the waterfront from Adamas to the west, just a short walk down the hill from the hotel, we couldnât hear any traffic noise. The only sounds were the wind rustling through trees, birds singing, and the occasional crowing of roosters. Such serenity was exactly what we wanted and needed â the perfect antidote to our severe jetlag and exhaustion from roughly 24 consecutive hours of travelling.
Elias checked us in and led us to Room 70, a second-floor standard room with a balcony offering impressive views of the curving, free-form swimming pool and adjacent bar terrace, the gorgeous blue waters of the big Bay of Milos and mountainous west side of the island, plus the port and town of Adamas to the north. Room 70 was basic and simple, with ceramic-tiled floor, sparsely-decorated white walls and medium-brown wooden furniture, but it was spacious, comfortable, clean and reasonably priced (in our opinion) at 70 Euros per night. It had a double bed with side tables, a telephone, a marble-topped writing table with wall-mounted mirror, a waist-tall refrigerator with plenty of capacity, an armoire for clothing and luggage storage, a wall-mounted flat screen television (with a remote control that didnât work most of the time), and the small balcony with a round, marble-topped bistro table and two white plastic armchairs. The room had its own air conditioning unit, which worked efficiently and kept the room as cool or as warm as we wished. The roomy bathroom had a small window that could be opened for ventilation, a slim storage shelf mounted above the pedestal sink, and a stand-up shower with a hand-held shower wand; however, to our chagrin, the shower did not have a curtain. We have stayed in at least two other hotels in Greece whose bathrooms did not have shower curtains, and we have read a number of TripAdvisor reviews complaining about Greek hotels (particularly in Santorini) whose bathrooms were not equipped with them, so we simply assumed the Santa Maria was yet another hotel whose owners did not believe it necessary to provide shower curtains.
After getting a good nightâs sleep (the bed and pillows were quite comfortable, while the room was very quiet and dark), we each made futile attempts to shower without soaking the bathroom floor. With no shower curtain, it was impossible to keep water from spraying everywhere. We tried mopping up the mess with our towels and the small floor mat, but the floor remained wet â and our towels thoroughly soaked â by the time we went for breakfast. We decided we would speak to management about the shower situation after breakfast.
Breakfast was served in the same room as the hotel reception, with several tables set next to windows looking onto a cheery tree-shaded terrace offering seats at six or seven additional tables. A few guests dined indoors but we, like most, preferred to take a long, leisurely breakfast outside on the breezy terrace. (Note: A photograph posted with one of the Santa Maria reviews shows a stunning scene of sea and mountains and bears the caption âview from breakfast area.â In fact, the Bay of Milos is not visible from the breakfast area at all; hotel buildings block all views toward the water and itâs impossible to see the âsea.â However, one side of the terrace does overlook a field and the hillsides behind the hotel.) Several cats roamed the terrace each morning, hoping guests would feed them scraps of food, but they werenât aggressive and tended to avoid diners who shooed them away.
Breakfast was self-serve, buffet-style, offering a decent selection of breads, pastries, yogurt, two egg dishes (omelets, plus a scrambled-egg dish with a tangy tomato sauce), sliced ham, cheese, fruit, cereal, coffee and tea. Staff replenished items promptly, but the food selection stayed the same every day.
After breakfast, we went to reception to ask that a shower curtain be installed in our bathroom. Because of an English-Greek language barrier, however, the receptionist did not understand what we were requesting (her overall command of English was fair, but she simply didnât recognize the words âshower curtainâ â and we certainly didnât know the equivalent words in Greek!). A British guest who overheard our conversation walked up and said he didnât have a shower curtain in his bathroom either, so he, too, kept soaking the entire floor whenever he showered. The receptionist still did not understand what we were all talking about until the British fellow walked over to a window and grasped the curtain hanging in front of it. The receptionist immediately understood our request and apologized profusely, saying the housekeeping staff must have taken the curtains down for cleaning after the previous guests checked out, but then forgot to replace them. She said the curtains would be installed when housekeeping made up our rooms that morning, and that was done promptly, as promised.
The remainder of our stay was happy and generally carefree. We enjoyed lying next to the pool for a few hours each day to catch some sun, soak up the peace and quiet, and take in the views of Adamas, the sparkling bay and the mountains, before heading out to explore the island. Most times we were the only two people on the entire swimming pool terrace; occasionally, as many as four to six other guests would come out to sit or lie in the sun for awhile, as did a couple with a very well-behaved young daughter. The only time we saw any other children was when we first arrived at the hotel; a group of parents and about eight young children appeared to be celebrating a birthday party at the swimming pool. The kids yelled and shrieked loudly (as children that age always do) as they splashed and played in the pool and raced around the pool terrace and hotel grounds, and we both hoped they wouldnât continue to make that much noise throughout our stay. But all of them were gone after we returned from a short walk to Adamas, and we never saw any of them again.
Unfortunately, we didnât enjoy the swimming pool as much as the children had â we found the water positively frigid, and could tolerate only very brief dips in the pool. Most other guests also found it too chilly for swimming; just a few managed to spend more than a minute or two in the water. We were surprised it was so cold, especially after the record-setting heat wave that had baked Greece since the spring. During our previous trips to Greece, all of which took place in either late May or early June, we managed to take only brief swims in hotel pools â but never in the sea â because we always found the water far too cold for our liking. We had read in TripAdvisor forum posts that September is the best month for swimming in Greece â since the sun has warmed the sea and swimming pools all summer long â so we had been looking forward to doing a lot of swimming during our first-ever September Greek holiday and, in fact, had booked rooms only at hotels with swimming pools specifically for that purpose. Consequently, it was a huge disappointment for us to find the Santa Maria Village pool water so cold. This was the only negative comment we could make about the hotel, however, and we realize this wouldnât be an issue at all for many people.
After five restful, relaxing days, we had to pack up and prepare to travel to another island on September 20. Once again, the hotel minibus was not available to transfer us to the ferry port, so Elias arranged for a taxi to drive us to the terminal. We checked out and headed off, happy that the hotel had lived up to nearly all of our expectations (the pool temperature being the only exception!).
Some additional notes about the hotel:
Location: The Santa Maria Village sits in an extremely convenient spot. It took us less than 15 minutes to walk (at a leisurely pace) to and from the main harbourfront area of Adamas, where there are many shops and restaurants, the ferry terminal, the marina from which various sailboat tours of Milos depart, the local bus stop, a taxi stand, car rental offices and travel agencies. There are several shops (including mini markets), car and bike rental offices, and tavernas along the way, so we didnât have to walk far to buy bottled water or snacks to keep in our room. We had enjoyable dinners at two seaside tavernas along this strip: To Navagio and Krya. The Milos Mining Museum is situated on the main waterfront highway, right at the foot of the hill below the hotel, and is worth a short visit. A short walk past the museum (heading away from Adamas) are Papikinou beach and several more tavernas including Oh Hamo!, where we dined twice and had the best meals of our Milos visit.
Amenities: There is the aforementioned swimming pool along with a poolside bar, which was open only on the Saturday evening that we arrived. We never asked, but we assumed that the pool bar stays open more frequently during peak tourist season; during our visit, the hotel wasnât fully occupied and there clearly wasnât enough business to justify keeping the bar staffed every day. Internet service was available at a cost of 5 Euros per hour from two computers located in the reception area. Internet access cards could be purchased from reception and used at any time â until the hour of access time on the cards ran out.
Housekeeping and maintenance: The housekeeping and maintenance staff kept the hotel rooms and property spotless, while reception and management staff were polite and helpful whenever their services were required. The reception staff responded quickly whenever we made special requests (e.g. for extra drinking glasses and towels for our room, or beach towels for poolside use).
Hotel grounds: The area around the swimming pool was quite attractive and nicely landscaped with trees, plants and flowers. While we were relaxing at poolside on our last day at the hotel, however, a maintenance worker extensively pruned trees and bushes near us, and completely chopped some down altogether. The property actually could use considerably more greenery, not less; since much of the neighbouring land is vacant, undeveloped and unattractive, covered in scrubby brown bushes, the hotel grounds definitely would not be as pretty or pleasant with sparse landscaping. We hope the hotel intends to replace all the greenery that was removed, and preferably add even more.
Overall, we very much enjoyed this hotel and Milos, and would most definitely recommend both to other travellers."
- Travel date: Sat 26th of January 2008
"This is by far the best place to stay on the island we were there for 5 nights in mid September. I loved the island , the people and the this hotel . We had a beautiful room overlooking the pool and the bay. Great people, great service and a once in a lifetime trip . Thank you for this great memory."
- Travel date: Thu 18th of October 2007
The Best Hotel in Milos
"First, the name of the town is spelled ADAMAS, not Adhamas. In any case, this was our third visit to Milos and we are convinced that Santa Maria Village is the island's best hotel. Its prices are higher than most but it offers much, much more. First of all, it's not located in the noisy and sometimes chaotic center of Adamas, the port of Milos, but on a low hillside not more than a kilometer's walk away. The hotel website gives a representative description of the facilities and services offered so I won't go into great detail. It has a line of standard rooms, called bungalows; another line of studios with cooking facilities, two suites, and two larger family apartments. We had the junior suite for eight nights. It was absolutely beautiful - on the upper floor of a single building next to the swimming pool - the larger two-bedroom suite was on the ground floor. The junior had two terraces, one in front overlooking the pool, and the back one which overlooked in the distance the bay of Milos and port of Adamas. Inside, everything was new and very tastefully furnished. The living room was very nicely furnished couch and chair, coffee table and writing desk with a stereo on top. The kitchen was complete with table and two chairs, range, large fridge, sink and cabinets with all the necessary self-catering utensils. The bathroom was large and airy although at night it could use better lighting. The bedroom again was furnished with tasteful very good quality items, and a large bed with good mattresses (not always easy to find in Greece). In addition there was an entry foyer with a rack to hang your jackets and hats on. All in all, one of the best facilities we've found in our many many years of Greek island travel. The cost obviously was not cheap - even for September. We paid 190 Euros a day which included breakfast for two. The hotel facilities included the reception-breakfast room where a fairly good buffet breakfast was served from 8 to 10:30 each morning. You could sit inside or out in the garden under the olive trees. Really very nice. The pool was fairly large and had a good number of lounges and chairs, umbrellas, etc., and a bar for snacks and beverages. Lots of green grass and flowering plants all over. Very nice. For meals, it was an easy walk into the town, with the first restaurants appearing after only four or five minutes. We had our car so we had no problems going to out of the way restaurants and of course the 70 beaches that Milos tourism advertises. It was a very enjoyable vacation (we spent five more weeks on other islands) and the friendly Santa Maria Village manager and staff made it so."
- Travel date: Sat 13th of October 2007
What a view, and so quiet and relaxed
"This was wonderfully relaxed place to stay. The owners were pleasant and helpful. They had a wonderful breakfast every morning with the view of the harbor yet shaded. they provided both omlet eggs as well as greek style eggs called 'the tradgedy' . The owner even grows his own melons that we were served for breakfast. The island was amazing and the stay was just what was needed at Santa Maria Village."
- Travel date: Tue 14th of August 2007
Milos - Do not book here!!!
"Well where to start with this disaster of a place. We booked the holiday to Malia through a well known travel agent, on arrival to Milos apartments we were told by a women who could barely speak english that we were double booked and would have to go to apartments round the corner. Baring in mind this was our first night in Malia we obviously had no idea where to go. An english member of staff called us a taxi for another apartments, The way we were treated at Milos was disgusting and their attitudes were less than sympathetic. At the next apartments we were sent to, the owner did not speak a word of english,we communicated through him calling his son who could speak english. At these apartments the place did not have a bar or pool which we had paid for at Milos. When speaking to other guets at these apartments it was clear that Milos were just over booking and not caring were the people were to go on arrival & just bunking them off in this apartments - Creata Margio. We had to use a pool that was 50 meters away each day. Please do not book to stay in Milos, Malia was fantastic, shame about the attitudes of the staff at Milos. "
- Travel date: Mon 8th of August 2011
"Me and my friends had a fantastic time in Malia and I think what made it so good was the accomodation. We was all so chuffed with the Milos studios. The place was great, nice and clean, the pool was lovely and always kept clean and tidy also. The staff were excellent, so friendly and welcoming! I actually looked forward to coming back from the crazy strip after a night out just so I could see Mike and the other bar staff and have some drinks and a catch up with them. They were all really really nice.
I would most definately go back to Milos just for the staff. We made some great friends there and the staff also made an effort to try and introduce all of the guests so that we could all make friends.
Would most definately recommend to anyone. Another plus point was that it was just far away from the main strip so that all of the noise was dumbed down and didnt keep us awake but also not too far away that we had to get a taxi in. It took us about 5-10mins to walk to the strip.
From Billy and the rest of the Kent (sheppey) guys"
- Travel date: Mon 16th of August 2010
Booked this holiday last minute and was...
"Booked this holiday last minute and was happy with the reviews I read, When we arrived I was thrilled as the place was so clean!!! and very friendly. I went with my mum for a break away and I was so happy with the mix of ages and people we stayed with. It was a great holiday and I would go again. Top Tip - have shower early as its all heated by solar power so if leave it to late it will be cold!!!! - the apartments are very spacious for two people and are Basic. if you like a tea or coffee in the morning bring a travel kettle as we did not have these items in the room. When we asked for extra items such as blankets (did drop in temp late at night) they appeared on our beds that afternoon. Staff are all lovely and can't fault the Milos Studios!!!!
Enjoy ur holiday if u book - as I loved it. "
- Travel date: Mon 28th of July 2008
Excellent holiday. Really worried about...
"Excellent holiday. Really worried about the 24 hour pool bar. As it was, we used it more than anybody else.
Really quiet, just 2 of us in our mid 40's and 10 other people travelling in pairs. Got to know everyone. We were probably lucky, no large groups staying here that week and it was the perfect relaxing holiday by the pool.
Great location, just off the main roads and the strip but close enough. Try the old town, we found some great bars to just relax and drink nice drinks. The Tavernas in the old town are an absolute must. Super Greek food and lots of it.
The staff at Milos were all fantastic and we could not have really asked for more. The accommodation was very good compared to a lot of other Greek islands."
- Travel date: Fri 14th of September 2007
Well, there was abit of a mix up with th...
"Well, there was abit of a mix up with the bookings! We went with 20 friends; me and my friend were in the Miles and the rest of them were in another hotel. The booking problem was nothing to do with the Milos Studios though! It was our own fault, it was an absolutely amazing holiday, everyone was so friendly.
I felt really safe for the 2 weeks I stayed there, if youâre going donât get the 2 end rooms on the bottom floor! They donât have air conditioning! We were on the top floor so we did thank god, we wouldnât have coped without it! The only little problem we had was every night the electrics would go off just as youâre drying or straightening your hair and the shower was pretty pathetic too!
But all in all, it was great hotel because everyone is so young who stays there, everyone just gets on with it, really good holiday we recommend it!
- Travel date: Fri 21st of September 2007