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About Nicoletta Nomicou
I am from Athens, however I have very close ties with two beautiful Greek islands Santorini and Patmos. As my father’s family is from Santorini I spent all my summers there. Since I am a licensed tour guide, in 2004 I decided to move to Santorini in order to work there. This was a great chance to start renovating my family’s properties in order to be able to share them with people from all over the world. In addition, many years ago, my mother visited the island of Patmos, fell in love with it and decided to buy two beautiful pieces of land, including very old farmhouses in ruinous condition, that she slowly renovated. In this way, our family and numerous friends enjoyed many unforgettable Patmos Easters and summers. Nowadays, I am responsible for the good condition of the houses that I rent out and share the beauty and special ambiance of this island with our guests. I am very lucky since my twin daughters, Alexandra and Christina, having completed their studies abroad in hospitality management and tourism, returned to their roots in order to continue and develop what I started. Genuine hospitality, love and respect for the island, as well as the embracement of the local culture define our core values. Nowadays we all share our time between Santorini, Patmos and Athens, and have the honor and pleasure to share our family’s story and our love for these islands, with visitors from all over the world.
Why Nicoletta Nomicou chose Oia
Delve into the soul of the caldera by staying in this beautiful and spacious villa, nestled in Armeni Bay, the hidden gem of Oia! Perfect for those with an adventurous mind and energy!
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Property was ideal (good size rooms and lovely views) and in such a wonderful location. You could swim or kayak from the property. Very peaceful with an exceptional restaurant about 100 yards away or you could ask to be taken to the next bay by the very obliging helmsman. The steps to the town are not impossible and we managed them on most days.
We loved our stay at Armeni Seaside Villa. The amenities were perfect and boat service was great! We loved the quiet and tranquility of Armeni Bay. The Villa was very well kept and we had everything we needed in the Villa to make us feel at home. Being by the water was a plus and being able to get out and swim or kayak was relaxing. Having the boat service available was an added bonus for those days when we did not want to hike the stairs. If you are looking for a place to relax and enjoy the ocean, this is the place to be!
A rare gem on Santorini
Nicoletta and her daughters, Alexandra and Christina, made the trip very straightforward. They arranged for a shuttle service to meet us at the airport and drive us to Ammoudi Bay where Alexandra and Christina were waiting to escort us to the boat and on to Armeni Bay about 5 minutes away. The villa was ideal for our family of 5, which included 3 teenage children. The 3 main bedrooms were air conditioned but not the bedroom located in the upper loft space, which was the only disadvantage. The house is literally only about 5 metres from the sea and although the water gets deep quickly, it is rocky to enter so we benefitted from having brought lightweight swim shoes. There is a stepped pathway from Armeni bay to Oia above, which was quite challenging but not too bad for us and so we tended to climb these steps about once a day. At other times, we simply sent the boat captain, Alex, a text message to arrange a pick-up and he took us to Ammoudi bay where you could make an easier climb to Oia by foot on the road side (or could park a rental car if you wanted). The good news was that the relative inaccessibility of Armeni Bay by foot made it much quieter for enjoying the water and gave it much more of a traditional feel than the busy tourist spots while still being very convenient. There seem to be few such spots on the Island.
There are a few small supermarkets in Oia where we stocked up on provisions using backpacks and then generally took the steps back down. The kitchen was well equipped so it was easy for us to eat at home. There is a quality seafood restaurant in Armeni Bay, although we did not use it and chose to have dinner a couple of times in Oia instead. There is a good bus service from Oia to the capital, Fira, from where you could get buses to other parts of the Island. We found the buses comfortable and quite frequent, but not according to timetable! Alexandra and Christina recommended the cliff top walk from Fira back to Oia, which we completed in about 3 hours after a day in Fira. Also on their advice we took one of the several semi-private Catamaran tours on offer, and were glad we did.
We would highly recommend this villa to anyone who enjoys swimming and spending time on the water (kayaks and snorkelling equipment were provided) and who feel able for at least taking the steps down.
A little bit of paradise.
We had the most wonderful week in this villa. The property is spotless and incredibly well equipped. The rooms were very comfortable. Having the use of the kayaks was a huge bonus, also having the use of the boat and Alex at hand to help out was fantastic and greatly appreciated.
The steps up to Oia are quite hard going (mainly because they are rather uneven, but so long as you have sensible footware and are relatively fit, you'll be fine) If you take the boat to Ammoudi Bay, the steps from there are much nicer (not quite so slippery) and the trip in the boat adds to the fun. Boats of sunset searchers come in from about 4 in the afternoon and that is when the path is full of donkeys, which can make for a tricky walk, but other times it is very straightforward.
The restaurant in Armeni Bay serves good fresh food and is quite reasonably priced compared to some up in Oia. Oia is stunning and definitely worth visiting but is so full of people waiting for the sunset that is was lovely to escape back down the path to our little piece of paradise!
Dealing with Nicoletta and her daughters was a delight, they organised our transfers and gave us lots of local information so we could really make the most of our holiday.
I would highly recommend this villa to anyone without hesitation.