Tucked away within the medieval village of Megalohori, the enchanting Vedema, A Luxury Collection Resort, has evolved from a 400-year-old wine cellar and a 100-year-old mansion into an authentic, Cycladic-styled property. Dedicated to the needs of seasoned travellers, the resort has gained renown as a charming, luxurious and intimate retreat. Located on the western side of the island of Santorini, it is encircled by a traditional stone wall and surrounding vineyards that overlook the village and outlying Aegean Sea.
The hotel has been seamlessly integrated into one side of Megalohori, incorporating the ancient cellars that have been sensitively restored. Sunken pathways guide the way to the subterranean cave restaurant, a well-stocked wine cellar and the world class Elios Spa. The architecture pays homage to the traditional fortified Greek village that still stands strong today where indigenous elements have influenced the décor and the carefree Grecian hospitality encourages a causal, barefoot philosophy.
Hotel History With Santorini's rich history dating back beyond 1645 BC, Vedema Resort both pays homage to the past and plays an important role in the island's present. Situated on a more than 500-year-old vineyard overlooking the medieval village of Megalohori, the resort was built in 1993 when Antonis Elliopoulos, the son of a notable shipping family, had the idea of developing the family’s summer estate into an innovative first-class resort reflective of Santorini’s culture and customs. He then commissioned renowned architect Mary Kavagia and interior designers Yiannis Tseklenis and Aggelos Aggelopoulos to create a traditional fortified Greek village made up of sophisticated Grecian-style villas and small handcrafted houses, surrounded by an indigenous stone wall.
The old wine-harvest spot on the estate was selected as the resort’s focal point. And, in fact, its name, Vedema, is the direct Venetian translation for 'harvest.' Today, wines produced here are sold and celebrated internationally. Additionally, the resort renovated the old cellars under the village to fulfill important resort functions as a meeting center, wine-tasting room, private dining room, and the charming Alati Restaurant.
Elliopoulos continued the transformation in 2019, when he undertook an interior renovation that included creating spacious marble bathrooms with bathtubs and showers and updating technology with the latest equipment and devices. All furniture was replaced with antique, island-style offerings, sugar-white in color and upholstered in sumptuous fabrics.
This ongoing fusion of traditional and contemporary makes Vedema Resort Santorini’s top spot year after year.