We stayed at Ayama 1 night on our honeymoon. The villa itself is perfection, so clean and comfortable and the pool and outdoor space is amazing.The location is definitely off the beaten path from Thira, which is nice and what we were hoping for.
The improvements we would hope for revolve around the service and the surrounding area. Arriving at the port via ferry was awful, it’s is SO busy. We arranged for a transfer (additional fee), who was no where to be found upon arrival. We walked around with all our luggage and watched the madness of people being picked up, vans/scars/scooters/taxis and tourists buzzing everywhere. It was an unpleasant start. 30 minutes later a driver showed up and took us to check in at the hotel group that owns the villa. Additional step I was not anticipating or thrilled about. We finally arrived to the villa and proceeded to enjoy its amazing pool and outdoor areas. We regretted having to leave for dinner because it was just so lovely. The second unenjoyable part was the next morning: 7:00am wake up to construction directly across the street, making it hard to enjoy a relaxing environment by the pool. Roosters and the occasional donkey are noises I want to hear, continual chipping and hammering of stone... not so much. Finally, our check out was not smooth. They are simply too busy to properly deal with customers. We paid (again) for a transfer to Oia- epic fail. The driver actually dropped us off 2 miles away w/all our luggage! Awful service.