The perfect location for groups, or families with young or teenage children.
Perfect Retreats Limited
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About Perfect Retreats Limited
We are a small family business who have been spending most of our summer holidays in Ios since 1988. Our goal is to provide a relaxing and enjoyable stay for you and your family and friends that will leave you with lasting memories. Here at On The Rocks we feel at peace, the view, the breeze, the sun, the sea... inspires us and gives us strength. We love this place and we want to protect nature's beauty and preserve it for generations to come. We generate as much energy as we use from our solar panels. We collect and recycle 100,000 litres of rainwater a year. We treat our effluent on site. We have planted over 3,000 trees and shrubs. It is our belief that we should do our utmost to protect the environment as best we can and we work tirelessly towards our goal.
Perfect Retreats Limited purchased this Villa in 2013
Why Perfect Retreats Limited chose Ios
Ios is an island of outstanding natural beauty. The breathtaking views, the energising breeze, the brilliant sunshine, the cool sensation of seawater on the skin, all invigorate our senses and make us feel rejuvenated. On The Rocks is situated a short walk away from lively Chora and right above the beautiful beach of Valmas. The town of Ios has numerous gift shops, beautiful narrow little streets and two lovely squares where you can enjoy a coffee, breakfast or a drink. Ios is famous for its night life. There are numerous bars that stay open till the early hours of the morning, many beautiful restaurants and tavernas that will cater for all tastes and budgets. Our favourite beach Valmas, is just 5 minutes walk away. There is a small taverna and a few sun beds.
What makes this Villa unique
The villa is perfect for a fortnight holiday for large groups, or families with friends and teenage children. It will accommodate you and your family and friends in style and comfort. The four mattress system and the pillow menu will ensure a great rest at night and the view from the windows and balconies will take your breath away. The pool area and garden are ideal for a morning swim, a brunch by the pool, to read a book, sunbathe, or be inspired by the view .... and in the evening it will provide ample space for alfresco dinning, sunset cocktails, or late night drinks by the pool.
Pool / Spa
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
Beautiful home, beautiful island, wonderful hosts
Our stay at On the Rocks was one of the nicest holiday rental experiences my family and I have ever had. John and Emmanuela have thought of every detail in outfitting their home for guests. The property is beautiful with stunning views of the sea and a short walk to Valmas Beach, the perfect spot for any afternoon or morning swim. The hosts are very accommodating and helped us with car rentals and picking us up at the port. They curated wines for us and invited us into their homes for coffee and biscuits. The property is well stocked with grills, beach toys, games, cooking basics and they supply bread and water every day. The host live on the property and are easy to contact in case of any problem but they are not intrusive in any way. They employee two cleaners who straighten up the house daily. They were both very nice and helpful.
We found Ios to be fantastic. We were a large group of 12 people; adults, kids, and teens. We were a little concerned about the party reputation of the islands but we found that it did not start until well after we were asleep.. We were able to enjoy Chora, nice restaurants and bars that were geared towards a more mature clientele and the presence of the youthful party scene added to the vibrancy of the island. We were there at the end of June so things were still pretty quiet. We found that while a car is not necessary, it made our trip more enjoyable as it allowed us to take day trips to the islands other beaches. I found the walk into Chora to be pleasurable but others in my group thought it was too far. We chartered a boat one day with Stelio’s Boat Tours. We had gotten the name from our hosts. The owner was an experienced boatman from Ios and took us to several remote beaches for snorkeling and swimming. This was a trip highlight.
There are very few criticisms I can make about this rental. I will add a couple suggestions for the owners but by no means did the lack of these items cause us any real inconvenience.
- Magnets or hooks to lock the windows open would be nice. The wind is strong so leaving them ajar without a means to secure them doesn’t work.
- An outdoor shower would be a nice touch. There are spigots to wash the sand off your feet but an outdoor shower would be better and seems like it would be an easy add
- A way to hang towels outside would be helpful. Because of the winds our towels were always on the ground and never quite dried.
That’s it. Everything else was wonderful.
Phenomenal villa with exceptional service
We rented both villas for a group of 12 friends. We were amazed by the property from the moment we arrived, from the breathtaking views to the luxury quality of the home. This was complimented by an exceptional service provided by John, Emmanuela and their staff from start to finish - they all went above and beyond what was stated in the property description.
The property itself has great proportions and is finished to a high standard. My friends had a comfortable stay and never felt like they were short of space. The location is great as it is far enough from the nightlife to not be disrupted by it but close enough to be able to walk to all the action.
I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking for a comfortable luxury stay in Ios - you will not be disappointed.
Thank you for your kind words and lovely review. It was a great pleasure meeting you all and we are delighted you enjoyed your stay at « On The Rocks »
We wish you all the very best and hope to welcome you back soon!
John & Emmanuela Pantelirei
This holiday was incredible from start to finish. We rented both on the rocks villas for 10 nights we are a family of 11. Firstly the owners John and Emmanuela are such friendly, helpful and hospitable people they came to pick us up from the port and we arrived at the villas with lovely welcome baskets full of delicious food and refreshments awaiting us. The villas are beautifully decorated and clean with everything done to a very high standard. The location is incredible with the most amazing almost 360 degree views that no picture can do justice. Valmas beach is a short walk down and was almost always empty, giving you the feel of your own private beach which was fantastic. We rented a car and a quad bike to give us flexibility to explore flexibility to explore the island but the villas are located close enough to walk to town and wander through the lovely little old town of Ios. The villas were cleaned daily and the staff were so discrete and efficient. They provided us with fresh bread everyday and some scrumptious baked goods. On our last night John and Emmanuela invited us for sunset drinks and snacks which were absolutely amazing and the team cooked us a greek meal which was also fantastic. We could not have asked for a better holiday, it was out of this world and we highly recommend it. We will definitely be returning!
Thank you for your kind words!!
It was great meeting you all and a pleasure to know that you had a wonderful time at « On The Rocks »
We wish you all the very best and we hope to see you again soon!!!
John & Emmanuela
Couldn't fault it
I stayed with a group of 24 across the 3 villas for a week in late May/early June. The villas themselves were absolutely gorgeous, and we felt we were close enough to walk into town easily. The bedrooms and kitchens were great and the infinity pool especially wasn't spectacular. We loved being so close to Valmas, which was just down from the villas but was always empty. One of the clearest beaches in Ios!
Our hosts were so welcoming, even though we were a group of students. They brought us to and from the port (even storing our luggage on the final day) and made us a Greek meal on our final night. One of our party broke a stovetop, but it was replaced quickly by the owners.
Our stay couldn't have been better and all of us are dreaming of a return!
Thank you for your kind words. It was a great pleasure to have you as our guests and we will be delighted to welcome you again anytime.
We are so pleased you enjoyed the little cove of Valmas. It is our favourite too.
We wish you all, "Good Luck" with your studies!!
All the very best,
Yannis & Emmanuela
We were collected from the port by the owners at no charge to us (it wasn't a problem to them that our ferry was nearly an hour late), we were a family group of 11, ages from 16 - 83. On arrival at the Villa we were absolutely blown away by it. The views are amazing, the villas are newly built and extremely tastefully decorated, the owner must have a talent for design, or had a professional in. Everything you could want for during our stay was in these two villas, they are stocked as well as my own home. They also provide the basics (sugar, oils .... fresh bread everyday and plenty of bottled water). The maid cleans everyday and makes sure you are happy with everything. The beds are extremely comfortable, you can even choose which mattress topper and pillows you want, whether it be feathers or hypo allergic. Good size rooms with lovely fully tiled bathrooms. The top floor bedrooms in each villa have lovely terraces, the only problem was agreeing who could have those rooms!
The villa is perched on cliff top, it is just a short 10 minute walk into the nearest village, which has a supermarket and you can wander through the cobbled streets where all the bars and tavernas are. There is a lovely tiny cove with a taverna just a 5-10 minute walk, but coming back up might be a problem if your mobility isn't that good. Taxi's are available 24 hour and cheap so easy to get about.
Thoroughly recommend this accommodation, will definitely be going back. The owners were lovely people and extremely accommodating, they even gave us a lift down to the supermarket and back with all our shopping bags.
Thank you for your kind words.
It was a great pleasure to have you as our guests and to know that you had an enjoyable stay at "On The Rocks".
We hope to see you again sometime in the future!
Yannis & Emmanuela
Best family and friends vacation
Beautiful home, amazing view, combining comfort, relaxation and best location. Kids friendly, nice people, felt like home!! Thank you
Thank you for your kind words.
It was a great pleasure to have you and your family at "On The Rocks".
We are very pleased you enjoyed your stay and we hope to see you again sometime in future.
Yannis & Emmanuela
About the Island of Ios Greece
Ios Island Greece is part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea in Greece and lies between the islands of Santorini and Naxos.
Well known for its unique nightlife, beautiful beaches and historical landmarks, Ios Greece is a popular spot for tourists from all over the world, and has recently been used for the filming location for E4’s Five Star Hotel.
For many years, Ios Island has been one of the most loved islands in the Cyclades and rightly so. It has all the elements of a traditional Greek village, combined with excellent nightlife and stunning beaches.
The main village – Chora
Chora is a traditional sleepy Greek village during the day with winding streets, blue and white buildings with colourful flowers dotted throughout. At night, Ios is transformed into the party island, Chora comes to life, as the narrow streets wake from their daytime slumber, making Ios Chora the place to be for a great night out!
The Island is also home to many historical landmarks, the most famous being Homer’s Tomb. There’s said to be 365 churches on Ios Island Greece so it makes for a great few days out exploring.
Around the Island you can explore many of the beautiful beaches in Ios with soft white sand and fabulous crystal clear water. The most popular beach is Mylopotas beach stretching over a kilometre and lined with beach bars, restaurants and water-sports. For a quieter and more secluded beach experience explore the likes of Valmas or Kolitsani.
For more information please visit the loveiosgreece site.