What We Love
- Built in the early 1980s, it’s Santorini’s first cave-turned-hotel
- Private terraces in each of the 12 rooms
- The 36-foot heated saltwater terrace pool
- An extensive selection of local wines at the onsite restaurant
What To Know
- Flat sandals are strongly recommended for climbing the property’s many steps
- Guests under 14 are not allowed
- Room rates include continental breakfast
- The resort offers complimentary airport transfers to and from Thira National Airport
- Free WiFi
Stylish Cycladic hideout chiseled from a caldera wall
Presiding over the village of Imerovigli, an enchanting spread of sugar-cube cottages and sapphire blue domes, the guest rooms at this hilly cliff-hugging haven are far more Mediterranean holiday home than ancient cave dwelling—though there are plenty of subtle reminders of the hotel’s subterranean origins, including round-the-clock dehumidifiers that fight off excess moisture while age-old cisterns were fashioned into indoor whirlpools. Oversize Cocomat beds, rain showers, and flat-screen TVs spruce up the 19 units, and thoughtful Grecian details including folk pattern embroidered pillows and key fobs fashioned to look like Hellenic alphabet letter, infuse an unshakeable sense of place. The real scene-stealers are the private patios decked with olive trees and pots of lavender. Because privacy is tantamount here, only 12 of the 20 units are bookable at any given point, which means you’ll never have to worry about losing your precious perch by the caldera-view pool, waiting for a table at Pergola (a chic taverna whose chalkboard displays the day’s menu depending on the chef’s market haul), or securing a couples’ holistic massage in the grotto.
In the Area
Santorini is just under an hour’s flight (or four-hour ferry ride) from Athens. For especially indelible sunset vistas, make the steep climb from the hotel to nearby Skaros Rock, on the remnants of a 15th-century fortress intended to shield the island from invading pirates. You’re also just a 30-minute walk from Fira, the island’s humming capital, though you might want to steer clear of the overcrowded cafés (the port city is a popular stop for cruise ships). Opt to spend a more tranquil afternoon in the hushed fishing village of Ammoudi instead, where any of the quaint bayside restaurants promise a seafood feast to remember.
How to Get There
This review is long overdue as we stayed at Iconic for 5 nights in June 2018. What else is there to say that hasn't already been said? Well, we were fortunate enough to have won a bid on a 5 night stay at Iconic while attending a fundraiser. Having absolutely no idea about Iconic Santorini, I started doing research and before our trip emailed the hotel several times. Each time, my email was responded to immediately. We even experienced a major flight delay and I kept the staff updated through email. They kept thanking me for the updates though I felt like I was probably being annoying. Lol! When we arrived, they checked us in and took us to our room. OMG! The room and view are absolutely breathtaking! The room had a huge bed and was so comfortable. We were lucky enough to have a room with our own grotto. The rooms with a grotto are great for cooling down during the hot summer days but also great to relax in at night with a glass of wine. A couple of days we also enjoyed the pool with it's amazing view. The staff at Iconic are 5 star! Top Notch! They are friendly, accommodating and will go out of their way to make sure your stay is perfect! Of course, the morning breakfasts cannot go without being mentioned. Each one was so delicious! How can it get any better waking up to that view and enjoying a gourmet breakfast?!! While sitting on our balcony area at night, I told my husband that it felt like we were looking at a stage waiting for a play to start. By that I meant the view just didn't seem real. The views seemed like something out of a dream! I can't imagine a better place in Santorini. Enough cannot be said about Iconic, it's wonderful staff, and the extraordinary views! Thank you for a truly amazing stay!
there are no words to describe the views, the food, and the hospitality offered at this unique hotel. breakfast, lunch, and dinner are exceptional; I felt at optimum health after my stay. the accommodations are beautiful, and the staff will go out of their way to assist any/all trips to the beach and other sites. the location is like none other -- a full spectrum view of the volcano. breathtaking.
The Iconic Santorini is probably the only hotel I have ever visited more than twice. Why? Because it’s simply breathtaking every time and the views never get old.
On this occasion we had ‘the iconic suite’... the title for this suite doesn’t even do it justice. You have your very own indoor pool in your room to relax with a bottle of wine on those romantic evenings. Ofcourse the outdoor private pools are amazing as always with the best views of the caldera on the island. The iconic suite also has a bigger living space giving you a separate room to relax in as well as your bedroom (with the best mattress, pillows and quilt cover you will ever sleep on)
We explored quite a lot of the island this time around and the hotel staff were so helpful in planning everything from recommendations to booking the travel.
The hotel staff are more like friends now. We follow each other on Instagram and keep intouch on a regular basis.
Everything is catered for you here.
If you are after luxury, a private space, a relaxing break, on one of the most beautiful places on earth then the iconic Santorini is most certainly the place for you
Superb Stay at Iconic Santorini!!!
Outstanding hotel and enviroment . The best hotel and location in the island for a unique experience ! Higly recommenable for couples ,families and groups of friends
Service is exquisite , staff is unique needless to say about the decor the greek spirit and its cuisine! Looking.forward to come back this year with my friends!
Not many words can describe ICONIC. A marvellous location, great landscapinng, amazing food and service, tremendous attention to detail! What you get is your private vacation with the local weather and environment conspiring for a unique experience. The level of non-exaggerated class is exactly how all top hotels should be. Thank you for this!! Can’t wait to be back!!