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
I wrote ahead of time to confirm benefits mentioned in my booking, and it was confirmed. But when presented the bill, these benefits were missing completely. Only after insisting again, I was able to receive the benefits and then again it was not what was expected. The spa benefit is not explained well and did not match what I usually receive at other hotels when written the same way.
I will return to Santorini but stay elsewhere and confirm details more explicitly. Encourage you to do this wherever you stay in Greece.
My wife and I have spent 7 days in this gorgeous hotel. A fantastic week: grand view, extremely clean and well-finished rooms, quiet and relaxed atmosphere, very nice swimming pools, superlative breakfasts. But more importantly we felt at home thanks to a great staff - Maria, Elena, Afroditi and all other people- who assisted us making our sojourn a memorable experience.
Wow! There are not enough stars to describe this special experience. My wife and I stayed in The Cave Suite, which was traditionally and beautifully decorated. The rooms were immaculate, and the bed was like a cloud. Morning breakfast was delicious and set up on our veranda to take in the mind-blowing views as we fueled-up for the day.
The real magic, though, was in the service from the staff, most notably Maria Kaliva, who went above and beyond daily to make our experience on the island perfect! (even off-site) Because of her, we'll have lifelong memories from this holiday!