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
From the minute I got off the ferry in Santorini I was in love with the Island. When we arrived at the Iconic Santorini I thought I arrived in Paradise. The hotel was beautiful. The service was A+, and the views were breathtaking. We were there for 5 nights and I did not want to leave!! My very favorite place to be.
We truely enjoyed our stay at iconic Santorini. The location was perfect and away from the crowd. Our room was fabulous and we were welcomed with a bottle of local wine. The plunge pool was lovely and overlooking the caldera.
Everything at the hotel was amazing with beautiful views, fantastic food, unbelievable privacy. Most definitely a place for a return visit. The hotel had an infinity pool on the cliffs with relaxation to the max.