What We Love
- A cozy two-person outdoor Jacuzzi in each Honeymoon Suite
- 24/7 room service—guests are given mobile phones upon check-in to call in requests
- Breakfast—a delicious spread of local honey, cheeses, eggs and fresh fruit juices—can be enjoyed from your private terrace
What To Know
- The hotel is seasonal, closed from November to April
- Though there is no spa onsite, guests can access one at the Katikies’ sister property, which is a five-minute walk away
- Butler service is available on request
- Children under 12 are not permitted on the property
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
With just 34 rooms, private plunge pools, clandestine verandahs, and dreamy blue walls, this cliff-side retreat is perched at an impressive 300 feet above the Aegean. Its cubist cottages, connected by over 200 steps, and two split-level suites (once home to a noble family in the 1700s) make it the perfect setting for your Greek fairytale to unfold. Living is refreshingly easy here. On the docket: trips to each of the three infinity pools, bottomless cups of coffee on your wind-swept balcony—rooms are cavernous, and decked with antiques, Greek Orthodox icons, and even the occasional mini wine cellar. Or partake in a lazy meal at one of the three restaurants, including the showstopper, the rooftop jewel-box, Mikrasia, a sultry display of iridescent curtains and woven cushions, which serves a four-course Byzantine tasting menu. The wagyu burgers and prawn tempuras at Seltz, the resort’s open-air champagne bar, are also mandatory. Even the hotel’s boutique is no ordinary gift shop, filled with sleeker spins on ancient Greek footwear, chic swimsuits by Melissa Odabash, and Ligne St. Barth toiletries.
In the Area
The resort’s seemingly isolated cliff-top address makes it easy to forget you’re a quick walk from Oia’s nightlife, and a 15-minute ride to Santorini International Airport. Don’t miss an evening at the area’s oldest bar, Kira Thira, known for its vaulted ceilings, house-made sangria, and live jazz. Oia’s other noteworthy sites—provided you can peel yourself away from the intoxicating R&R the resort affords—include the Bronze Age settlement of Akrotiri (thought to be the site that inspired Plato’s Atlantis) and the Santorini Brewing Company—both are about 30-minute drives from the resort. Also within easy distance: Oia Castle and two prized volcanic-sand beaches, Baxedes and Cape Columbo.
How to Get There
Worst service ever. Totally overpriced given the level of service. Room was dirty on arrival. Would never return
They made a big stink about not being able to accommodate a request off another menu. Truth is they were to lazy to deliver up 2 flights of stairs.
After having stalked Katikies on Instagram for months leading up to our 5 day stay in Santorini, I can confidently say that the place is hands down just as beautiful (if not more so) in person than it is in all of the photos! We had such a fabulous, relaxing time at Katikies and this was made possible by the crew and their attention to detail! The large breakfast spread was fresh and delicious every day.
Our only complaint would be the cost of alcoholic beverages and food. While I completely understand that this is a high end resort, 22€ for one beverage is overkill! Many of us left the hotel for food and drink that was equally as delicious and half the price. We would have loved to stay at the pool all day instead!
Thank you for an amazing stay!
I have never had to write a negative review and prefer to say nothing if I cannot write a good one. But on this occasion I feel it is necessary.
We booked one the best suites, for my 70th Birthday year, some 15 months ahead. Booking was confirmed, confirmed again over that time and a few weeks before our departure confirmed with air transport pick up. Then the week we were due to leave Australia we were told they would not honour the booking because they had other guests that had taken a group booking? Strange given we had had several confirmations of our booking and only weeks before our departure.
They offered us a room elsewhere on the Island, not in Oia at a reduced rate. This was of no use to us as we had friends and family travelling with us staying in Oia. A great deal of time had gone into planning this special holiday.
We could do nothing, despite explaining this to them to try and get them to honour our booking. I believe that is totally unacceptable. Bookings must be honoured except maybe in exceptional circumstances beyond their control. This was not such a case.
So beware when booking at this hotel you may NOT get what you have asked for or may not get a room at all.
Further they agreed to provide the transport from airport to another hotel where we were lucky to find a nice suite. That car did not arrive when we got to the airport !
Let me say we were very very lucky to find a beautiful suite at the Andronis Boutique Hotel. I have written a review on that hotel which is truly superb. Rooms, staff and food cannot be faulted.
A sad experience and sad to have to write such a negative review.
What a view! Unfortunately, that is probably one of the only nice things that I can say about this hotel. I was picked up by the hotel driver in a Volkswagen Tiguan from one of the Santorini ports. He explained all of the different parts of the island, took us on the scenic route and explained the facilities of the hotel before we had even arrived at our destination. I can say that I have never seen a view like the one that Katikies is lucky to have. The view of both the water and the island of Oia is truly serene. On my way to the hotel, I was told that this was the only hotel with a lift, which definitely came in handy. When we arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by two gentleman, who would take our luggage to the check-in and eventually our room. We were upgraded to an amazing suite, which had the most amazing view ever. Check out my Instagram to see it @luxoexpo. Unfortunately, this is going to be my first somewhat negative review of a place. Although the hotel was in the most stunning location, there were a few issues with the hotel. Each morning, I went to one of the three pools that they had, and lucky I got there early. The seats around the pool were quickly taken by hotel guests, and soon enough, it was full. If it was not for my early rises, I would never have gotten a seat. Another negative aspect of the hotel was the room sizes. Although we had been upgraded to a suite, I struggled to move around the room comfortably. I was constantly hitting my head on the roof of the bathroom, which definitely bothered me. So in my opinion, I would give the hotel an 5/10 for my stay, but definitely would recommend it for those that are small and early risers.
Well without doubt Katikies is a great Hotel and in reading reviews here on Trip Advisor you will read many of the same comments about the location and view.
Sure Katikies has a great location especially as it is at the start of the pedestrian walkway and therefore easy access for arrivals and departures. The welcome team that assist guests from transport to the hotel reception adds to the Katikies experience, and the front desk team always welcome with a smile. First time arrivals to Oia will be amazed at the views across the Caldera, but this view is also shared by the many other hotels in this area so is not unique to Katikies.
Also like many others, Katikies has its fair share of steps that lead down from reception to the various levels where the Rooms and Suites are located along with the two main pool and dining areas.
The rooms all vary and it is important to understand your options when booking, all rooms have the magnificent views, but some guests prefer to be higher up and use the steps or elevators to access the pools, whilst others prefer to be nearer the facilities.
We have had the pleasure of staying at Katikies before but for this review will focus on my stay in Suite 22 which is located a few steps from the lower pool area, simply perfect for us.
In many ways this is a lovely suite, with a large seating area and raised bedroom and bathroom. Guests staying in this area of Santorini have to understand that many rooms are built into the cliff side, and as such will have their unique style. This one has a dome ceiling which can present challenges to guests in the bedroom area, but this all adds to the charm of Santorini. We also enjoyed our private terrace, which featured a small Jacuzzi style hot tub
Katikies offers different dining options at both pool areas, and a nice buffet breakfast is served on the lower level, where staff greet you with a comforting smile and an ability to make you feel as if you want to stay forever. The 2 main infinity pool areas offer comfortable sun loungers and incredible views.
Now in honesty many of the Katikies facilities are also available at the many hotels nearby and competition for the “Best Hotel” title is fierce. It is fair that guests should expect high standards because all of the 5* Hotels in this area are expensive ( rates of $1000+ per night are not unusual in High Season ).
So back to my original question “What makes Great Hotel”, or more importantly why is Katikies a great Hotel, quite simply the answer should be “Attention to detail”.
That is where Katikies has the ability to stand out in the crowd
Upon arrival we were given a guided tour of the facilities by Hotel Manager Menia Voevoda, who is highly visible and was available at all times to address any questions or concerns.
We were given a phone handset in order to be able to request anything at anytime, be it room service in the early hours or a full concierge service within the hotel or for arrangements around the island.
The ability to lie on a sun lounger whilst hotel staff arrange restaurant bookings or Spa appointments on your behalf is an added bonus, when the many steps become challenging in the hot sun. At Katikies you will often find these steps being repainted to ensure the pristine image is maintained, as standards of cleanliness are important here.
It is the staff that make Katikies special, and you know that you are in a special place when the hardest question my wife needed to answer whilst sun bathing was …
…….”Madame, can I polish your sunglasses for you”
Now that is attention to detail…………………..