Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel
What We Love
- Daily breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Chic rooms carved from volcanic rock, most with private verandas overlooking the caldera
- Awesome sunset views from the poolside terrace
- READ MORE: A vacation guide to the Greek Islands
What To Know
- This is a couples-only property
- The Honeymoon Suite has an indoor Jacuzzi that leads out to a private veranda
- Reservations are essential at the Elea Fine Dining restaurant; it has just four tables
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Overlooking Santorini’s iconic caldera, Sun Rocks is a romantic couples-only retreat carved into a volcanic cliff in the village of Firostefani. The intimate property has just 17 rooms, all of which have living areas and views of the sparkling Aegean. Inside you’ll find alabaster walls, polished concrete floors, French chandeliers and handmade Italian furniture. The Balinese beds are topped with Frette linens, and the bathrooms feature mosaic tiling, square sinks and hefty rain showers. Most of the rooms have private verandas (the Double Rooms share balconies). Indoor Jacuzzis open directly out to verandas from the Honeymoon Suites, so you can soak in the tub and then soak up the sunset views over the caldera. The outdoor pool is lined with double sun loungers, and there’s a laid-back poolside bar open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are required at the hotel’s Elea Fine Dining restaurant as there are just four tables (two inside, two alfresco). Here you can tuck into Greek specialties and sip wines from Santorini’s volcanic vineyards.
In the Area
Take a hike along the cliff path through Firostefani to the island’s capital — don’t worry, it’s paved. Dubbed the Minoan Pompeii, Akrotiri, at the south end of the island, was a thriving settlement before the huge volcanic eruption that destroyed much of Santorini around 1450 BC. A fraction of the city has been excavated — but it seems vast. At the newly reopened site you can walk down streets, peek through windows and check out huge pithoi pots that residents left behind in their flight. Rent a car and you’ll find that Santorini specializes in terrifying drives. The barely protected clifftop road to Oia is the best known, but the unbelievably scary, steep road down from Imerovigli to Vourvoulos will also have you nicely on edge. Make sure you see the non-caldera side of the island, too. The flatter landscape is equally beautiful, and the views of the sea and the neighboring Cycladic Islands are spectacular.
How to Get There
We arrived at the Sun Rocks Boutique Hotel with very high expectations, and overall things were pretty good. There were numerous hiccups along the way however that caused us some concern. 1. In our unit, # 14, we could not find anywhere to store our large luggage. I suppose we could have asked for storage, but we worked out of our bags the entire trip to Europe so that would not work. So we started with a crowded room. 2. We wanted a private tour, and not knowing the lay of the land, our agent offered a 4 - 5 hour private guide...220 Euros. While the trip was okay, I also tipped 50 Euros. We later were browsing trip advisor for private tours, which included some areas we did not see, which were half the price. 3. We had a difficult time understanding the English of some of the food and beverage staff. 4. We were "buzzed two days in a row by a drone. We reported it to reception but is was highly intrusive, and we learned, against the law...5. We tried to exchange dollars at the reception (done in tree other hotels prior to SunRocks, but not possible. We were advised to walk into the main square of Fira to see if we could find one. We did, and the overall rate exchange / commission was over 20%. 6. We had dinner one night at the private dining area of the hotel, and were a little underwhelmed at the food...mainly quality. Other meals were fine, though. 7. Fireworks two separate night, over the hotel...apparently this is common for weddings, etc. We were not told or advised. 8. Shower drain plugged up for several days, was somewhat fixed when we reported it. (how does the maid not notice this?) . Several times we had folks chatting away outside our room (on their patio) for quite a while around midnight. We were going to call reception but our phone had not charged! Someone else must have complained as it stopped abruptly.
The SunRocks is a well regarded Relaix & Chateau property, and we were really looking forward to a perfect time....unfortunately it did not transpire.
What an amazing place. Rooms were spacious and comfortable. We had a jacuzzi room which was nice but be aware that they are not warm jacuzzi...more room temperature or colder. This was actually nice to dip in after lounging in the sun or touring the area. Staff was extremely insightful and attentive to our ever need. Room had speaker with ipod playing pre programmed music which really set the ambiance. We also could play our own as desired. They also gave us a little Nokia mobile phone with only the reception number programmed. Initially we didn't think this would be of use but it turned out to be fantastic. We could call them from anywhere and they would arrange taxi or dinner reservations...or just help us find out way. Our flight out was late but they accommodated by allowing us to check out later than normal and even put our luggage in a small courtesy suite so we could shower and get dressed prior to heading to the airport that evening. Would highly recommend.
Absolutely loved staying at this hotel. It’s a little piece of heaven with the most amazing views you can imagine. Service was incredible. We would definitely recommend this property to anyone. Thank you to the Sunrocks for an amazing honeymoon.