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
Sun Rocks exceeded my expectations. First, the location is even more beautiful than the pictures. Rooms were pristine; the complimentary breakfast amazing. But I would say the staff is the hotel's best asset. Upon my arrival, I was generously upgraded to a fancier suite due to vacancies at the time of my stay (thanks!). When I fell ill on my last night, they allowed me a super late check-out to recover. Even before I arrived, they were incredibly helpful over email arranging my transportation from the airport and dinner reservations. I definitely felt pampered and well cared for.
I booked the Junior Suite at Sun Rocks for 7 days. The room was tastefully decorated and the view from the shared terrace was just breathtaking!!
The breakfast each morning was huge and absolutely delicious. There was a good selection to choose from and you could order it to your room, terrace or eat near the pool area.
The location is great; Fira is just a 10 - 15 minute walk from the hotel and Immerovigli 10 -15 min the other way.
The view and sunset each evening was absolutely spectacular. If you want to get away from the crowd and want to enjoy the sunset in peace, this is by far the best location ever.
We ate at the restaurant in the hotel twice and the food was delicious. We asked where we could get dolmadakias and saganaki, and the hotel asked the chef to make it especially for us (saganaki was not on the original menu).
October was a great time to be there. The temperature was perfect during the day (not too hot) and the island was not too busy. The evenings would get a bit chilly though.
I cannot say enough about the staff (Jerry, Adele, Vilma and Rafaela), the hotel, the view and the exceptional service. I came to Sun Rocks 23 years ago and loved it. It was even better this time. Thank you for a memorable stay. I would definitely stay here again!
I stayed for a weekend in Santorini in October at the Sun Rocks. It was my second stay there: the first was in 1995.
The hotel is built around a series of levels overlooking the caldera. Depending on the room you choose, you will have a private or shared balcony, and a hot tub. It's worth getting these extras, as the view is simply incredible.
The interior is Cycladic-inspired, with Hermes and Molton Brown toiletries in a small bathroom. We had a separate bedroom. Most of the time was spent outside on the balcony, which was the defining experience of the stay.
The hot tub is interesting given the heat during the day, but the temperature falls in the evening and early morning.
Service was considerate and attentive, which is normal at the price charged.
We ate dinner once in the hotel restaurant: the price is relatively high, service is not exceptional, for the standard the hotel aspires to. It must be difficult to maintain standards with the small number of rooms available. We found better dinner options outside.
Breakfast was gargantuan and well appreciated.
I will definitely stay again. The hotel has expanded (as has the destination) but the ability to have a private veranda on the caldera is priceless.