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
The sun rocks was an amazing place to stay. The rooms have patios where you can hang out and watch the view or the sunset. The staff was very helpful and always willing to help. Everyone that worked there was awesome! The location was pretty central, close to Fira but not in the heart of it. The stairs are exhausting but it’s par for the course in Greece! Definitely recommend Sun Rocks!!
Just returned from an amazing 5 night stay in room 40 at Sun Rocks for our honeymoon. We had a superior suite with private jetted pool (lowest level of the hotel so lots of privacy but 189 steps from street level)-the room was clean, comfortable and had gorgeous views of the caldera. We loved watching thee sunset from our private patio every night! The included breakfast was really fantastic, we had delicious Greek yogurt and honey/fruit/granola everyday as well as a generous made-to-order selection of eggs/omelets, meats, etc. Service overall was exceptional—Christina, the hotel manager, greeted us almost every morning at breakfast to check in about our stay and all the porters, waitstaff at the hotel restaurant, and housekeeping staff were friendly and eager to help. I would highly recommend Sun Rocks. We’re hoping to return in the not-too-distant future!
We had the most basic room and it was perfectly fine for us. We were very fortunate to have our own large terrace to sunbath on also, which was a few steps away from our room and provided some outside privacy. The views are incredible from all points of the hotel. The majority of the staff were very good - especially room service staff and housekeeping. The food is very good here and also very expensive. However, the Greek yogurt w/honey at breakfast was worth the price of admission alone!
The main thing that could have been better here was the management. We feel as though we may have encountered an Assistant Manager in training during our stay. For the cost we were paying we would have expected much more. Although very friendly, in our opinion, she seemed a little inexperienced for a hotel of this calibre.
Dramatically beautiful and great staff and excellent restaurant, but there were too many steps down the side of the cliff for us. There is no elevator and the steps are steep, narrow, wind through another hotel property, and have no handrails.
My husband counted 200 steps from the walking street down to our room. Glad we don't have acrophobia! If you have knee issues or are not in top form, this may not be the place for you.
Sunrocks is a wonderful hotel in the perfect location overlooking Santorini’s famous caldera. We booked a room with an outside jetted tub which was ideal for us and provided us with the privacy that we were after. We booked a couple of trips - one was a sunset catamaran cruise and the other, to visit the ancient city of Akrotiri in the morning followed by a tour of 3 wineries in the afternoon. Both were outstanding! We also walked to Oia which was very pretty. The staff at the hotel are really pleasant and friendly. Be patient with them as some things get lost in translation, especially when it came to ordering breakfasts. Things were often missed. One morning during our stay at around 11am, the staff had decided that it would be a good idea to paint the main steps up to the hotel reception which resulted in me and other guests getting our clothes covered in white paint. Whilst they did their very best to remove the paint, it wasn’t really what you’d expect from a hotel of this calibre.
A word of advice: book your trips and any taxis via trip advisor to make sure you’re not paying over the odds. We booked the shuttle bus back to the airport ourselves which cost 25 euros rather than the 100 euros the hotel quoted us for the 7 minute journey. Overall, we had a fantastic time!!