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
Parking on site
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Couples-only retreat cut into a volcanic cliff with an intimate restaurant and a pool overlooking the caldera
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.