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Pool bar, Katikies Santorini

Katikies Santorini Hotel, Greece

Contemporary Hotel – typically up to £300 per room per night


Short description

Whitewashed rooms tumbling down Oia's cliffside, with knockout views of the caldera.

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Recommended for:
Beach | Honeymoon | Relaxation | Spa

The hotel is made up of dozens of whitewashed rooms tumbling down Oia's cliffside, all with knockout views of the caldera. The three infinity pools practically melt into the horizon. 


This is the romantic Santorini that everyone dreams about, with uninterrupted views over a puzzle of whitewashed buildings dropping dramatically down over the caldera - the volcanic crater now partially submerged in the Aegean sea that makes the island’s landscape so instantly recognisable. The hotel has been built into the rocky cliffs in the popular village of Oia, meaning each room, pool and restaurant has direct sightlines over the water, but it’s the height that you find yourself at that makes the setting so dizzyingly beautiful.

You can explore the winding streets of the village from your doorstep, with a pedestrianised marble pathway leading into the centre; it’s barely more than a two-minute walk. For sunset though, you’re best to return to the hotel where you won’t have the endure the tourist jostle as the sky turns a majestic dusty pink. It’s also less than 15 miles to both the airport and the port, and transfers in an air-conditioned shuttle can be easily arranged.


Small white-picket gates lead off the main pathway onto roomy outdoor terraces. Inside, arched ceilings and whitewashed walls give the feeling of sleeping within a cave on the cliffs. The beds are supremely comfy, and the bathrooms are enviably spacious and come with powerful rainfall showers. As for the décor, it’s all muted greys, beiges and whites – a minimalist delight. Foot stools, coffee tables and chairs with ornate detailing add to the old-school romantic feel. 


Snacks and cocktails can be ordered to your lounger from The Katikies Pool Bar and Restaurant; and later you can toast the sunset with a glass of fizz and a selection of sushi and shellfish at Seltz Champagne Bar and Restaurant. The standout option for dinner though is no doubt the intimate, candle-lit Mikrasia. Dining in here feels rather like eating out in a secret treehouse – there are just a handful of tables and the carved wooden panels and potted plants makes it feel rather tucked away, even though the sea views stretch out for miles. Dishes are inspired by Greek Anatolian roots and are prettily plated; it should be little surprise that fish is a highlight. Try the fisherman’s soup for a lovely mix of cod, clams and sea urchins.

Breakfast is an impressive buffet spread, with all the usual suspects and more; there’s even an entire corridor dedicated to desserts. You can also order à la carte dishes, such as a Greek take on poached eggs served on a soft bun with tomato and cheese mousse. Enjoy it all either at the restaurant or in the privacy of your room.


Headlining the facilities are the three infinity pools, each with superb views. There's also a small spa, with two treatment rooms as well as a boutique and library. Guests can make use of the facilities at its sister hotels, too, such as a gym and larger spa at Kirini, which is a 10-minute walk or two-minute transfer away. For a really special day out, ask the concierge about organising a trip on one of the hotel's boats, heading out to secluded swimming spots for a barbecue lunch on the water. Perfection!

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