It’s hard to imagine a property more in tune with Santorini than Katikies. From the stunning views of the caldera to the now-classic take on the traditional cliff dwelling in its design, Katikies delivers a real feast for the eyes. But it is its unmatched service and great dining options that ensure a fantastic hotel stay.
Perched a hundred meters above the water and looking out over the island’s submerged volcanic caldera and the vast sea beyond, Katikies occupies a prime location on the striking cliffs of Santorini. So upon our arrival, the first impressions were, of course, spectacular. But while the location is dramatic, Katikies doesn’t hang is reputation only on the views.
This was one of the very first luxury hotels on Santorini that embodied the island’s natural geology and traditional style as part of its architecture and design. Today it still wows with its sophisticated blend of the cubical building forms contrasting with the rough volcanic pumice rock. We were especially fond of the meandering pathways, cleanly drawn in eye-pleasing patterns, cascading down the steep hillside.
No single guest room is quite like another here, so they are difficult to compare, but all rooms are placed to maximize the views from their balconies and terraces, and most come with at least a plunge pool, jacuzzi style, carved out from the rock.
We checked-in to one of the lovely Senior Suites. The room had a character of a simple dwelling, with an off-white theme flowing from chamber to chamber, following the curved walls and entryways. We had a small outdoor terrace with jacuzzi and direct access to a medium-sized swimming pool, perched on a cliff.
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Three pools and champagne
The best views are from Katikies’ three main infinity pools. Two are surrounded by sun decks that expand into dining or bar areas. This is convenient for when all you want is to chill by the pool… but suddenly feel peckish. It’s great not having to venture out, especially with so many stairs to climb.
The Katikies Pool Bar is perfect for light lunches throughout the day, and for sundowners. The Mikrasia Restaurant is the place for gourmet Greek fare, while Seltz Champagne Bar & Restaurant serves delicious art-on-the-plate menu, in a “casually sophisticated” atmosphere.
The staff is great — from the first moments after our arrival (the welcome included glasses of bubbly and a personalized tour of the hotel) to the pool service and dining, at Katikies we felt taken care of in a five-star style.
There is not much more we’d want from a perfect vacation in Santorini. And if our first impressions were of the amazing location and the views, the memory of the superb service and the hotel design lingered for a long time after we left.
Beyond the hotel
Discerning travelers have also an option of booking a stay at Villa Katikies, a small cluster of private rooms and suites located 150 m from the Katikies hotel. Designed in a traditional Cycladic style, Villa Katikies comes with a small pool and sunbathing deck, as well as a lounge bar. The rooms and suites come with a good amount of living space and open-air jacuzzis. Book a stay at a Villa Katikies by following this link.
Finally, for a different experience, you can check the Katikies Garden Hotel in Fira. Built on the grounds of a former Monastery and surrounded by flourishing alleys, the 40 suites of this property are outfitted with private pools, gardens, and verandas.
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Number of rooms & suites: 27
Rate per night: From $400 USD
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