My wife and I recently visited Santorini for a week. On a cruise once before when we had visited Santorini for a day, we had decided to come back and spend more time there. And Oia had seemed to us to be the best option given its views of the caldera and the overall vibe. The reason I picked the Katikies is because a long time back, I had seen Samantha Brown on the Travel Channel talk about this hotel in her Best Hotels show and it stuck with me.
The place is not very small by Oia standards. 30 plus rooms, but most of them seem to be tucked away in such a way that you feel a bit secluded. The all white stone cave-like appearance of the hotel is extremely attractive, as are the two infinity pools (one of which is quite small).
The views are stunning. From anywhere in the hotel, you get a fantastic view of the caldera. Every room seems to have a balcony with a view (at least ours did).
So, the rooms are fantastic, the views are stunning, the infinity pool and the beach beds are as relaxing as can be, the staff is incredibly attentive and helpful and the hotel location is probably the best.
If you are planning a trip to Santorini, and you are going for relaxation, Oia is the place to be and Katikies is certainly the hotel to stay.
One caveat I should mention is that if you want to visit any of the beaches, or Akrotiri (the archeological dig site), it is a bit of a drive (30-45 minutes) to each of these places. That is because Oia is at the northern tip of the island. But you can rent a car as we did and it was perfectly fine.
Because of Oia's views and the hotel's white stone appearance and strategic location, we saw no less than 3 or 4 different wedding photo shoots right by the hotel as well as a commercial photo shoot with a model from Italy. That is testament to the beauty of the Katikies, but I must admit the latter was a bit of an intrusion.
In any case, I give this hotel 5 stars for quality, service and relaxation.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Katikies Hotel in Oia Santorini is renowned for its leading luxury, unparalleled services, warm atmosphere and sense of romance uniquely combined in an exceptional setting and natural environment in Oia Santorini, inviting its guests to experience moments of pure luxury. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Katikies Hotel Oia
- Katikies Hotel Santorini/Oia