We have recently returned from the Katikies hotel where we spent 4 nights.From the time of arrival until departure we loved every part of this hotel and the location it offers.
From the moment we entered the property we were overwhelmed by the stunning view layed out before us. Being perched high on a cliff overlooking the stunning caldera and the deep blue sea was breathtaking. I couldn't stop taking photos.
We stayed in room 37 which was a Superior Suite. I can highly recommend this room based on it's location.It is the furtherest room away and is very private. Although there is a hotel next door which is common (all the hotels tend to meld into one another)it was very quiet.
Sure the room is pricey 725 Euro per night but it was peak season and Katikies offers a total retreat with only 25 rooms.The rooms are on the small side compared to what you get in most 5 star hotels around the world but for us this was a unique experience and totally encapsulated the Greek Iisland experience for us.The only gripes of the room was the bed (a little on the firm side) and the shower(quite small and very low water pressure).However these two things were easily overlooked.
Every morning a delicious breakfast is delivered to your private balcony. You can order a fixed menu or a la carte. We chose the Greek breakfast most mornings.The yoghurt and frappes were great.
There is a designated silent area where you can lounge on day beds and wallow the day away.You do have to get in early for a day bed or lounge by the pool as they get snapped up early.
The hotel has 3 different pools and one spa which was great. One enclosed in a white cave.One small and one large outdoor infinity pools.Both with stunning views.But then again everywhere in this hotel has a stunning view.
We ate at the hotels Gourmet restaurant two nights.They have only four tables which offers a very exclusive experience.Sitting on the small balcony looking out at the stunning view while sipping champagne was a memorable experience.The food was pricey compared to outside the hotel but the food was excellent.
We found all the staff at the hotel very friendly and very efficient.Our arrival was very welcoming and this stayed consistent throughout the stay.
We also found the location of this Hotel perfect. The village of Oia is beautiful and we felt no need to want to go anywhere else.If you are after a quiet and serene place this is it.It is a must to take the stroll through the village to watch the sunset at the end of the island.A short 10 minute walk from the hotel. One of the best sunsets I have ever seen. It seems the whole island is there to witness it and eveyone applauds as the final rays sink below the sea.
Oia is full of charming shops and endless restaurants and the main thoroughfare is pedestrian only which is great.
We also took a half day boat trip from the port just below the hotel.It was only 20 euro for a 5 hour trip and takes you to the active volcano for a tour,bathing in the hot water springs(which weren't so hot but the mud bath was fun) and then onto one of the other ports for a traditional village lunch.The port of Armeni is a 20 miute or so walk down but a considerable workout back up.This is a great place also to jump off the pier for a refreshing swim.
The beaches on Santorini aren't that great.Great thing about the Katikies as I say it is hard to feel the need to leave.
I highly rcommend this hotel and look forward to returning some day.
- 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