Ikies is the place to go if you want to get away from the bustle of the tourist herds. It seems to be the furthest from town, overlooking the caldera and the volcano. It was a bit tricky to find - look out for the sign to the water desalination plant. You'll drive past a cemetary and look out for the walkway on the right at the top. If not, give reception a call and they'll very kindly come and pick you up if you're nearby. Parking if free and very nearby.
The walk to town is quiet, taked about 10-15minutes and in some parts not very well lit. However, it does give you an insight into living in the caldera.
Staff are exceptionally helpful and friendly. They are full of amazing advice - what restaurants to go to, calling a tourist destination ahead to make sure they are open, or even a more scenic route to drive along.
We stayed at the Artisan house. It is big, especially for two with 2 day beds. The rooms are very well equipped to keep you occupied if you don't feel like wandering around. There were books, an iPod docking station and free wifi. We were impressed with the available shows to watch on selection in the room. As some people have previously commented, privacy may be an issue to some as people can walk past your outdoor lounge area and jacuzzi. It didn't bother us though as staff were discrete and there didn't seem to be many other guests around. It was truly bliss to just sink in the jacuzzi morning or night. They put out candles for us on our last night! If you are going, definitey get a room with a private jacuzzi. Beds were comfortable and I truly appreciated the seperate dressing table outside of the toilet.
Breakfast overlooking the caldera and sea is definitely one of their strongest selling points. You can choose from an extensive menu but note they don't serve cooked food - more of breads, cheeses, cereals, etc. My only gripe would be the several cats that immediately come round 'begging' for food and pretty much stay put until you chase them away. There were some ants at the entrance of the room but I'm not sure what attracted them (maybe it was my fault!).
Ikies is simply beautiful, comfortable and felt like home. We were so depressed having to leave on our last day and this has never happened before!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ikies Traditional Houses is a special type of hotel. Its small size, exceptional location, traditional design, range of accommodation (honeymoon, maisonettes, and studios) and professional operation result in a rare blend of intimate and personalized service offered against a setting of unique physical beauty. Located at the edge of the picturesque village of Oia in the northern part of Santorini and with commanding views over it, into the caldera and of the surrounding Cycladic Greek islands, our guests at Ikies quickly tune themselves into the complete tranquility of the romantic village. ... more less
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- Ikies Traditional Hotel
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