I had reseacrhed the Sea Captain's house 8 months before travelling to Santorini, and after a few email exchanges with the hotel decided that it was slightly out of our price range. However, when we arrived to find that our apartment at the Nosros had been double booked, we called Tony at the Sea Captain's who offered us the Falling Stars house. This was slightly more expensive than we planned to pay, but worth every penny.
Everything about the Sea Captain's House focuses on customer service. There was a mini bar stocked with complimentary soft drinks on arrival and all facilities in the house felt comfortable; L'Occitane products in the bathroon, White Company linen on the very comfortable beds and lovely white bathrobes were welcome touches. Breakfast was our favourite time of the day. A menu is left in the room each day and you simply tick what you want for breakfast, specify when you want it delivered and leave the menu in reception. Contiental breakfast is included in the price of the room and it was gorgeous, especially the freshly squeezed fruit juice which comes in oversize glasses. The Greek honey and yoghurt is simply delicious.
We used the kicthenette in our house one night and had a delicious meal on our balcony. The views really are stunning, and it seemed a shame not to make the most of them, so we dediced to prepare a simple meal, get a couple of bottles of wine and watch the sun go down. Perfect!
We also made use of the Caldera Massage studio one evening. I had a slimming massage by Antonio, who is very knowledgable about treatments and aromotherapy in general. I wanted the massage to target problem areas. Antonio did warn me that it wasn't a relaxing treatment, and he was right! But he really did tailor the massage to suit me, and recommended a natural detox programme for myself and a friend. You can have a treatment on the roof terrace overlooking the Caldera (we left it too late in the day as it was getting cold, but I'd definitely recommend it).
We treated ourselves to a meal at Ambrosia and Nectar one evening, as we received a voucher for a free starter of warm feta from the hotel. The meal was delicious, and the service excellent. Good service was one of the things that most of impressed us about all of the facilities we used at the Sea Captain's, as this tends to be lacking slightly on the Island, even though you tned to pay prices comparable to London.
The only drawback for us was the lack of swimming pool at the hotel. On our one full day at the Sea Captain's we decided to go to Amoudi Bay, where you sunbathe on the rocks, which isn't the most comfortable (there are some great little tavernas for lunch though and it is well worth the walk down and up 200+ steps!). The roof terrace does have very comfy loungers at the Sea Captain's for sunseekers like us, and some shady areas if it gets too hot. There's also a hot tub, which we didn't use.
In all, a fantastic getaway that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Sea Captain's.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Top-of-the world direct views to the Santorini volcano, caldera and sea from this three suite, all with antique canopy king bed, luxury guesthouse hotel with full services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- 1864 The Sea Captain`s House Hotel Oia
- 1864 The Sea Captain`s House And Spa
- 1864 The Sea Captains Hotel
- 1864 The Sea Captain's House Santorini/Oia