After 12 years of hmmmm-ing and haaawing, we finally decided that Santorini had to be done this year. My wife did some research and found Kapari Nature Resort. We wanted a hotel that was cut like a cave into the hills, with curved white walls, and yet modern.
We were met by a Kapari rep at Thira airport and swiftly whisked to the hotel high up in the hills of Immerovigli. Walking down the steep steps to reception, we were greeted with breath-taking vista of the "caldera" down below us. The caldera was land many years ago, but after a volcanic eruption, the sea came sweeping in, making Santorini island the half moon shape that it is now. Kapari faces the caldera, offering a lovely vista anytime of the day. The caldera is also where cruise ships park and disgorge their passengers on their day trip visits to the island, and evening sunset cruises happen.
Our room was right at the bottom of the property, room 201, with our main door facing a public walkway that linked Immerovigli to Fira town [some 20-30 minutes walk away]. Despite this, privacy was maintained and noise kept at bay from the double thick glass, and shutters that kept out noise and prying eyes. The room was like a flat, with the ground floor housing a small kitchenette, lounge and TV area, walk in closet and the toilet. Up a steep flight of stairs is the bedroom with a King-sized bed wedged against the wall, and with a window overlooking the caldera down below. The bed is also a great place to view the sunset, snuggled under the sheets with your partner.
The room had white washed walls and floor, offering cool respite despite the dry heat from the outside. There is air-conditioning as well. The flat screen TV unit is state-of-the-art, offering some information on the hotel, the weather, and a limited number of TV stations. Most of the English-speaking stations are news-related. One will have to pay 10Euros [I think] for a 24 hour movie-access. But why would one do that when you have fantastic views right outside?
The toilet had a spacious rain-shower equipped shower, toilet and and long sink area. Toiletries are provided and replenished daily.
The room on the upper floor also has a door that opens out to the swimming pool area. My son tested the pool twice and both days the pool was ice-cold, despite the bright sunny day. One can still sit on the sun lounger to read and sun-tan though. The pool overlooks the caldera below offering a beautiful view throughout the day.
We ordered room service a couple of nights. The food came piping hot and still well plated, despite the journey from the kitchen 2 to 3 flights up. The food was delicious, needless to say. We had the home cut pasta with mushroom, fish and a burger in one meal. Another meal, we ordered from the all day snack menu. A quick word on this: don't expect too much. I stress 'snack'. For example, the tuna sandwich is a thin tuna cream with some veg in between some bread. Not mashed tuna as one would expect.
Breakfast at the Kapari Restaurant and wine bar was THE meal to head to the dining room for. There is a good spread of cured meats, cheese, and home-made sweet cakes, cookies and pastries to choose from buffet-style. There is also cereal and Greek yoghurt with mixed nuts and dried fruits, plus honey on the side. My wife enjoyed the Greek Yoghust, nuts and fruit every morning. You cannot get the same in the Athens!
Then, one can also order a hot breakfast of eggs, bacon and sausages. My son loved the sausages. They're these small largish-'cherry'-shaped sausages that pack a punch. Locally made, of course. Again, one cannot get this sausage in Athens.
One of the greatest assets of Kapari is the warmth and friendliness of the staff. We never really felt like hotel guests, but as a friend staying over. The servers at the restaurant were warm and genuine. At breakfast, Alexandria was always showing up with a freshly baked local pastry, cake or bread; begging us to try the local delicacies. She also brought our room service meals to our room in the evenings. The front office team also offered great advice on places to go, eat and see. Irini pointed us to Amoudii for great seafood, and the archaelogical site, Akrotiri.
We recommend Kapari to anyone who is headed to Santorini. The splendid views of the caldera, warmth of the staff, delicious breakfast and meals, and modern cave-dwelling rooms with all the comforts, make Kapari and splendid place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ideal mix’n’match: The distinctive Cycladic tradition meets minimalism! Located in the gorgeous village of Imerovigli, boasting a majestic view of the caldera, KAPARI Natural Resort is an exclusive sanctuary that invites you to experience the most relaxing and enjoyable vacation of your life. A 300 year old, recently restored, complex of traditional dwellings and houses, typical of the islands unique architecture, welcomes you with state-of-the-art personal services. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kapari Natural Hotel Imerovigli
- Kapari Natural Resort Santorini/Imerovigli