Need to know
Five luxurious villa-style stays.
Noon, but flexible free if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $463.61 (€398), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 0.05% per room per night on check-out.
Rates include breakfast (full English, Greek or Continental). You can take it on various terraces depending on which view you'd prefer.
The hotel owners have really thrown themselves into this project, aside from cosseting their guests and being incredibly helpful, hearing Giorgos talk about the engineering feats involved in building a stepped stay from the ground up is really rather fascinating – bend his ear before you check out.
The hotel is closed from mid October to late April or early May.
At the hotel
Terraces to relax on, a small library in reception, free WiFi, and CDs and DVDs to borrow. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, mini fridge and Korres bath products. Each villa feels a little different; some have a full kitchen and some have a fireplace.
Our favourite rooms
Villa Elidami is at the complex’s summit, so pick it for peace, and its outdoor space: a veranda above the entrance, and a big terrace stretching to the front of the hotel to overlook the main lounge. There's also a private egg-shaped plunge pool, which is perfectly poised for sunset views. Its bedroom is on a loft level, and the floor breaks from the white with a bit of dark wood. The lounge downstairs has views out across Santorini to the sea on both sides. Open-plan Villa Zaneti has a bedroom tucked behind the lounge, and a fireplace by the bed.
Curved edges, volcanic boulders and contemporary lighting line the freeform pool, with deck chairs, sunloungers and white parasols scattered around it. Villa Elidami has its own private plunge pool.
Bring cliff-climbing shoes and sun-shielding hats.
Enjoy the serenity with a yoga class or in-room massage, both of which can be arranged on request.
This incredibly romantic stay is best left to adults, although over-12s can be accommodated on request.