Need to know
24, including nine suites and 15 villas.
Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.
Double rooms from $407.88 (€354), excluding tax at 13 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of 0.5% per booking on check-out and an additional room tax of €4.00 per room per night on check-out.
Rates include a superb à la carte champagne breakfast of fresh pastries, pies, Greek yoghurt with granola and made-to-order eggs on crusty sourdough with tomato and creamy feta. You’ll get a welcome bottle of wine and fresh fruits in your room.
After a few days of reclining on a day-bed, stretch out stiff limbs at one of the free daily yoga sessions.
From 20 October to 30 April, each year.
At the hotel
Gym and yoga studio, free Wi-Fi throughout. In rooms: iPod dock; Sonos speakers; WiFi; flatscreen TV; minibar; Nespresso machine; tea-making kit; Acqua Di Parma toiletries; free bottled water.
Our favourite rooms
The private terraces in the Deluxe Suites are smaller but still have heated plunge pools, plus a picturesque outdoor dining area for feasting on room service spreads. For uninterrupted ocean views the Two-Bedroom Pool Villas are your best bet, but we particularly love the Epitome Pool Villas for their crackling poolside fire-pits.
Every room has its own heated pool or plunge pool. There’s also a large infinity pool by the bar – edged in dark, volcanic rock its aquamarine waters look extra irresistible.
There’s one treatment room for massages and facials, including signature treatments by Valmont and couples’ spa rituals.
A pair of Ancient Greek Sandals and, for Mrs Smith, a rich red lipstick to match Santorini’s fiery sunsets.
Rooms aren’t wheelchair accessible. An alternative is the hotel’s sister property, Canaves Oia Suites, which is well-appointed for wheelchair users and one of the only hotels in town with a lift.
Over-6s welcome. Extra beds aren’t available, but all rooms have a sofa bed and the Two-Bedroom Pool Villas can sleep up to five. Babysitting is available with three days’ notice.
Over-6s. Unlike other hotels around Oia that have lots of steep, narrow stairs, Canaves Epitome is fairly flat making it suited to families with young children.
The one- and two-bedroom villas offer reams of space for families, including a lounge, outdoor dining area and a walk-in wardrobe for stashing toy supplies and beach gear.
Children are welcome at the hotel’s main pool, but all rooms have either a full-size or plunge pool, too.
The hotel has no children’s menu but the staff is happy to adapt dishes.
Babysitting is available with three days’ notice; prices vary.