Santorini, Greece

Canaves Oia Suites

Rates from (ex tax)$1,131.95

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR1,105.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Cycladic siren

Setting

Sunset strip

Canaves Oia Suites is the sophisticated sister of Canaves Oia Hotel. Both are pearl-white and utterly dreamy, blessed with blogger-seducing views, but the Suites take luxury levels up a notch, with help from a blissful spa, elegant styling and ambitious restaurant. Waterbabies will be wooed by the pool-toting sleeping quarters (whose liquid lures range from dinky plunge pools to private infinity pools); whatever you do, remember to pack dangerously seductive swimwear. This caldera-side hideaway is something of a crowd-pleaser from dawn til dusk, but it’s particularly come-hither at sunset…

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Two glasses of vinsanto wine by the pool on arrival, and a bottle of white wine and a fruit plate in your room

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

26 suites.

Check–Out

Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm (you can use the hotel’s communal areas if you arrive a bit sooner).

Rates

Double rooms from $1131.95 (€974), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR1,105.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include a magnificent American champagne breakfast, including cold cuts, cheeses, cereals, eggs, bacon, fresh fruit, local jams and traditional Greek options (one word: pancakes).

Also

Canaves Oia Suites boasts the island’s only lift, making its cliffside rooms more easily accessible to guests with reduced mobility, although they’ll still need to navigate a few steps from the main levels to the suites.

Hotel closed

Santorini is an island designed for summer loving: like many of its neighbours, Canaves Oia Suites shuts between November and March (exact dates vary annually).

At the hotel

Spa with sauna and treatment rooms; mini gym; pilates room. In rooms: Nespresso coffee-maker, minibar, TV, WiFi. Bathrooms have a stash of fragrant Acqua di Parma bath products.

Our favourite rooms

These suites are spacious and airy, with marble floors, big bathrooms and their own sea-facing terrace and hot tub (or pool). Waterbabies will love the River Pool Suite for obvious reasons; if it’s views you’re after, Junior Suite 24 has a quiet terrace that surveys the caldera; just above it, the Honeymoon Suite has a (very) private terrace and sea views that you can enjoy from bed. With its square plunge pool hovering above the Aegean waters below, the Infinity Pool Suite is made for self-satisfied selfies.

Poolside

Spy on the sea from Canaves Oia Suites’ little pool, positioned handily by the bar. Guests can also splash around in the pool at Canaves Oia Hotel, a short stroll away.

Spa

Be lathered and slathered with fragrant Elemis unguents in the whisper-quiet Canaves Spa, set in a 17th-century cave and equipped with a fleet of celestial masseuses. The spa’s two treatment rooms overlook the caldera; however, if you've booked one of the superlative massages, spa rituals or facials, you'll likely be oblivious. Guests can also request treatments with a sea breeze in the spa’s outdoor area, or be pampered in-room. The signature treatment for two includes a head-to-toe essential-oil massage, finished off with a bottle of champagne and fresh strawberries.

Packing tips

Bring shoes fit for climbing around a caldera; vivid shots of colour to sing against all that white. Save space in your suitcase for the highly gluggable local wine and olive oil.

Also

If tackling Santorini’s vertiginous steps isn’t exercise enough, Canaves Suites has a small but fully equipped gym with exercise bikes, weights, multi-disciplinary machines, treadmills and elliptical trainers. Try a private or semi-private yoga session.

Children

Teens can come along too, but this is a very grown-up affair.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Proposal-scenes don’t get much better than the Panorama Balcony and its single table for two; there’s also the candlelit White Cave, a snug private dining area set in a grotto by the pool.

Dress Code

Greek god or goddess: free-flowing white linen; leather sandals; a generous application of Acqua di Parma body lotion, courtesy of the stash in your bathroom.

Hotel restaurant

During the day, admire Santorini’s blue skies and seas while enjoying flavour-packed Mediterranean cuisine at the relaxed poolside restaurant; later on, romance levels rise caldera-high, thanks to Petra’s cluster of candlelit tables set out on a separate, sunset-spying terrace. Be sure to try the Aegean’s bountiful edible stars: succulent seafood, garlicky fava beans, fat capers, white aubergine and ruby-red cherry tomatoes – dressed with liberal splashes of local olive oil, naturally. Guests can also request a private dining experience in their suite, or eat at Canaves Oia Hotel’s Infinity, a short stroll away…

Hotel bar

Cool down with fruity, mastika-splashed cocktails from the pool bar; Petra restaurant also serves some nifty libations, including the Volcanic Tiki, flavoured with house-made passionfruit syrup. Have a romantic, candlelit wine-tasting session (be sure to try one of the white wines made from assyrtiko grapes, one of the island’s most popular varieties) on the Panorama Balcony, which can only be used by one couple at a time. If you opt for the Panorama Balcony experience, you’ll also get a tour of the hotel’s basement wine cellar.

Last orders

Dinner and drinks are served until around midnight. Canaves Oia’s loved-up clientele tend to sneak off to bed after that…

Room service

Order items from Petra’s menu to your room between 11am and 11pm (an edited selection is available after that). Minibars are stocked with snacks, soft drinks and local booze.

Location

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Address
Canaves Oia Suites
Oia
Santorini
84702
Santorini
Greece

Planes

Santorini’s Thira Airport (www.santoriniairport.com) is 15 kilometres from the hotel. Fly direct to the island from London Gatwick every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during the summer with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com), or connect from Athens in 45 minutes with Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com), Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) or Athens Airways (www.athensairways.com). There are limited taxis on the island, so it’s best to organise transfers in advance. Single hotel transfers are €20 each in a shared van; €35 each in a private limousine.

Trains

Sorry, trainspotters: sand, waves and trains don’t mix.

Automobiles

Thira is a 15-minute drive from Canaves Oia Suites; the airport and port are around half an hour away by car. Guests can park their cars at the private car park a short stroll away. If you decide to come with wheels, avoid driving near Oia in the hour or so before sunset, when the main road gets clogged with camera-toting tourists.

Worth getting out of bed for

The concierge can arrange a bounty of activities, including tasting sessions at local wineries, archaeological tours and market trips. Sign up for a catamaran cruise with Sunset Oia; you’ll explore Santorini’s bays, caldera coast and hot springs, with the chance to wade into volcanic mud, stop off at local beaches, cool off in the water and enjoy plenty of delicious food and drink on-board. Potter around Oia’s vertiginous tangle of streets, dodging selfie-stick-wielding honeymooners, and pick up trinkets and leather goods in the artisan boutiques. Hire quad bikes and dash around the island, spending a day at beachy, relaxed Kamari and enjoying the views from romantic Imerovigli. Spend a couple of hours in the hotel’s spa: try the Terra Sigillata Therapy, which involves being slathered in three mineral muds, or the Bali Paradise Therapy, featuring freshly-blended fruit extracts and herbs. Get an eye-widening history lesson from Akrotiri, one of the Aegean’s most impressive preserved Minoan Bronze Age settlements. Crossroad Antiques, housed in a former grocery store in Pyrgos, is a characterful antiques shop with an art gallery next door; browse its stash of island treasures and have a chat with Lefteris Zorzos, the friendly owner. Learn about Santorini’s maritime history at Oia Maritime Museum (+30 22860 71156), home to rare 17th-century figureheads, navigational instruments, ship models, watercolours of vessels, photographs, precious documents and more.

Local restaurants

If the thought of juicy lobster and succulent squid makes your heart beat a bit faster, pay a trip to Armeni (+30 2286 07105), arguably Santorini’s best fish and seafood taverna. Getting there is all part of the adventure: Armeni’s owner will meet you in his boat at Amoudi port and whisk you across the water to the restaurant. Ambrosia lives up to its name: its food (Mediterranean fine dining) and its views (sweeping caldera vistas, guaranteed to make your eyes pop) are both divine. Metaxy Mas Tavern delivers a brilliant introduction to Cycladic cuisine from its Pyrgos village setting. There are no duds on this menu, whether you’re after flavour-packed traditional salads, melt-in-the-mouth baked aubergine, herby pork cooked with peppers, island lamb, seafood and fish – or a shot of the potent house raki.

Local cafés

Nibble honey-drenched Greek pastries and traditional desserts from Melenio Café at Nik. Nomikou. Take your sweet treats with you, or enjoy them in the upstairs sitting area (with some heart-judderingly strong Greek coffee, perhaps), which boasts dazzling views.

Local bars

By day, we love Passagio in Oia for its coffee, sandwiches and salads; by night, we love it even more for its tempting cocktails. Beat the hordes to a table at popular Franco’s Bar in Thira, beloved for its stunning caldera setting, serene classical music and thorough drinks list, which canters through local wines, champagne and cocktails. Oenophiles will love Sphinx, a wine-centric restaurant housed in a grand 19th-century building, home to an impressive international wine list. This is a great place to sign up for a wine-tasting (warning: you’ll want to bring a bottle or six back with you).

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this caldera-side hotel in Santorini and unpacked their olive oil and wine, a full account of their Greek break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Canaves Oia Suites in Oia…

Canaves Oia Suites is a family affair: the hotel is run by two suave Greek brothers, whose canny parents set up their hotel business here in 1985, just as the island was on the brink of becoming a tourist magnet for worldwide sun-worshippers and beach bunnies. It’s hard to believe that back then, Oia was quiet and underrated – early tourists tended to prefer the more obvious beachy charms of Kamari and Perissa. Like its setting, the hotel looked very different in the Eighties: its modest canaves – wine caves – were decorated humbly with local antiques and artefacts. Fast forward 30 years and the caves have had a minimalist modern makeover: the dazzling white that travellers have come to expect from Santorini remains, pepped up by sleek designer furniture and plenty of indulgent flourishes. Each of the Suites has its own liquid lure, from plunge pools to private infinity pools; there’s also a dreamy spa and an ambitious restaurant. One thing hasn’t changed at all, though: those killer views, which you can admire at every turn.

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