Need to know
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 3pm (you can use the hotel’s communal areas if you arrive a bit sooner).
Double rooms from $469.60 (€436), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teens can come along too, but this is a very grown-up affair.