Need to know
Twenty-six, including 21 suites and the Cave House Villa.
Noon, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.
Double rooms from $542.50 (€486), excluding tax at 13 per cent.
Rates usually include a generous buffet breakfast.
Fancy your very own Jeeves? Butler service is available on request.
Annually from 5 November to 31 March.
At the hotel
Spa, concierge, laundry, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, iPod dock, minibar, Nespresso coffee machine, free bottled water and Korres bath products.
Our favourite rooms
The glossy Honeymoon Suites live up to their romantic title. An expansive terrace with blue views, a secluded Jacuzzi room from which you can snoop on the caldera and crisp white interiors conspire in romantic fashion. The Chromata Suite is equally couples-courting, but the addition of a unique upcycled bath tub appeals to our quirky side. If these two are a little above budget, the Superior Suites are cosy cave dwellings that also have a playfully private Jacuzzi room.
The unheated infinity pool is the centre of attention in the bar area – a ring of seats surrounds one end of it. It’s larger than most Santorini pools, set by the day-bed and cushion-dotted lounging areas stopping at the caldera’s edge. There are parasols to seek shade under if the sun gets too hot, and you’re just a few steps away from your next cocktail.
The hotel can whisk you by car to A Spa (a 10-minute drive away in Oia), where you’ll abscond to one of three gardenia-, vanilla- and lily-perfumed suites, each with twin massage beds, a steam room and rain shower. Iris has a heated pool; Thalia has a footbath; and rooftop suite Kalliste has sea views. Caribbean Ligne St Barth products are used, and treatments range from quick fixes (30-minute massages) to bespoke rituals carried out over two days. Mani-pedis, facials, body wraps and scrubs complete pampering options. Book in advance to work out in the two-person Techno Gym Suite (10am–6pm) with spinning bikes, a kinesis machine and treadmill.
Pack swish swimwear and sunnies; something classically black or white from Orlebar Brown will keep you sweet by the swimming pool.
All guests are given a cell phone, so they can summon a member of staff when they’re off site. Butler service is available on request, charged at €100 per hour.
Over-14s only, but three (or more) is a crowd when it comes to caldera gazing.