Santorini, Greece

Kapari Natural Resort

Rates from (ex tax)$269.90

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 (EUR285.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Neutral shades, cool caves

Setting

Volcanic viewpoint

A collection of cream-coloured caverns carved into a cliff, Santorini's Kapari Natural Resort hotel embodies a signature caldera cool with its earth tones, white walls and shocks-of-blue sea views. A heaping side of stunning seascape also comes standard with the restaurant’s mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

14, including five suites.

Check–Out

12 noon, but flexible on request if there’s availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $269.90 (€252), excluding tax at 13 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 (EUR285.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include a buffet breakfast.

Also

Families and groups can book three, four or five rooms at a time to make a private dwelling with its own courtyard.

Hotel closed

November to March.

At the hotel

Lounge, DVD library and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, air-conditioning, minibar, Duxiana beds and Prija bath products. Some have a Jacuzzi.

Our favourite rooms

We love Room 102 for its bed in the loft, reached by climbing a set of whitewashed steps, and its luscious light, which streams in through duck-egg-blue shutters. Keen cooks will enjoy the cute concrete kitchen and big dining table in Room 104. Rooms 203 and 204 are right by the pool, so may not be the quietest.

Poolside

There’s a small heated pool on the lower deck and various sunlounger-lined terraces across the grounds, including one with a hot tub.

Packing tips

Avoid getting mocked by the locals and pack some sensibly sturdy flats; Mr Smiths wouldn’t look out of place in a slick Panama hat.

Also

There’s no spa, but a therapist can be summoned for in-room massages and treatments.

Pet‐friendly

Pets can be accommodated if you ask in advance. See more pet-friendly hotels in Santorini.

Children

Over-14s only. Exceptions are occasionally made during low season, depending on hotel occupancy at the time. An extra bed can be added to the Vanilla room category and suites; prices change depending on the season, ring ahead to request rates.

Food and Drink

Photos Kapari Natural Resort food and drink

Top Table

Chances are you won’t want to miss the views out on the terrace, but cool down on one of the banquettes, beneath the hammered-metal-dome lighting.

Dress Code

Cool, casual and crisp linens and cottons: think Wimbledon on sea.

Hotel restaurant

The restaurant serves amazingly fresh Mediterranean fare, out overlooking the Aegean or inside in the oatmeal-and-white dining room. Menu highlights include squid stuffed with fennel, grilled peppers and smoked cheese, lobster and salmon ravioli with an ouzo-tinged white sauce and shrimps, and the simple-sounding but delicious Santorini cheese pie. Breakfast is served here, too: expect a bounty of bread and pastries baked on site, fresh fruit and thick Greek yoghurt.

Hotel bar

The bar shares the same cave as the restaurant, mixing mojitos until the last guest wants one, as long as it’s before 12mindnight.

Last orders

Breakfast times can be flexible but are roughly 8.30am–11.30am; there’s no set service for lunch, just a light snack menu that runs all day; dinner is on offer from 7pm until midnight.

Room service

Food can be ordered 24 hours a day: hot meals up until midnight, snacks, salads and sandwiches afterwards.

Location

Photos Kapari Natural Resort location
Address
Kapari Natural Resort
Imerovigli,
84700
Santorini
Greece

Planes

The island’s airport is eight kilometres from the hotel. EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) has flights from London Gatwick every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during the summer; you can also connect from Athens in 45 minutes with Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com), Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) or Athens Airways (www.athensairways.com).

Automobiles

It’ll only take a couple of minutes to reach Fira by car. There’s free parking at the hotel, in a square usefully right outside.

Other

Arrive by boat: Kapari is 10 kilometres from Santorini’s port.

Worth getting out of bed for

Take the trail across to the famous white and blue Theoskepasti church, directly in front of Kapari Natural Resort, or scale the caldera with a cliff-top walk. Boats and yachts can be chartered for the day with Santorini Sailing Center (www.sailingsantorini.gr).

Local restaurants

In Fira, Koukoumavlos is the restaurant star; menu highlights include lobster and monkfish terrine, and grilled beef with bergamot-spiced mash and parmesan ice-cream (+30 22860 23807). If you’re full up of Greek food, try Il Cantuccio, a simple Italian trattoria in Firostefani (+30 22860 22082). If you're spending the evening in Oia, head to 1800 (+30 22860 71485), which is set in a restored mansion built around 1845. For really fresh fish, head to seaside Dimitri’s at Ammoudi (+30 2286071606) and dine by the glittering bay.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Mr Smith: ‘I want you to spread my ashes here.’
Mrs Smith: ‘You said that in the park last week.’
Mr Smith: ‘Well, I’ve changed my mind.’
Mrs Smith: ‘... And you said it at Flamingo Land.’
Mr Smith: ‘You make me sound like some sort of resting-place slut.’

We’re at Kapari Natural Resort in Santorini, and this is all the conversation we manage over a period of about eight hours on day one of the best holiday I’ve ever had. You see, Mrs Smith and I think that we are good at holidays. Mrs Smith is good at planning holidays. Mrs Smith complains when we’re not on holiday. But the truth is, when we get there, the reality of doing nothing is terrifying. Here in this magical place, it’s actually happening.

I’m sat in our private Jacuzzi with the water level at the bottom rim of my sunglasses, staring out into the centre of a volcano in the Aegean Sea, and the only thing on my mind is how the hell am I going to write about this Greek hotel? Firstly, who wants to read a perfect review? It’s understood that while searching Tripadvisor we all go straight to the ‘no star’ reviews first, right? And secondly, I actually don’t want anyone else to know about this family-run Cycladic secret. It’s mine.

It was in total darkness that we’d arrived in the village of Imerovigli the night before. I got straight into a pair of linen trousers; the sooner you get into a pair, the sooner you’re on holiday. I recommend you book a table in the hotel’s caldera-view restaurant for the first night. The Mediterranean menu is small but delicious, the gourmet dishes served by the ever-charming Stellios. He’s that rare breed of fine waiter, the kind that is always there when you need them but never hanging around.

When Mrs Smith flung open the shutters in the morning, it was hard to believe that view had been hiding in the dark the night before. (We proceeded to Instagram the hell out of it for the remainder of our stay.) The hotel is a number of caves set back into a cliff surrounded by hundreds of similar man-made outcrops. The Kapari hotel stands out by being a slightly yellower shade than the traditional white, with cornflower-blue windows. If there’d been a Farrow & Ball shop in Star Wars, wherever Luke Skywalker grew up would have looked like this. The rooms themselves are on the luxury side of the fence, while maintaining a rustic edge.

I usually kid myself that I don’t want WiFi and a big-screen TV, but the truth is I’m not complaining when they’re there. We agree it’s exactly how we would decorate the place and I search the Internet for the manufacturer of the sofa, and even catch Mrs Smith taking the pillow apart to take a picture of the label. (After consulting the Farrow & Ball colour chart that Mrs Smith always has to hand, I’d say the walls are Hound Lemon, the windows Cooks Blue, and thanks to the Greek sun, I was turning a kind of Refectory Red.)

We make a vague attempt at proactivity by walking into Thira, the island’s mini main town, about 20 minutes away. Or 30 if you still haven’t got over taking pictures of the view. We look at donkeys, pretend to be interested in a rug, then quickly return to the Jacuzzi to watch the first of five stunning, and wildly different sunsets, drinking local red and wondering why would we ever want to be anywhere else?

Mrs Smith: ‘Have you started the review yet?’
Mr Smith: ‘Why bother... We’re never going home.’

I did step out of the Jacuzzi once or twice. We spent the day on a catamaran and swam in the sulphurous centre of the volcano. It really was quite disgusting. And we ate out a couple of times. We were so lazy, there are hundreds of amazing restaurants but we ate at the nearest one twice. (Anogi is a pretty good taverna in Imerovigli, which is always packed). But really, everything we needed, including excellent room service, was within a prune-fingered hand’s reach.

Purely out of the interests of writing this review, halfway through our five-day Greek escape we decided to swap suites. Something had to get me out of that Jacuzzi. We looked at a few, and were spoiled for choice. Every room is different and had something fresh to offer. We were really torn and had to toss a coin to decide where to stay. Some have full kitchens, some are next to the pool, and some are in a more private area (where up to 15 of you could stay in a little commune of rooms with their own courtyard, complete with brick oven). I’m glad to inform you that the new digs we settled upon also boasted a private hot tub. I honestly don’t think I’ll ever de-prune.

So, no amusing stories, no hilarious anecdotes where Mrs Smith and I win first prize in a Greek folk dancing competition. Just a tale of the most relaxing time of our lives. The only caper we got up to was the Kapari Natural Resort itself (it is, bizarrely, named after those salty little pickled flower buds). Bags packed and taking one last look out over the Aegean, I decide not to have my ashes spread here – they have enough of those already – but I vow to return on my deathbed and be shot out of a cannon dressed as Evil Knievel into that view.
 

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Kapari Natural Resort’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The view of the caldera and Skaros rock, during the day and at sunset. Hike to Oia along the ancient trail, and have a glass of champage on the terrace at sunset.

Don’t expect

No crowds - even in shoulder season, Fira and Oia are packed. Imerovigli – where the hotel is located – is much quieter, though.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Sep 2016

We loved

The service, the food, the incredible view, our lovely room.

Don’t expect

Much space. The pool is very small, with the sunbeds touching each other, which felt a little bit claustrophobic.

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Stayed on 10 Sep 2016

We loved

The staff, the views, the food. Recommend taking a boat trip around Santorini.

Don’t expect

Peace and quiet or a big swimming pool

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Stayed on 6 Sep 2016

We loved

The spectacular views, the central location, the warm welcome and all round fantastic service. Our room was more like a small house with great user friendly tech. and the hotel food was superb! Recommend Avocado and Anogi for good food on the doorstep.

Don’t expect

Noise, distractions or to want to leave...

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Stayed on 3 Sep 2016

We loved

The fantastic service, from the pick-up and check-in, to room service, to restaurant service. Just fabulous hospitality. If you are craving sushi (like my 13-year-old son, who travelled with me), try Sakura Sushi (hosted at Character restaurant) at Fira.

Don’t expect

...To be missing home.

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Stayed on 2 Sep 2016

We loved

The service / attention, free breakfast, amazing dinners at the Kapari Wine Restaurant, large rooms with private jacuzzis, quiet location with an outstanding view, easy access to the footpath to Fira or Oia...I could go on and on. Recommend the hike to Oia from the hotel, it is long but beautiful! An organized Santorini wine tour was also great fun during our stay on the island.

Don’t expect

To want to ever leave!

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Stayed on 27 Aug 2016

We loved

The cute cave rooms, the great service from the staff, the amazing breakfasts and the view from the pool. Grace Santorini nearby has a lovely Champagne bar for sunset drinks

Don’t expect

To want to leave!

Rating

Stayed on 31 Jul 2016

We loved

From the moment we got off the airport transfer, my wife and I were swept away by the Kapari experience: the view from the resort's entrance is simply breathtaking! We were then given a tour of the premise and our room - which was the next surprise: it was the ideal mix of cozy/comfortable with the all-too-familiar Santorini 'cave' decor; yet modern and well-equipped with a central console for in-room and services function. The staff were extremely warm and helpful - never once did they say something couldn't be done - and very proud of their roles in representing Kapari. My wife and I will definitely be returning!

Don’t expect

To be disappointed! But do be prepared to climb alot of steps if you wish to visit nearby towns like Fira.

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Stayed on 15 Jul 2016

We loved

The rooms and the breakfast (absolutely delicious breakfast). Recommend walking to Fira (especially at night/sunset)

Don’t expect

On site spa

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Stayed on 11 Jul 2016

We loved

Spectacular location away from the hustle and bustle with fantastic views over the Caldera and skaros Rock. Fira is a 20min walk and the hike to Oia was fantastic. The cave rooms were gorgeous with a large jacuzzi and we were lucky to get a room with a balcony. The staff were absolutely wonderful and no request was too difficult. They really made our stay extra special. Breakfast was a buffet spread as well as freshly cooked items such as omelettes/pancakes etc. We also enjoyed our dinner on the terrace- the ribeye steak with eggplant purée was delicious. Hike (or taxi) to Oia and go down the donkey steps to Amoudi beach to watch the sunset on the rocks - it is spectacular.

Don’t expect

Don't expect souvenir shops/ loads of tourists and hustle and bustle. There are a few restaurants in the area but Fira and Firistefani are within walking distance

Rating

Stayed on 7 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything about this hotel! The staff is extremely friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean, cozy, and beautiful. Loved walking into Fira, hiking the cliffs, wine tasting, taking a sunset dinner cruise with Santorini Sailing, and eating dinner at Meltini in Oia! Wonderful trip! 10/10

Don’t expect

High ceilings!

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Stayed on 6 Jun 2016

We loved

The view, the service, and the adorable rooms. Recommend renting ATVs and riding into Fira town nearby

Don’t expect

There is nothing lacking

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Stayed on 5 Jun 2016

We loved

The view, the fantastic guest service, the food, our room. Shopping was great and loads of lovely local restaurants!

Don’t expect

Children or noise

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Stayed on 19 May 2016

We loved

Beautiful rooms, location, breakfast times, amazing staff and of course Santorini.  Out with all of the fantastic usual tourist attractions on Santorini, there is a small hidden gem of a local restaurant approximately 150 meters down the road from Kapari resort called Anestis (across the road from the Bella Thira restaurant). All of the food we ordered was very well cooked, tasty, very reasonably priced, traditional fare and served up by what looks like a family concern, very nice people and well worth a visit. 9/10

Don’t expect

Not overally ecstatic on dinner menu/ food against price, pool water was really too cold to use as often as I would of liked. The use of what I can only describe as undiluted bleach in bathroom/s which has resulted in all bathroom towels having tell tale bleached stains on which would of also stained any clothing if they had been discarded on the bathroom floor during showering/hot tub facilities.

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Stayed on 7 May 2016

We loved

The view, the hotel, and especially the staff. Recommend taking a boat trip to the volcano. 

Don’t expect

To be disappointed

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Stayed on 25 Apr 2016

We loved

Everything. The main town of Fira is 30 minutes' walk away, so if you are only staying for a few days, there is no need to hire a car.

Don’t expect

To be disappointed.

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Stayed on 14 Oct 2015

We loved

Everyone at Kapari treated you like you were part of the family. This not only makes the place feel like home during your stay but gives a brilliant relaxed vibe, exactly what you want when you're there to simply kick back and take in the beautiful views.

Don’t expect

Don't expect a loud party every night or music blaring from the restaurant every night!

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Stayed on 29 Aug 2015

We loved

Clean, relaxing, amazing views, excellent food. The hotel restaurant was excellent.

Don’t expect

A beach, lively nightlife, family break.

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Stayed on 26 Aug 2015

We loved

The service, the breakfast, the view, the room

Don’t expect

Lively night but this is part of the charm. It's so peaceful.

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Stayed on 19 Aug 2015

We loved

The honeymoon suite; jacuzzi; big shower; the staff were absolutely amazing - they really want to make sure you have a perfect stay; the spectacular views; the room service; there is so much variety in the breakfast; dinner in the evening is special; the pool is small but fantastic view.

Don’t expect

Total isolation - the nature of Imerovigli is that it's all built on top of each other. Therefore, space privacy is a little lacking. The 'gym' space is a small alcove in the bedroom consisting a rowing machine, an exercise ball, a yoga mat and a tension rope.

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Stayed on 7 Jul 2015

We loved

The quality of the hotel and the friendly service from the staff particularly the managers Constantina and Antonis. The location is also ideal being far enough from Thira to be nice and quiet while also being close enough to allow for a pleasant walk into town. The views from this hotel (particularly the sunset and Skaros Rock) are extraordinary.

Don’t expect

Be prepared to walk up lots of stairs… really, this is good for you!

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Stayed on 24 Jun 2015

We loved

The food, the staff, the location, the room, the WiFi, the view.

Don’t expect

Much room round the pool, a bar, nightlife.

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Stayed on 23 Jun 2015

We loved

The personal touch to the service and the amazing views of the caldera.

Don’t expect

A lot of privacy on the balconies as there are a lot of public walk ways in Imeroglivi and anyone can peer in. There are also a few rooms around the pool which don't have the benefit of privacy while people lounge around all day.

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Stayed on 12 Jun 2015

We loved

Absolutely everything. Brilliant staff, rooms, view, food. Amazing breakfast. Spectacular!

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Stayed on 1 Jun 2015