Need to know
12 noon (flexible, subject to availability and a charge: 50 per cent of the nightly rate). Earliest check-in, 3pm, but staff will accommodate early arrivals, where possible.
Double rooms from $304.08 (€282), excluding tax at 13.5 per cent.
Rates usually include Continental breakfast and WiFi.
Want to know the difference between tomatokeftedes and tomatines, or how to handle a white aubergine? Drop into the kitchen and spy on the chef at work – you might leave with some razor-sharp knife skills, or an expert’s recipe for pork and fava beans.
At the hotel
Swimming pool, kitchen, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: on-loan Samsung Galaxy tablet, smart TV, DVD player, minibar, Illy coffee machine (on request), Apivita bath products, marshmallow-soft bathrobes and slippers.
Our favourite rooms
We’ll be waking up in Efta, the most private suite, which is tucked away at the lowest point of the property on the cliff edge, with stellar views. The suite has an outside lounge area with a hot tub set in the rocks. As a teenager, owner Daphne used to sit here at night and admire the lighthouse; you should do the same.
If you’re staying at the Vasilicos, you’ll feel that little bit smugger when you lay eyes on the pool – it’s one of the largest on the caldera (it’s heated, too).
A jumper for nighttime – it can get surprisingly chilly, even in summer, thanks to Santorini’s brisk sea breeze. Leave room in your case for bottles of olive oil and wine made by Daphne’s brother, sold at the hotel’s sister winery.
Want to look your best for sunset? Ask staff to book you an in-room pampering treatment – a pedicure, manicure or massage, perhaps.
Little Smiths can come, although the hotel’s not designed for them (it’s built on a cliff, with lots of steps). Babysitting is €10–€15 an hour; cots are free; extra beds (€50 a night for under-16s) can be added to one Honeymoon Suite and the Grand Suite.