Santorini is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. It was devastated by a volcanic eruption in the 16th century BC, forever shaping its rugged landscape. The whitewashed, cubiform houses of its 2 principal towns, Fira and Oia, cling to cliffs above an underwater caldera (crater). They overlook the sea, small islands to the west and beaches made up of black, red and white lava pebbles.
Santorini is essentially what remains after an enormous volcanic eruption that destroyed the earliest settlements on a formerly single island, and created the current geological calendar.
Where I stayed
Set in the scenic village of Imerovigli, Iconic Santorini, a boutique cave hotel features an outdoor infinity pool with spectacular views over the volcano and the caldera. It offers stylish accommodation and has a restaurant and a fitness centre.
The air-conditioned rooms and suites at Iconic Santorini follow the local style and feature views over the caldera from their patio. Each accommodation is equipped with all-natural COCO-MAT® beds and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Bathrobes, slippers and Aēsop bathroom amenities are also offered.
A Greek Continental and full cooked breakfast is prepared daily and served on the terrace, enabling guests to enjoy the impressive view. Authentic local dishes are prepared by the chef and served at the on-site restaurant.
Within a short walk from Iconic Santorini, you will find bars and restaurants. The lively town of Fira is 1.2 miles away. Santorini National Airport is 5 miles away, while Athinios Port is at 6.2 miles. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout and free parking can be found near the premises.
Who knew cave dwellings could be so romantic? Of course, the sight one is presented with upon arrival at Iconic Santorini, a boutique cave hotel banishes all thoughts of classic cavemen imagery. Modern amenities, comfortable furnishings, and awesome architecture complement this property’s heart-stopping views perfectly.
Choose from among 19 cave accommodations, rooms and suites from which guests can personally tailor their vacation style. Spaces here pay homage to historic Cycladic architecture, and each option is unique. Greek island style is warm, welcoming, and effortlessly romantic, and the Aegean sun bathes Iconic Santorini in an endless glow.
Set in picturesque Imerovigli, the highest settlement along the Caldera, the views visible from verandas, infinity pool, and romantic restaurant at Iconic Santorini are truly unbelievable. Of course, Santorini itself is an enchanting destination, with churches, restaurants, beaches, shops, wineries, and more… just waiting to be explored.
A timeless experience awaits guests of Iconic Santorini, a distinctive boutique cave hotel, literally carved from Santorini’s volcanic caldera wall. Combining breathtaking views, plush residences, delicious Santorinian cuisine, luxury amenities, and warm Hellenic hospitality, this exceptional and stylish residence creates truly unforgettable memories.
To enhance privacy and service levels, Iconic is never full – only 12 of the 20 units are bookable at any given moment, unless you’re a wedding party hiring the whole place. Staff are friendly, with any reasonable request fulfilled in a jiffy. There’s a tiny gym, and small spa which squeezes in a pool and couple’s massage room; gym use is not allowed during spa treatments. The large outdoor heated infinity pool measures 2.6m deep.
0 suites in seven categories, sharing the same view but varying considerably in privacy. All have Cocomat beds, minimum 180cm wide – always the biggest fitting any given unit – embroidered sofa cushions, big TVs, iPod docks, Aēsop brand toiletries, rain showers. Grotto Suites are just that, one of the original cave dwellings, with indoor whirlpools (often adapted cisterns). The Cliff Suite occupies the lowest tier of six; a big whirlpool is inside here too, since there’s little outdoor space despite a wrap-around balcony. The Iconic Suite incorporates the village’s original bakery-oven. Its bed measures 220cm long x 240cm wide – orgy size, as the management quips.
À la carte breakfast served to your veranda; lunch taken at poolside; dinner at Pergola Restaurant by reservation. Inside Pergola, there’s a private dining room ideal for Popping the Question. Menu of the day is chalked up, depending on what the chef finds while shopping. You’re welcome to enter the kitchen and discuss special requirements. Expect ingredients like mussels, octopus, Santoríni fáva (naturally), lamb, salads and dips.