Katikies Kirini, Santorini
Clinging to a volcanic cliffside on the outskirts of Santorini’s poster-child village of Oia, Katikies Kirini manages to blend total serenity with one of Greece’s trendiest postcodes. Its location is hard to beat, with the vistas of Santorini’s caldera and the azure Aegean Sea available from every room of a truly heavenly calibre.
You could sit here on your terrace all day and not get tired of the view, the classic Cycladic cave-like suites of the hotel your Grand Circle seat for the nightly sunset performance – pure natural theatre. It’s easy to forget you’re just a few minutes’ walk from the main promenade of Oia, whose sugar-cube architecture and cobalt-blue domes have thrust it into the Santorini limelight. Its glamorous appeal, handsome looks and high-end boutiques have drawn admiring glances from A-listers glitzy aura and a stroll along its glitzy, whitewashed lanes has shades of a Cycladic version of Cannes.
But the beauty of Katikies Kirini is you don’t have been in the midst of it for all of your holiday – you can get away from it all. It’s an escape that really does remove you from Oia’s spotlight when you want to relax; each room is soundproofed so you can properly switch off. Oia may have the celebrity appeal but Kirini ensures you don’t forget Santorini’s dramatic scenery are pure Hollywood quality.
Katikies Kirini, Santorini
With their gently curving ceilings and pretty little alcoves, the rooms and suites at Katikies Kirini really make you feel like you're staying in a luxury cave. The furnishings and decor throughout every one of the suites help create the classy white-on-white style the Cyclades is known for and the light-wood flooring only adds to their airy feel. There are spacious living areas and the bathrooms are stocked with Bvlgari toiletries. All rooms are soundproofed, too, meaning you can completely get away from the buzz in trendy Oia when you want to.
Every suite comes with a verandah with exceptional views of Santorini's caldera, while some of the larger rooms also have either an open-air jetted tub or plunge pool, which are great for watching the sunset in complete privacy.
Every guest is also given their own mobile 'wish phone', which is like having the hotel's concierge on speed dial wherever you go. Whether it's room service or you would like advice on how to make the most of Oia, the hotel staff will help with pretty much anything.
Katikies Kirini only has one restaurant but oh my, Anthós is a goody. Set beside a tranquil pool and right on the edge of Santorini's dramatic caldera with the postcard-perfect village of Oia in the distance, this really is food with a view. Modern Greek cuisine is artistically served in an elegant atmosphere while staying close to its Santorini roots. Many of the dishes also take inspiration from the wider Mediterranean, taking you on a modern gastronomic journey through this emblematic region.
The Pool Lounge & Cocktail Bar, located beside the hotel's infinity pool, also serve a selection of cocktails, drinks and snacks throughout the day.
The hotel's main infinity pool has perfectly placed for a swim backed by eye-popping widescreen views of the Aegean Sea and Santorini's caldera. Katikies Kirini also has its own shop, MO's Fashion Boutique, which is worth fashion-conscious guests perusing for its Greek-themed pieces, including artisan jewellery and ancient-style sandals.
The hotel is also a 15-minute walk into the centre of trendy Oia, where you can devote a whole day to strolling its luxury boutiques, cafés and lanes. Make sure you get out and explore the wider island of Santorini, whether it's by taking to one of its volcanic hiking trails, sampling some of its unique food and drink in a local restaurant or visiting ancient ruins.
For anything else, just pick up your Katikies wish phone and the concierge team at the hotel will be full of other experience ideas to fill your time in Santorini.
With five treatment rooms, an indoor heated pool and fitness centre, Katikies Kirini's A.SPA is a truly tranquil cocoon to refresh your mind, body and soul. The Mediterranean-inspired menu of body rituals, facials and massages all use iconic Lignes St. Barth products, with every treatment joined by epic caldera views in the background.
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