Canaves Oia Epitome – Santorini, Greece
Hotel Type: Luxurious suites and villas with private pools and spectacular views.
Location: Perched above picturesque fishing town Ammoudi, within minutes of bustling Oia. The hotel is around a 30 minute drive from Santorini airport.
Style: Barefoot, black volcanic rock luxury.
Rooms: 24 suites & villas with private pools as well as both sea & sunset views.
Our Favourite Room: Gemma’s favourite is the one bedroom pool villa – the pool is heated!
Ideal For: Romance and indulging in all things Greek.
Swimming: Each suite and villa comes with its own private pool. There is also a large infinity pool by the restaurant to relax by for a change of scene.
Dining: For dinner head to Elements Restaurant for a sophisticated menu of modern European cuisine with Greek touches. The sunset from here is considered to be one of the best in the world. If you don’t feel like leaving the luxury of your suite or villa you can also enjoy a fine dining experience within the comfort of your private balcony.
Activities: Discover Santorni by land or on water; go on one of the Daily Cruises or Romantic Sunset Cruises on a Catamaran; Tour the ancient site of Akrotiri; Try wine tasting or head on a winery tour; Take a cooking classes; Go on a hiking tour of the Calder; Go scuba diving; Get your shopping fix in the towns of Fira and Oia; Or go on an authentic village tour such as to the village of Pyrgos; You can go horseback riding; Biking; Watersports; head to the spa or fitness center; partake in some yoga.
Spa: There’s a small treatment room and gym – guests can have therapists come to their room, and there’s a dedicated yoga terrace with some rather magnificent views.
Children: Children over six can stay here, with the two bedroom villas perfect for families.
Accessibility: Rooms in this hotel aren’t wheelchair accessible. An alternative is the hotel’s sister property, Canaves Oia Suites, which is well-appointed for wheelchair users and one of the only hotels in town with a lift.
Low Season Price From: €345 per night in a Deluxe Suite with plunge pool and includes breakfast.
High Season Price From: €710 per night in a Deluxe Suite with plunge pool and includes breakfast.
Open: April – November
High above the fishing village of Ammoudi, perches Canaves Oia Epitome, artfully hewn in the volcanic rock and blending stylishly with the surrounding lunar landscape. It boasts sparkling Aegean views, with each and every suite and villa benefitting from the famed Santorini sunsets. Owned by a family whose pedigree in luxury hotels and hospitality is second to none, Epitome oozes exclusivity and guests are looked after impeccably. This is the place to stay for utter relaxation and pampering, surrounded by the extraordinary beauty and contrast of the island, and where your day to day life will seem far, far away.
With clean white interiors, contrasting black volcanic rock facades and reflections of the Aegean, the suites and villas make you feel a million miles from anywhere. Minimalist chic décor, rainforest showers, supremely comfortable king size beds and sunset views of which you’ll never tire – they are all very seductive. And they all feel wonderfully private. The Deluxe Suite with Plunge Pool and the Honeymoon Suite with Plunge Pool are spacious and airy, with terraces for dining and their own heated pool – romantic heaven. Transport yourself to a different world with the One Bedroom Pool Villa – with its fabulous terrace and generously sized pool. You’ll be hard pressed to explore the rest of the hotel, let alone the island. The Epitome Pool Villa is even more spacious, with panoramic views of the Aegean and neighbouring Thirassia Island. For families, the Two Bedroom Pool Villa is a little slice of Greek paradise. There’s so much living space – inside and out; both bedrooms are en suite with rainforest showers; heated pool with wet beds; an outdoor shower and a shaded dining space on the large courtyard style terrace. No element of design has been left to chance with the Aqua Retreat Two Bedroom Villa. It’s a 100sqm split level haven – with a glass wall to the pool from the ground floor bedroom. We love the terraced gardens and the dreamy views from here.
Start the day with the ever-changing breakfast menu, by the main infinity pool, or brought to your room. Traditional Greek delicacies, inspired by different regions of the country are the tastiest way to start the day. At Elements Restaurant, your palate will be amazed at the flavours and inventiveness that comes out of the kitchen. Chef Tassos Stefatos has taken Greek food to exceptional levels – his tasting menu must not be missed. And with the incredible backdrop from the terrace, this is surely one of the most amazing places to dine. Of course, you can also have lunch and dinner brought to your room.
As with all Mediterranean destinations, children are made very welcome. Here, the lower age limit is six and the two bedroom villas are ideal for families. The hotel’s main infinity pool has a shallow end.
Whilst it would be tempting to not set foot outside the walls of the hotel, there is an entire island to discover. Take to the sea by yacht to marvel at the Santorini cliff views and find the famed black beaches. View the caldera from the water, or sail further afield around nearby islands. There’s a small treatment room and gym – guests can have therapists come to their room, and there’s a dedicated yoga terrace with some rather magnificent views.