On Santorini, the view’s the thing, and there may be none better than that from the pool deck at Katikies, looking out over the island’s submerged volcanic caldera and the sea beyond. This hotel is a feast for the eyes, not just a scenic overlook but a sparkling white modernist take on a traditional cliff dwelling, spilling down the steep hillside a hundred meters above the water.
Guest rooms make the most of the hotel’s position; even the standard rooms have private terraces, and the better suites feature loft bedrooms with picture windows overlooking the sea. Some even feature outdoor terrace dining rooms, and in the case of the Katikies Suite, a lounge to rival many a rooftop bar. Interiors are spare and white, in traditional Greek island style, yet without venturing into showy minimalism —think antiques and marble, but in tastefully modest quantities.
The climb up the stairs to the road is quite a workout — many guests will prefer to stay on premises as much as possible. Fortunately, there are plenty of dining options: the rooftop restaurant, serving Mediterranean cuisine on an open-air veranda; the poolside restaurant, for more casual fare; and the White Cave, the most intimate offering — just three tables in a natural cave overlooking the caldera.