Canaves Oia Hotel in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 5, 2018

Canaves Oia Hotel – Impeccable, luxury hotel with a pool and dazzling caldera views throughout the property.

Perched on the edge of Oia’s caldera, this 5-star boutique property boasts stunning views from every suite, and private plunge pools in most. The hotel blends traditional, Santorinian cave-style architecture with contemporary, minimalist décor and design. Suites are all a little bit different, being hand-carved from the cliff, but each is elegantly appointed with perks that include pillow menus, a bottle of wine, and Hermès amenities. Dining is incredible at their Greek-Mediterranean restaurant, Infinity, whether for a casual lunch, sunset cocktail, or candlelit dinner with a sweeping view. With only 18 suites, service is very personal, from reception to restaurant and everything in between.

Canaves Oia Hotel – Location

  • Area: Fantastic location on the caldera’s edge at the beginning of Oia, just a short walk from the pedestrian-only zone. The hotel is less than 5 minutes from several restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, and about 12 minutes from the Oia Bus Terminal.
  • How to Get There: The hotel is located just off the main road into Oia, making it very easy to travel to and from, whether by taxi, driving yourself, or riding the bus. There are always buses at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from the airport (both buses will stop in Fira from where you’ll get a different bus to Oia – the entire trip from port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour). From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s an easy 12-minute walk to the hotel. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Canaves Oia Hotel will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Canaves Oia Hotel will cost roughly €30. For those driving themselves, Canaves Oia offers free parking in their lot nearby.
  • Handy To: The beginning of the pedestrian street at Passaggio (6-minute walk), the luxury boutique Soho-Soho (10-minute walk), Church of Panagia of Platsani (13-minute walk).

Canaves Oia Hotel – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only property, only ages 13 and older are allowed. Most guests are couples celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon or anniversary.
  • Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 1.5 kilometers (26-minute walk from Canaves Oia Hotel). This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia, and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
  • View: Gorgeous panoramic views of the caldera throughout the hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Private, heated plunge pools in most suite categories: Superior, Honeymoon, Grand, and River Pool.
  • Parking: Free parking in their lot nearby.
  • Extras: Welcome drink, welcome bottle of wine and fruit basket, pillow menu, iPods or tablets on request, wine tasting experience (for an additional fee).
  • When to Book: The hotel usually operates from early April until late October/early November. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 71453, +30 22860 71427
  • Email: [email protected], [email protected]
  • Website: https://canaves.com/

Canaves Oia Hotel – Amenities

  • Pool: Fantastic partially-shaded pool overlooking the caldera. Not heated.
  • Spa: Access to the spa at their sister property, Canaves Oia Suites, just a 6-minute walk away.
  • Fitness Center: Access to the gym at their sister property, Canaves Oia Suites, a 6-minute walk away.
  • For Disabled Guests: This hotel is located in the caldera, and is full of stairs with no elevator. This hotel is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: An adults-only property, only ages 13 and above are permitted. For families with older kids, they offer the Grand Suite, a 2-bedroom/2-bathroom unit that sleeps up to 5 guests.
  • Activities: A private wine tasting experience is available for an additional fee.

Canaves Oia Hotel – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Infinity Pool Bar Restaurant is open all day, from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Their menu focuses on Greek and Mediterranean flavors, and the atmosphere is casual. Dinner is served by candlelight with stellar sunset views. Great cocktails are available all day. The restaurant is reserved for guests only during the day, but opens to the public for dinner, so it’s a good idea to make reservations to get a table with the best view.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast daily. An American Champagne buffet breakfast is served at Infinity every morning from 8:00 to 11:00 a.m., or it can be served to the suite at no additional charge.
  • Room Service: Available during restaurant hours.

Canaves Oia Hotel – Rooms

  • Room Types: Classic Suite • Junior Suite • Superior Suite with Plunge Pool • River Pool Suite • Grand Suite with Plunge Pool
  • Smoking Rooms: Canaves Oia Hotel does not allow smoking in any of its room categories. Smoking is allowed on private verandas and in outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The River Pool Suite is a unique gem, featuring a river-like, heated plunge pool that is half cave-style and half open to the sun, with jacuzzi jets in the open area. This 1-bedroom suite has a king bed, separate living area, and a private veranda with an al fresco dining space.
  • For Families: The Grand Suite sleeps up to 5 guests. Its master bedroom has a king-bedded loft and a bathroom with a hydrotherapy tub. The second bedroom has one king bed or two twin beds, and a bathroom with a shower. There is a separate living area, which can sleep one more guest, plus an outdoor terrace with a heated, plunge pool and al fresco dining area.

Canaves Oia Hotel – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located near the beginning of Oia, not far from the marble, pedestrian path, surrounded by an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions. Oia Bus Terminal is just 12 minutes away on foot, as is Oia’s most photographed church, Panagia of Platsani. The castle ruins, the island’s most popular sunset viewpoint, is a 20-minute walk west, while Ammoudi Bay is just a little further, 26 minutes from the hotel.
  • Bus: Canaves Oia Hotel is very close to the Oia Bus Terminal, just 12 minutes away. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. Tickets are bought on board, and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10). Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season, so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
  • Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, near the Oia Bus Terminal. There is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (including guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, plus you can have them meet you directly at the hotel. There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Oia to Fira is €15, and from Oia to the airport runs about €25.
  • Scooters/Motorcycles: Just don’t, unless you’re Evel Knievel! Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, it can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop-offs with no guardrails and no street lights in most areas. Lots of dirt roads and potholes.
  • ATVs: This is a super popular mode of transportation with tourists, but the locals absolutely hate them. They move too slowly, and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. ATVs with smaller motors have been banned from the roads, and a full ban is expected to pass soon.

Canaves Oia Hotel – What’s Nearby?

  • Caldera Yachting’s Gold Sunset Cruise
    Sail in a catamaran from Ammoudi (26-minute walk or 18-minute drive from the hotel) across the caldera, with stops for swimming and snorkeling plus incredible views of the volcano, Thirassia, the Red Beach, and more.
  • Shotz Tour: Photography Tours
    Visit the most picturesque spots in Oia and the rest of the island while learning the ins and outs of taking great photos. Tours are private, customizable, and range from four hours to a full day. Transportation included.
  • Domaine Sigalas: Vineyard, Wine, Gastronomy Tour
    Tour the vineyard to learn about the island’s unique wine-making process, and sample 10 supreme wines paired with local delicacies. Domaine Sigalas is due north of Finikia, about a 24-minute walk or 5-minute drive from the hotel.
  • Eat & Walk Santorini Food Tour
    Fantastic walking tour through Fira and Firostefani’s winding pathways, with at least 7 tasting stops at local restaurants for Santorinian food and drinks, including wine, beer, and raki. Tour begins in Firostefani near St. Gerasimos Church, about 9km from White Pearl Villas.

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 2-minute walk.
  • Melitini: 100% Greek menu, using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior, and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 8-minute walk.
  • Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 11-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 12-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live Greek music, and absolutely delicious food. 14-minute walk.
  • Roka: Authentic, Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 15-minute walk.
  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 15-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 26-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Mes Amis: Amazing little spot on a covered patio looking over the caldera. Super casual, fantastic views, and great food. 3-minute walk.
  • Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty ok sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 6-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 16-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Perivolas Market: Small store with a decent selection of drinks, wine, and bread. 2-minute walk.
  • Village Super Market: Good selection of staples at a fair price (for Santorini). Located just across the road behind Passaggio. 6-minute walk.
  • Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. 12-minute walk.
  • Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 12-minute walk.

Canaves Oia Hotel – The Hotel

The road outside the hotel leads straight to the center of Oia.

Outside the hotel, facing the caldera. The road on the right leads to the center of Oia and the pedestrian-only zone. Most restaurants that are walking distance from Canaves Oia Hotel are this way, though a handful are located in the opposite direction.

The view from above the hotel is amazing.

View from above the hotel.

The arched entrance of the hotel leads straight to the reception.

Reception is straight through this arch.

The view from outside the reception of Skaros Rock is amazing.

Just outside reception, there’s an amazing view to Skaros Rock in the caldera at Imerovigli.

The reception and the entire hotel has a cozy and comfortable style.

Inside, the reception area is cozy and contemporary in a style that is repeated throughout the property.

The main swimming pool is unheated by unshaded as well.

The free-form pool (unheated) faces toward the caldera and is mostly open to the full sun…

A hand-carved cave with a chandelier offers some shade to the pool.

…with a small portion shaded buy a hand-carved cave. There’s a chandelier in this portion for evenings.

Ample sun loungers are provided by the pool.

There are plenty of sun loungers next to the pool.

As well as the Infinity Pool Bar.

The hotel's Infinity Restaurant offers fantastic views.

Infinity Restaurant sits just above the sun loungers, with stunning views over the caldera to Thirassia.

The River Pool Suite has a cozy private verandah.

Outside the River Pool Suite. This is its private veranda with two sun loungers, an al fresco dining area just behind, and the exterior portion of the pool in the back.

The living area in the suite is spacious and comfortable.

Inside, the suite opens to a living space…

The suite's dining area offers a caldera view.

…and a dining area with a caldera view.

The suite's bedroom features a beautiful Cycladic decor.

Just next to the living room, an ample-sized bedroom (with a king bed) is designed in Cycladic style with arches and a vaulted ceiling.

The suite's bedroom opens onto a terrace.

The sunny bedroom opens up to the terrace through a set of double doors.

The spacious bathroom has glass rain shower.

The bathroom is spacious and features a glass rain shower.

The highlight of the room is the river pool accessible through the bathroom.

The bathroom opens up to the river pool, with a little step stool to get in. The cave roof is arched and hand-carved and the tunnel follows a couple of gentle curves.

The tunnel has gentle curves before opening on to the terrace.

Close up inside the cave pool.

The cave pool ends in a jacuzzi on the terrace.

Uncovered portion of the cave pool. There are jacuzzi jets and a bench at this end.

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