Cavo Tagoo Hotel in Imerovigli, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 6, 2018

  • Cavo Tagoo is a fun, trendy hotel with great caldera views.
  • Openend in late 2016. Everything feels fresh and new.
  • Located in a quiet area – the wonderful restaurants of Imerovigli are a 20 to 25 minute walk away.

Review of Cavo Tagoo in Imerovigli, Santorini.

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – The most stylish hotel in Santorini, Cavo Tagoo offers luxurious suites, a swanky fusion restaurant, and a heated infinity pool with expansive caldera views.

This glamorous boutique hotel has thirteen posh suites, all with private jacuzzis or heated pools. The hotel features bespoke furnishings throughout in suede, copper, and rich woods, while the architecture is in a contemporary Cycladic style. The heated infinity pool boasts magnificent views over the caldera to Skaros Rock, the old and new volcanoes, Thirassia Island, and Oia. OVAC, the hotel’s award-winning fusion restaurant, blends the best of Japanese and Mediterranean flavors, with knock-out sushi, thoughtful cocktails, and a fantastic wine selection. Expect to be pampered here.

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location at the northern edge of Imerovigli, among the very best views on the island, though it may be a little remote for some. The hotel is in a very quiet area, just north of Imerovigli village, 26 minutes’ walk or 4 minutes’ drive to the village’s restaurants and attractions.
  • How to Get There: Cavo Tagoo offers complimentary round-trip airport and port transfers. The hotel sits on the side of the caldera, just off the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to get to if you prefer to rent a car. For those driving themselves, they offer free valet parking onsite (a major perk, as Imerovigli is one of the hardest areas for parking on the island). There is a bus stop just outside the front door with direct buses going to both Fira and Oia.
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Santorini Princess (neighboring hotel with the closest restaurant and bar, 4-minute walk).

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – The Basics

  • Ages: All ages are allowed at the hotel. Guests tend to be couples from North and South America celebrating a romantic occasion, usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or a proposal.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Koloumpos Beach, 5 km northeast, but Exo Gialos is a better beach and not much farther, just 5.4 km to its north end or 7.2 km to the south end with its impressive wind-sculpted cliffs. The best beach bar and restaurant is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (14-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (11-minute drive).
  • View: Spectacular caldera views from all rooms and throughout the hotel.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Executive Double and the Junior Suite have indoor jacuzzis; the Suite, Senior Suite, and Superior Suite have outdoor jacuzzis; and the Pool Suite, Honeymoon Pool Suite, Cavo Tagoo Pool Suite, all have outdoor, heated private pools; the Cavo Tagoo Diamond Pool Suite boasts an indoor jacuzzi and an outdoor, heated private pool.
  • Parking: Free valet parking onsite.
  • Extras: Pet friendly (small dogs up to 7 kg), weddings, special events, excellent concierge, nightly turndown service.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from mid-April through late October. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for travel during the high season from June through September. Reserve at least 2 months in advance for stays during low or shoulder season.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +30 22860 27915, +30 22860 27900
  • Email: [email protected]agoo.com
  • Website: https://www.cavotagoo.com/santorini/

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – Amenities

  • Pool: Gorgeous, heated infinity pool on the edge of the caldera with floating sun loungers and Bali beds.
  • Spa: There is no spa onsite, but they do offer massage therapy in a treatment room or in-suite.
  • Fitness Center: No gym.
  • For Disabled Guests: This hotel is on the caldera with plenty of stairs and no elevator. It is not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
  • For Families: Cavo Tagoo is an all-ages property, though only one suite type, the Superior Suite Outdoor Jacuzzi, can accommodate groups of up to 4 guests. Two other open plan suites can sleep up to 3. There are no special amenities or facilities for children. This is also a pet-friendly hotel, allowing dogs up to 7 kg.
  • Activities: A variety of excursions can be arranged through the concierge for an additional price, including yachting, climbing tours, scuba diving, helicopter and jet charters, wine tours, and more.

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: OVAC is their multi-award-winning restaurant featuring a renowned executive chef and an exciting Japanese-Mediterranean fusion menu. The fish is amazingly fresh, with a wide range of raw and cooked preparations, amazing surf and turf with king crab and Wagyu beef, rich desserts, and fabulous signature cocktails. Pricey but perfect, an ideal spot for a special occasion (they have a special table reserved for proposals). Open for lunch and dinner from 1:00 p.m. until midnight. • $$$$
  • Lounge/Bar: The All Day Lounge offers poolside service for lunch, snacks, and cocktails throughout the day from OVAC’s kitchen. Food is elegant yet casual, and drinks are on point.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary a la carte breakfast is served daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in OVAC, or can be served directly to the room. Brunch can be served after 11:00 a.m. for an additional price. The breakfast features flavorful, local, fresh products with a focus on Greek fare. Great coffee and juices, too.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – Rooms

  • Room Types: Executive Double Indoor Jacuzzi • Junior Suite Indoor Jacuzzi • Suite Outdoor Jacuzzi • Senior Suite Outdoor Jacuzzi • Pool Suite • Superior Suite Outdoor Jacuzzi • Honeymoon Pool Suite • Cavo Tagoo Suite with Pool • Cavo Tagoo Diamond Suite with Pool
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their rooms. Smoking is allowed on the private terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Cavo Tagoo Diamond Suite with Pool is their top-tier room. The room features a queen bed, a sofa bed, and an indoor jacuzzi. Outside, there is a shaded terrace with a daybed and a private, heated pool with sweeping views over the caldera. The suite offers a generous 44 sqm interior space, plus 65 sqm outdoor space.
  • For Families: This is an all-ages hotel, though there are no special amenities or facilities for children. They also welcome small dogs up to 7 kg. The best room for families is the Superior Suite Outdoor Jacuzzi – the only suite that can accommodate up to 4 guests. This 2-floor suite has the living room and 1 bathroom downstairs, and the bedroom and another bathroom upstairs, along with a spacious private veranda with a jacuzzi overlooking the caldera. This suite offers 55 sqm inside and 21 sqm outside.

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located at the northern edge of Imerovigli, right on the Oia-Fira Trail. The nearest restaurant is at the neighboring hotel, Santorini Princess, just 4 minutes away on foot. Walk 20 minutes south to reach Imerovigli village; all of the restaurants, attractions, and boutiques in the village are accessible on foot within 20-35 minutes of the hotel.
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop is on the main Fira-Oia road, just out the front door of the hotel. Passing buses go north to Oia and south to Firostefani, and Fira. From Fira you need to change buses for the other major villages and beaches on the island. 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, all the way down in Fira, so it’s not very practical to walk or bus to. Plus there is often a wait here as there are only 25 taxis serving the entire island (with guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, and 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 Imerovigli to Fira is roughly €10, and from Imerovigli to the airport or port is around €20.
  • 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.

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Santorini Princess: The neighboring hotel’s restaurant is open all day, serving modern Greek fare, and solid signature and standard cocktails. Gorgeous caldera sunset views, especially from the lounge area. 4-minute walk.
  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining, and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 21-minute walk.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 24-min walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 25-minute walk.
  • The Athenian House: Elegant fine dining with spectacular sunset views. Contemporary and imaginative Greek dishes incorporate modern gastronomic techniques and locally-sourced ingredients. Most of all, they’re delicious. 28-minute walk.
  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 29-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

  • Buddha Bar Beach: Upscale cocktail bar, restaurant, and shisha lounge with views over Skaros Rock to the caldera. Pricey but on point. 26-minute walk.

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Hlios Bakery: Good coffee, basic pastries, and deli sandwiches. Not exceptional, but the bakery’s cheap, and delivers (cash only for deliveries). 28-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: One of the top attractions on the island is this scenic 10.5 km hiking trail connecting Oia and Fira. A mix of sidewalk, cobblestones, and dirt trail, this route boasts gorgeous vistas the entire way. Hiking the full length of the path from the hotel takes 1 hour 40 minutes to Oia Castle, or 50 minutes to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel (add at least 20 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock). 1-minute walk.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 24-minute walk or 5-minute drive.
  • Anastasi Church: The most picturesque, blue-domed church in Imerovigli offers gorgeous caldera views overlooking Skaros Rock. Popular for weddings and photo shoots. 28-minute walk.
  • Skaros Rock: Impressive volcanic rock formation housing the ruins of a medieval castle and town, dating to 1207. The monastery at its base, Panagia Theoskepasti, is the only part of Skaros that is still active. 28-minute walk to the trailhead; 10 minutes from there to reach Skaros.
  • Agios Georgios Church: Small white church on a platform over the caldera, marking the start of the trail to Skaros Rock. Gorgeous, panoramic views from here. 29 minute walk.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area, and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 26-minute walk.
  • Jimmy’s Market Cava: Market and deli with a great selection (especially the wines), plus great coffee and breakfast sandwiches (more consistent and better quality breakfasts than Hlios, but they don’t deliver). 27-minute walk.

Cavo Tagoo Santorini – The Hotel

The lounge is above the reception, which can be accessed from the driveway.

Exterior view of Cavo Tagoo Santorini from the cobblestone driveway. The double doors lead to reception. The top floor is part of the All Day Lounge, with superior views over the caldera.

The reception is adjoining an indoor/outdoor lobby.

The reception area is spare and modern. It is adjacent to an indoor/outdoor lobby.

The lobby has a stylish, contemporary design.

The lobby features contemporary, stylish design that highlights natural elements, a theme that is repeated throughout the hotel.

The heated infinity pool is above the lobby.

Above the lobby is the heated infinity pool, next to the covered lounge area.

The pool and lounge offer stunning views of the caldera and Imerovigli.

Both the pool and the lounge offer stunning views of the caldera. The white buildings on the hill in the background on the right make up Imerovigli, the closest village to the hotel. Skaros Rock is just below and to the right of the village.

The pool has floating sun loungers and Bali beds.

The pool features 5 double-sized floating sun loungers, plus Bali beds and assorted lounge chairs all around. Turning to the right, the volcanoes and Thirassia Island are visible.

One can see Oia village from the main pool.

Standing directly behind the pool, Oia village comes into view to the right of Thirassia.

The infinity pool is located next to OVAC restaurant.

The view at sunset. The infinity pool is next to OVAC Restaurant.

The main pool almost glows at night.

Nighttime pool view.

OVAC restaurant serves breakfast and amazing Japanese-Mediterranean fusion food.

OVAC Restaurant is where breakfast is served every morning. It is open to outside guests for lunch and dinner, and serves an amazing Japanese-Mediterranean fusion menu. Dinner is the most popular meal here, especially during sunset, so make reservations in advance for a table with a view.

The full-length windows of OVAC offer excellent sunset views.

Sunset at OVAC, with full length windows offering unobstructed sunset views over the caldera.

The OVAC bar serves the finest cocktails and wines on the island.

OVAC’s bar makes some of the finest cocktails on the island, and it offers a well-curated wine list. The bar top rests on a huge aquarium.

OVAC is a lively place at night.

Night view of OVAC.

Guests are welcomed with sparkling wine and fruits in their suites.

Arriving guests receive a warm welcome of sparkling wine and fruit in their suites. This is an example of a Pool Suite, one of their middle category rooms.

The Pool Suite's terrace has a heated infinity pool, dining area, and sun loungers.

Outside the Pool Suite. The terrace offers a private, heated infinity pool, al fresco dining area, and sun loungers.

The terrace of the Pool Suite offers stunning caldera views.

The large terrace offers stunning views of the caldera and Oia village.

The Pool Suite's private pool offers great sunset views.

Sunset view from the private pool.

The Pool Suite's terrace offers breath-taking sunset views.

Sunset view from the front edge of the Pool Suite’s terrace.

The Pool Suite has contemporary design and is very comfortable.

Inside the Pool Suite, the design is very contemporary while still built in a Cycladic style. Furnishings are in suede, copper, and dark woods with fine linens.

The suite has an open-plan layout and a king bed.

The open-plan suite features a king-sized bed. The bathroom is directly behind the bedroom.

The Pool Suite's bathroom features copper fixtures.

The bathroom features copper fixtures at the sink…

The Pool Suite's bathroom has a copper shower.

…and in the glass shower.

The Honeymoon Suite offers good privacy, and has a plunge pool with a double sun lounger.

The Honeymoon Suite is a higher category room than the Pool Suite, and offers the most privacy, since it is at the far end of the hotel. It features an outdoor plunge pool with a double-sized sun lounger on the pool deck.

The suite's small terrace has a small dining area with caldera views.

There is also an al fresco dining table for 2 overlooking the caldera.

The small terrace offers fantastic caldera views.

View from the dining terrace.

The Honeymoon Suites are spacious, stylish and comfortable.

Inside the Honeymoon Suite. The layout is different than the Pool Suite but the décor is similar.

The Honeymoon Suites are very bright due to their full-length glass doors.

View from the back of the suite. The full-length glass doors and windows bring lots of sunlight into the room.

The Honeymoon Suite's bathroom is comfortable for couples with its dual vanity.

The bathroom is designed with couples in mind with a dual vanity…

The Honeymoon Suite features dual copper showers.

…and double shower.

The Cave Tagoo Pool Suite is a top category suite.

This is the exterior of the Cavo Tagoo Pool Suite, one of their top tier suites.

The large terrace has an infinity pool, sun loungers, dining area and a daybed.

Its generous terrace offers an infinity pool, double-sized daybed, sun loungers, and an al fresco dining area.

The terrace also offers fantastic caldera views.

It also boasts stunning caldera views of Oia and Thirassia.

The open-plan suite's living area is spacious, and features a sectional sofa.

Their second largest unit, the open-plan suite opens up to an ample living area with a sectional sofa

The bedroom is comfortable and spacious.

View of the bedroom from the living room. A half-bathroom is behind the bedroom.

The bedroom is very bright due to the large glasss windows facing the caldera.

Bedroom view facing the windows. Suites at Cavo Tagoo are sunnier than many competing cave-style hotels.

The bedroom features a small half-bathroom behind it.

The half-bathroom behind the bedroom.

The full bathroom has dual vanities.

The full bathroom features dual vanities…

The bathroom has a copper rain shower.

…and a glass shower.

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4 Questions and Comments

  1. Privacy at Cavo Tagoo

    Hi Dave,
    Reading some reviews on Cavo Tagoo, several people have stated that there is a lack of privacy in the rooms. Looking to book the Diamond Suite. Is it private? Would you recommend another hotel that offers private pool? West East?
    Thank you,Suze

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Hotels in Santorini are not endowed with a ton of privacy. Rooms are generally packed together pretty tightly. That’s the rule and the norm unless you’re away from the main towns. With that in mind, suites at Cavo Tagoo have moderate privacy where you feel comfortable in your own space with your own private plunge pool or jacuzzi. But it’s not walk-around-naked-on-your-patio privacy. Other guests and passersby can easily see into your patio area.

  2. Caldera Hike from Cavo Tagoo

    We’re staying at Cavo Tagoo for three nights and are trying to fit in a wine tour, boat tour, some pool time, and some portion of the Fira Oia hike that you recommend. It looks like Cavo is about half-way between Fira and Oia. Which way would you suggest we hike: to Oia or to Fira? Which way has better views and more interesting scenery?
    Thanks,
    Sara

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The views in either direction are great but if you have to choose I’d walk in the direction of Fira. The walk from Cavo Tagoo to Oia will be similar to the view you have from your hotel. Whereas the walk from Cavo to Fira winds through the villages of Imerovigli and Firostefani, and has views of the volcano – which will feel quite different.