Chromata Santorini in Imerovigli, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 13, 2018

The infinity pool is surrounded by the restaurant and sun loungers.

Chromata Santorini – Contemporary, luxurious hotel perched on the edge of the caldera with fantastic dining and drinks, a trendy vibe, and an infinity pool.

This stylish hotel fuses Santorinian cave-style design with a modern twist. Rooms, suites, and villas are all whitewashed, featuring hand-carved, cave-style architecture with subtle pops of color, all designed to enhance their expansive, caldera views over the volcano. Most categories have private jacuzzis or pools. The shared infinity pool overlooks the caldera, and is open to the sun for most of its length, with a portion covered in a cave. Amazing dining options include an all-day Mediterranean restaurant, a sushi bar, and a pool bar. A 1:2 staff to guest ratio ensures impeccable service, and their Katikies Club, which all guests become part of just by staying, offers exclusive experiences like sailing, wine tasting to VIP archaeological site access, and more.

Chromata Santorini – Location

  • Area: Absolutely gorgeous location in the heart of Imerovigli village, with amazing dining and attractions within 1 to 10 minutes of the hotel. Imerovigli is the highest elevation on the caldera; views are stellar throughout the hotel and at most of the restaurants here.
  • How to Get There: The hotel sits above the caldera in the center of Imerovigli village and the main road connecting Fira and Oia, making it easy to get to whether by bus, taxi, or driving yourself. 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 Imerovigli – the entire trip from port or airport to Imerovigli will take at least an hour). The bus stop is just 3 minutes away on foot; the walk from there to the hotel is a gentle downhill slope, easy to navigate with luggage. Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis in total serving the whole island, so there is often a long wait; schedule ahead to avoid this – or rent a car. A taxi from the airport to Chromata Santorini will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Chromata Santorini will cost roughly €30. If renting a car, there are a few free lots nearby, and the staff will assist with parking.
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira Hiking Trail (1-minute walk), Anastasi Church (3-minute walk), Skaros Rock (15-minute walk).

Chromata Santorini – The Basics

  • Ages: An adults-only hotel, only ages 13 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon, anniversary, or even having their wedding here.
  • Beach: The nearest beach is Exo Gialos, a quiet, black sand beach with intriguing wind-sculpted cliffs at its southern end. The best beach bar and restaurant is East Breeze, just a few meters from the cliffs (15-minute drive). The north end has a small harbor and another great beach bar and restaurant called Yalos (11-minute drive). From the hotel, it’s a short 5 km drive to the north end or 7 km to the south end, where the cliffs are.
  • View: Overlooking the caldera with excellent sunset views from the rooms and throughout the hotel.
  • Kitchen: The Saint Nicholas Cave House Villa has a full kitchen.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: Many suites and the villa have private jacuzzis or heated plunge pools. The Superior Jetted Tub Suite, Honeymoon Jetted Tub Suite, and Chromata Jetted Tub Suite have indoor jacuzzis. The Master Suite, Chromata Infinity Pool Suite, and the Saint Nicholas Cave House Villa have heated, outdoor plunge pools.
  • Parking: There are a few free parking lots nearby, and the staff will assist with parking.
  • Extras: Butler service on request, turn down service, choice of in-room luxury amenities, Katikies Club exclusive experiences, weddings and events.
  • When to Book: The hotel operates from April 1st until November 15th. 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 22237
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://www.katikies.com/chromatasantorini/

Chromata Santorini – Amenities

  • Pool: Infinity pool (unheated) with expansive caldera views, and a small shaded portion.
  • Spa: Access to the spa (with complimentary transportation) at their sister property Kirini in Oia.
  • Fitness Center: Access to the gym at their sister property Kirini in Oia.
  • For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with lots of steps and no elevator. This hotel is not suitable for guests in wheelchairs or with mobility issues.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests 13 and older are permitted. There are no special facilities or amenities for children. Many suites can accommodate up to 3 guests, but only the villa can accommodate up to 5.
  • Activities: Exclusive activities are available through the Katikies Club for an additional fee: wine tasting, caldera cruises (catamaran, speed boat, or Riva boat), VIP access to the archaeological sites, car tours of the island, private dining, exclusive spa treatments, private transfers with champagne.

Chromata Santorini – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: Chroma Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks all day. The menu features modern Mediterranean plates with regional specialties, local ingredients, and an impressive selection of local and international wines. Sunset dining is amazing here.
  • Lounge/Bar: Chroma Champagne Bar and Sushi is open for lunch and dinner, serving sumptuous sushi and sashimi with a solid selection of champagnes and bubbly cocktails. Great sunset views from here and candlelit dining.
  • Lounge/Bar: The Cocktail Bar and Aperitivo Bar serve poolside drinks from midday through the evening.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is served daily from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The buffet is supplemented by an a la carte menu and is served at Chroma. Or guests can order a la carte the night before, and have it delivered to their room at their time of choice at no extra cost.
  • Room Service: Available 24 hours.

Chromata Santorini – Rooms

  • Room Types: Double Room • Junior Suite • Senior Suite • Superior Jetted Tub Suite • Honeymoon Jetted Tub Suite • Chromata Jetted Tub Suite • Master Pool Suite • Chromata Infinity Pool Suite • Saint Nicholas Cave House Villa with Private Pool
  • Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking in any of their room categories. It is allowed on the private outdoor terraces, and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Chromata Infinity Pool Suite offers a spacious 86 sqm open plan living space with a king-sized bed. Its generous bathroom features an open-style shower and a deep soaking tub with jacuzzi jets. A large veranda boasts a private, heated plunge pool and an al fresco dining area with panoramic views of the caldera over the volcano. Located on the lower level, this is the most private suite in the hotel.
  • For Families: An adults-only hotel, only guests ages 13 and older are permitted. There are no special amenities or facilities for children. Only the Sani Nicholas Cave House Villa accommodates groups of 4 or 5 guests. This 2-floor, 165 sqm villa features 2 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms (one with a jacuzzi), a separate living area, a full kitchen, indoor and outdoor dining spaces, 2 balconies, and a private, heated plunge pool.

Chromata Santorini – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located in the center of Imerovigli, with the village’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions just a few meters away along the Oia-Fira hiking trail. Easy access to all dining and attractions in Imerovigli as well as the nightlife and shopping in Fira, just 25 minutes along the path.
  • Bus: The nearest bus is in Imerovigli village, a 3-minute walk from the hotel. 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, all the way down in Fira, so 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.

Chromata Santorini – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • La Maison: Contemporary, Greek fine dining with sweeping caldera views. Food, wine, and service are all phenomenal. 1-minute walk.
  • Anogi: Al fresco dining with local specialties and classic Greek dishes. Rich flavors and large portions, so come hungry. 5-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. 6-minute walk.
  • Avocado: Traditional Greek menu, charming space, super friendly staff. Cycladic recipes and a fantastic selection of Santorinian wines. 7-minute walk.
  • Le Moustache: Elevated Greek and Mediterranean dining and excellent cocktails with panoramic sunset views over the caldera. 8-minute walk.
  • OVAC: Mediterranean-Asian fusion with spectacular sunset views and a romantic ambiance. Stupidly expensive, but everything on the menu is absolute perfection. 24-minute walk.

Best Nearby Bars and Breweries

Best Nearby Cafes

  • Hlios Bakery: Good coffee, basic pastries, and deli sandwiches. Not exceptional, but they’re cheap and they deliver (cash only for deliveries). 2-minute walk.
  • To Briki: Fantastic café, the best place to try traditional Greek coffee. Breakfasts are superb and the sunset views are gorgeous. 9-minute walk.

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Pegasus Boutique: Next to the hotel of the same name, this little boutique offers clothing, shoes, swimwear, and accessories by Greek designers. 2-minute walk.
  • Under a Fig Tree: Upscale boutique featuring Greek-designed fashion, accessories, and swimwear right on the Oia-Fira trail. 4-minute walk.

Nearby Attractions

  • Oia-Fira Hiking Trail: 1-minute walk. 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 northwest, the full length of the path from the hotel to Oia Castle takes about 2 hours. Heading south to the trail’s end in Fira, near Keti Hotel, takes about 26 minutes. Add at least 30 minutes for a detour at Skaros Rock either way.
  • Imerovigli Basketball Court: Not an attraction, but good to know. This is the main parking area in Imerovigli. 5-minute walk or 3-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. 3-minute walk.
  • 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. 5-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. 15-minute walk.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

  • 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). 2-minute walk.
  • Supermarket Nissi: The friendliest market in the area and usually the best prices in Imerovigli. 5-minute walk.

Chromata Santorini – The Hotel

The lobby entrance is simple and welcoming.

At the entrance of Chromata Santorini’s lobby.

The welcoming lobby is staffed 24/7.

The lobby is cozy, welcoming, and staffed 24 hours.

The hotel has a lot of stairs connecting everything.

The stairway leading to the rooms, suites, pool, and dining is just across the footpath. Like most caldera hotels, expect a lot of stairs.

The views from the stairs and amazing.

All that climbing is rewarded with unobstructed views of the caldera and the volcano.

The Chroma Champagne Bar and Sushi serves excellent sushi.

On the way to the pool and restaurant, you’ll pass Chroma Champagne Bar and Sushi. The sushi here is super fresh, some of the best on the island. And the views at sunset are unbeatable.

The sushi bar has a shaded portion.

There is a shaded portion of the sushi bar, too.

Chroma Restaurant by the pool serves creative Mediterranean dishes.

Chroma Restaurant is on the same level as the infinity pool. The main restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with a creative Mediterranean menu. The bar here serves directly to the pool loungers.

The desserts at the restaurant are fantastic.

The food here is always on point, but the desserts are over the top.

The sun deck also has sun loungers, and is usually quiet.

The poolside has limited lounging space, so it is supplemented by the Sun Deck. Many suites have their own pools or jacuzzis, and all have their own private balconies with sun loungers, so it’s usually not too crowded here.

All suites have private pools with amazing caldera views.

These are the private pools for the Master Suite (on top), and the Chromata Infinity Pool Suite (on bottom). The layout and location makes the Chromata Suite a little more private than the other rooms and suites. This photo was taken from the balcony of a Senior Suite above.

The Senior Suite is popular for couples on their honeymoon.

Entering the open plan Senior Suite. This one is prepared with rose petals for a honeymoon celebration.

The suites are hand-carved and has unique.

All of the suites onsite were carved into the caldera using hand tools, making each unit completely unique in approximate size and layout, with nothing exactly symmetrical.

The suites are all white with bright pops of color.

All rooms are completely furnished and painted in white, save for the rainbow bed runner and some hints of blue.

The suites sometimes even feature a small desk in a corner.

There is a small desk area in this particular suite.

The bathroom is spacious and has a large vanity area.

The bathroom features an open style shower, large vanity, and a free-standing soaking tub.

The bathtub is small and simple.

Closer look at the bathtub.

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