Ikies Traditional Houses in Oia, Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 5, 2018

Review for Ikies Traditional Houses in Santorini

Ikies Traditional Houses – Boutique, luxury hotel with private jacuzzis, a cliffside pool, and impressive views over the caldera.

This intimate hotel features eleven unique studios, maisonettes (lofts), and suites – all with magnificent sunset views of the caldera. Each room is distinct in size and layout since they were all carved by hand from the cliffside to accommodate the natural geography. All blend bold, modern décor with traditional architecture and a handful of antique pieces. Seven have private jacuzzis, and all have access to the swimming pool overlooking the caldera. Located in a quiet nook at the beginning of Oia, the hotel is walking distance to the village’s best dining and attractions, while remaining tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist core. Expect warm, personalized care from the expert staff.

Ikies Traditional Houses – Location

  • Area: Excellent location on the caldera at the entrance to Oia. The hotel is within 4 to 20 minutes’ walking distance of the best restaurants, shops, and attractions in the village, but in a quiet section removed from the throng of sunset tourists.
  • How to Get There: Ikies is located on a footpath 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, 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 just a 16-minute walk to the hotel. 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 Ikies Traditional Houses will cost roughly €25. A taxi from the ferry port to Ikies will cost roughly €30. For those driving themselves, Ikies offers free parking onsite (a major perk).
  • Handy To: The Oia-Fira hiking trail (1-minute walk), Oia Bus Terminal (16-minute walk), and the restaurant/shopping heart of Oia (15-minute walk).

Ikies Traditional Houses – The Basics

  • Ages: 13 years and older only. Guests tend to be couples celebrating an 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, 1.9 kilometers (29-minute walk) from the 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: Overlooking the caldera with excellent sunset views, especially in October.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: The Boatman’s, Artisan’s, Captain’s, Antiquarian’s, and Carpenter’s Houses all feature private, outdoor jacuzzis – as does the Winemaker’s House, whose outdoor jacuzzi is the most secluded of the lot. The Collector’s House boasts an indoor/outdoor jacuzzi.
  • Kitchen: The Antiquarian’s House features a fully equipped kitchenette.
  • Parking: Free parking in their lot, just 60 meters away.
  • Extras: For the honeymoon suites and villa (The Carpenter’s, Winemaker’s, and Collector’s Houses), Ikies offers a honeymoon package for an additional price. This package includes champagne breakfasts, rose petals on the bed at arrival, sunset cocktails, 2 massages, a welcome bottle of Moet and Chandon champagne, a sunset wine and cheese platter, and a kimono to take home. This package is customizable.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • When to Book: The hotel usually operates from mid-April until the end of November. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better.) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 3 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
  • Phone: +30 22860 71311
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: https://ikies.com/

Ikies Traditional Houses – Amenities

  • Pool: The small, quiet, and unheated pool overlooks the caldera.
  • Spa: There is no spa here, but they offer a wellness treatments, such as sunrise and sunset yoga, meditation, Ayurvedic massage, aromatherapy, Reiki, and reflexology. Treatments can be done on the private terrace or in-room.
  • Fitness Center: No gym, but personal training, yoga, and Pilates can be arranged in-suite or on the private terrace.
  • For Disabled Guests: The hotel is unsuitable for guests with mobility issues, as it is on the caldera and filled with stairs. No elevator.
  • For Families: 13 years and older only. This adults-only hotel does not offer facilities or amenities for children. For families traveling with older kids, they offer several rooms that sleep up to 4 guests.
  • Activities: Spa and wellness treatments on request. The staff can also arrange private cruises, car tours, wine tasting, and more.

Ikies Traditional Houses – Food and Drink

  • Restaurant: There is no restaurant onsite, but they do have a kitchen serving light bites, wine, and cocktails as room service from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
  • Lounge/Bar: No bar, but wine and cocktails can be ordered to your room.
  • Breakfast: Complimentary breakfast is served to each room’s private terrace every morning at the time of your choice, between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Breakfasts are hearty and delicious, featuring Greek products, made-to-order eggs, and great coffee.
  • Room Service: Always for breakfast, and available for lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Ikies Traditional Houses – Rooms

  • Room Types: Gardener’s House (studio) • Boatman’s House (studio) • Artisan’s House (studio) • Cook’s House (maisonette) • Sailor’s House (maisonette) • Fisherman’s House (maisonette) • Captain’s House (suite) • Antiquarian’s House (2-bedroom suite) • Carpenter’s House (honeymoon suite) • Winemaker’s House (honeymoon suite) • Collector’s House (2-bedroom honeymoon villa)
  • Smoking Rooms: Smoking is not allowed inside any of the rooms. It is allowed on the private terraces and in the outdoor common areas.
  • Best Room: The Honeymoon Suites are the top category rooms here, and include upgraded champagne breakfasts every morning, and cocktails in the evening. The Winemaker’s and Carpenter’s Houses are the best choice for couples celebrating a special occasion, with secluded outdoor jacuzzis, indoor jacuzzi baths, and steam rooms.
  • For Families: Ages 13 and older only. The hotel does not offer any facilities or amenities for small children. For guests traveling with older children, they offer several rooms that sleep up to four, but the Collector’s and Antiquarian’s Houses are the best, accommodating up to 6 guests. These are the only 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom suites onsite, and both feature 1 king and 1 queen bed, plus 2 single sofa beds. The Collector’s House honeymoon villa boasts an indoor/outdoor jacuzzi, indoor jacuzzi baths, and a steam room with caldera views, plus an upgraded champagne breakfast and evening cocktails daily. The Antiquarian’s House is the largest luxury suite onsite, spread over 2 floors with an outdoor jacuzzi and fully-equipped kitchenette.

Ikies Traditional Houses – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located at the entrance to Oia, just a few steps from the Oia-Fira trail. Walk 15 minutes west to get to the center of Oia, where you’ll find an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions, as well as the bus terminal. Head east to find the traditional village Finikia, which has a couple of great restaurants (10-minute walk) and Sigalas winery (22-minute walk). The Oia Castle ruins are just 23 minutes away, while Ammoudi Bay is just 5 more minutes past the castle at the bottom of the caldera.
  • Bus: The hotel is right in between 2 bus stops. The closer of the two is at the entrance to Finikia village, a 13-minute walk east on the main street in front of Alonistra Oia Houses. The Oia Bus Terminal is 16 minutes west of the hotel. All buses that go through Finikia also serve Oia, but the Baxedes bus to Oia does not pass through Finikia. 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. Because of this, it’s better to catch the bus at the Oia Bus Terminal, which is the first stop, if you are leaving the hotel to explore. Coming back, get off the bus in Finikia, so you have a shorter walk to the hotel.
  • 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 (with 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 near the parking area. 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.

Ikies Traditional Houses – What’s Nearby?

Best Nearby Restaurants

  • Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to their hotel; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 5-minute walk.
  • Lefkes: Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in the charming Finikia village. 9 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. 11-minute walk.
  • PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 15-minute walk.
  • Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 17-minute walk.
  • Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 18-minute walk.
  • Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 29-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. 4-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. 9-minute walk.
  • Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 19-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. 4-minute walk.
  • Village Super Market: Good selection of staples at a fair price (for Santorini). Located just across the road behind Passaggio. 9-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. 15-minute walk.
  • Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 16-minute walk.

Ikies Traditional Houses – The Hotel

The entrance of the hotel is nice and welcoming.

At the entrance to Ikies Traditional Houses in Oia.

The hotels offers fantastic views of the caldera in both directions.

Ikies offers uninterrupted views of the caldera, facing toward Thirassia Island with views to Oia and Armeni Bay, as seen here on the right.

The main pool is small but offers great caldera views.

The small, unheated pool is perched right on the edge of the caldera.

The quiet pool deck has many sun-loungers.

The pool offers several sun loungers, and is usually very quiet, since most rooms have their own private jacuzzis.

The swimming pool is small and unheated.

Close up of the pool. Aside from reception, this is the only common area at the hotel.

All suites are hand-sculpted, unique and well-furnished.

The Captain’s House here is an example of one of their suites. All units here are completely unique, and feature hand-sculpted walls and ceilings.

The Captains House has a large living area that can sleep 2.

The Captains House has a separate living room with 2 single sofa beds to accommodate up to 2 extra guests.

The bedroom has a queen-sized bed.

The cave-style bedroom features a queen-sized bed.

The spacious and modern bathroom has an open-style shower.

The spacious bathroom features an open-style Greek shower.

The outdoor jacuzzi is covered and offers great views.

The outdoor jacuzzi can be accessed from the terrace or from the bedroom window, and features great views. The cover shown here helps keep the heat in.

The terrace has an al fresco dining area, sun-lounger and futon.

Its unique curved terrace features an al fresco dining area where breakfast is served, plus a sun-lounger, and futon.

Collector's House villa can sleep up to 6 adults.

Seen here, the Collector’s House is a 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom villa that sleeps up to 6 guests.

The terrace is very well-furnished, and has a private jacuzzi.

Its spacious veranda boasts a private jacuzzi, al fresco dining area, 2 sun loungers, and a futon.

The indoor/outdoor jacuzzi offers fantastic views

The indoor/outdoor jacuzzi offers unparalleled views of the caldera and Oia village.

The spa room also leads to the indoor/outdoor jacuzzi.

The indoor portion of the jacuzzi is accessed via the attached spa room.

The villa's spa has a small steam room.

The Collector’s House spa room offers a steam room…

The spa room has a rainfall shower.

…and a rainfall shower.

The living room also connects to the spa room.

The spa room sits just in front of the living room.

The villa's living room is spacious and features unique architecture.

View of the spacious living room, the former residence of a captain, with a dramatic, vaulted ceiling and high, round windows.

The living area and master bedroom are connected by a small dining area.

There is an indoor dining space just next to the living room, and in front of the master bedroom.

The dining area in the villa is very cozy.

Closer look at the Collector’s House dining area.

There is an extra large king bed in the master bedroom.

The master bedroom features an extra-large king bed.

The cave-style master bathroom has a large vanity area.

The master bathroom is built in a traditional, cave-style with a generous vanity area…

The master bathroom also features a shower and jacuzzi.

…an open-style shower, and a jacuzzi tub.

The living room leads to the second bedroom.

The second bedroom is on the other side of the living room.

The second bedroom and bathroom are up a short flight of steps.

The bedroom and bathroom are up a short flight of steps. A room with history, this bedroom is where the captain’s donkey used to live.

The smaller cave-style bedroom and bathroom behind it.

This room is a little smaller and more cave-like than the master bedroom. The second bathroom is directly behind the bedroom.

The second bathroom has an open shower and jacuzzi.

This bathroom also offers a jacuzzi bath and an open-style shower, with exposed lava rock inside.

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