Santorini Cave Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • May 16, 2018

The best santorini cave hotels with pool and view.

What is a Santorini Cave Hotel?

Watch this video for a great introduction to Santorini and its cave hotels.

Cave hotels are very popular in Santorini (and Oia especially) and are pretty much what they sound like – rooms and suites that are built into the cliffside to form a cave. They’re usually decorated simply and sparsely, but when done right they’re close to magical. Another plus is that they stay cool inside even when it’s very hot outside in July and August. (And for locals they were warm in winter when it was cold outside.) Many of the best hotels have a mix of cave suites and regular suites which can make it a little tricky to know what you’re getting.

Five of the best cave hotels on Santorini

All are stunningly gorgeous – The Perivolos is the hotel seen in the video above.

Perivolas (Oia, +30 22860 71308)
Oia Castle Hotel (Oia, +30 2286 071831)
Aris Caves (Oia, +30 2286 071511)
Iconic Santorini (Imerovigli, +30 2286 028950)
Tsitouras Collection (Firostefani, +30 2286 023747)

And the recently opened Sophia Suites in Imerovigli is wonderful.

Santorini cave hotels that are a little cheaper

Chroma Suites (Oia, +30 22860 71910)
Delfini Villas (Oia, + 30 22860 71600)
Kavalari Hotel (Fira, +30 2286 022455)

Santorini Airbnb Cave House & Villas

I’m not a huge fan of Santorini Airbnbs. But if you need a Santorini cave house then Dream Blue (+30 21080 02307) is a privately owned home that sleeps 6, has a fully equipped kitchen, a hot tub, 2 bathrooms, and free wi-fi. It’s 600€ and up a night (depending on season and number of guests) but it’s an amazing house and worth it if you can afford it. The owner also rents a smaller house, My Blue, with traditional Santorini architecture. It sleeps up to 4 and is a little more affordable.

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8 Questions and Comments

  1. Ikies vs Iconic Santorini

    I plan on spending my anniversary in Santorini at the end of June. Right now, I have to choose between 2 hotels that are similarly priced. Either the Ikies Houses Collector House or the Iconic Santorini Caldera Suite. Is there a clear winner here? Does one have a much better view than the other? Are they both good in terms of location? One thing that sticks out is the Ikies House is a much larger room. I don’t plan on leaving the hotel for restaurants or bars/clubs if that makes a difference. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      A clear winner? No. Both are wonderful. Ikies is in a quieter location with little immediately around it (in terms of shops and restaurants). It’s at the far end of Oia and it’s about a 10/15 minute walk to the center of town. Iconic is in the heart of Imerovigli with many great restaurants within a 5-minute walk. Views are very different between the two but hard to say one is better than the other – just different. If quiet and privacy is what you’re after then go with Ikies.

  2. Santorini Cave Hotel with Kids

    We’re a family of 4 (kids ages 4 and 9) and are planning a visit for June. What hotel has a cave suite, a pool, and good views of the caldera? I have not been able to find a hotel with a view that allows kids.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The Villas at Aria Hotel are wonderful. Great views, huge suites, and access to the pool at the hotel (1 minute walk away).

  3. Santorini Hotel with Cave Pool

    Hi Dave,

    I am looking for private cave pools for mid November for 2 people. Been looking at Booking.com and other sites and either the hotels seems to not open during those dates or not all days are available for booking. Do you think there is a way around this that I can still get to stay in a private cave pool suite? Do you have any advice?
    Thanks in advance,
    Kalel

  4. Cave Hotel on Santorini for Family of 4

    We’re a family of 4 (kids ages 8 and 14) and are planning a visit for next July. What hotel has a cave suite, a pool, and good views of the caldera? I have not been able to find a hotel with a view that allows kids. Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Kasimatis Studios in Imerovigli has a large cave suite with hot tub. There’s a huge hole in the ceiling (now covered with glass) that used to be used to drop grapes into the cave to crush them for wine (very cool). The pool here is a good size and the vibe is family-friendly (which is not the rule for Santorini). The cave suite is just back from the edge so you’re not cliffside but if you walk 20 feet and sit on the pool deck the views are wonderful.

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