A few years ago, I came across some pictures of the Katikies hotel in Santorini, Greece, and I immediately fell in love with it. I googled it and came across their website, and being an avid Tripadvisor website user, I checked their reviews to see how they ranked compared to other hotels on the island. After seeing how they were rated one of the best hotels in Santorini with tons of amazing reviews, I knew this was a place I had to go at least once in my lifetime.
The first thing I noticed about this hotel was the all-white minimalist style and design. I’ve always loved that style and even in my own condo, everything is pretty much white and simple. To me it feels fresh, clean, and modern. So when I saw the Katikies’ minimalistic architecture, decor, and even the style of their website, I knew it would be a place I could appreciate visiting.
After arriving in Santorini, we are driven to the hotel to get checked in. We arrive at our room which was really impressive. The “Superior Suite” we were brought to felt spacious, had a large front terrace with a table, sofa, chairs, and a double-size reclining lounging bed and sun umbrella, and it overlooked the Aegean Sea and Caldera right out front. Inside, it had a front living room area, a king bed, wall of closet space, and the washroom was split into two. The smaller enclosed area was the shower and toilet and the other was a traditional design (but new) standalone bathtub, and the sink with a lot of counter space.
After travelling during the morning to Santorini from Mykonos, we built up an appetite so we went down to one of their three restaurants for lunch. It had everything from Greek food to sushi to caviar on the menu. We had sushi and it was one of the most fresh sushi I’ve actually ever had! Pretty surprising we are on a pretty small far away Greek island and were able to get incredibly fresh salmon, tuna, sea bass, etc.!
After lunch, the numerous staff helped us pick out lounging beds by the main pool (there are three infinity pools in the hotel), put up the umbrella for shade, bring us towels, and were there if we needed to order any drinks, water, or food. It was very hot out (32+ Celsius every day and not much wind) and one thing that stood out was that they would come every 15-20 minutes with a bowl of ice cubes and tongs, and ask if we wanted ice added to our drinks and how many ice cubes. They would then pick out the ice cubes one by one with the tongs and gently put it in our drink. Not too bad!
Katikies is what I would consider a “boutique” hotel which is the type I prefer – a smaller, more personalized hotel. It also means it is not crowded or too noisy, and it is easy to get a lounge chair by any of the pools any time of the day. The staff also outnumbered the guests so the service was also very good.
I should also note that this is an adults-only hotel (no children allowed), and is a popular couples/honeymoon spot. Also note that even though there are a ton of stairs to get up and down the property (as it is very steep), there are elevators to get you up and down as well! I don’t think all of the hotels have elevators so it is something to consider if you have any issues with stairs!
During our stay we ate at all of the restaurants on the property which were all excellent. They have one restaurant that offers a fixed menu with all the traditional Greek food. This was a nice idea because normally we wouldn’t order food we didn’t really know, so it was great to see it explained and laid out in front of us as part of the set dinner. This was the only restaurant that needed a reservation at the hotel, since the chef needed to prepare some of it in advance and there were only about 5-6 tables, and it was worth trying it out once.
We also saw and did a few things out of the hotel in Santorini, you can read more about that here!
At the end of our stay, it was sad to leave this beautiful hotel! They definitely run it at a very high standard and it will be hard for future hotels we stay at to compete with their level of quality! Would definitely recommend this to any friends and family wishing to visit Santorini!