Andronis Luxury Suites
Andronis Luxury Suites, spacious suites and villas, spread down across the face of the Caldera from the highest point in Oia (pronounced EEE-yah for reasons mysteriously related to the Greek alphabet). Oia, the Northern most village on the island is where most of the high end luxury shopping is and it is where, at sunset, thousands of visitors swarm the narrow streets heading for the best view.
But once inside your suite, the rest of the world simply does not exist.
Our Superior Suite (about €1695 in 2018) was a long series of rooms including a large sitting room with striking designer furniture (patchwork leather sofa, found timber table, lots of illuminated nooks in the whitewashed, cave like walls) and French windows opening onto a sheltered terrace. Behind it, a super king-sized bed was surrounded with convenient electronics — power outlets, USB ports for charging devices, an iPod dock and traditional phone. And deep inside this tunnel of rooms, a dressing area with generous hanging closets, and a well lit bathroom and shower supplied with generous amounts of Apivita toiletries (a Greek luxury brand of bee products), natural sponges and plenty of towels, robes and slippers.
The large black volcanic basalt effect “cave” shower was very glamorous but also very slippery, a characteristic of the polished concrete material used extensively on Santorini. We found the same danger slipping in and out of the large, heated plunge pool on the terrace. (Make sure to make use of the terry cloth floor mats provided – they're not optional.)
We were greeted on arrival with a tray of treats — a watermelon and lime drink, a small pot of whipped chocolate mousse, a sweet muffin and a bottle of wine from the owner's own vineyards.
About that terrace — beside the heated pool it includes a table and chairs where breakfast (ordered from an extensive menu the night before) is served, and a romantic double lounge bed. The pool was pretty much completely sheltered from prying eyes and the perfect place to soak and play while enjoying remarkable caldera views.
- 27 suites and villas ranging from €1060 to €3274, all with private terraces and indoor or outdoor plunge pools with jacuzzis.
- Visitors have rated the hotel's Lycabettus Restaurant one of the most romantic on Santorini. It juts out over the caldera on a promontory all its own. We never sampled it because getting down to it over wide, sloping stairs, paved with round volcanic cobbles and with no handrails was more than we could handle.
- Massages and treatments are available from the on-site spa.
- Most of the suites are reached over these same challenging stairs but fortunately, several at the top of the hotel are accessed by normal steps through the hotel's reception building. If you have issues with open stairs facing wide open spaces, be sure to ask for one of these rooms when booking.