We have recently returned from an idyllic week at On the Rocks in Santorini. The cave hotel is built into the dramatic cliffs at Imerovigli, overlooking the stunning blue waters of the caldera. What with it being a cave hotel, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect – would the room be dark and dingy? Would it be really small and cramped? I know that there are photos on the website but I always worry that they’ve been enhanced or are just not true! Anyway, On the Rocks was everything we expected and more. Our own private terrace really made the whole holiday.
A leisurely breakfast on our terrace was the perfect start to the day and the view from both the terrace and the room itself was to die for! Our room had three windows looking out over the caldera so was full of light with gorgeous views wherever you looked. The white and neutral tones made the room lovely and bright but it also felt nice and homely on the couple of evenings we got a bit chilly and had to sit inside.
The pool at the hotel is definitely on the small side and is not made for actually swimming! It’s perfect for a refreshing dip though and, of course, the view from the sunbeds is spectacular! We had dinner at the pool bar one night and the food was delicious. As we were on a bed and breakfast deal, we ate out a local restaurants every other evening.
The staff at the hotel were fantastic. Everyone was friendly, smiley and extremely helpful. The hotel is perfectly placed to explore the island and the staff on reception were happy to help us with planning our trips. You can walk from the hotel in Imerovigli to the capital Fira in about 20 minutes. The walk takes you along a clifftop pedestrian path so the whole way there you get distracted by the amazing view. In all honesty, most days the walk took us longer as we were constantly stopping to take in the view!
There are numerous restaurants along the pathway if you don’t fancy walking all the way to Fira, almost every single one giving fabulous views of the famous Santorini sunset, and you can also take the local bus into town. From Fira, you can get pretty much anywhere on the island. I’d recommend getting a boat over to the volcano and hot springs or taking a bus to Akrotiri, the ancient city preserved when the volcano erupted in 1627BC. You can also visit the local vineyards, beaches or some of the numerous, renowned blue domed churches.
We booked our holiday through Secret Escapes. We got a really good deal and they organised the flights, private transfers to and from the airport and the hotel – everything ran like clockwork. Unfortunately, the closest airport to Aberdeen which flies to Santorini is Manchester – a 6 hour drive away – so we got a deal with Airport Parking & Hotels for off-site parking and a hotel for the night we got back which gave us a bit of a break from travelling. Santorini is well worth a visit and On the Rocks is a wonderful place to stay, I’m already dreaming about my next trip!