More than three thousand years ago the Minoan Eruption, one of the most violent and catastrophic volcanic eruptions in recorded history, took place. It resulted in the creation of Santorini, nowadays regarded as one of the most extraordinary islands in the Cyclades.
The inner part of the island faces directly onto the caldera, a vast hollow formed when the walls of the volcano collapsed, and it is right here that some of the Cyclades’ most suggestive hotels are to be found, the main example of which is the Katikies.
The Katikies has won many international awards and is often regarded as one of the world’s most suggestive and romantic hotels. It is located in the centre of Oia, the island’s symbolic village, and enjoys a superb panorama on account of being at the top of a 100-metre-high cliff above the sea.
The building was designed in the local architectural style and stands on several levels of terracing, linked by steps and infinity pools, which give the impression that one is in direct contact with the heavens and the horizon.
The Katikies has some thirty rooms, each of which faces directly onto the caldera and all of which are distinctive for their privacy and discretion. Here, the sensation of peace rules supreme, above all in the evening, a moment when one can enjoy one of the island’s envied sunsets.
It is no coincidence that the hotel’s design, the breathtaking views and the magic of Santorini combine to make the Katikies a favourite destination of refined and romantic couples from all over the world.
Oia, August 2017