Cave Villa, Santorini, Greece

Jessica Alexander reviews the Cave Villa in Santorini, perfect for honeymooners looking for romance and privacy.

The Background

The Cave Villa is one of the unique accommodations offered by The Luxury Travel Book which has a collection of properties across Europe, including a luxury villa programme. The Cave Villa is one of 50 properties in Santorini.

 The Location

The villa is located down a quiet cobbled street towards the entrance of Oia, and is perched on the edge of the towering cliffs, about 150 meters above sea level. The vila has a private terrace which looks out across the Caldera. There is very little foot traffic down this windy footpath which makes for a quiet location. A supermarket is conveniently located at the top of the steps and a bakery serving fresh pastries is not far beyond this. Oia’s city centre with boutique shops, restaurants and popular sunset spots is a ten minute walk. 

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The check-in

We were greeted at the entrance of Oia village and our bags carried by a porter down the steep steps leading to the villa. A team member informed us of the WhatsApp concierge service and instructed us on the various facilities in the room. It was very quick and easy and all staff were eager to help and very friendly.

The Room

Carved into the natural cavities of the volcanic rock, the room makes the most of every curved wall with a queen size bed, mini-fridge, and espresso maker amongst the amenities. The bed was very comfortable and made with crisp white linens and was made daily. There was separate bathroom with an equally interesting design, utilising the naturally darker stone. It features a rain shower, sink and vanity complete with luxury toiletries.

Despite being a ‘cave villa’, the room felt spacious and light and replicated the white-washed buildings that are typical of Santorini. The outside space allows for a private terrace with sea and sunset views, framed by bougainvillea, there is also a comfortable double sunlounger. The terrace is a beautiful place to enjoy a morning coffee or glass of wine.

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Key Facilities

The star of the show is the indoor plunge pool, complete with fiber optic lighting and a small waterfall, which fits neatly into one of the cavities. It makes for a relaxing evening when enjoyed with the complimentary bottle of local wine. The water was lukewarm by choice and can be adjusted for those that would like a hotter temperature. A dehumidifier is provided and needs to be emptied daily due to the nature of having an indoor plunge pool.

Another highlight is the communal swimming pool which offers swimmers spectacular views of the caldera. Guests can relax poolside on the comfortable double lounge beds or cool off in the circular pool. We had the pool to ourselves during our stay in October.

The company offers a concierge service through WhatsApp and is happy to arrange airport transfers, beauty treatments, car and motorbike reservations, sailing, day excursions and tours.

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Restaurants

Villas are self-catered but the Luno café, located at the entrance of Oia, serves fresh juices in the morning and cocktails at night as well as breakfasts, salads and burgers. Daily breakfast is available to be ordered to your villa (surcharge for delivery).

Verdict

A unique stay surrounded by spectacular sea views and the typical white and blue domes associated with Santorini. It is very walkable to all of Oia’s main attractions and in October we didn’t need reservations for any of the restaurants. There is limited storage inside the villa which could be solved with a few drawers, aside from that it is a truly memorable property and perfect for couples looking for romance and privacy.

Rates

The Cave Villa starts at €400 per night. Agents get 10% commission on bookings. theluxurytravelbook.com