Ikies Hotel, Santorini, Greece


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Ikies Hotel, view across the Mediterranean
Ikies, Santorini - the most romantic destination on Earth

The perfect hotel for a romantic getaway on this idyllic Greek island

Text Denise Hummel
It's true that when reviewing the most romantic place on earth, it is better visited with your husband or significant other, than with your children. However, timing is everything and the opinion I tender is shared by the sophisticated judgment of my sons Matthew and Alex, (ages 12 and 10) who, at this point in their careers as Junior Hotel Reviewers, said it all when they labelled Santorini and our beautiful hotel, Ikies, the most romantic place on earth.

I have high hopes for their future as husbands and challenge the women they marry to match their ability to define the perfect ambiance. Truth be told, you can judge the ultimate in guest service by how hotel staff treats children and these children were treated like the future honeymooners they are. Today's child is tomorrow’s guest, after all.

What makes the perfect hotel: location, beauty, attention to detail, comfort and personalized customer service. Judge for yourself - a cliff-top location overlooking the Caldera and white pristine city of Oia, sunset views, huge terraces with futons, lounge chairs, umbrellas and private hot-tub, robes, slippers, in-room lap top with cordless high speed internet (in case you’re crazy enough to want to keep in touch with the outside world), kitchenette (though you won't need it), fluffy comforters, star-lit nights.

Am I saying too much? Sorry, there’s more. What about personalized service that makes you feel as if you have personal butler service that you haven't paid for? I've been wordy, but it couldn't be helped.

I'm hardly finished. Finding the perfect hotel isn't enough when you're on a romantic vacation. An over- the-top romantic dinner is also a virtual necessity. I suggest Katikies. You will be perched on a promontory overlooking the sea and the cliffs of Oia. The lights will dim automatically in direct proportion with the setting sun. Your white tablecloth will glow pink as the sun sets. Three waiters will serve you simultaneously as you dine. You will not have room for dessert, but you will order it anyway - preferably the chocolate pyramid stuffed with chocolate mousse.

Ikies Hotel, sleeping Greece
Ikies Hotel, girl gazing across the Mediterranean

Style Traditional cliff-side dwelling

Setting The edge of the Caldera

Wow factor The most stunning view in the Greek Isles

Good to know Nearby Katikies has fabulous cliff-side dining: http://www.katikies.com/santorini-restaurants

There is a walking path/ short cut to town which is not visible from the main road.

Best Sunset view Kastro Restaurant Tel:+30 22 860 71045

Best Massage Prem Amura Tel: +30 694 6140 532

Best Car Rental Auto Europe: Tel: +30 22 860 71200

Address Oia, Santorini 84702 Cyclades Greece

Phone +30 22 860 71 311
Winter +30 210 72 55 394
Fax +30 22 860 71 953
Winter +30 210 72 59 269
Mobile +30 697 - 44 83 857

Bookings To book online - Click Here

How to get there IKIES is located at the very beginning of the village of Oia - just a fifteen minute walk to the center of the village - which is in the northern part of the arc-shaped island. Santorini is the southernmost isle of the Cyclades and is serviced by sea and air. The fast ferry from Piraeus [Highspeed] which usually runs between mid-May and mid-October takes about 5 hours while the slowest ferry takes about 10 hours to reach the island. Both offer the traveller a unique experience as they stop at at least two Cycladic-islands in-between. Ferries also connect Santorini to neighbouring islands such as Mykonos, Ios, Amorgos and Folegandros. Olympic and Aegean Airlines fly to Santorini at least once a day all year round and reach a total of 6 flights per day at high season. One can also use SkyExpress to fly between Crete, Santorini, and Mykonos.

Ikies Hotel, view across the Mediterranean