More about Ikies - Traditional Houses
Ikies = Perfect Vacation
The island of Santorini has a hotel in the northernmost town of Ia called Ikies Traditional Houses and to say that perfection meets sublime meets breathtaking would still be an understatement of terms. The Ikies is at the end of a row of hotels, offering the opportunity to look right and see the beautiful village of Ia, look left and see the stark landscape of the island itself, look out and you see the gorgeous Aegean Sea with the volcano poised like it was placed there just for you. And if you look in you see a beautiful and sumptuous hotel. There is no other hotel here that offers this type of view and for that alone you would be wise to stay here.
The location is only enhanced by the team of truly extraordinary people who run the hotel. They are without a doubt at the top of their game. Every question is met with a simple yes and a follow through that is truly amazing. Plans that were made months in advance all went off without a hitch. Payments agreed to were honored absolutely and ideas were given but never pushed. Their knowledge of the island and their desire to make your stay a memorable one is evident.
Each suite is decorated in a different style, with the furnishings being authentic to the area. Spacious decks with private hot tubs are available and each morning when a breakfast is set for you on a white linen table cloth overlooking the sea you can sit there and marvel that you were lucky enough to reserve a room in such a perfect place.
Ikies - Fantastic Hotel Run By a Fantastic Staff!
Let me start out first and say that 5 stars are just not enough for Ikies [--].
A two week vacation around Crete, Santorini, Naxos and Athens in early June was our idea to celebrate our 40th birthdays.
Friends recommended and insisted we visit Santorini, especially the small town of Oia ("Eee-ya") in the northern most tip of the island. After we learned that it was the 2nd most popular island to vacation after Hawaii, we knew we had to go.
What happens when you decide to go to Greece two weeks before you actually fly out? You get very anxious when hotel after hotel say they are full.
We needn't have worried about Ikies. The staff went above and beyond to accommodate us for the 3 nights we were in Oia by working out 2 nights in a the loft-like maisonette House of the Cook and then the final night in the "cozy and charming" House of the Gardener. Yes, each of the rooms had names, which further gave the hotel an intimate and personal feeling.
If you can budget around $200 US per night, you should try to stay at the House of the Cook. You will have a private balcony, two bathrooms with showers, and a bed in the loft.
The hotel calls itself a "traditional" house meaning the rooms are built in the architectural style common in the Cyclade islands --- pumice stone from ancient volcanic eruptions are painted a brilliant white with touches of rich blue for the doors and shutters.
The hotel owners includes an architect who designed the rooms himself and the details show in everything from the tiled bathroom (see pictures) to the wide balconies. As with every hotel that overlooks the Caldera next to Santorini, the view is absolutely fantastic. When you see the many blues from the sea merge at the horizon with the blues of the sky, feathered with white clouds that match the color of your rooms, you know in your soul that you are in one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
We spent an entire Sunday relaxing at the hotel, either in our room with each other or down at the pool reading. Imagine us, coming all the way to Santorini, deciding to spend an entire day at the hotel instead of going into town and playing tourist. How decadent. We didn't care. We would do it again.
We especially want to praise the entire staff. Everyone was helpful, generous and thoughtful. Eleni, Marcos and Christos are the hosts and all of them made our visit serene and relaxing. Some examples: Eleni gave us an EXCELLENT suggestion for dinner in Oia (Ambrosia Nectar restaurant), even getting us a last-minute late-night reservation. Christos called airlines on whether we could fly to Naxos the following week because we concerned the ferry ride might be rough (flights were booked solid, but we needn't have worried because the Blue Star ferry trip was sure and steady). Marcos gave us a tour of the rest of the hotel and personally followed up to make sure we were always satisfied. No one ever made you feel rushed or that they were too busy to speak to you. All of them are professionals with years of experience in hospitality and they truly worked hard to make our stay comfortable.
Believe us, we were extremely sad to leave. Hotel Ikies just may give you the most quiet serenity you ever experience on a vacation.
Roland Thomas and Evelyn Badia
Oia, Santorini's best value for a traditional home
Vasillis took great care of us. The location and quality of these traditional cave homes was a fantastic value. A simple and clean efficiency in the heart of the village and we immediately felt like locals. The view was spectacular. He has a number of cave homes available to suit the size of your traveling party. Everyone in the village knows him and he is incredibly helpful and accommodating. He also has a restaurant, Lotza.
Heaven on Earth
After three days in Athens and three in Mykonos, we were ready to unwind in a quiet, pristine setting like Oia, Santorini. The Ikies Traditional Houses were the PERFECT retreat. They are on the highest point of Oia, at the entrance to the town, so going down the steps to the Guest Rooms, you have a perfect, panorama view of all of the town of Oia, as well as looking back towards the ocean, caldera and the rest of Santorini.
The rooms were very comfortable and the service was attentive but not intrusive. The food was excellent and the staff were always helpful and friendly.
Whether you are looking for a quiet, secluded vacation, a honeymoon or just a quiet get-away, you cannot go wrong with the Ikies apartments.
Time of our lives
We stayed at Ikies June 18th - 24th. Ikies met all of our expectations (and we had a lot based on the many wonderful reviews). The room, view, location, and staff were all amazing.
We stayed in the House of the Carpenter, which exceeded our expectations. The House of Carpenter had two rooms, a large family room with a small kitchen, separate master bedroom (with tub and 2 sinks), bathroom and steam room. Also, the room had a laptop with internet service. We did not expect this and it was a nice convenience. The bed was extremely comfortable. The best sleep I had while in Greece. The breakfast served each morning was a perfect way to start the day.
The view was to die for. Each room at Ikies has an amazing view of the Caldera and Oia. Each day we would spend hours reading or visiting with neighbors at the hotel and enjoying the view. At night cruise ships departing from Fira would pass by...it was beautiful.
Ikies was positioned at the very end of Oia. It was so nice to be outside of all the other hotels. There was nothing beyond our hotel room and patio. The walk into Oia was about 10 minutes. It is an easy walk and nice way to end the evening. There was a market in walking distance (5 minutes) that had everything you may need.
Eleni and the staff at Ikies were exceptional. Eleni went as far as to suggest what other Islands to visit and put up with our many questions over e-mail. They made every step of our stay easy...beginning with setting up a car for our arrival at the port and greeting us at the parking lot when we arrived. They also helped to change our flights back to Athens to an earlier flight, book a rental car, and make restaurant reservations. Eleni even came to the hotel at 5:00 am to see us off to our very early flight back to Athens.
We were very sad to leave Santorini...only because of the wonderful stay we had at Ikies. We WILL return.
Thanks Eleni and All
Matt and Danielle
Simply The Best!!!
We returned early June from our fabulous 2 week honeymoon in Italy & Greece and spent the last 6 days in Santorini, specifically Oia. We spent many months researching the island and hotel locations. If you want a peaceful and relaxing vacation, stay at Ikies in Oia. It is one of the last villas on the outskirts of Oia (10 minue walk) but it is well worth it. The rooms/traditional houses are situated away from all of the other "hotels". We stayed in the Carpenters House which had recently been remodeld to include a bedroom jacuzzi tub & vanity area which sits nestled up behind the bed. The bathroom included a steam room and we even had our own spa tub outside. The location of this room is superb! We looked at many other places in Oia such as Katikies, Perivolas and a few other pricey places, but let me tell you, you are packed in like sardines in those places. The staff at Ikies - Eleni, Mikies & Cristoff (hope I spelled those correctly) make the place a paradise. The other staff members are very welcoming and helpful as well. You simply can't go wrong if you want a place to relax. Oia is a sleepy town so don't expect the party life. If you want to partake in that, you'd best go to Fira. We never left Oia since we did so much travelling in Italy so the relaxing atmosphere of Ikies was more than welcome. Eleni, Mikies & Cristoff, if you're reading this...thank you again very much for your hospitality. I know Ikies will soar to #1 and the price will probably follow. So, for those of you who are looking for the ultimate traditional house...stay at Ikies...you will not be disappointed!
We loved our stay at Ikies during our honeymoon. It was in a perfect location in Oia and not in the midst of everything. We enjoyed our 2 minute walk to and from dinners. I know a lot of people may enjoy staying in the midst of things in Fira, but we thought Oia was more romantic and the shopping seemed to be more quaint. We drove around the whole island during our 6 night stay and kept telling each other we picked the perfect spot. The hotel itself was great, very accomodating and we were spoiled with breakfast being brought to our balcony each morning. The sunsets in Oia are beautiful and we had a perfect view each and everynight. The nice thing about Ikies location is the entire view of the Caldera. Some hotels had nice views, but Ikies gives you an entire view. We stayed in the Cooks house, which was very spacious and seemed to have one of the more private balcony's. The staff at Ikies was very helpful in giving directions, activities, booking rental car, and helping with our wedding. Another nice feature of the hotel is they have ample parking space if you have decided to rent a car.
We would highly recommend Ikies to anyone looking to travel to Santorini. We booked our stay through the hotel, but decided on the hotel because of the reviews on trip advisor. So we hope our review will help someone make their decision as to where to stay. Enjoy your magical stay in Santorini, we did!
Oia - Santorini
First time there in May 2005 (4-11)
Weather was fair, but chilly as soon as the sun was down.
Had a great time, but for the last day, where Greeks wanted to celebrate the 1st of May on the 11th, and there was a general strike. :-(
Another very unpleasant thing was the dog's poop all over the place. There are a LOT of dogs (very friendly though) but ...well.. they do it in the streets.
Oia, Santorini 2002
Our balcony at the Esperas Hotel
The view "up" from our room at the Esperas
The pool at the Esperas, they have a hot tub built into the caves as well but unfortunately it was broken when we were there.
Oia, Santorini 2002
This picture shows the 253 steps that take you from the port in Oia up to the town. You can walk or take a donkey for the 3 euros it cost we took the donkeys.
This picture was taken from our balcony at Esperas it shows the little port in Oia
Oia sunset from Esperas balcony
Balcony of room #111 at Esperas
Question about Oia, Santorini from Ronelle in South Africa
I accidentally deleted an email from Ronelle from South Africa about whether or not she should go to Oia, Santorini, before I could answer it. If you read this the answer is a resounding YES! And you can go to the following website you will find a list of many good hotels listed by Village and Price Category.
visiting oia santorini for the first time. are there internet cafes available in oia? thanks for any info
Re: internet cafes
have a look! :-)
Re: internet cafes
The nearest one is in Fira.
Internet Cafe - Internet Access Point PC World
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in Fira - 30k
Internet Access Point - Cafe at the central square of Fira.
In a pleasant environment, you can surf the net using even your laptop and the provvided Wi-Fi Internet access, or one of our 40 contemporary and continously updated PC's having installed:
* Office Tools
* VoIP applications
* Grayscale and Coloured Print outs
* Photo CD / DVD creation
* Non-smoking & Smoking Rooms
* Reusable Time-Cards
staff ready to help you all day long.