We had an absolutely great 6 night stay in September of 2008 at Sun Rocks. The place is spectacular - very white and very high above the sea. We travel a lot and have stayed at many of the finest 5 star resorts in the world from Aspen to French Polynesia to Zermatt - and the Sun Rocks is right up there with the best of them. I wouldn't stay anywhere else on Santorini. The other high end places in Oia seem to be overpriced and a bit snooty (we checked them out while there and weren't too impressed), while I think you really get your money's worth at SR.
I have to say, though, that I would not have wanted to stay in any other room but the Grand Suite, which is the only room with a private pool. Many of the other rooms weren't private at all - but it turns out that privacy is rare commodity anywhere on the island. The terraces of the rooms at this resort, neighboring resorts and private houses are stacked up like cord wood; that's just the way it is. Even the grand suite has a public stairway practically coming right through the middle of it. The pool area, however, which is partially covered, has a totally private built-in couch in the back with a fabulous view over the infinity edge of the pool. This is the place to watch the sunset, drink some excellent local wine and light the huge lanterns that decorate the place as the light fades. There's even a CD player in this area so you can softly play some bouzouki music. Forget the expense, this room is a must in this hotel. In fact, a picture of the pool in "Islands" magazine is what alerted me to this property and prompted me to book this room. My only grievance is that the pool isn't heated and since it's partially shaded the water was rather chilly - watch out for shrinkage. They should have a solar heater, since there's never a cloud in the sky.
This suite also has a large, beautiful terrace with your choice of several sets of chaise lounges, potted olive trees and a killer view.
In general, the hotel is in a pleasant, quiet area well away from the absolutely ridiculous mobs of cruise ship passengers in Fira (don't stay there whatever you do). There are some good nearby restaurants (recommend Remvi) and two little grocery/wine stores right down the street. Allow a day or two to visit Oia - it's the epitome of Santorini, where all the pictures of blue domed churches are taken.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sumptuous aesthetics abound, reflecting its luxurious, low-key, in-house lifestyle where complete peace and tranquility in a magical setting artfully combine with abodes flourishing in comfort, convenience and seduction. Enmeshed around it is the meticulous attention to detail that makes all great hotels bask in magnanimity, that has made Sun Rocks Hotel, a key destination, time and time again, for Santorini weddings and honeymoons, a prominent couples only hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sun Rocks Santorini
- Sun Rocks Hotel Santorini/Firostefani