I found Aris Caves via Trip Advisor, where it’s ranked “#1 of 42 hotels in Oia”. I briefly eye-scanned the various photos and instantly found myself charmed by the real feel this hotel appeared to exude. Fast forward two months later and here i’m, writing this from the relief of my hotel bed, just steps faraway from a view i will be able to likely always remember.
Aris Caves is the results of converting ancient housings and lodgings into six independent traditional cave-like studios. These are scenically spread over four levels. Going up and down the 100+ stairs takes just a little effort, but to me, they were bliss: the ascend/descend offers a gorgeous perspective of the “eagle-nests” which make up the hotel and every step comes with its surprises: a cat here, another there, scores of colourful flowers and extensive Aegean views. Naturally, a porter will carry your bags down and up the steps.
For me, the memory of where is strongly associated with hosts Christa and Aris, lady-dog Aspa and the 3 cats which accompanied our every meal. Christa could be very energetic, has an encyclopedic knowledge of the island and can make the suitable recommendations on the subject of exploring Oia, in addition to the nearby locations. So the personalized touch is easily what makes Aris Caves stand out.
Aris Caves has a privileged location inside the heart of Oia, with reference to the scenic pedestrian streets and to all major tourist attraction spots. Yet one special aspect makes it stand out: there’s no noise. This comes with having to descend all those stairs, however the reward is amazing. You are able to relax here in any time of the day, enjoy a coffee in peace while surrounded by a 280 degree water view and skim book brought from home, borrowed from Christa or purchased from the nearby
Because the name of the hotel suggests, the rooms have a standard cave-like architecture, typical for the island of Santorini. i actually fell in love with the blue domes and white walls you could enjoy all over the island and was more than pleased to search out among the personality of Santorini within the comfort of our own crib.
We stood inside the Gonia Studio (first two photos below) for 3 days and felt very comfortable. i’m personally very keen on the country design style and a few of the important points here (hand-sawn patterns at the lamps and pillows, original wood furniture pieces, colorful small rugs, traditional entrance door) made a powerful impression. There isn’t any breakfast included inside the stay, BUT Christa welcomed us with a bottle of wine, milk, water and cookies. Moreover, a kitchenette is included within the layout of the room, equipped with everything (and that i mean everything- from bottle openers to a lot of plates, frying pan, toaster, coffee machine and water boiler) you want so that you can make your individual food. We made some shopping from the nearby supermarkets located minutes away and were very happy to cook and eat on our very romantic terrace. Despite the fact that the room structure (kitchen and bedroom combined) is not really an ordinary one, this doesn’t impose in any respect. The room within reason large, strikingly clean, and the full experience is so genuine that with each passing day the layout grows on you.
The next photos were taken in various rooms of the hotel. Each has its own well defined personality and as I read from many travelers’ reviews, each experience is different.
I will surely recommend booking into Aris Caves, to not lovers of luxury, but to people who enjoy raw beauty and authenticity. For to any extent further information about the hotel, be at liberty to contact Christa through the use of the e-mail address provided