When in Santorini: stay at the boutique chic Kivotos Hotels & Villas

Kivotos is, without doubt, the best boutique hotel on the precious island of Santorini. Elegance, excellence, and intimate luxury, are some of the words that describe best this beautiful hotel. “In a few words: disobedience, daring, sensual, and refined at the same time Just like Santorini is.” Philippos Michopoulos, owner and director of Kivotos comments.

Kivotos stands out from any other properties on the Greek island. It’s brand new and opened in 2020 and the good news is that it reopens for the Summer season on 7th April for VIPs, lovers, A-listers and newly weds.

“The hotel’s ideal location and its design, without any doubt. It is one of these lucky few spots where you can enjoy panoramic views of the island and the Aegean sea and witness a breathtaking sunset. On the other hand, its interiors are, in the most literal sense, the contemporary expression of sensuality with the volcanic explosion-like cracks in the walls, the lighting alternation according to the guests’ preferences, and the flying-like beds.”

Situated in the gorgeous village of Imerovigli and perched on top of the island’s highest cliffs, Kivotos Santorini resonates with the volcanic formation of Santorini. The fantastic hotel overlooks the historical Skaros Rock, a prominent feature of Santorini. The Cape was initially fortified in the early 13th century by the Byzantine Empire, employing Venetian architect Giacomo Barozzi to construct a fortress around the promontory. Kivotos Santorini not only provides the best views over the sea but also allows interesting promenades around the nearby rock which features a few churches and narrow but safe paths. This makes Kivotos a totally unique experience.

The hotel features impressive minimalist modern interiors inspired by the black lava of the island with all contemporary comfort. The luxurious ebony colour scheme of each room blends in harmoniously with the stone and cave-like luxury accommodations. “Kivotos Santorini is the result of the brainstorming, inspirational ideas, and co-work of three: my father Spyros Michopoulos (Art & Design graduate, collector, and also the creator of Kivotos Mykonos concept and interiors), architect Charis Michael, and me.”

Luxury at its highest through Bulgari toiletries, top technology, beautiful artworks and furniture, ultra-large beds, diamond-like shapes encrusted in the lava walls of the shower and much more delights.

Spectacular roof-piercing lights can be commanded with an Ipad to alternative vibrant colour options ranging from blue, purple, green and yellow. An interesting pop art touch which will transform the room into a party space. A large tote is even available to bring towels to the beach. It features the hotel’s cool branding and references its sister branch in Mykonos.

Signature suite with sunset view & outdoor heated plunge pool, honeymoon suite with sunset view and hot tub, solar two bedroom villa with sunset view, outdoor heated plunge pool and hot tub are some of the available options at Kivotos and none of them are disappointing.

With the greatest attention to details, the suites and villas of Kivotos Santorini are the epitome of luxury and absolute excellence. Inspired by the island’s volcanic landscape, the resort offers a complete range of five-star accommodation, from amazingly architected and designed suites, comfortable and intimate outdoor pools to multi-room villas and cave suites with private heated pools where guests can enjoy spectacular views of the caldera and its world-famous sunsets throughout the season ranging until November.

The five suites and two villas of Kivotos Santorini reflect the great tastes of the Michopoulos family, owner of the property and the Mykonos brand of the hotel.

Its fine dining restaurant MAVRO, located in front of the most spectacular pool, offers signature Mediterranean dishes, Champagne breakfast, delicious cocktails and top-quality Greek and international wines. The graphic design of its menu is also very cool and reflects the highest finishing touches. The orange, black and white pages also offer interesting stories on the island’s history.   

Greek hospitality is a not a legend and Kitovotos Santorini offers the perfect stays thanks to its devoted staff. Guests of Kivotos Santorini can enjoy the hotel’s services which include 24/7 in room dining, airport or port transfers, complimentary Wi-Fi access, Express checkin, Twice daily maid service, laundry and dry cleaning, parking, honeymoon service. Everything is possible, and staff are very attentive to guests’ comforts.

Don’t miss the second property if you’re in Greece. Originally intended as a family villa, the sister property set in Mykonos, is just a few minutes away from Mykonos Town. Kivotos Mykonos is said to have spectacular architecture with a modern striking design of 41 suites and villas featuring a stunning collection of contemporary art and antiques, complemented by bespoke luxury services. More to discover in the future.

“Although completely different and unique, Kivotos Santorini is the sister property of Kivotos Mykonos, the first hotel of the family which has proudly pioneered too many leads in Greece. It was the first in the country that endorsed the concept of a boutique hotel; the very first Greek hotel member of the Small Luxury Hotels and the first hotel in the Cyclades having achieved to enter the prestigious affiliation of the Leading Hotels of the World.”

Philippos Michopoulos’ top suggestions for cultural sights in Santorini and Greece?

–   To visit the archaeological museum in Thira town and the archaeological site in Akrotiri. Τhe exceptionally preserved prehistoric settlement here is considered one of the most important archeological sites of the Aegean.
–   Tο hike up to the Skaros Castle (the one you can see opposite the Kivotos Santorini).
–   To visit a traditional vineyard and winery of Santorini. Santorini holds a well-respected tradition in winemaking with internationally awarded varieties.