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Santorini (Greece) has quite a few accommodation options depending on your price-range and requirements.

We decided to look for somewhere romantic and quiet, with a great view of the Caldera. After much research, we decided to stay in the beautiful village of Oia in a luxury Cave Villa called Aris Caves. Aris Caves was #1 on TripAdvisor at the time of booking and all reviews were glowing, so I couldn’t resist. The hotel is considered a Cave Villa because they used to be ancient caves that were later turned into luxury Villas.

What better way to enjoy Santorini but to stay in a luxury Cave Villa!

When we first arrived in Oia, the porter carried our bags down the 100+ stairs to our Cave Villa. We had traveled light so he didn’t have much to carry, thank fully!

We were greeted with open arms by the hotel owner, Christa, who gave us a map and overview of things to do in Santorini. She was a very sweet and genuine lady who had a lot of knowledge about Santorini.

Our hotel room was the size of a studio apartment. It included an en suite bathroom, kitchen, small dining area and a large, comfortable bed. We were provided with a complimentary bottle of wine, milk and chocolate cake as well as slippers and bath robes.

The walls were painted white and you could see the arch of the cliff side just above the bed. It was nice having the cliff side as a ceiling and I often found myself studying the shape of the curve.

At night, Rick and I would leave the door open to let in the fresh open air. Oia is relatively quiet at night and when everything closes, all you can hear is the ocean. It is exhilarating!

Aris Caves

Aris Caves, Santorini: Inside the apartment. I could only show half of it in this picture.

Our apartment also had its own terrace where we enjoyed our breakfast on a daily basis. We felt so relaxed and would often spend at least an hour just chatting and discussing our plans for the day.

The view from our private terrace

Aris Caves: The view from our private terrace

We also shared a larger central terrace with the 6 other villas in the hotel. The terrace juts out and gives you an uninterrupted view of the Caldera, of Oia and the ocean. Rick and I would spend  time relaxing on the sun chairs, almost daily. This section was barely used by the other guests so it felt like we had the place all to ourselves.

Aris Caves

Aris Caves: The view of our Balcony

I loved staying in Oia and at Aris Caves. It will always be part of the fond memories of Santorini. We didn’t want to leave!

Aris Caves: The view from the shared balcony

Aris Caves: The view from the shared balcony

Have you had a similar accommodation experience during your trip? If so, comment below and let us know!

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