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Hotel Highlights

  • Stunning cliffside setting
  • Couples-only policy
  • Personal, individualised service

Overview

Exclusively for couples, Sun Rocks hotel in sun-kissed Santorini sports spellbinding sunsets and truly memorable caldera views. Seamlessly blending traditional Cycladic architecture with modern-day comforts, this peaceful sanctuary is the perfect place to relax à deux amid classic white-on-white interiors broken only by of the Aegean’s brilliant blue.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Sun Rocks with us:

A bottle of champagne on arrival

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

17.

Check–out

12 noon. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $430.28 (€352), excluding tax at 8 per cent.

More details

Rates include a champagne breakfast.

Hotel closed

November to March inclusive.

At the hotel

Massage studio. In rooms: TV, CD player, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

The Experience rooms are brand-new, and completely different from the rest: modern and open-plan, with wooden floors and sunken Jacuzzis by view-friendly windows. The VIP suites are more traditionally romantic, and spacious, with four-poster beds.

Poolside

There's a cliffside swimming pool overlooking the caldera (there are only five sun beds: get to the pool early to stake a claim). At the Pool Bar, you can have breakfast with a view, and cocktails throughout the day.

Packing tips

Gusty evenings aren't unheard off, so bring a wrap to keep off the chill.

Also

The hotel can organise sunset wine-tastings. Wedding co-ordinator available. No pets allowed.

Children

Definitely a couples-only environment.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Elea Fine Dining Restaurant serves elegant Mediterranean cuisine at just four tables – two inside and two out. The Faos Poolside Restaurant serves international delicacies for lunch and dinner.

Hotel Bar

The pool bar serves cocktails all day until 11.30pm. There are regular sunset tastings of native Santorini wines.

Last orders

Last orders poolside are at 11.30pm; in Elea, 10.30pm.

Room service

24 hours.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Elegant in the evening.

Top table

Outside, for the view.

Local Guide

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Sun Rocks hotel - Santorini - Greece
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

Snorkelling, scuba diving and other water sports. Visits to the archaeological sites of Akrotiri, private boat excursions, and private chauffer-driven car excursions. These can all be organised by the hotel

Beach Perivolos is the nearest beach, a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

Local restaurants

A Mr & Mrs Smith favourite is Vanilia (+30 22860 25631), located opposite the old church high on the cliff in Firostefani. Sit downstairs for intimacy, and upstairs for the view. There are good Santorinian wines on the well-chosen wine list; Nikteri was our favourite). Very close to the hotel are Saltsa (+30 22860 28018), for dinner only, in contemporary Moroccan style, and Akteon (+30 22860 22336), a traditional taverna next to Vanilia. Sitting on the caldera, Archipelagos (+30 22860 23673) has stunning views out to the volcano and islands. It is one of Fira’s best restaurants, and does tasty Greek/Med food. Ask for a sea view. Highly respected 1800 (+30 22860 71485) occupies a traditional sea captain’s house of its own, on one of Oia’s narrow streets. For an early supper of sublime fresh seafood, head to the bustling fish restaurants on the beach below Oia. Our favourite is Paradiso. Another beachside recommendation is the contemporary Sea Side Lounge (+30 22860 82801), at the very end of the beach, on the right-hand side). A classic family restaurant is Nikolas (+30 22860 24550) tucked in one of Fira’s back streets, next to Enigma nightclub. Be prepared to queue for the privilege of eating with the locals.

Special recommendation On the road to Kamari you’ll find barbecue heaven. Taverna Kritikos is famous for its lamb chops; just don’t expect luxury. Depending on what time you visit, you’ll be surrounded by Greek families, local farmers and their wives, or glamorous professionals.

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Carved from the caldera basin

Sun Rocks

Firostefani, Santorini, Santorini, Cyclades, Greece, 84700

Planes

You can fly direct to the island from London Gatwick every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday during the summer with EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) or connect from Athens in 45 minutes with Aegean Airlines (www.aegeanair.com), Olympic Air (www.olympicair.com) or Athens Airways (www.athensairways.com). Sun Rocks is in the village of Firostefani, a kilometre from Fira and 6km from the airport; a taxi should cost around €12.

Automobiles

Sun Rocks is in Firostefani, just past Fira. It’s 10km from Athinios port, and 8km to the nearest beach, so a car will come in handy.

Other

Athinios port can be reached by boat from Athens/Piraeus and other locations such as Mykonos or Crete; see www.gtp.gr. The fast boat from Piraeus is three and a half hours, but others are slower, so it’s definitely worth looking at the timetable. A taxi will should be roughly €15.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

‘I refuse to swing!’ I whisper to Mrs Smith, as we walk alongside the immaculate member of staff sent to escort us to Sun Rocks, following an explanation that it’s a 'couples only' hotel. Our chaperone looks a little horrified. Mrs Smith looks strangely disappointed. We're in Greece, staying in Firostefani, on the western edge of Santorini. Our getaway is perched on rocky cliffs …
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Sun Rocks

By Mr & Mrs Smith.

‘I refuse to swing!’ I whisper to Mrs Smith, as we walk alongside the immaculate member of staff sent to escort us to Sun Rocks, following an explanation that it’s a 'couples only' hotel. Our chaperone looks a little horrified. Mrs Smith looks strangely disappointed. We're in Greece, staying in Firostefani, on the western edge of Santorini. Our getaway is perched on rocky cliffs 300 metres above the Aegean, overlooking the volcanic cauldron that lends this island its mysterious feel. We're both wondering what to expect.

The first thing we can't help noticing about Sun Rocks is the service. It is perfect. Staff are attentive but relaxed. Knowledgeable, yet reserved. This is clearly a very well-planned operation. The second thing we can't help noticing are the steps. Several hundred link the 17 scattered rooms and the carefully preened facilities. The locals explain that this is great for keeping you trim. We don't care. Once we've been shown to our apartment, we don't want to leave.

Almost all of the comfortable rooms at the hotel are of the traditional whitewashed cave variety demanded by tourists. If you've glanced at any snaps of the area you'll immediately recognise these simple abodes clinging higgledy-piggledy to the sharp coastline. Studios, residences and VIP suites at Sun Rocks come in various shapes and sizes, each of their own design, but sticking to the theme. All have terraces overlooking the sea. We however, have broken with tradition and opted for one of Sun Rocks' two apartments.

Should you dare to be different you'll be rewarded with what at first glance appears to be a New York playboy's pad. It's sleek, it's sexy, it's… ‘Oh. My. God. Look at the view!’ It's the sort of sight your mind takes time adjusting to. Sure, we've already marvelled at the low-slung, black-rock volcano framed by islands. But this is the first time we've had it in our own room, all to ourselves. We quickly work out how to roll back the giant windows to enjoy the spectacle to the full. No other structures clutter our vista, which is extremely unusual in this crag. It all works very well with the champagne we were handed on check-in.

The apartment is an excellent size, generously equipped and perfectly presented. Japanese in flavour, furniture is simple but expensive. Our hosts have thoughtfully left us complimentary nibbles. Alcoves and storage are hidden by fancy sliding screens. The shower cubicle has a frosted glass wall for, ahem, extra light. Our bed is set into the floor. Just a few hurried steps away is a generous, black-slate Jacuzzi; again, sunken, and thankfully lacking in stark-naked Germans asking if this is our first time. Both the bed and bath have front-row seats to that view. It's all very James Bond, which suits us just fine as we've decided to go scuba the sunken volcano.

For those of you who think that squeezing into gaudy coloured wetsuits and strapping heavy equipment onto your back isn't romantic – well, to start with, you'd be right. Waddling into the water and floundering about as you strap on your fins isn't sexy. However, drop gracefully into the crystal-clear inner-space, and you'll be forced to reconsider. It's not the over-excited fish flickering around you or the unique feeling of weightlessness, although these help – it's the buddy system. Your scuba partner’s job is to keep a vigilant eye on your comfort and wellbeing. Anything goes wrong down here and it could be fatal without your guardian angel watching over you. There's nothing more relationship-affirming than having your partner as your buddy.

Although lacking bright coral, the Aegean around Santorini offers up a couple of interesting and relaxing dives that are perfect for beginners. Just offshore you'll see plenty of fish, and a variety of sponges dotted about. You may catch a glimpse of the occasional nudibranch – not fauna to hide one's embarrassment, but small, brightly coloured sea slugs. You might also, as we did, surface among a family of ducks happily bobbing about. Weird. On the way back to our pick-up point we drop in on the wreck of a trawler, mysteriously sunk 70 years ago. The only thing missing is a team of crack frogman on their way to assault an evil mastermind's secret base.

Slightly tired, but smugly content, we make our way back to dry white wine at Sun Rocks' pool bar. It's the centre of attraction at the hotel, with an excellent little restaurant and lounging space about the pristine piscine. This was our first real taste of the couples-only restrictions. Before sunset we had been invited to an intimate wedding. Drinking champagne and eating cake, I was forced to admit the company was delightful. Unsurprisingly a fair few of Sun Rocks' guests are here to tie the knot or propose. You'd be hard pressed to find a better setting.

In keeping with the exclusive feeling of our experience, we decide to sample the Elea ('Olive Tree') fine-dining room. Accommodating just four smart tables, it's exclusive enough to require booking at the same time as your room. Greek cuisine doesn’t usually get me too excited, but the dishes served here are exceptional. An excellent cheese, tomato and toasted-bread mousse get us in the mood. Lobster soup, fresh papardelle, baby veal and pineapple creme brulee excite and satisfy, in equal measure. Everything is washed down with some really excellent Greek wines, shattering yet more of our preconceptions.

As the weekend wears away we meet other guests, who are friendly but value the peace and tranquillity. They enjoy a poolside chat, but still want to disappear into the romance of this place all by themselves. No need for us to have worried. ‘Couples only’ turns out to mean ideal holidaying.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Sun Rocks from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We thought the hotel staff were extremely friendly and welcoming and our junior suite offered a private terrace with an incredible view of the sea and caldera.

Don’t expect

For the price, the room and bathroom still felt as though they needed some renovation.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The location; debated whether to choose a hotel in Oia; glad I didn't as found Oia a bit over rated. Firostefani was a better location for us; view spectacular and a good choice of restaurants within walking distance. Lots of steps ... not a choice for the immobile or unfit.....great for working off all those lovely meals out though!

Don’t expect

Some rooms a little less than advertised. Indoor jacuzzi's next to useless as have to arrange to have them pre-heated - too much hassle; pick a room with an outside terrace and head to the pool for a cooling dip. Only one restaurant - description on website alludes to two; that is simply a name change in the evening(odd)! Breakfast and lunch fine and had great recommendations from hotel staff as to which restaurants to try, in fact better we found local recommendations better than one of the Smith choices we tried in Oia.

Rating: 7/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The staff, particularly Maria Ilias and Abi Stefano, made us very welcome and were marvellous.I have a bad back and Maria made sure there were extra pillows so I slept at night! The views are picture-postcard.

Don’t expect

This hotel would have been 10/10 except for the music played on a continuos loop from 10.30 at the bars/wimming pool, which I thought quite call-centre-muzak style. We had four days of storms and high winds and I think the 120 or so steps between our room and reception need a handrail as I found them slippery in the rain.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved the peace and quiet and fantastic views and sunsets. The service was spot-on, and very helpful in booking our boat trip.

Rating: 8/10 stars