Built on the site of an 18th-century monastery in Fira’s maze-like backstreets, Katikies Garden offers sanctuary from the seasonal crowds that besiege the island’s well-trodden clifftop pathways. The building’s hushed, reflective atmosphere has been thoughtfully preserved, with whitewashed and scented corridors leading to 40 suites.
Some feature terraces, spa pools and sea views, while others overlook the hotel’s focal point: a graceful courtyard with Moroccan-style arches, subtle lighting and marble-topped tables. Here you can dine under the stars on 10-day dry-aged Challans duck with mustard dolce and Périgourdine sauce, to the sound of a chilled-out Latin playlist and a bubbling fountain. Of course, every self-respecting monastery keeps a well-stocked cellar, and master of wine Yiannis Karakasis has curated an impressive selection of volcanic whites and powerful reds to choose from.
The next morning, blow away any wine-induced cobwebs on Frog, Katikies’ Riva 63, moored a short drive away in Vlychada marina. Once on the water you can marvel at the island’s dramatic topography and swim above a submerged volcanic crater before rehydrating at a taverna on one of Santorini’s hidden beaches.