A member of the Leading Hotels of the World group, Katakies has an infinity pool that threatens to flow into the caldera, and there are three additional smaller pools. Over the years, Katikies has grown from a cluster of rooms to become a serious hotel reached by some 200 steps on the cliff side. Although rooms are close to each other, gardens and terraces are tucked in here and there to provide maximum privacy. The architecture incorporates popular Santorini touches, such as barrel vault ceilings and lunette windows. The décor throughout mixes antiques with sleek modern touches, including flat screen televisions and high-tech showers. Virtually every unit has that astonishing caldera view, as does the formal restaurant, with its chairs cossetted in formal white slipcovers, which strike an oddly formal note poolside. Because of its classy privacy, Katikies gets a good number of honeymoon couples. The honeymoon suite has its own indoor Jacuzzi and outdoor plunge pool. Still, I have some reservations. The food here can be more fancy than flavorful, and the service can seem impersonal.
- Sherry Marker