I found Aris Caves via Trip Advisor, where it is ranked “#1 of 42 hotels in Oia”. I briefly eye-scanned some of the photos and instantly found myself charmed by the genuine feel this hotel seemed to exude. Fast forward two months later and here I am, writing this from the comfort of my hotel bed, just steps away from a view I will likely never forget.
Aris Caves is the result of converting ancient housings and lodgings into six independent traditional cave-like studios. These are scenically spread over four levels. Going up and down the 100+ stairs takes a bit of effort, but to me, they were bliss: the ascend/descend offers a wonderful perspective of the “eagle-nests” which make up the hotel and each step comes with its surprises: a cat here, another there, scores of colorful flowers and extensive Aegean views. Naturally, a porter will carry your bags down and up the stairs.