Greece’s leading Canaves Oia Suites on breathtaking Santorini island was voted Hotel of the Year at the Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) competition.
Canaves Oia Suites also won the “Resort Hotel of the Year” award, which was voted exclusively for members of SLH’s loyalty program and travel agents.
“We’re delighted to announce the winners of this year’s prestigious SLH Awards. With three new award categories added into the mix, we’re proud to showcase all seventeen award winners below. The awards highlight excellence in everything from dreamy designs and breathtaking suites, embracing social media, the environment, and the local community,” said SLH.
While announcing the main winner they went on to say, “On an island with as glowing a reputation as Santorini, it takes something special to stand out. Canaves Oia Suites does just that. The pristine white suites set into dark volcanic rocks are a neck ahead when it comes to indulgence thanks to their glittering pools (choose from dinky plunge pools to private infinity pools) and individual terraces.
“Enveloped by the eternal blue sky and the infinite blue sea, the Panorama Balcony invites romantic couples to the ultimate stellar dining experience with exceptional gourmet creations championing the vibrant produce of the Aegean. Guests can enjoy being preened and pampered as they overlook stunning sea vistas at the luxury spa which combines ancient holistic principles with a range of cutting-edge therapies. The hotel also includes a luxury yacht for guests to explore the coastline and an exceptional wine cellar hosting ceremonial wine tastings.”
The story of Canaves Oia begins in 1985 when the Chaidemenos family were among the first families to introduce tourism to the fishing village of Oia in Santorini.
It was then that Yiannis and Anna Chaidemenos transformed 17th-century caves, once used to store wine, into designer-chic luxury hotel rooms.
The birth of the Canaves Oia brand led to hotel’s all-white minimalistic concept, which redefined the meaning of luxury accommodation in Santorini.
Yiannis and Anna started with 2 caves only and eventually, the hotel expanded to 18 hotel rooms to become the ideal hideaway for romantic couples and newlyweds.
In 2010, the Chaidemenos sons, Markos and Alexandros, took over.
Their modern take on hospitality rocketed the brand to new heights with international awards and top-tier media exposure for each property.
In 2015, Canaves Oia Hotel and Suites underwent a full renovation.
In 2017 all common areas of the area were also renovated and a brand new infinity pool was added in both properties.