HELIOS Cave house is located in the heart of old Oia, one of the most beautiful and desirable spots on the island. Most importantly, its location is perfectly situated for guests to have unobstructed view of the famous sunsets in Oia from your private terrace! An additional advantage, HELIOS is ideally located just bellow the Castle, the famous sunset point of Oia, on the main pedestrian walkway leading to Ammoudi bay.
That is why SISTERHOOD of the traveling pant' was filmed THERE! Most of the film, especially the first part, was filmed in front of HELIOS Cave house. At the last scene you can see the facade of HELIOS as Lena rides a donkey on the steps from Ammoudi to Oia!
The second part was filmed in Ammoudi bay. The steps of HELIOS lead to Ammoudi and to St Nicolas island, where the jump off took place! (write Lena & Kostas and Go Jump Off a Cliff-STP in google search and you will find the episodes!)
Unlike most cave houses in Santorini, once you enter HELIOS Cave House you are surprised by the soaring heights of the curved ceiling. Spacey, roomy, well-lit, the house maintains a constant temperature throughout the year (bioclimatic house), providing a refreshing, cool welcome after a long day under the demanding Greek sun. Inside, the white color prevails almost everywhere. It will make you feel refreshed, calm and pure. The unique architecture of the cave house meets with art objects and airy furniture to please the senses.
Outside, the private veranda and SANTORINI PARADISE reception terrace provide the stage for unencumbered relaxation staring the amazing landscape of the caldera. Your eyes feast on the view producing numberless private mental postcards. You will enjoy your breakfast/dinner at the romantic private veranda with panoramic view of Oia's sunset, the volcano and the island of Thirasia.
You are invited at our SANTORINI PARADISE reception terrace for a glass of wine with meze (on the house) to enjoy the famous Oia's sunset view! see the heart shaped photo a guest shot at our reception terrace!
HELIOS, as more cave homes, was built into the volcanic ash more than 1000 years ago in the traditional way. In Santorini people built their houses partially underground or into the cliffs to be protected from the wind, the cold and the summer sun. At the same time, they used doors and windows for ventilation resulting in an open airy feel specific to historic Santorini architecture.
HELIOS Cave House is modernized and comfortable. It is a beautiful cave home that has a spacious living room with two traditional style single beds and a bedroom with a double bed. The crisp white walls are indicative of a traditional island cave home and will provide a true cave home living experience, with modern amenities. Staying with tradition, there are no inside doors between the living and sleeping areas. The roomy bathroom includes a shower. There is also a kitchenette. Furnished in traditional Greek island style and decorated with the owner's original artwork, this property provides guests with a unique experience. The property is perfect for the solo traveler, a couple's retreat or a family.
A Masso Cave in HELIOS cave house!
We are pleased to announce the addition of the Masso Room (Greek verb: to touch, to work with hands) at HELIOS Cave House. A unique space has been re-purposed as a massage room so our guests can share a personal, intimate experience with their partner, significant other or spouse. Built into the depths of the house, the space has been appointed with a massage table and comfortable bench with pillows. Of our five senses, touch is the most meaningful. Providing your loved one with a personal massage would be a romantic way to end your day on the island! Our guests will be provided massage oils, candles, relaxing music and towels/pillows. We have even provided a "How To" guide with some basic massage techniques. If you want to enhance the romance of Santorini, why not take it to another level by surprising your loved one with a personal, sensual massage experience in the privacy of the deepest area of your cave house?
If you prefer, "Santorini Paradise" will arrange for a masseuse for couples or individual massages in the Masso Room. Additional charge.
The bathroom in "Helios" has also been newly renovated to include updated features such as a modern granite sink and new shower area, large enough for two, and a shower seat.
We have provided you all the amenities to make your stay at Helios an experience to remember!
Location: Oia is known for its beautiful cobblestone paths and staircases that wind through the town. The villa is easily accessible to all the town has to offer. From the villa, a 1 minute walk will take you to a variety of boutiques and restaurants, artisan shops and many exquisite opportunities for photographs. Also close by are many galleries and the famous Castle of Oia, known as "Sunset Point" of Greece! Oia is renowned for its sunsets. People gather on the walkways each evening for a glimpse of the breathtaking view as the sun drops into the sea. Within in 5 minutes you can walk to the bus and taxi terminal and information center or you can drive to three beaches near Oia. If you enjoy a hearty walk you can take the stairs down to Ammoudi Bay for a meal or a swim.
Free public parking at the parking lot of the Post office, 2 minutes walking distance from the house.
HELIOS Cave house is 20-25 min drive from the airport/port.
The rate includes
1) A welcome assortment of bottled mineral and sparkling water, wine and juice upon arrival.
2) Breakfast provisions: honey, butter, marmalade, coffee and tea, cocktail of herbs.
3) Maid service daily (April-October), twice a week (Nov-Mar), change sheet, bath and beach towels every three days.
4) Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and Air Conditioning.
5) By showing our card, you have discounts or free deserts to many restaurants in Oia! For example a) You will be offered a bottle of Santorini wine with your meal at the AMMOUDI restaurant in the port of Ammoudi!
b) You will be offered a 15% discount at the Lounge Cafe Pool Bar called “Lyogerma” where you can swim for free (May – October). It is open all day long and it has the best view to the Sunset! HELIOS is 1 minute walking distance from Lyogerma.
HELIOS or SISTERHOOD of the traveling pants! Oia, Aegean Islands, Greece
Additional Location Information
Oia, the village of the fascinating sunsets
Oia, the traditional, most charming and well preserved of all of the Santorini villages, is located on the northern top of the island, high on a cliff-top (caldera edge) 12 km from the main town of Fira.
It is famous as the place with the most magnificent view of Santorini with a picturesque road, cliffs on one side and the sea on the other. The old ruined castle overlooking the Caldera attracts most of the visitors to enjoy the unique and idyllic sunsets.
The main square overlooks the sea and visitors are tempted with another truly fascinating viewpoint. Below is the beach of Ammoudi and across the bay are the Burnt Islands. Ammoudi, accessible by car as well, is 214 steps below, and Armeni beach is 286 steps below.
The architecture of Oia is typical Cycladic with houses dug deep into the volcanic soil and whitewashed churches with blue domes sparkling in the sunlight. Oia today also hosts a cultural center, a central art gallery and many other Greek art galleries.
Many shops sell handicrafts, souvenirs and jewelery.
It is also home to artists and writers from all around the world, who are drawn to its aura of serenity and beauty you will therefore find countless art galleries offering the creations of its inspired inhabitants.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Warm winter getaways, Waterfront
Nearest airport: http://en.aegeanair.com/?_ga=1.236593089.1711260590.1420839723, 10 miles Nearest ferry port: http://www.bluestarferries.gr/site/content.asp?sel=&loc=2, 14.98 miles Car is not necessary
Left on 11/04/2014 for a stay in October 2014 | jennylizetReviewed Nov 4, 2014Stayed Oct 2014
The host gave us access to the rooftop to celebrate my parents 40th anniversary with a surprise of the renewal of their vows. We decorated the space with green wreath and roses that the Host helped us with. The rate was perfect. If you need anything she can provide.
The sunset was a spectacular one and we were extremely happy with the ceremony.
We thank you Maria for making this happen -- THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
“Sunset from the private terrace is not to be missed!!”
Left on 11/03/2014 for a stay in May 2014 | Peggy KReviewed Nov 3, 2014Stayed May 2014
HELIOS Cave House was modernized and comfortable. It is a beautiful cave home that has a spacious living room with twin beds and a bedroom with a double bed. The crisp white walls are indicative of a traditional island cave home and provided a true cave home living experience, with modern amenities. Staying with tradition, there are no inside doors between the living and sleeping areas. The roomy bathroom includes a shower and there is also a kitchenette. Furnished in traditional Greek island style and decorated with the owner’s original artwork, this property provided me with a unique vacation experience.
The house is ideally located in the heart of old Oia, one of the most beautiful and desirable spots on the island. Most importantly, its location is perfectly situated for guests to have unobstructed view of the famous sunsets in Oia from a private terrace on top of the house! An additional advantage, Helios is located on the main pedestrian walkway leading to Ammoudi bay. The property is perfect for the solo traveler, a couple’s retreat or a family.
Oia has beautiful cobblestone paths and staircases that wind through the town. The villa is easily accessible to all the town has to offer. From the villa, a 1 minute walk took me to a variety of boutiques and restaurants, artisan shops and many opportunities for exquisite photographs. Also close by are many galleries and the famous Castle of Oia, known as "Sunset Point" of Greece! The bus and taxi terminal was just 5 minutes from my house. I enjoyed a hearty walk down the stairs to Ammoudi Bay for a meal and a swim several times during my stay.
Maria, the owner, was very helpful in providing information about the island, restaurants, shops, beaches and other areas of interest. She is a most gracious hostess.
“Very good location in Oia, excellent view from the house, very hospitable Maria（owner of the house）”
Left on 10/07/2014 for a stay in August 2014 | KarlleaReviewed Oct 7, 2014Stayed Aug 2014
We spent a great there, thank you Maria.
The house located at a very convenient place in Oia. Excellent point to watch the sunset, but unfortunately we spent most of time to find a good resturant to feed our stomach, while other people gathering at our house to watch the sunset.
Also, Maria, she is very very kind person that will give you trip suggestion with a great patience. She Keep our house clean everyday, as well as help us to clean up the kitchen. George, the friend of Maria was helping us to carry the big luggage, very strong man.
Everything is great. Hope we could be there again soon. Thanks Maria.
Left on 07/23/2014 for a stay in July 2014 | jsfragerReviewed Jul 23, 2014Stayed Jul 2014
This Helios Cave House property exceeded our every expectation. It was an authentic, clean, and well-supplied apartment, with clearly the most coveted sunset views of the caldera from your doorway or rooftop. Additionally, the property owner, Maria Oikonomou, went well above any normal professional support. She showed us superb Greek hospitality, and sought to make every aspect of our stay the absolute best. She made excellent recommendations, and cared for our every need. She even helped me learn some of the nuances of the Greek language and shared great conversation and wine with us. I cannot recommend her for her integrity and professionalism highly enough. Stop searching--I travel the globe--this is your last stop for your dream vacation!
Left on 07/23/2014 for a stay in July 2014 | Natalie FReviewed Jul 23, 2014Stayed Jul 2014
We stayed at the Helios house for a week and to say it surpassed my expectations is an understatement. The pictures of this house aren't an exaggeration-it actually is that beautiful. Just looking over the pictures again made my heart hurt that i wasn't there right now. It's in the perfect location-you can leave your door and just walk down to Ammoudi bay, walk a few steps to all the shops, or just go to your private rooftop to have a cappuccino in the morning and some Greek wine during the sunset. Speaking of the sunset, i can honestly say the best view is from that rooftop. Ever since reading the Sisterhood books or seeing the movie, I've dreamed about spending time in Oia. And being in Helios cave house (seen in the actual movie) made that childhood fantasy come true. Every morning I woke up and got to look at the house where Lena spent her summer. Between the beautiful atmosphere and the warm hospitality, I 100% recommend this house!!!!
Cleaning included. Price exclude exchange & bank fees
suppl person:90 e/day Jun-Sept, 60 e/day Apr-May-Oct & 50 e/day Nov-Mar
Cancellation when refundable: 21 days before arrival no charge.
0-20 days prior to arrival =100% cost of stay
Balance:21 days before arrival
The above rate includes
1) Bottled mineral and sparkling water, wine, juice, homemade sweet and homemade liqueur upon arrival.
2) Breakfast provisions:honey, butter, marmalade, wheat rusks, cereals, 3 kinds of coffee and tea, cocktail of herbs.
3) Maid service: daily (April-October), Maid service: twice a week (Nov-Mar), change sheet, bath and beach towels every three days.
4) Satellite TV, Wi-Fi and Air Conditioning.
5) You will be offered 15% discount at the Lounge Cafe Pool Bar called “Lyogerma” where you can swim for free (May – October). It is open all day long and it has the best view to the Sunset! The Cave House is 5 minutes walking distance from “Lyogerma”.
6) By showing our card, you have discounts or free deserts to many restaurants in Oia and other towns in Santorini! For example: You will be offered a bottle of Santorini wine or free desert with your meal at the most picturesque and tasty restaurant of Santorini "AMMOUDI restaurant" in the port of Ammoudi! Please learn more: www.ammoudi-santorini.gr
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