What we cover:1. The 5 Stars of Caveland Santorini
2. How to book and compare rates
3. Neighborhood and location
4. 5 Secret tips to Santorini, Greece
WOW – this is usually the first reaction to the former winery, and now 5 Star Hostel Caveland Santorini. Have you ever slept in a cave? Okay okay, we have to calm down, the Caveland Santorini Hostel is pretty special for many reasons. We at Hostelgeeks are excited to share the new 5 Star Hostel in Santorini with you.
Caveland Santorini is the second 5 Star Hostel on the greek islands after STAY Hostel Rhodes. Exciting times: You can combine your stay at the gorgeous greek islands with outstanding Hostels!
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The island of Santorini itself is highly volcanic and back in the day, people dug into the rock for safety, turning caves into houses. Now, with the opening of a boutique hostel that is Caveland Santorini in 2011, a complex of cave houses and terraces with beautiful views can be enjoyed!
The owners at Caveland Hostel have done a great job refurbishing, using local technique and adding refurbished local, antique furniture. They created the hostel of Caveland Santorini that can be enjoyed for both short and long term stay. The location is super handy and the social events on offer will surely get the taste buds tingling and the feet itching.
Let’s walk together through Caveland Santorini. We get a coffee in the kitchen, take some photos from the swimming pool, and admire the view. Here are the 5 reasons and transparent criteria why Caveland Hostel has made it as a 5* Hostel.
Caveland Santorini is a 5 Star Hostel because …
1. Island life: Ecofriendly and conscious
Caveland hostel takes eco-friendliness to the next level! Reusing and recycling are very important to the staff here. It is carried out whenever and wherever possible. Especially on an island, resources are limited. The hostel understands this. When you wander around the hostel you may notice that a lot of the furniture has been upcycled: what once was a crumbling cabinet, has now become an eye-catching centre piece for one room – a perfect time, money and resource saver.
It’s the little things we love about a place and for Caveland, it has to be the reuse of marmalade jars as cups! On a whole, this hostel is locally managed, and we like that.
2. Design – The personality of the hostel
Kostas, the owner of Caveland Santorini, is behind the main design ideas. He enjoys spending his time finding old, unwanted items before restoring them to fit the atmosphere and personality of the hostel.
For instance, an old cable drum has been turned into a stylish, upcycled table. Upcycling is certainly the way forward! Especially on an island, resources are limited and reusing materials is necessary.
Having said that, special care has gone into preserving the original furniture and local architecture as much as possible at Caveland Santorini. As for the design of the cave complex? They are a perfect example of typical traditional Santorinian architecture and each one has its own unique shape – cool enough, we’d say.
3. Unique: Sleep in a cave and former winery
We think it goes without saying that sleeping in a cave is unique. Not only that, but Caveland Hostel is nestled in an old 18th-century winery which was once very popular in Santorini. It was then transformed into a very fine hotel in the 80’s just when tourism was becoming popular in the area. The hotel is history by now.
So now what do you have? A building full of history, caves and (how could we forget to mention) an outdoor pool! A unique combination if we do say so ourselves. From the terrace aside you also have wonderful views over the island. Best to enjoy with a cold drink in the hand.
4. Still a Hostel: Yoga, BBQ and traditional tavern dinner
Social events are important at Caveland Santorini, so be sure to get involved. If you are foody, then there’s a lot of choice: perhaps you fancy trying some local food at an organized traditional tavern dinner, or how about a good old BBQ held at their very own BBQ yard?
Both of these events are held weekly, so it’s a good reason to stick around longer. If you’re only around for a few days however, then yoga classes are on offer as well as a mini yoga retreat. Make sure you ask what’s events are planned for the day. This way you can adapt your island exploring to the hostel events – if you fancy.
What else? Oh yes, there’s an option to join a hot spring volcano tour, try out kayaking, biking and even quad biking if you’re feeling brave. All of these trips can be booked directly at the Caveland Hostel – easy and absolutely recommended to join.
Tired out after all that excitement? Be sure to socialize and chill out by the pool, grab a book off the shelf and enjoy a donation-based coffee at the hostel. So you decide what you want to give for a coffee.
5. Good staff, good friends
Of course, like all the 5 Star Hostels, Caveland Santorini is locally managed. The staff are travelers themselves and understand what it means to stay in a great, friendly hostel, which is why they are happy to volunteer their time to work here. So don’t hesitate to ask. Events? Tours? Good restaurants? The Caveland Team will help you out.
You’ll no doubt see two furry friends running around too, so if you’re a dog lover, great! If not, no worries, they are strictly kept outside. Decent compromise, right?