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Dramatic sunsets and idyllic clifftop views are just two of the many reasons why Santorini is often considered one of the most romantic islands in the world. This seriously picturesque Greek Island is home to some of the world’s most impressive luxury resorts, each with a backdrop of azure waters and arched white walls. Many of these luxury resorts sit on the edge of the volcanic caldera, which means waking up to uninterrupted views that stretch for miles out to sea.
Others are perfectly located in some of Santorini’s most popular villages, with easy access to restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions. That’s if you decide you need to leave, though: all of these resorts below come complete with their own stylish restaurants, private pools, and access to spas or other relaxation therapies. Read on for all of our favorite luxury resorts in Santorini.
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Every suite or villa at Phos The Boutique comes with its own infinity pool, making it a perfect blend of standard hotel luxury and private accommodation seclusion. This five-star hotel more than justifies its luxury status, with a range of amenities that ensure a picture-perfect vacation. Perched on the edge of the caldera in Akrotiri, this breathtakingly beautiful spot pays due attention to both its exteriors and interiors, with traditional white stone walls and vibrant blue accents. Inside each individual suite or villa, there’s a large satellite flat-screen TVs, smartphone docking station, and free Wi-Fi. Room amenities include king-size beds, silky soft bathrobes and slippers, and organic toiletries. Elsewhere at the hotel, you can enjoy exclusive candlelight dinners, order spa packages to be enjoyed in the comfort of your room, and feast on contemporary Mediterranean dishes on your balcony.
The Philoxenia Project may sound a little more like a top-secret government plan than a luxury resort but, once you’ve taken the time to explore this stunning location, you’ll never associate it with anything other than celebrity treatment again. Set in Akrotiri and within 1.6 km of White Beach, this spacious resort has a mixture of suites ranging from junior suites for budget luxury right through to presidential and honeymoon suites, if you’re looking to go all out. Each room comes with sea views and access to a sun terrace. While the hotel can arrange bikes for exploring the local area, you’ll likely spend most of your time here relaxing in the multi-level infinity pools, eating the hotel’s excellent food or simply lying around with a good book in your suite. Minimalist decor and a chilled-out nature make this Santorini spot an unforgettable one.
Kapari Natural Resort is made up of curved edges, soft walls and plenty of home comforts in every corner. One of the most pristine and tranquil luxury resorts in Santorini, Kapari is located in Imerovigli Village and comes with unparalleled views of the sea below from every angle. It’s a place that doesn’t hold back with attention to detail, which comes in the form of a pillow menu for every room and interactive flat-panel TVs with a high-definition movie collection. Everything about this resort is seriously special, like the pool, which offers a panoramic view of the Aegean Sea. Staying here comes with an indulgent American breakfast to be enjoyed at the restaurant’s terrace each morning. When you’re feeling peckish by the pool, make good use of the freshly squeezed juices, refreshing cocktails and delicious finger food. In the evenings, head to on-site Kapari Wine Restaurant for delicious Mediterranean home-cooked food.
The seemingly endless infinity pool is probably the first thing you’ll spot when you check into Aeifos Boutique Hotel. Stretching far out over the sea below, it’s a favorite part of the resort for all guests looking to spend some time relaxing in the Greek Islands. This luxury hotel has plenty to offer for all kinds of travelers, ranging from a restaurant, the outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center, and a bar. A range of double, triple, or suite rooms means you’ll love this spot no matter who you’re traveling with but it’s especially popular with couples looking to celebrate a special occasion or honeymoon. A true gem of a destination, you’ll check into this spot, make yourself comfortable in the infinity pool and figure out how you can stay here for at least a few more nights.
Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa couldn’t really be set in a better location. Just a five minute walk from the centre of Oía Village, this luxury hotel is especially popular during the evenings, when Oía’s stunning sunsets make an appearance before the nighttime activities start on the island. Staying at Santo Maris means you’ll be spoilt for choice every evening as to whether you venture out to watch sunset and enjoy dinner somewhere else, or whether you make good use of everything this stylish hotel offers instead. And it’s a list that never seems to finish, including five outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, an award-winning spa and wellness center, an indoor heated pool and a pool bar. The rooms here are just as impressive, made up of stylishly decorated suites and unique pool villas.
Santorini Secret Suites and Spa is a secret you’ll struggle to keep, after you’ve taken plenty of photos of its stunning setting and told all of your friends back home just how incredible your visit was. Perched on Oia’s volcanic rocks, this boutique hotel does things a little more traditionally when it comes to design, with plenty of sloped archways and white walls throughout. Each suite here is fully equipped for some uninterrupted relaxation, with a spacious terrace and outdoor private pool or hot tub. Breakfast is served daily at your villa or suite, while lunch and dinner are only mere steps away at Black Rock, which serves premium Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re looking to take relaxation to the next level, head to the on-site Harmonia Spa.
Whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings and arched entryways are just some of the first things you’ll notice when you check into Aspaki by Art Maisons. Set in beautiful Oia, this luxury resort is stunning both inside and out, with gorgeous views from endless terraces overlooking the blue waters down below. Everything about this hotel is designed to be admired, from the restaurant where you’ll eat breakfast gazing down at the waves and mornings spent refreshed in your apartment or suite. If you’re feeling like going all out on your next Santorini vacation, you can choose a honeymoon suite or a cave suite with views overlooking the volcano. Other impressive facilities at this resort include an outdoor pool, a spa center with a sauna, a bar, a steam bath, and a hot tub. Massages can also be arranged if you’re looking for top tier relaxation.
Most luxury resorts in Santorini are based inside the island’s ubiquitous caves, but Zannos Melathron does things a little differently. This five star hotel sits inside a whole mansion, filled with Greek charm and everything else you need for a wonderful vacation. This picturesque spot consists of a 19th century mansion attached to a historic villa, perfectly located on Santorini’s highest hilltop. It’s home to an impressive swimming pool area and a wellness spa, as well as a range of rooms and suites to fit all kinds of budgets. Staying here offers a chance to really get away from it all, with all meals served via different restaurants onsite. While it’s easy enough to get around the island, there’s really no need to while staying here. A breakfast of aromatic tea and delicious pastries is served at the veranda, while a light and fresh summer feast is served throughout the day by the pool, in your suite or at the veranda. Dinner is best enjoyed at the restaurant, where fine dining is the order of choice.
Oia Castle is another Art Maisons luxury resort, which means a guaranteed beautiful setting and a perfect location for exploring. This luxury resort sits in an enviable part of the island: right on the edge of the caldera, with magnificent Aegean Sea views. Oia Castle promises traditional yet elegant accommodation, all accompanied by those incredible sunsets that people travel so far to admire. This magical resort offers a unique look and feel of Cycladic architecture with a minimal, yet luxurious comfort. Suites and villas come with their own private pools, varying in levels of luxuriousness. Even the smaller rooms are decked out with top notch amenities. While this luxury resort doesn’t have its own pool, it comes with free access to all of the Art Maisons Aspaki’s facilities, including a seriously luxe pool overlooking the water.
Looking to celebrate your honeymoon in Santorini? There’s only one place to go if you’re looking for a perfect blend of luxury, style and romance: Ambassador Aegean Luxury Hotel & Suites. This breathtaking resort blends modern architecture with authentic elements, offering a wonderful backdrop where you won’t know what to photograph first. Fitted with vaulted ceilings, arches and built-in beds, all rooms, suites and villas at the Ambassador hotel come designed for relaxation. And it’s a place you’ll never want to leave, thanks to the private pools, surrounded by a sun terrace with sun loungers and with hydromassage jets for relaxation. You’ll find several treatments and therapies for wellbeing here, which means never having to travel far for a massage or facial. Dig into Greek and Mediterranean dishes at the restaurant or sip on a cocktail or two at the pool bar.
While the Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement is known for being a luxury resort, it looks a little different to many other resorts in Santorini. This is a resort that strips things back to the olden days, with architecture reminiscent of Santorini when it first grew in popularity, and hospitality that you’ll struggle to find replicated in many other places. This incredible hotel is loved for its peaceful and quiet location, only a five minute walk from the town center and set overlooking the sea in front. All accommodation here is equally as luxurious and beautifully decorated and features balconies with sea views. When you first check in, you’ll be welcomed to the island with a bottle of wine in your bedroom. And, when you find yourself a little hungry after a long day of exploring, there’s a gourmet restaurant onsite to ensure you’re never hungry for long.
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is one of those places where you’ll immediately throw your bags down, change into your swimwear and make yourself comfortable on one of those super comfortable sun loungers. This luxury resort is the definition of cool, in a spacious setting filled with palm trees and blue water. One of the most popular resorts on the island, Nikki Beach Resort & Spa is set on the beachfront in Agia Paraskeyi, close by to the town of Fira and home to its own private beach. While most resorts here may be set high up on the cliffs, Nikki Beach takes things in the opposite direction with a resort that’s only steps away from the glittering ocean. As well as that private beach, there’s a fully equipped fitness center and in-house restaurant, which specializes in sophisticated cuisine. The resort has a sauna, as well as relaxation and fitness experiences at Nikki Spa and Tone Gym. You’ll never run out of things to do here.
You’ll spot lots of colorful rooms at Skyfall Suites, each with its own unique color scheme in a range of complementary tones. This luxury resort comprises of a number of individual suites, minimally decorated with simple lines and colourful accents. This Cycladic-style accommodation is best suited to couples, as each suite comes with a private pool or outdoor hot tub. It’s also, conveniently, an adults only resort, so you’ll never wake up to anything more than the sound of the waves or birds flying overhead. Every Skyfall Suite is air conditioned and has a kitchenette with a dining area. Other facilities here include a flat-screen TV, bathrobes for you and your other half, slippers and free toiletries. There’s an infinity pool overlooking the surrounding areas and vibrant sun loungers for getting your tan on.