Thinking about visiting Santorini? There are few more breathtaking places in the world, and, to do it right, you should really consider a stay at one of these spectacular hotels.
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Set in the village of Kamari, this resort hotel that’s frequently named as one of the island’s best accommodation properties, features chic aesthetics and traditional Cycladic architecture along with elegant, upscale accommodations. Guests can look forward to being just steps from the beach, as well as highlights like gourmet meals, getting pampered in the spa with Jacuzzi and Turkish baths, as well as the chance to experience some of the most incredibly stunning sunsets that overlook the volcano and nearby islands.
Katikies, situated in an absolutely breathtaking location 300 feet above the island’s dazzling blue caldera in the picturesque village of Oia, boasts incredible views from every point in the property. The hotel, made up of a complex of bridges, infinity pools and cubed-style cottages, is considered the crème de la crème of Santorini’s boutique hotels. White washed suites offer grand views of the Aegean Sea, which can also be enjoyed from the open-air dining area, Jacuzzi and sun deck. At the hotel’s Ellinikon restaurant, you’ll discover yet another idyllic setting for romance, with the four candlelit tables set on a secret veranda rooftop overlooking the caldera.
This luxurious hotel is perched in an elevated position on a hilltop, just a little over 160 yards from the pretty village of Akrotiri, overlooking the volcano and the caldera for jaw-dropping views of the region. Oozing opulence, the individually decorated and exquisitely appointed suites also enjoy amazing caldera views while providing a cocoon of tranquility for unwinding. Guests can look forward to welcome champagne upon arrival, and fueling up every morning on a freshly prepared Mediterranean breakfast that includes organic ingredients. The property also boasts two swimming pools overlooking the volcano with loungers and outdoor showers.
This five-star resort in Kamari is situated at the foot of the hill in ancient Thira, just steps away from the black sands of Kamari beach. Built in the traditional Cycladic architectural style with white-washed walls that create a stunning contrast to the typically bright blue skies as well as open garden spaces, guests can enjoy lazing on the beach and soaking in the sun, or more active pursuits like tennis, swimming and exploring the ruins of Ancient Thira. The hotel also offers a full-service spa lit by aromatic candles, filled with the soothing sounds of calming music as well as an extensive menu of relaxation and beautification treatments, and a gourmet restaurant with savory Mediterranean creations.
Grace Santorini has often been called the very best hotel on the island, offering some of the most impressive views of the caldera and sunset as well as looking out to the iconic Skaros Rock. This enchanting boutique property sits across a half-dozen tiers, and features a gorgeous infinity pool that’s among the most largest and most awe-inspiring along the caldera. It’s located in the peaceful village of Imerovigli, where guests can find a number of outstanding places to eat, shops and nightlife within easy walking distance. Look forward to exceptional service, including a cool face cloth and champagne welcome, and dining at the onsite restaurant, renowned for glorious sunset and caldera views, and the best in Mediterranean fusion gastronomy.
Astra Suites sits atop the cliffs of Imerovigli, providing incredible vistas of the volcano and caldera, including from the fabulous infinity pool, as well as the chance to escape the more bustling Santorini locales. Ideal for romance seekers, the property won the 2013 Condé Nast Johansens award for Most Romantic Hotel, and many publications have called it the very best hotel in all of Greece. Each and every suite has its own private balcony where breakfast is delivered every morning, and some guests have remarked that the sunset views from here are even better than Oia. The service here is truly exceptional, unobtrusive yet never neglected – the long-time manager George Karayiannis is a definite highlight, ensuring an outstanding stay with his charm, willingness to help and extensive knowledge of the island.
This is the original cave hotel that put Oia on the map, inspiring the many imitators that followed. Sitting at the edge of Oia on the northern tip of the island, guests can enjoy celebrated sunsets without the crowds. Tranquility rules here, where unlike most other caldera hotels, guests can sunbathe in peace without passers-by gawking at them. The cluster of 300-year-old traditional cave dwellings that were carved out of the landscape were transformed into 20 striking but minimalistic suites and studios, each one with a kitchen, and some boasting private pools; instead of classic Greek blue and white, the cool caves were jazzed up with dashes of lilac and hot pink. The property also has a beautiful pool, a spa and a fleet of speedboats that whisk guests off to hidden beaches, sea caves, and nearby islands.
Sitting at cliffside overlooking the sparkling Aegean waters and the caldera, the “canaves” are the cave houses where locals once made wine, and the majority of the suites are housed within them, having been transformed into beautifully designed suites with luxurious furnishings and a striking white palette. Some include a private pool, and if you book the three-bedroom villa, you’ll have a full kitchen too. Look forward to lounging around the pool sipping a chilled cocktail from the swim-up bar, as well as taking advantage of the hydro-massage features to sooth those tired miles after a day of exploring the island. In the evening, the Infinity Restaurant serves mouth-watering local dishes that can be paired with one of the fine wines from the well-stocked wine cellar.
This Imerovigli property is ideal for couples seeking upscale accommodation, with its gorgeously designed suites, including an outdoor hot tub in the honeymoon suite that overlooks the caldera – this picture says it all – the views here are incredibly stunning, including breathtaking sunsets.