The 9 Best Hotel Infinity Pools on Santorini

Updated: November 30, 2016

Q. What hotels have the best infinity pools on Santorini?

One of the most common pictures of Santorini is a dazzling pool perched on the cliff with the water of the pool merging with the waters of the Aegean in the distant background.

In reality there are very few true infinity pools on Santorini and – I’ll be honest – not all of the pools listed below are technically infinity pools, which for aficionados has a very specific definition. But they are all wonderful pools that peak over the edge of the cliff and have incredible views of the volcano or sunset – or both.

The best swimming pool on Santorini is at Grace Santorini.

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48 Questions and Comments

  1. Sophia Suites or Esperas

    Hi Dave! I’m so glad I found your site. I’m trying to decide between Sophia Suites or Esperas. Which hotel would you recommend? Also, are there any hotels in that price range that you would recommend? Thank you!
    Laura Tscholl

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      These are two of my favorite hotels. Esperas is one of the few Oia hotels with sunset views and the restaurant is a great place to watch from. Sophia is nestled in the paths and stairwells of Imerovigli and has better views of the actual caldera. If you have 4 days or more I would consider splitting your time between the two as they each have a very different feel.

  2. Budget Hotel in Fira

    Hi Dave – travelling to Santorini on 24th April 2017 for 5 nights with my boyfriend – looking to stay in Fira, preferably within budget of around £400 total for 2 people for the accommodation only – where would you recommend? I’ve looked at all reviews on all hotels & cannot decide as they all sound lovely. I would prefer a pool but your earlier posts suggest it will be too cold to dip in? Central Fira & Atlantis seem good – we want to be right in the centre around Theoxenia Boutique you see – Thanks for your help, Marie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Kavalari Hotel is very nice, not too expensive, great views, central, and has a plunge pool that should be heated and useable. (You’re right, a swimming pool will not be of use in April.)

  3. Using Hotel Pools with a View

    Hello! Do you know if it’s possible to use one of the swimming pools at day time, if we pay? We are in Santorini now, and would like a pool with a veiw.

    Kind regrets
    Anette

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      No, pools are only for guests. But there is the Lioyerma pool/cafe/bar in Oia that’s open to the public.

  4. Ilioperato Hotel in Santorini

    Hi Dave
    My girl and I are going to Santorini this month, we booked at Hotel Ilioperato traditional apartments. Do you know the the place and is it far from the city?

    Brian Lykkegaard

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Great hotel with marvelous views and small pool (fine for dipping, not much for actually swimming). It’s a 5 minute walk from the best restaurants in Imerovigli. To Fira (the largest town on the island and the only place with any nightlife) it’s a 20 minute walk. It’s a little tricky to find: first get yourself to Imerovigli and find the footpath leading to Oia. You’ll see Kasimatis Hotel on the left of the path and Ampelonas on the right. Take this path (between the two hotels) and walk for 3 or 4 minutes. Ilioperato will be on your left. If you get to Avaton Resort you’ve gone too far.

  5. Swimming and Beach Weather in October

    Hi Dave,

    We’re visiting Santorini in two weeks from today (Oct 17th-20th) as part of our Greece honeymoon trip including Athens, Mykonos, Naxos.

    1) Is the weather in mid-October warm enough for beach activities? 2) Are hotel pools still open at this time of the year?

    I used The Weather Channel website to check Greece’s weather, but I was wondering if you knew of a more accurate app/website.

    Thanks!

    Jaime

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      1. Weather is usually cooling noticeably by mid/late October but it would not shock me if you got some warm days that were fine for swimming. But be prepared for anything. Will likely be sunny through the day and cool at night. 2. Pools will definitely be open but very few are heated so might not be warm enough to enjoy. Hot tubs are nice this time of year. For weather I just use weather.com.

  6. Hotel near Beaches, Shopping, Nightlife with Views

    I want to go to Santorini in 2017 in September. I will be traveling alone and I want my vacation to be relaxed. I would like a hotel near beaches, shopping and nightlife but also that has phenomenal sunset view, preferably from the room or pool. Can you suggest anything that would fit this bill for me?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      On Santorini, you’re either on the caldera (with views) or on the beach. So you have to choose which (I recommend the caldera). Most shopping and nightlife is in Fira. The best views are in Imerovigli (a 15 minute walk from Fira).

  7. Hotel for Wedding Ceremony

    Hi Dave,

    We are planning to elope to Santorini next fall. Which hotel would you recommend in terms of accommodating a small wedding ceremony outside for us and for that type of occasion? If we had to choose between September, October, or April, which month do you think is best in terms of warm (not too HOT) and less tourists

    Thank you!
    Lara Wygle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      There are many great places for a wedding on Santorini. Hotels that can accommodate a ceremony include: Andronis, Grace, Afroessa, Dana Villas, Tsitouras, and Santorini Princess. These are some of the most popular but there are many more. April can have beautiful sunny days but you won’t be swimming in the sea (or pools) then. September and October are great. As it moves from early September to late October it continually gets cooler and there are fewer tourists, so it just depends how far you want to slide in either direction. Late September is probably where I would do it myself.

  8. Tsitouras Collection or Grace Santorini

    Tsitouras Collection VS. Grace…what would you recommend for a 20th wedding anniversary? Thanks very much!

    Katie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are wonderful but very different. Tsitouras is a small boutique hotel with super friendly owners. Grace is much larger and dominates its location in Imerovigli. Small boutique vs medium-sized and uber-luxurious. Tsitouras has very few steps compared to Grace and is much closer to Fira for nightlife and shopping. The views from Grace are more impressive.

  9. Heated Pools on Santorini

    Any hotels with heated infinity pools in Santorini (for first week October)?

    Kiran

  10. Santorini Hotel with the Best Spa and Pool

    Infinity pool and spa.

    Hey, I’m looking for the the best hotel with an infinity pool and spa.

    Mauli

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Grace Santorini is the best hotel on Santorini and has spa treatments (in your own suite) and a beautiful pool with view (though technically not an infinity pool).

  11. Astra, Cosmopolitan, or Chromata?

    My husband and I are trying to decide between Astra, Cosmopolitan, and Chromata for a a one-year anniversary trip? What are the main differences between these three luxury hotels? How would you rank them?

    Ashley

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      These are all wonderful hotels. Astra has the nicest/largest pool and is right in the lanes and steps of Imerovigli. It has the best sunset views of the 3. Cosmopolitan is in Fira with the clubs and restaurants right out your door (though you don’t really hear them in your room so no need to worry in that regard). Chromata is on the Fira-side of Imerovigli and thus quieter (and perhaps a little more romantic).

  12. Sophia Suites

    Hi, I’ll be in Santorini in September, looking for a beautiful hotel with amazing view, science it will be my honeymoon. Would you recommend Sophia suites?

    Ana

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, I love Sophia Suites, just know that it doesn’t have a pool – but most have private jacuzzis/plunge pools.

  13. Pool in Santorini with Views

    Hello!

    I am right now in Santorini and I would like to know if there is any restaurant/cafe that allows its customers to use the pool in Fira/Oia with views to the caldera.

    Thanks for the post!

    Ruben

  14. Restaurants at Luxury Hotels for Non-Guests

    Hi Dave,

    Heading to Santorini August 26-29 and staying in an Airbnb. Fell in love of course with the Katikies Hotel but it was out of our price range. Instead, hoping to pop into these gorgeous properties for lunch/dinner – do most allow for non-hotel guests to visit the restaurants? I understand that most don’t allow use of the pool, but interested in seeing these places by way of the restaurant scene.

    Sue Bohlen

    Thanks so much,
    Sue

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, most hotels allow non-guests to eat at their restaurants. Canaves in particular has a very welcoming (and delicious) restaurant with great views.

  15. Infinity Pool in Firostefani

    Hi Dave! Other than Tsitouras, do you have any hotels recs with an infinity pool in the Firostefani area?

    Diana Alvarez

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Homeric Poems has a nice infinity pool. And both Belvedere and Agali Houses have great pools with views but they are not infinity pools.

  16. Aria Suites or Homeric Poems

    HI Dave!

    I am planning on going back to Santorini after 17 years and would love some of your thoughts.
    What do you think about staying at Aria Suites vs Homeric? (they have the availability on my July dates).
    I would love to have a very nice, chic, and usable pool and pool area with a great view.

    Would Cosmopolitan hotel be too hectic of an area to be at?

    Is Chromata too far away from Fira? (how would we get back from dinner in Fira).

    It sounded like from what I have read so far that Firostefani might be best.

    Having such a hard time deciding! Please let me know your thoughts.

    Many thanks, Linda

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      All of these hotels are wonderful. Cosmopolitan is right in the heart of Fira, but for the most part you leave the busyness behind when you enter the hotel. Homeric Poems is the closest to Fira of the other 3. Aria Suites is the farthest but still a pleasant 15 minute walk down to Fira. To get back up take a taxi or bus if you don’t want to do the climb. You can’t go wrong with any of these hotels.

  17. Infinity Pools and Things To Do on Santorini

    Hi Dave
    I am planning a holiday with my adult daughter next year around end March early April. An infinity pool is high on list but also am wondering what you recommend we visit whilst there.

    Any advice you can give on what to visit and how would be fantastic. Thanks.

    Janice Knight

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Santorini has some wonderful infinity pools but they’ll be hard to enjoy in March and April as they are not usually heated so will be very chilly. As for stuff to do, read my page on the best things to do on Santorini.

  18. Swimming Pool in Santorini for Public

    Hi Dave, thanks so much for your article! I’m a student-budget traveller to Santorini, and I was wondering if you could suggest any pools that have day passes or that you can lounge around for lunch/dinner? We can’t afford staying at a super nice hotel, but would love to get the infinity pool experience while we’re in Santorini.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Lioyerma is a pool, cafe, restaurant in Oia. It’s very nice and usually not that busy (surprisingly considering it’s location and beauty). It’s not an infinity pool but views are great (north towards Oia, not views of the caldera, wonderful sunset views). No charge as long as you order food and drinks. Lots of lounge chairs. It can be a little tricky to find. If you get lost ask for directions to Esperas Hotel and you should see signs for Lioyerma.

  19. Infinity Pool Open to the Public

    Hi Dave, do you know of any infinity pools that are open to the paying public in Oia or Imerovigli that have caldera view? Thanks

    Dee

  20. Public Pool in Fira

    Hi

    We are staying in Fira for 3 nights and have opted for a basic apartment which has a Caldera view rather than a pool. We plan to check out a few places such as Oia and the ruins at Akrotiri during the first 2 days but on the 3rd day the other half would like a pool day. Do you know of any pools that are open to the paying public in Fira town. Obviously we would pay for entry and also refreshments whilst using the pool. I know there is a great one in Oia but would prefer Fira town if possible.

    Costas

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I’m pretty sure the pool in Oia is only public pool on the island. But the Hostel in Fira has a huge pool and a poolside bar. I wouldn’t be surprised if they allowed non-guests to swim. Worth checking.

  21. Astra Suites or Cosmopolitan Suites

    Hi Dave,

    I am planning my honeymoon from MAy 23-27 2016.

    I can not decide between Astra Suites or Cosmopolitan Suites.

    I love to have a great view and I do not mind the less crowded Imerovigli.

    Which of the two hotel do you think is better in term of the over all hotel grounds, infinity pool view and rooms?

    Thank you in advance as your help is greatly appreciated.

    Best,
    Tom

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Both are wonderful. Cosmopolitan feels a little more trendy. Astra more relaxed. For the tiebreaker I would recommend Cosmopolitan if you wanted some nightlife (many clubs and bars are within a short walk) and go for Astra if you’re more inclined to have a romantic meal then wander back to your hotel.

  22. Hotel with Great Infinity Pool on Santorini

    Dave –

    My wife and I are planning a trip to Europe which includes 3 nights in Santorini, in mid-May 2016. We are looking for a clean hotel which offers a great infinity pool and at a good value (not crazy expensive).

    1. Would Cosmopolitan Suites be a good choice, are there any reasons why we wouldn’t want to stay there?
    2. Are there any other recommendations you would make based on our criteria?

    Regards,
    George Mosle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I love Cosmopolitan Suites and would highly recommend it. The only reason to avoid it is if you were really opposed to being in Fira (the busiest of the caldera towns in Santorini). But, while it certainly has a lot of nightlife and activity, it’s not crazy and once you duck into Cosmopolitan (the entrance is on a busy walkway) you leave the crowds far behind (or it seems that way anyways).

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Small by American-hotel standards but for a Santorini pool with a view of the caldera it’s not bad.

  23. Hotel with Infinity Pool in Imerovigli

    How would you compare the infinity pools at Astra, Tholos, Grace, and Kapari in Imerovigli?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      They are all great hotels with incredible views. The pools are quite different. By size: Grace is the biggest by far, then Astra, then Tholos. The pool at Kapari is more like a large plunge pool than a swimming pool – but still nice for a dip. By infinity-style: Astra is the most like a true infinity pool. Then Tholos. Grace has a wonderful pool but there is a deck directly below the pool so it’s not a true infinity pool. Kapari’s pool is not an infinity pool.

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