Santorini Villas – The 2017 Guide

Updated: October 21, 2016

Santorini Private Pool Villa at Grace Santorini
Grace Santorini Villa with Private Pool

Renting a Villa on Santorini

Renting a villa or house is a great choice if you’re staying longer than a week – shorter than that and I don’t think it’s worth the effort (and some villas have a minimum stay). Be prepared for sticker shock however. True private villas come in two price ranges: Expensive and Insanely Expensive.

Here are some tips for choosing and booking a holiday villa.

  • In general, stay in a villa if you are staying longer than a week or are traveling with a large group. But the best hotels on Santorini are stunning and not many villas match them for luxury, convenience, and views.
  • It takes more effort to rent a villa than to book a hotel. That’s not to say it takes hours and hours of research but be prepared for a little more time to plan your stay.
  • Reconfirm your reservation (at least once). If you book a villa 6 months in advance double checking the dates with the owner 3 months later and then again a week before your arrival is a good plan.
  • is the best site to use for renting villas. Like with booking hotels, the site has verified guest reviews so you’re not reading fake reviews written by the owners.
  • also has many. They’re owned by Tripadvisor so listings on one will show on the other. When you book through Flipkey you get a $10,000 guarantee on your payment so you don’t have to worry about being scammed.
  • Most private villas are located in Oia. Villas in Fira tend to be part of a hotel.
  • Check and double check the location of any villa. Many look like they’re close to the main towns (or close to the beach) but are out in the middle of nowhere. Which can be fine, but obviously good to know what you’re getting. If you can’t get a good feel on where it’s located ask me and I’ll take a look.
  • Book early. People plan trips to Santorini months (sometimes years) in advance. Hotels fill early in the year, and villas get booked even earlier.
  • If you’re paying the owner upon arrival you’ll often need to pay cash, even if you booked online and used a credit card to reserve the villa.
  • Weddings and wedding receptions are common at villas and rental homes. If you need more info ask the owner.

The 21 Best Villas on Santorini

Most of these rentals have full kitchens. Some have internet, washer/dryer, and either a pool or jacuzzi. Book very early in the year as the best places fill up more than 6 months in advance.

Grace Santorini Villa with Private Pool – Imerovigli – Check Availability
Sleeps 4
Part of the Grace hotel but with its own private pool and huge living area and deck. It’s the best of both worlds: the convenience and service of a hotel with the privacy of a private villa. The best villa on Santorini.
Best Santorini Villa: Grace Santorini Private Villa in Imerovigli

Oia Mansion – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 8
This is a marvelous villa for larger groups perfectly located in central Oia. Good restaurants within steps. Incredible views. Huge kitchen and hot tub.
Luxury Villa in Santorini with View

Windmill Villas – Imerovigli – Check Availability
Sleeps 5
Best Santorini Villa: Windmill in Imerovigli

White Pearl Villas – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: White Pearl in Oia

Virginia Traditional Cave Houses – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa:  Virginia Traditional Cave Houses in Oia

SeaHorse Residence – Firostefani – Check Availability
Sleeps 10
Best Santorini Villa: Seahorse Residence in Oia

Pegasus Villas – Imerovigli – Check Availability
Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: Pegasus Villas in Imerovigli

Onar Villas – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 4
Best Santorini Villa:  Onar Villas in Oia

Kastro Oia Houses – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa:  Kastro Villas in Oia

Fira White Residences – Fira – Check Availability
Sleeps 6
Best Santorini Villa: White Residences in Fira

Villa Estelle – Imerovigli – Check Availability
Sleeps 6
Best Santorini Villa:  Estelle Villas in Imerovigli

Celestia Grand – Fira – Check Availability
Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: Celestia Grand Villas in Fira.

Blue Canaves Luxury Villa – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: Blue Canaves Luxury Villas in Oia.

Blue Angel Villa – Fira – Check Availability
Sleeps 9
Best Santorini Villa: Blue Angel Villas in Fira.

Villa Ariadni – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 4
Best Santorini Villa: Ariadni Villas in Oia.

Anemi House – Oia – Check Availability
Sleeps 3
Best Santorini Villa: Anemi House in Oia

Anema Residences – Imerovigli – Check Availability
Sleeps 4
Best Santorini Villa: Anema Residence in Imerovigli.

And 4 More Villas

The villas below are on Flipkey which I don’t like quite as much as (the ones above) – but if they’re fully booked (which often happens) these are good to know about.

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23 Questions and Comments

  1. Reasonably Priced Santorini Villa for 6

    Hi Dave coming to Santorini in early August for 4 nights group of 6. Can you please recommend a villa that is reasonably priced? Many thanks Joy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      “Reasonably priced” means different things to different people, but the Cave Villa at Blue Angel in Fira has incredible views with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, and private jacuzzi. Not cheap, but far from the most expensive and pretty good value for what you get.

  2. Rhenia's House in Oia


    A group of us-in total 4 are contemplating to stay in Rhenias House in Oia.
    Your advices will be much appreciated regarding architecture, comfort, location, and views.
    Thank you

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      I’ve never been inside but it has a good central location and nice views of the caldera (but no sunset views).

  3. Villa for Group of Adults

    We are hoping to visit Santorini in June 2017, 4-6 adults. Family vacation celebrating a big birthday. We would love to stay in a villa with views and walking distance to a town and close to a beach if possible.
    Any suggestions?
    Nina Marco

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      You have to choose between caldera views or beach? You can’t have both: the caldera is on one side of the island, the beaches are on the other. Oia has the most villas (though that word means different things to different people and often they just want a large hotel suite) – but it’s the farthest caldera town from the beach towns.

  4. Insolita Villa in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I plan a week in Santorini (the dates still have to be precisely defined – some time between April 1st and 15th 2017) and I fell mad in love of the “Villa Insolito” in Emporio, through the pictures I’ve seen. Do you have any feedback or advice ?

    We will be 4 to 5 people, from 35 – 47, and not afraid to be a little bit isolated, BUT I couldn’t find anything regarding the exact location, the view, etc… We also planned to rent a car.

    Diane Mars

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      A little remote is an understatement. Emporio itself can feel isolated from the main towns of the island and this is 10 minutes from there. You’re looking at 30 minutes or more to get to the caldera towns (e.g. Fira). Pictures do look nice but the view is of the east coast – you’re a long way from views of the caldera.

  5. Villa with Private Pool and Hot Tub

    Going with my husband for three nights in mid October 2016, would like to have a private pool with beautiful views and also a hot tub with maximum privacy. Can you advise the best ones?
    Is the weather warm at this time of the year (Mid-October)

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      Very few villas have both private pool and hot tub – but the villa at Grace has both and is wonderful. Lots of privacy from other guests. It is a 2 bedroom villa so if you chose it you would have some extra space. The weather in mid October can be anything from coolish to warm but sunny weather is likely regardless of the temperature.

  6. Affordable Villa on Santorini

    Hey Dave, looking at renting a villa for late September 2017. It needs to sleep 6 people for 7 nights. Any ideas please? Kinda want to be close to a town. Will this set me back a fortune?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      Oia Sunset Villas is beautiful, walking distance to Oia, sleeps 6, and is not crazy expensive. The catch is that it doesn’t have a caldera view (it looks north towards Oia) and there’s not a lot immediately around it. Yes, if you want it all (caldera view, sleeps 6, right in town) then it’s going to be a lot more. If you compromise on something (usually location) the price will come down a lot.

  7. Villa for Wedding in Santorini?

    Hi Dave – what are your thoughts on Cavo Vantus?
    I’m thinking about hiring it out for a wedding.
    It looks like its the middle of nowhere so I’m a bit worried about transport into town.
    Do you have any other suggestions for private villa for wedding?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      Yes, a beautiful place but a little isolated. You’d need a rental car and getting your guests back to their hotels would be a concern. Oia Mansion is a beautiful villa right in the heart of Oia with great sunset views (but not sure on the size of your group).

  8. West East Suites in Imerovigli


    We are traveling to Santorini in July they recommend us the West East Suites in Imerovigl. Do you recommend them?
    Are they conveniently located, please advise.
    Thank You

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      They are brand new and very nice. Great views of the caldera and sunset. Imerovigli is about a 10 to 12 minute walk away (up hill). There you will find a few small grocery stores and a half-dozen very good restaurants.

  9. Villa with Caldera View

    Really wonderful and helpful site!

    I am traveling to Santorini in a group of 5 adults + 1 baby (5 months) in July 2016. We are interested in renting a villa in one of the caldera towns. Do you have any good recommendations? Our budget is flexible but I know we may have little options considering we will have a very young child with us.

    Thanks very much,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      Oia Mansion is awesome. I love this place – one of my favorites on the island. Incredible views of the sunset and right in the heart of Oia. The villa sleeps 8 and accepts children (as you have the whole place to yourself).

  10. Rental for 2 Months in Greece

    Hi Dave

    Thanks for the wealth of information on your site. Now that we have both retired, we would like to rent a wee place for 2 in Santorini-our favourite- over the winter Nov/Dec or Jan/Feb to escape the grey gloom in Scotland.
    How easy is it to find 2 month rentals? Would you recommend another island over Santorini for a Greek winter rental?
    We can’t wait to return in a few weeks for a break in Santorini.

    Kind regards

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      It will be very quiet and the weather can be terrible (or not) from late November until February. Some people still love visiting during this time but you need to be prepared for rain and at least a few storms. Most businesses will be closed during the winter but there will always be enough open to get by. Crete and Rhodes would be two other islands to consider but the weather there will be much the same. Both have substantial local populations which keep the islands a little more busy than most during the winter.

  11. Villa between Fira and Oia

    Hi Dave,

    I am so happy I came across your site when planning my trip to Greece. The amount of information here is incredible!

    I have a question though – I want to stay in this little villa between Fira and Oia but it says I need to rent a car. I saw in another one of your pages that renting a car is pretty easy. If I do not get an international Driver’s License, Are there no taxis or other means of transportation?

    Help appreciated!!!

    Julie Tayag

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Ultimate Guide to Greece

      Renting a car is easy on Santorini and no you don’t absolutely need an International Drivers License. (I know I have said before that you should have it but they seemed to have relaxed this in recent years and now it’s not a problem to rent without one.) In any case, buses and taxis are easy to get along the road from Fira to Oia.

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