• Location: On the caldera’s edge in Oia, along the marble path of the pedestrian-only zone.
• Hotel website: andronis-suites.com
• Hotel phone: +30 22860 72041
• Check prices on Booking.com
Andronis Luxury Suites – Decadent suites and villas with jacuzzis or pools, plus a world-renowned restaurant, indulgent spa, and an infinity pool overlooking the caldera.
Extravagant, five-star hotel perfect for a romantic occasion, Andronis offers elevated and well-appointed cave-style suites and villas, all featuring either a private jacuzzi or a private infinity pool with caldera views. Their award-winning restaurant, Lycabettus, offers one of the best caldera views on the island. The spa offers a full-service menu of bodywork, skin, and nail therapies, plus unique treatment packages and private yoga sessions. Bespoke experiences include wine-tasting and shopping excursions to Mykonos by helicopter.
Andronis Luxury Suites – Location
Fantastic location on the caldera’s edge in the center of Oia, along the marble path of the pedestrian-only zone. The hotel is surrounded by amazing restaurants, cafes, and boutiques, and is a 6-minute walk from the Oia Bus Terminal.
• How to Get There:
Andronis’ location on the footpath just off the main road makes it very easy to travel to and from; whether by taxi, driving yourself, or taking the bus. It is approximately 18km from the Athinios ferry port and the Santorini Airport to the hotel, though they are in different directions.
There are always buses waiting at the ferry port for every ferry arrival, as well as buses departing hourly from Santorini Airport. There are no direct buses from the port or airport to Oia, however; buses from both locations go to Fira, where you must then board a different bus to Oia – the entire trip from the port or airport to Oia will take at least an hour and cost about €5 in total. Tickets are purchased on the bus, in cash only. From the Oia Bus Terminal, it’s an easy 6-minute walk to the hotel.
Taxis are also available from the port or airport, though there are only about 25 taxis serving the whole island, so there is often a wait; schedule a ride through a private car service in advance to avoid this (I use and recommend Welcome Pickups). Taxis on Santorini are not metered, so be sure to agree on a price with the driver before setting out. A taxi from the airport to Andronis Luxury Suite will cost roughly €35 to €40. A taxi from the ferry port to the hotel will cost around €35 to €40. Booking through a private car service will cost only a bit more – about $60 (or €50), but is worth it to avoid the wait and for the convenience of paying ahead.
For those who prefer to drive themselves, we recommend renting a car either at the airport on arrival, or in Fira. The road from the ferry port is steep and narrow, with many tricky switchbacks, large trucks, and buses. Leave that for the locals to navigate. We strongly recommend reserving a vehicle in advance, especially if you require automatic transmission. Upon arrival in Oia, Andronis offers free parking in their lot nearby (a major perk).
Andronis Luxury Suites – The Basics
- Ages: An adults-only hotel, only guests aged 13 and older are allowed. Guests tend to be couples from 24 – 60 years old celebrating a special occasion, usually a honeymoon or anniversary, though they do get a few families traveling with older kids, especially in the summer months. About half of the guests here are Americans.
- Beach: The closest swimming spot (though it is not a proper beach) is at Ammoudi Bay, the port immediately below Oia, 1.1 kilometers (17-minute walk) from the hotel. This is a popular spot for swimming and cliff diving; though it’s too rocky and small to do much lounging. Ammoudi Bay is the main port of Oia, and is served by several spectacular seafood restaurants. It’s a steep trek down and back again, but it’s relatively easy to catch a cab at the bottom to bring you back up the hill. (Buy a snack at one of the restaurants and the waiter will be happy to call one for you.)
- View: Astounding, panoramic caldera views throughout the hotel. The best sunset views are from their villas.
- Private Pools/Jacuzzis: All suites and villas offer either jacuzzis or heated infinity pools.
- Parking: Free parking is available in several nearby lots.
- Extras: Welcome bottle of wine, bespoke room experience (pillow menu, room scent, and your choice of brands for the in-room amenities). Several exclusive experiences are offered for an additional fee: Wine tasting at Lycabettus (only one couple per night; reservations required), Mykonos shopping spree (day trip to Mykonos by helicopter), and professional photo shoot at several locations on the island.
- When to Book: The hotel usually operates from the first of April until early November. Reserve at least 4 months in advance (6 months is better) for stays during high season from June through September, and about 2 months in advance for the low and shoulder seasons.
- How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
- Phone: +30 22860 72041
- Email: [email protected]
- Website: andronis-suites.com
Andronis Luxury Suites – Amenities
- Pool: Large, heated infinity pool with views of the caldera.
- Spa: Full-service, cave-style spa offers both standard treatments and unique experiences.
- Fitness Center: In-room fitness is available, as well as access to the gym at their sister property, Andronis Concept Wellness in Imerovigli.
- For Disabled Guests: This is a caldera hotel with no elevator and many stairs. Not suitable for guests with mobility issues.
- For Families: An adults-only property, only guests 13 and older are permitted. There are no specific amenities for children or families. A handful of suites can accommodate up to 3 guests, while only the 2-bedroom villa can accommodate more – up to 5 guests.
- Activities: Wine tasting, Mykonos day trip, professional photography shoots.
Andronis Luxury Suites – Food and Drink
- Restaurant: Lycabettus Restaurant is the crown jewel of the resort, offering creative Greek and local Santorinian fine dining with super fresh ingredients. Elegant yet informal atmosphere for lunch and dinner. Recognized by Nat Geo as having the best balcony in the world, the restaurant is perched on a section of the caldera that juts out over the Aegean Sea, with stunning views of the caldera and perfect sunsets. The restaurant is reserved for hotel guests only during lunch, and opens to the public in the evening. Make reservations in advance for dinner here. • $$$$.
- Lounge/Bar: There’s an excellent cocktail and snack menu at the pool bar, prepared in the Lycabettus kitchen. Drinks are top-notch, and the snack menu offers Greek and international bites, including sandwiches and sushi.
- Breakfast: Complimentary, a la carte breakfast is delivered to the room every morning at the hour of your choice. Order off the menu the night before.
- Room Service: Always for breakfast, and available throughout the day until about 10:30 p.m. when the restaurant closes.
Andronis Luxury Suites – Rooms
- Room Types: Premier Suite • Grand Suite • Deluxe Suite with Indoor Jacuzzi • Deluxe Suite with Outdoor Jacuzzi • Exceptional Suite with Infinity Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Indoor Cave Plunge Pool • Pythia Suite • Superior Suite with Infinity Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Outdoor Jacuzzi • Exclusive Suite with Infinity Pool • Sunset Villas Socrates • Sunset Villas Aristotilis • Two Bedroom Villa • White House • Infinity Pool Suite
- Smoking Rooms: The hotel does not allow smoking inside any guest rooms or suites. It is allowed on private outdoor terraces, and in the outdoor common areas.
- Best Room: The Infinity Pool Suite is their top suite, boasting 80 sqm of space and a full-sized, heated infinity pool with panoramic caldera views. This open-plan one-bedroom unit features a living room, bathroom with jet shower, and a private terrace with dining space and sun loungers. Though one of the largest suites onsite, it is for 2 guests only.
- For Families: The best space for families is the Two-Bedroom Villa, which sleeps up to 5 guests with two king beds and a sofa. This spacious 110 sqm villa has 2 bathrooms, a separate living room, a large terrace with amazing views, and an outdoor heated pool.
Andronis Luxury Suites – Local Transport
- Walking: The hotel is located in the heart of Oia on the marble, pedestrian path, surrounded by an endless choice of restaurants, shops, and attractions. Shopping is a 2-minute walk from the hotel, Oia Bus Terminal is just 6 minutes away on foot, and Oia’s most photographed church, Panagia of Platsani, is only 5 minutes away. The castle ruins, Santorini’s most popular sunset viewpoint, is a 12-minute walk west, while Ammoudi Bay is just a little further, 17 minutes from the hotel.
- Bus: Andronis Hotel is very close to the Oia Bus Terminal, just 6 minutes away. Buses here serve all of the major villages and beaches on the island, often with a change in Fira. Tickets are bought on board and range from €1.80 to €2.50 per person in the daytime, depending on the route. Night buses (12:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.) run less frequently and cost a little more, from €2.30 to €3.10). Buses can get very crowded, especially during the high season – so much so that they often fill to capacity and are unable to take on more passengers. There are only 23 public buses serving the island.
- Taxis: The nearest taxi stand is at Stathmos Taxi, near the Oia Bus Terminal. There is often a wait here as only 25 taxis serve the entire island (including guests from about 1,000 hotels, villas, and Airbnbs). Book ahead to avoid the wait, and for the option to have them meet you a little closer to the hotel (Passaggio is a good meeting spot). There will be a small surcharge for advanced reservations, and for carrying luggage, usually just a couple of Euros. The average rate from Oia to Fira is €20; from Oia to the airport runs about €35 to €40.
- Scooters/Motorcycles: Scooters are the main mode of transportation for the locals, but if you’re unfamiliar with the terrain, they can be very dangerous. The roads here are zigzagging, hilly, narrow, and have sheer drop-offs with no guardrails – plus no street lights in most areas. Also lots of dirt roads and potholes.
- ATVs/Quads: ATVs are a fun and popular mode of transportation with tourists, but for the locals stuck driving behind them, they move too slowly and hold up traffic in an area where getting around is already a hassle. For those who don’t ride quads regularly (i.e. most people), they can be dangerous at high speeds and on turns. Crashing your ATV is a sure-fire way to ruin your vacation.
Andronis Luxury Suites – What’s Nearby?
Best Nearby Restaurants
- Melitini: 100% Greek menu, using local Santorinian, Cycladic, and Greek ingredients only. Quaint, cozy interior, and stellar caldera views from the rooftop terrace. 1-minute walk.
- PitoGyros: Hands-down, the best gyros in Oia. Seating is limited. 4-minute walk.
- Candouni: Cozy, family-owned restaurant with live, Greek music and absolutely delicious food. 6-minute walk.
- Roka: Authentic, Santorinian menu with solid dishes, especially the meatballs and octopus. 7-minute walk.
- Anemomilos Restaurant: Located next to the hotel of the same name; refreshingly local vibe, not touristy at all. Great food, friendly atmosphere. 7-minute walk.
- Lotza: Simple, honest Greek comfort food with stunning caldera views. 7-minute walk.
- Lefkes: Cozy, romantic restaurant in a converted wine cellar in charming Finikia village. 16-minute walk.
- Ammoudi Bay Restaurants: Each of these waterfront restaurants is phenomenal, offering the freshest fish on the island. The steep 17-minute walk down takes longer coming back up, but your waiter will be happy to call you a cab.
Best Nearby Bars and Breweries
- Fino Cocktail Bar & Restaurant: The best cocktails on Santorini. Plus, inspired Mediterranean food and an extensive wine list. 5-minute walk.
- Marykay’s Bar/Hassapiko: The only nightlife in Oia, this is where to go for dancing, as they regularly host live bands and DJs. 6-minute walk.
- Sunset Sangria Bar: Chill spot for sangria, cocktails, and tapas with excellent sunset views (though not of the caldera). 7-minute walk.
Best Nearby Cafes
- Passaggio: The best coffee in Santorini, solid breakfast, killer cocktails, and pretty okay sunset views from the balcony, just a little back from the caldera. 3-minute walk.
- Meteor: Excellent coffee and breakfast with sweeping caldera views, though a little on the pricey side. Turns into a bar at night. 7-minute walk.
- Vitrin Café Creperie: One of the best breakfasts on the island, plus AMAZING sunset views if you arrive early enough to snag a table. 9-minute walk.
Nearby Shopping and Cool Shops
- Bligaki: Santorinian accessories, especially jewelry and bags, mostly handmade. 3-minute walk.
- BLOW by Labro: High-end designer boutique with unique pieces. 5-minute walk.
- It’s a Beautiful Day: Greek-designed clothing and luxury brand accessories. 5-minute walk.
- Atlantis Books: Widely considered to be the best bookstore in the world. Nat Geo calls it a “Destination of a Lifetime”. 7-minute walk.
- B.Loose: Greek-made, casual linens for men and women. 7-minute walk.
- Steps to Art: Truly unique metal sculptures, replicas inspired by Akrotiri, and jewelry made with volcanic sand and watch parts. 8-minute walk.
- Spilia Cave Greek Clothing: Handmade, leather sandals, cotton and linen Greek clothes, located in one of the original living caves of Oia. 8-minute walk.
- Church of Panagia of Platsani: The most iconic church in Santorini, beautiful inside and out. 5-minute walk.
- Museum of Ancient, Byzantine Musical Instruments: Faithful replicas of Greek instruments dating from the prehistoric through Byzantine eras. 7-minute walk.
- Maritime Museum: Small museum focused on Greek Naval and Santorinian seafaring history. Only €3 to enter. 8-minute walk.
- Castle of Agios Nikolaos (aka Oia Castle aka Byzantine Castle Ruins): The medieval castle ruins are the most popular sunset viewpoint on the island. 12-minute walk.
- Ammoudi Bay: Best known for its fresh fish restaurants, Ammoudi is the rocky port of Oia; boats sail to Thirassia and cruise the caldera from here. It’s an incredibly popular spot for cliff diving, and is one of the best places to swim on the island. 17-minute walk.
- Domaine Sigalas Winery: Tour the vineyard to learn about the island’s unique winemaking process and sample 10 supreme wines paired with local delicacies. Domaine Sigalas is due north of Finikia, about a half-hour walk or 5-minute drive from the hotel.
Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores
- Village Super Market: Good selection of staples at a fair price (for Santorini). Located just across the road behind Passaggio. 4-minute walk.
- Elliniki Diatrofi Supermarket: Great selection of local cheeses, wine, liquor, fresh produce, and staples. Open until after midnight, sometimes as late as 2:00 a.m. 4-minute walk.
- Proton Supermarket: Small market, but usually has the best prices. This is where most locals shop in the area. 6-minute walk.
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