My Favorite Santorini Hotels
• Fira: Athina
• Oia: Katikies • Canaves
• Imerovigli: Grace • Astra
• Firostefani: Tsitouras
• Pyrgos: Carpe Diem
• Beach: Istoria
• For Families: Aria
• For Couples: Aenaon
• Best Pool: Nous
• Cheap/Midrange: Enigma • Kavalari
Santorini Hotels – Tips & Recommendations
- Which town in Santorini is best? Stay in one of the four towns (Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani) that are located on the Santorini caldera. These towns have great views of the sunset, volcano, and caldera.
- Book hotels early. The best Santorini hotels sell out six to ten months in advance. (Booking.com has free cancelation for most hotels, so you’re better off reserving early and then canceling if you need to.)
- The best Santorini luxury hotels have awesome caldera views, but there are fewer Santorini hotels with sunset views.
- Staying in Santorini on a budget: To save money in Santorini, stay (and eat) at places back from the caldera edge. The best cheap hotels in Santorini are very nice but do not have volcano views.
- Best Santorini Boutique Hotels: Tsitouras Collection • Aenaon Villas • Athina Luxury Suites
- Best Santorini Honeymoon Hotels: Cosmopolitan Suites • Katikies • Charisma
- Best Santorini Hotels for Families: Aria Suites • Andronis Concept Wellness Resort • Athina Luxury Suites
- Santorini Hotels with Best Sunset View: Astra Suites (Imerovigli) • Esperas (Oia) • Nobu (Imerovigli)
- Best Fira Hotels: Athina Luxury Suites • Aria Suites • Cosmopolitan Suites
- Best Oia Hotels: Katikies • Katikies Kirini • Canaves Suites
- Best Imerovigli Hotels: Grace • Astra Suites • Aenaon
- Best Firostefani Hotels: Tsitouras Collection • Homeric Poems • Anteliz Suites
- Best New Hotels: Sea Breeze • Nous • Magma Resort
The 57 Best Hotels in Santorini
- We’ve visited, toured, or stayed at just about every hotel in Santorini. If you need help email me at email@example.com.
1. Grace Santorini – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 21300
Boasting the largest infinity pool on the caldera, a Michelin-starred restaurant, and luxurious accommodations, Grace offers an unparalleled experience. Rooms, suites, and the villa are spacious, ranging from 50 to 400 square meters – most with outdoor, heated plunge pools – all with terraces, twice-daily maid service, turndown service, and tailored amenities (room scent, pillow menu, food preferences, etc.) arranged ahead of guests’ stays. The hotel showcases panoramic sunset views over the caldera, centered on Skaros Rock and stretching from Oia in the north to Akrotiri in the south. For the best selection of rooms, book at least six months in advance (one year is even better).
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2. Katikies Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71401
Oia’s best five-star property, Katikies is known for its sweeping caldera views, three infinity pools (one heated, two cool), and a Michelin-starred restaurant. Carved by hand into the cliffside, each room and suite here features heritage, cave-style architecture, private terraces, and crisp, white interiors; about half add an outdoor jacuzzi or plunge pool. Gourmet gastronomy is on offer at the award-winning Botrini’s, along with sushi and caviar at the Champagne Bar, while two poolside lounges serve casual fare throughout the day. Tailored experiences on offer include sunset sailing, wine tours and tastings, and VIP access to the Akrotiri archaeological site. There is a small spa on site, or guests can opt to visit the luxe A.Spa at their sister property, Katikies Kirini. Beautiful location on Oia’s marble pedestrian path, near some of the island’s best dining and shopping.
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3. Tsitouras Collection – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23747
Elegant, boutique hotel set in an 18th-century sea captain’s mansion with panoramic views from its infinity pool over the caldera and volcanoes. Each suite and the three-bedroom villa feature polished decor, precious arts and antiques, and sunset caldera views. A la carte breakfast and a nightly sunset cocktail are complimentary, served directly to each suite or to the gorgeous sun terrace, while its Mediterranean kitchen offers light fare and local wine poolside. Room service is available until 11 p.m. Ideal location on a footpath in Firostefani, just steps from the village’s main square and about a 10-minute walk to the capital, Fira.
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4. Canaves Oia Suites – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71453
All-suite, luxury hotel with two pools, sophisticated dining, and caldera views. The main pool has jacuzzi jets and is partially sheltered under a cave, while the shallow infinity pool with built-in sunbeds hovers on the edge of the cliff. Each spacious suite and the three-bedroom villa includes a private, heated plunge pool; the villa adds a full kitchen and sleeps up to seven. Petra Restaurant cooks creative Greek fare, while the pool bar offers a casual, all-day menu, and the Panorama Terrace hosts romantic dining for two. A private cellar, holistic wellness center, clifftop yoga, and weekly offerings (live music, cocktail nights, and degustation events) keep well-heeled guests entertained. Located at the entrance to Oia village, just a short walk from dining, shopping, and sights, while remaining quiet and crowd-free.
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5. Astra Suites – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24763
Romantic, all-suite hotel in a privileged, cliffside location with a seasonally-heated infinity pool and fine-dining Greek restaurant. Sunset views here are among the best on the island. Spacious suites include kitchenettes, private terraces, and caldera views; many add outdoor jacuzzis or private pools. This is one of only a handful of luxury hotels on the caldera that allows children; the two-bedroom, two-bath family suite sleeps up to four. Villas can accommodate four to six guests. Nestled in the heart of Imerovigli village above Skaros Rock and just steps to excellent restaurants.
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6. Aenaon Villas – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27014
Perched on one of the highest points in the caldera, Aenaon Villas is a serene hideaway with expansive views of the caldera sunset and the Aegean sunrise. Its six luxury villas offer a blend of traditional Cycladic design with modern minimalism. Amenities include bespoke service and a caldera-view pool; two villas have their own private water features: one with an outdoor jacuzzi and one with an outdoor pool. A true getaway, the location may feel remote for some. A rental car is recommended for exploring the island.
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7. Saint Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72473
Lavish, adults-only hotel with an infinity pool, a refined Greek restaurant, and a plush spa with an infinity waterfall pool. Suites feature caldera views, king-sized beds, and furnished terraces with private jacuzzis or heated pools (the villa has both). A young-trending hotel, Saint offers plenty to do, including DJ sets three nights a week, wine tastings, two yachts, and a fleet of Range Rovers with drivers at the ready. Complimentary a la carte breakfast is delivered to each suite, while Trinity restaurant provides meals throughout the day. The hotel sits on the pedestrian pathway at the east entrance to Oia, a pleasant walk to the heart of the village.
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8. Kivotos Hotel – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28490
Glamorous hotel with an unorthodox design, a glass-front infinity pool, and a Mediterranean-French restaurant. Accommodations come with seasonally-heated indoor or outdoor jacuzzis, plunge pools, cave pools, or swimming pools. All rooms, all suites, and most villas have spectacular sunset caldera view. Some of the more unusual villas are dug deep into the volcanic cliff, offering maximum privacy with caldera views only from their rooftop sun decks. Villas add kitchens, hammams, spa rooms, and at least one bathroom per bedroom (up to four bedrooms, sleeping up to eight guests). Nestled in Imerovigli at the beginning of the Skaros Rock hiking trail.
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9. Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900
Stylish hotel with a heated, infinity pool and incredible views of the caldera and sunset. The bistro-inspired Greek restaurant features an open-fire grill and service all day until midnight, while more casual dishes and drinks are available at the pool lounge. All suites boast a private terrace (usually larger than the room itself) with caldera sunset views, plus a jacuzzi, heated pool, or both. Nightly turndown service, free valet parking, and in-room massage complete the luxury experience. Situated on a tranquil stretch of the Fira-Oia hiking trail, about a 15-minute walk from the dining and sights of Imerovigli village. The bus to Fira stops right in front of the hotel.
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10. Athina Luxury Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24910
This all-suite hotel enjoys a great location on the Fira caldera overlooking the volcano, just steps to the island’s best dining and nightlife. Each suite is unique, but all feature upscale minimalist design and sweeping sunset views from their private balconies. Many add private, outdoor jacuzzis. The main pool has a swim-up bar and overlooks the caldera. The restaurant, Esperisma, offers elevated yet unpretentious Greek fare. One the few family-friendly hotels on the caldera, Athina offers babysitting and suites large enough to accommodate groups of four to six.
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11. Katikies Kirini – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71236
Poised hotel in Oia with an infinity pool overlooking the caldera, a holistic spa with a cave pool, and an upscale restaurant and bar. The restaurant is helmed by a Michelin-awarded chef and focuses on Mediterranean cuisine, especially the flavors of Tuscany. Views are phenomenal from every suite, most of which include a private jacuzzi or private pool. Service is attentive and personalized.
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12. Iconic Santorini – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28950
Boutique luxury hotel featuring an infinity pool, a spa with a grotto pool, and a Greek-international fusion restaurant. Breakfasts here are an over-the-top, indulgent affair, and room service is available 24 hours a day. Astounding caldera views are had throughout the property and from each suite. All suites feature private verandas, Coco-Mat beds, and 100% Greek-made furniture and decor; many also feature private, heated jacuzzis, or plunge pools. In-room perks include nightly turndown service and pillow menus. Romantic location on the quiet southern edge of Imerovigli village, near Skaros Rock and some of the island’s best restaurants.
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13. Carpe Diem – Pyrgos
Hotel phone: +30 22860 34090
This understated retreat offers elegant accommodations, exceptional dining, a decadent spa, and an infinity pool with panoramic views over the island. All suites offer ample space, utmost privacy, exclusive plunge pools (six heated, four unheated), and both sunrise and sunset views. Dining is phenomenal at Exaltis, offering a fine dining menu of elevated, Cycladic dishes. Unparalleled, bespoke service completes the experience with a 1-to-1 guest-staff ratio, 24-hour butler service, and a host of experiences and packages tailored to guests’ desires.
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14. Nobu Hotel – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 69462 22772
A cosmopolitan collection of suites and villas combining luxurious Santorinian style with subtle Japanese elements. The signature Nobu restaurant is the heart of the hotel, with exquisite Japanese dishes infused with Peruvian accents and Aegean ingredients. Accommodations feature cave-style showers and furnished terraces, most with private plunge pools or swimming pools. Facilities include a split-level infinity pool and a fitness center. Absolutely stunning sunset caldera views in this serene retreat about a 20-minute walk from Imerovigli village. Adults only.
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15. Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 36737
The best hotel for families in Santorini, Andronis Concept Wellness is completely unique in the area, offering three community pools, a superb spa, and amazing suites all with private, heated, plunge pools. Its spa features a range of skin and massage treatments, signature sunset yoga, and integrated spa-fitness-meal packages. Family perks include kids yoga, cooking classes, and kids in-room amenities. The restaurant’s menu is overseen by a nutritionist and features healthy, delicious dishes using local ingredients, many of which are grown onsite.
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16. Celestia Grand – Mesaria
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25900
A glamorous set of luxury villas, all with kitchenettes, spacious terraces, private heated pools, and direct sunset views. All villas have indoor jacuzzi tubs; some add outdoor hot tubs. Villas range from studios up to two-bedrooms. Five-star perks include airport and port transfer, an all-day shuttle to Fira, and daily breakfast delivery. VIP services include helicopter charters, private caldera cruises, and personal chef service. Celestia Grand sits on the caldera in Mesaria, about two km south of Fira, easy to access but removed from the crowds.
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17. Katikies Garden – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22864 40900
Katikies Garden is the only five-star hotel in Fira and offers a spa and infinity pool with a caldera view. Set in an 11th-century Venetian monastery that used to store the pope’s wine, the hotel celebrates its history with wine tastings held it its three cellars, an impressive menu of fine wines, and a gourmet Mediterranean restaurant designed around wine. For families, the hotel offers kids menus, pool toys, babysitting, and a special turndown service for kids. Suites are spacious and beautifully appointed, all with private jacuzzis or pools and half with sunrise sea views (not of the caldera).
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18. Anteliz Suites – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28842
Anteliz Suites has a magical mix of dreamy sunsets, supreme hospitality, tranquil surroundings in Firostefani, and easy access to Fira’s best dining and nightlife. Highlights include a pool with an attached jacuzzi, a dining terrace with caldera views, and elegant suites with private, heated pools or jacuzzis. Anteliz also has fewer stairs than most other hotels on the caldera.
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19. Istoria – Perivolos Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051
The most luxurious property on the eastern half of the island. Istoria has a lavish infinity pool, sophisticated dining, wellness spa, and a posh, serviced beach on a long stretch of black sand. All suites are well-appointed with fine linens, leather, and bespoke furnishings; most have a private, outdoor jacuzzi or plunge pool.
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20. Canaves Oia Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71844
A postcard-perfect hotel with dazzling sunset views, incredible Greek-Mediterranean dining, and a refreshing pool. Every cave-style suite features hand-crafted architecture, a private terrace with breathtaking caldera views, and perks including a pillow menu and complimentary wine. Most suites add a private plunge pool.
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21. Sea Breeze Beach Resort – Exomitis Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22864 40600
Enchanting, five-star, beachfront resort on a swathe of black sand at the very southern tip of the island. All rooms and suites have their own private outdoor jacuzzis or heated, jetted pools, plus furnished balconies or terraces, and complimentary water shoes (the black sand gets hot, and the beach is a little rocky). The resort features a private beach with food and beverage service and sunbed- umbrella sets exclusively for hotel guests. There are also two adult pools, two children’s pools, and a wellness center with indoor and outdoor treatment areas. Gourmet dining at Aura sees a creative Mediterranean menu, while Ostria Lounge serves a light menu and refreshing cocktails by the main pool and beach. This romantic hideaway is fairly remote; renting a car is advisable.
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22. Noūs Santorini – Mesaria
Hotel phone: +30 21032 73200
This new hotel’s claim to fame is having the largest pool in the island – a whole acre in size. A second heated, indoor/outdoor pool is located in the spa, which also happens to be the largest spa on the island and boasts a steam room, sauna, and cold plunge pool. Rooms feature one king or two twin beds, walk-in showers (some with two shower heads), and private balconies or patios; suites and bungalows add private outdoor jacuzzis or swimming pools. Restaurants here serve Mediterranean comfort dishes in Oenous (which has wine from every single vineyard in Santorini), casual favorites at Donkey Ears Bar and Restaurant, and organic, unprocessed light bites and juices at the Vitamin Bar. Centrally located in Mesaria, a local’s area, just a short walk to a handful of homey, authentic restaurants and near the bus stop with routes to the capital Fira, Kamari Beach, Perissa Beach, and Vlychada Beach.
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23. Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25870
Amazing sunset views of the caldera from Oia to Akrotiri and all the islands, volcanoes, and Skaros Rock in between. There’s a fabulous infinity pool, contemporary Greek restaurant, and a cave-style wellness center with a jacuzzi and sauna. Service is attentive but never stuffy, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. Peaceful location just north of Imerovigli, offering plenty of quiet while remaining within walking distance of the village center.
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24. Charisma Suites – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27310
Known for its nightly sunset champagne events, this small luxury hotel features classic cave architecture, two infinity pools, and a Mediterranean restaurant. All suites have private balconies with sweeping caldera views; six suites boast outdoor jacuzzis, two have infinity pools, and one has a cave pool. A la carte breakfast is delivered to each suite daily. Located near Oia’s picturesque windmills, blue-domed churches, and great restaurants.
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25. The Vasilicos – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23143
Family-owned, all-suite hotel with a heated pool perched over the caldera. The Vasilicos pays particular attention to fine details, from bespoke ceramics to jewelry made from the family’s heritage tableware and in-suite libraries. Exceptional dining begins with a la carte breakfast served to each suite and continues into the evening with wine tastings and food pairings with local, market-fresh ingredients. All seven suites boast caldera views; four have private, heated plunge pools. Located at the south end of Imerovigli, about five minutes’ walk from restaurants there or in neighboring Firostefani.
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26. Andronis Arcadia – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27392
Family-friendly, luxury hotel with a full-service spa, sunset-view infinity pool and a lagoon-like pool that transforms into a lavish bar at night. Suites and villas are spacious, all with private, heated pools and sunset views over the Aegean (not the caldera). Food is impressive at their modern Greek and sushi taverna, Pacman, with casual offerings throughout the day at the pool bar. Kid-centric offerings include children’s spa treatments, family yoga, and kids’ amenities in the rooms. Arcadia guests may visit the sister hotel, Andronis Concept Wellness, for family cooking classes and tennis. Great location in Oia, close to the caldera, dining, shopping, and bus stop to Fira but away from the busy core.
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27. Kapari Natural Resort – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 21120
Luxury hotel set in a lovingly-restored, 300-year-old, complex of cave homes – one of a slim number of buildings in Imerovigli to survive the destruction of the 1956 earthquake. Traditional architecture combines with modern minimalism in all 17 rooms and suites here. Each room and suite has a unique layout and size, but all have cave showers and all but one have king-sized beds (the other has two queens). Accommodations either include a private balcony or direct pool access; most also have a a jacuzzi that can be indoor, private outdoor, or shared outdoor. The Kapari Wine Restaurant offers an elevated, adults-only dining experience featuring a creative, Mediterranean menu and all ingredients procured from local farmers and fishermen. A combination buffet and a la carte breakfast is complimentary.
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28. Cosmopolitan Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632
Great location in the heart of Fira. Trendy Cosmopolitan Suites offers one of Santorini’s best infinity pools, plus an all-day pool bar and restaurant. Hip suites come with king-sized beds, walk-in showers, and private terraces; top-tier suites add indoor or outdoor private jacuzzis. The two-bedroom, two-bath, loft-style villa is ideal for a larger groups. Set in the heart of Fira, nightlife, restaurants, and shopping are steps from the front door.
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29. Aria Suites & Villas – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650
The best luxury hotel in Fira for families. A three-minute walk to shops and restaurants but still relatively quiet. Only a handful of suites (all of them large) so book early. One of the few luxury hotels on the caldera that allows young children (largely because it sits back from the caldera’s edge). Very few steps to access the hotel, making it a good choice for those with limited mobility. Villas (pictured above) are pure luxury with fantastic views and private plunge pools, just a short walk from the main hotel and pool area.
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30. Perivolas – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71308
Upscale hotel designed in the traditional, Cycladic cave style with a relaxing infinity pool, full-service spa, and caldera views. Every suite has a kitchenette and sea view terrace; some have private pools or jacuzzis. None have TVs – it’s all about disconnecting here. Dining is superb in their modern Greek restaurant featuring local, seasonal ingredients and set in a converted wine cave. Beautifully located at the entrance to Oia village, a short, pleasant stroll from many of Santorini’s best restaurants, shops, and attractions.
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31. Armenaki – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27333
Polished boutique hotel built in a contemporary cave-style on the cliffs of Oia. Rooms and suites are tastefully decorated in cream and earth tones with queen-sized beds and caldera views. Each with a private terraces and heated, outdoor plunge pool or infinity pool. The hotel’s 24-hour Mediterranean kitchen highlights local, organic dishes delivered directly to each room, including a daily complimentary breakfast. Situated between Ammoudi and Armeni Bays, just steps from the famous blue-domed church, the castle ruins, and the windmills.
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32. San Antonio – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24388
Quiet and secluded, San Antonio is perfect hotel for a romantic honeymoon retreat. The hotel’s lava rock architecture blends into the natural landscape as if it were part of the island itself. Guests will find a clifftop infinity pool, casual and fine dining Greek-Mediterranean kitchens, and a cave spa with a jacuzzi and Vichy shower. All rooms and suites include private, furnished verandas, and most have indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. Tucked away in the cliffs north of Imerovigli, most people will want to rent a car if they’re serious about sightseeing. The walk to the Imerovigli is a gorgeous 40-minute hike along the caldera path, while Oia is 50 minutes in the opposite direction.
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33. Andronis Boutique Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72182
Refined, luxury all-suite hotel on the Oia caldera with a decadent restaurant and two pools (one heated and one cool). Each hand-sculpted cave suite is completely unique, though all offer private, heated jacuzzis or pools and spectacular caldera views from their private terraces. Dining at Lauda Restaurant is a highlight and features a menu designed by a Michelin three-star chef.
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34. Ikies – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71311
All-suite, boutique, luxury hotel with a pool and views over the caldera toward Armeni Port and the heart of Oia. Its thirteen houses (a mix of studios, suites, and maisonettes) differ in size and layout, but all boast private verandas, caldera views, and walk-in showers. Ten add outdoor jacuzzis, and nine of those have hammams. Although there is no restaurant onsite, the hotel’s kitchen offers a private fine dining menu in the evenings, a la carte breakfast, and an all-day menu of light bites and drinks, served directly to each house from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Guests receive a bottle of wine as a welcome gift on arrival. Wonderful location at the quiet, east end of Oia, a short walk to the iconic domed churches, dining, and luxury shopping.
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35. North Santorini – Pyrgos
Hotel phone: +30 22860 34246
Sleek, boho-chic hotel in a garden on the mountain in Pyrgos with panoramic views over the island. Most suites have sunrise views, and all have an outdoor jacuzzi or heated private pool (villas have both). Two shared pools here: an outdoor infinity pool and a heated pool in the spa, which also features a cave jacuzzi and hammam. The culinary program here includes a fine dining Nikkei (Japanese-Peruvian) restaurant, a stylish sushi bar, a sunset-view pool bar, and complimentary, a la carte breakfast. Located about a five-minute walk to the village, a charming warren of footpaths and stairways with castle ruins, spectacular views, and excellent restaurants. Regular bus service to Fira, but a car is recommended for getting anywhere else on the island.
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36. Katikies Chromata – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23227
Vibrant hotel with a mix of traditional, cave architecture and contemporary decor. The infinity pool overlooks the caldera at one end with a shaded cave at the other. Its beautifully decorated suites cascade down the cliff side, all with private verandas and caldera views and most with private jacuzzis or pools. The signature restaurant, Chroma, serves creative Mediterranean dishes all day with an emphasis on seafood, while the Lounge offers light fare, sushi, and caviar. Stunning location in Imerovigli, the highest village on the caldera’s edge, near restaurants, shops, and sights.
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37. Canaves Oia Epitome – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72499
Extravagent hotel with a pool and spa in a secluded location just 500 meters from the heart of Oia. Generous suites and villas offer private plunge pools or swimming pools, private verandas, and sunset sea views (not of the caldera). The two fantastic restaurants highlight modern takes on Greek-Mediterranean cuisine, while their signature champagne breakfast offers a different menu daily. The hotel sits north of Oia village, about a 10-minute walk to the windmills and 15 to the castle ruins, or take advantage of the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service to and from the village.
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38. Above Blue – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24644
A charming, luxury boutique featuring private jacuzzi suites and a villa with a private plunge pool, all with jaw-dropping, sunset caldera views. Champagne breakfasts are delivered daily to each suite, while dinner service is hosted on their intimate dining terrace. Above Blue’s infinity-edge pool, warm hospitality, and unique suites complete the experience.
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39. Oia Spirit Boutique Residences – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 69729 72151
Crisp white houses with caldera views in the most extraordinary location in Oia: right on top of the iconic blue domes. The cave houses have been hand-carved into the caldera and feature whitewashed walls, archways, and harmonious furnishings in wood and stone. Five include private, outdoor jacuzzis; the remaining three share access to the handsome cave pool pictured above. Well-situated in Oia with restaurants, the castle ruins, and windmills mere steps away.
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40. Sun Rocks – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23991
Intimate luxury hotel designed for couples on the caldera’s edge in Firostefani. It’s 18 rooms and suites all show off direct caldera views from the beds and private balconies or terraces. The Experience Suite offers deep soaking tub in front of an enormous window overlooking the caldera; Cave Suites and Honeymoon Suites have indoor jacuzzis with caldera views; and the Sun Rocks Suite (the top-top tier category) has its own infinity pool above the caldera, partially open to the sun and partially shaded in a cave. Luxe perks include nightly turndown service and a welcome bottle of local wine and fruit in the room on arrival. A gourmet restaurant and small spa complete the package. Highly walkable location in Firostefani near the main square and fantastic dining; the nightlife, shopping, and bus hub of Fira are a pleasant 10 to 15-minute walk away on the pedestrian path.
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41. Homeric Poems – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24661
Luxury hotel with a cliffside infinity pool and stunning caldera views conveniently located in the heart of Firostefani. All rooms and suites offer terraces with expansive caldera views. The Cave Suites sleep up to four with a loft layout, while the Grand Suites offer their most luxe accommodations and include an indoor jacuzzi tub and an outdoor private plunge pool. An a la carte breakfast is included and served to each room daily; the pool bar and room service menu feature upscale Santorinian and Mediterranean recipes.
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42. Esperas – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71088
Authentic, cave-style, boutique hotel under the Oia windmills with a pool and unobstructed caldera views throughout the property. The pool, restaurant, bar, and seven of the 21 studios and houses offer direct sunset views. Each studio and house is unique, having been sculpted from the cliffside by hand; six have private plunge pools or jacuzzis. Decor fuses traditional and contemporary elements, service is heartfelt, and the location is surprisingly private.
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43. Altana Heritage Suites – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23204
Beautifully restored, centuries-old, captain’s mansion with the highest swimming pool on the caldera. The main hotel and villa annex feature traditional, cave-style architecture, modern and antique furniture, and repurposed treasures found in its pre-restoration ruins. The hotel’s nine suites and seven villas all have private balconies with incredible sunset views over the caldera and blue-domed churches. Most offer private jacuzzis or pools, and some have kitchenettes. Excellent location less than a five-minute walk to the heart of Imerovigli and the hiking trail to Skaros Rock.
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44. Enigma Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24024
Subtly sophisticated boutique hotel in Fira, offering sunset caldera views. All suites boast a private, furnished terrace, Coco-Mat mattresses, and a welcome bottle of Assyrtiko wine. Signature, Exclusive, and Premier Suites add outdoor jacuzzis. Breakfast is included and delivered to each suite, while the Enigma Café is open until the wee hours for light fare, wine, and cocktails. Amazing location in the heart of Fira, near nightlife, shopping, and dining, plus the bus station and free public parking lot. A perfect launch pad for exploring the whole island.
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45. La Perla Villas & Suites – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71510
Chic suites with modern decor built in Cycladic cave style. This luxury boutique hotel on the Oia cliffside has a caldera-view infinity pool, sun deck, and all-day pool lounge. Suites and villas have private patios or balconies; all but one have an outdoor jacuzzi, pool, or both. The Mediterranean restaurant offers a romantic experience, while complimentary breakfast is served to each suite daily. Located just down the steps from the marble path of Oia, above the port of Armeni Bay, near great restaurants and shopping.
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46. Magma Resort – Vourvoulos
Hotel phone: +30 22864 41234
Effortlessly chic hotel with a wraparound seaview pool, a heated indoor pool, a wellness sanctuary, and a culinary program that celebrates the freshness of Santorini. In addition to a fine dining restaurant and pool bar, the resort has the Astra Lounge, with cocktails and a telescope for stargazing. Spacious rooms and suites all include king or extra-king beds, walk-in showers, and private terraces, most with outdoor jacuzzis or private pools. Quiet location with not bus service and not much within easy walking distance; it’s best to have a car here.
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47. Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort – Kamari
Hotel phone: +30 21071 01100
The largest adults-only hotel on Santorini, this five-star resort presents 103 rooms, suites, and villas – just steps from lively Kamari Beach. The hotel features Cycladic architecture (lava rock walls, barrel vaulted roofs, and archways) and minimalist decor (neutral palette, light wood, and dark stone). All accommodations have private patios or terraces and king-sized beds; many add private outdoor jacuzzis or plunge pools. Highlights include a private, serviced beach lounge, two enormous heated pools, a wellness center, and two restaurants: an Italian fine-dining joint and a casual Italian pizzeria and bistro.
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48. Voreina Gallery Suites – Pyrgos
Hotel phone: +30 22860 30165
Charming boutique collection of nine suites and one villa on the north-facing slope of the mountain in Pyrgos. All of the suites and the villa have a curated selection of local and Greek artworks, panoramic views over the east and west sides of the island, and private jacuzzis or heated pools. All but one have a kitchen. Breakfast is always complimentary and delivered to each suite daily. Privacy and space are paramount here. Wonderful location just a short walk from the heart of a traditional, medieval settlement with a maze of stairs and pathways threaded with churches, tavernas, local shops, and galleries. A rental car is useful for stays here.
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49. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa – Monolithos Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22860 37093
Spirited, boutique resort with a trendy beach club, Olympic-sized pool with a swim-up bar, and a rejuvenating spa. Nikki Beach caters to a younger crowd with social events several times a week, such as Rosé Saturdays, Sunday Brunches, beach parties, live music, and more. The all-day beachside restaurant cooks up organic, international dishes inspired by the Aegean setting. Rooms and suites feel breezy with sea or garden views and private balconies or patios; most have outdoor jacuzzis or plunge pools. Set on a remote stretch of volcanic sand on the east side of the island, there’s not much within walking distance. It’s best to rent a car here.
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50. Coco-Mat Hotel – Akrotiri
Hotel phone: +30 21072 30000
Restful haven on the caldera rim in Akrotiri. Coco-Mat is known for their eco-conscious mattresses, used in many luxury hotels worldwide. Here they offer a bespoke sleep system with a range of mattresses and pillows customized pre-arrival. This adults-only hotel features an infinity pool and a modern Santorinian restaurant. Rooms and suites are designed for couples (though some can fit a third guest on a sofabed) and all offer private balconies and minimalist, earth-tone decor. Infinity and Caldera Residences add outdoor jacuzzis. Quiet location surrounded by naturescaped gardens, just a short drive to the Akroriti Lighthouse, the Ancient Akrotiri Archaeological Site, and Red Beach.
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51. Old Castle Oia Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72440
Adults-only, all-suite, boutique hotel with a seasonally heated pool and sun terrace with sunset views over Ammoudi Bay. Suites are designed for couples with queen-sized beds and outdoor terraces with tables for two. All but one boasts a caldera-view jacuzzi or infinity pool. Located on the cliff just below the famous castle ruins near Oia’s best dining and sights.
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52. Avaton Resort & Spa – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28988
Wellness-focused, boutique hotel with sunset caldera views. Avaton offers two pools: one refreshing, outdoor infinity pool and one heated, indoor hydrotherapy pool in the spa. Rooms and suites all have queen-sized beds and rain showers. Deluxe rooms and suites have private verandas or balconies; suites add outdoor heated jacuzzis. Breakfast is served directly to each suite, and a menu of light fare is on offer all day. The resort sits at the northern edge of Imerovigli, an easy walk to many amazing restaurants but with few neighbors and more privacy.
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53. West East Suites – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 36279
Stylish, all-suite hotel with a heated pool with spectacular views and a creative Mediterranean restaurant. Of the 16 suites, 14 have sunset caldera views and two have sunrise Aegean Sea views. All suites have king-sized beds, private terraces, and indoor or outdoor hot tubs, heated plunge pools, or infinity pools. The hotel sits in a quiet area north of Imerovigli, about a 15-minute walk away, and offers a free shuttle service to Fira.
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54. Mystique – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71114
Located at the east end of Oia in a quiet stretch along the caldera yet still walking distance to the bustling village center. Suites and villas come in a wide array of sizes and layouts, most with private, outdoor jacuzzis and/or pools. Facilities include two caldera-view pools and a cave-style spa. Al fresco dining is excellent at any of the hotel’s restaurants: Lure offers fine dining Mediterranean with French influences; Charisma offers creative Greek-Mediterranean; and the Captain’s Lounge serves casual Greek and international fare for breakfast and throughout the day. Two distinctive bars and a wine cellar complete the culinary program here.
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55. Dana Villas & Infinity Suites – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 22566
Romantic, boutique hotel with a pool in the Firostefani caldera. All rooms, suites, and villas feature two-person showers with windows, caldera views from the beds, and private terraces; most suites and all villas add outdoor jacuzzis, outdoor heated infinity pools, indoor heated cave pools, or a combination of pool types. Orkos Resaurant offers up a menu devoted to Greek-Mediterranean fine dining, while the Infinity Pool Lounge serves a light, casual menu of meze and inspired cocktails. The view terrace here is among the most booked venues on the island for weddings and proposals.
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56. Myst Boutique Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71660
Boutique luxury stay with an infinity pool and a fantastic restaurant in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk from central Oia. This adults-only hotel offers stylish rooms with private terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis in all but 2. Light fare, modern Greek comfort foods, and a full bar are all available throughout the day; breakfast is complimentary. The infinity pool and all rooms offer Aegean Sea views (not the caldera), many with sunset sea views. Myst offers seclusion and privacy with easy access to the Oia’s best dining, attractions, and the caldera, just a 12-minute walk away.
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57. Vedema Resort – Megalochori
Hotel phone: +30 22860 81796
Family-friendly, five-star resort with spacious suites, a fantastic restaurant, and a pool in a medieval village in the heart of Santorini’s wine country. Vedema Resort offers one and two-bedroom suites and three-bedroom villas interspersed with gardens, which create much more privacy than you’ll find in any caldera hotel. Located within the traditional village of Megalochori, there are several restaurants, shops, and tasting rooms within walking distance, plus Vedema offers free transportation to Fira and Perivolos Beach.
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Where should I stay in Santorini?
Deciding where to stay is the first and trickiest decision visitors to Santorini need to make. It’s not an easy choice.
Map of Santorini Towns
1) Caldera vs Beach
This is the first decision to be made.
Do you want to stay in the towns along the cliff with the stunning views looking down into the caldera?
Or do you want to stay at one of the beach towns on the opposite side of the island? It’s still a pretty setting but lacks views of the caldera and volcano.
Santorini has the wedge-shaped topography of a doorstop. A cliff on one side (the caldera’s edge) that slopes down to the beaches on the other side. It’s about a 10 or 15-minute drive from one side of the island to the other.
If you stay at one of the beaches the choice is pretty simple and not overly important. There are two main towns: Kamari and Perissa (Perivolos is an extension of Perissa). Kamari is more developed and has more shops, bars, hotels, and restaurants. Perissa has a slightly better beach with a few luxury hotels and beach clubs popping up at the south end of Perivolos. I’d recommend Kamari for the restaurant and bar scene (never crazy). Kamari also has a shorter trip into Fira. There’s a boat that travels between Kamari and Perissa so it’s easy to enjoy both on the same day.
2) What Town on the Caldera?
Most people decide to stay along the Caldera. It’s a good choice and what I recommend. It’s what makes Santorini unique. But now you have to decide which town – and it’s not an easy decision.
There are four main towns along the caldera: Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia.
• Fira – The most restaurants, nightlife, shopping. Great views.
• Firostefani – Quiet. An easy walk to Fira. Great views.
• Imerovigli – Very quiet. A bus, taxi ride, or 25 minute walk from Fira. The best views on the island. A half-dozen wonderful restaurants.
• Oia – Many restaurants, some high-end shopping, but little nightlife. Romantic. Great views.
The largest town on the island and the center of the restaurant, shopping, and nightlife scene. The view of the caldera from Fira is spectacular but sunset views will often be impeded by the presence of Thirassia – a small island to Santorini’s west. Fira is also the bus hub, so every other town is just one bus trip away. Conversely, a trip between two other towns will often involve a change of buses in Fira (e.g. Oia to Kamari requires a bus from Oia to Fira, and then Fira to Kamari – not a big deal but it can get tiring after a few days of busing around the island). If you’re in Santorini to party and hit the clubs then you’ll be spending plenty of time in Fira. Of course, the booming nightlife can be loud if your hotel is inland near the town center. Noise levels are strictly limited along the caldera so if your hotel is located there you probably won’t have a loud-music problem.
The Best Fira Hotels
- Athina Luxury Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24910)
- Katikies Garden (Hotel phone: +30 22864 40900)
- Cosmopolitan Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632)
- Aria Suites and Villas (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650)
- Enigma Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24024)
The most romantic and enchanting town on Santorini. Criss-crossed with lanes and alleys and jaw-dropping views around every corner. People gather here every night – sitting on walls and steps and rooftops – to watch the sunset. Though Imerovigli might have better views the magic of Oia is the town, the people, the wine, and the setting. It can be busy but it never feels overwhelmingly crowded. Some of the best places to eat are found in Oia and only Fira has more shops and restaurants. There are many places to get a drink late into the evening but for dancing and partying you’ll want to hop a bus or taxi to Fira. The walk from Oia to Fira (in either direction) takes about two hours and is one of the magical highlights of a visit to Santorini.
The Best Oia Hotels
- Katikies Hotel (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71401)
- Canaves Oia Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71453)
- Saint Hotel (Hotel phone: +30 21468 79942)
- Katikies Kirini Suites & Spa (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71214)
- Canaves Oia Hotel (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71844)
The best views of any town. Imerovigli is at a higher elevation than any other town along the caldera which gives it the best views of both the sunset and the volcano. Whereas sunset views from Fira can sometimes be impeded by neighboring islands, most hotels in Imerovigli have a clear view of the setting sun. This is the quietest of the four towns and there is no nightlife here. Though the town is small it has some of Santorini’s best restaurants and a few shops and markets. Firostefani is a 15-minute walk away along the clifftop path and Fira another 10 minutes where the choices to eat and shop expand exponentially. Buses go every 30 to 45 minutes in both directions: south to Fira and north to Oia.
The Best Imerovigli Hotels
- Grace Santorini (Hotel phone: +30 22860 21300)
- Astra Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23641)
- Aenaon Villas (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27014
- Kivotos (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28490)
- Cavo Tagoo (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900)
An extension of Fira and an easy 15-minute walk along the caldera path from all the shops and restaurants of Fira. It’s hard to tell where Fira ends and Firostefani begins – it all seems like the same town as you wander between them. The views here are just as wonderful as Fira. Many people go into Fira for dinner and then walk back later in the evening but there are plenty of good restaurants in Firostefani. There is no nightlife – for clubs and bars you’ll definitely be heading to Fira – but the lack of partying makes for a quieter town.
The Best Firostefani Hotels
- Tsitouras Collection (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23747)
- Anteliz Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28842)
- Sun Rocks (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23991)
- Homeric Poems (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24661)
- Dana Villas & Infinity Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22566)
Kamari has a wonderful family-friendly atmosphere, a pedestrian beach-front walkway, and loads of restaurants. It’s a 15-minute bus ride to Fira making day trips to the caldera towns easy to execute. It’s a pebble beach but the swimming is cool, refreshing, and wonderful. I still recommend that visitors stay along the caldera (because that’s what makes Santorini so unique and spectacular) but spending a few days or a week in this easy-going town is no hardship.
The Best Kamari Hotels
- Radisson Blu Zaffron (Hotel phone: +30 21071 01100)
- Nikki Beach Resort & Spa – on Monolithos Beach (Hotel phone: +30 22860 37093)
- Santorini Kastelli Resort (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31530)
- Bellonias Villas (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31138)
- Tamarix del Mar (Hotel phone: +30 22860 34173)
Perissa and Perivolos Hotels
Perissa Beach has nicer sand than Kamari, but it’s also farther from Fira than Kamari which makes visiting the caldera a bit more of an outing. Some luxury hotels and beach clubs are popping up in Perissa, especially on the south end, known as Perivolos Beach, though there are still plenty of great low-key restaurants and bars. Perivolos and Perissa beaches have a good mix of luxury and affordable hotels. At the tail end of Perivolos Beach is Agios Georgios Beach, which has a handful of fine dining restaurants and luxury beach clubs.
The Best Perissa and Perivolos Hotels
- Istoria (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051)
- Sea Breeze – on Exomitis Beach (Hotel phone: +30 22864 40600)
- Orabel Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81325)
- Meltemi Village (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85060)
- Aqua Blue Hotel (Hotel phone: +30 2286 085015)
Once the largest village on the island, traditional Megalochori is known for its vineyards, good food, and from its western edge, gorgeous views over the caldera. Though, the village center sits back from the cliff and doesn’t have views. Megalochori has a charming town square that’s ringed by churches, pottery shops, great little family-owned tavernas, as well as some of the island’s best wineries. Hotels here are mostly situated along the cliff with lovely views out over the caldera, though there are a handful of small hotel in the heart of the village, including Vedema, the first five-star property to open in Santorini. About 10 minutes south of Fira by car.
The Best Megalochori Hotels
- Vedema Resort (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81796)
- Nafsika Estate by Vedema (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81796)
- Alti Santorini Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 21377)
- Athermi Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 83272)
- Santorini Heritage Villas (Hotel phone: +30 69941 02450)
Charming hilltop village situated at the highest point on the island; cultural attractions, panoramic island views. The winding streets, small shops and restaurants, and traditional village feel of Pyrgos make this an ideal spot for those seeking the “real” Santorini experience, away from the cruise ship crowds. Pyrgos is also the island’s most magical spot over Easter weekend – on Good Friday, the entire village is lined with candles, and there’s a procession from the church of Agios Nikolaos Theotokaki. 10 minutes to Fira by car.
The Best Pyrgos Hotels
- Carpe Diem (Hotel phone: +30 22860 34090)
- North Santorini (Hotel phone: +30 22860 34246)
- Voreina Gallery (Hotel phone: +30 22860 30700)
- Santorini Heights (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22004)
- Skyfall Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 33377)
A remote and quiet village on the island’s southernmost tip. Not a lot in the way of shops, but there are some great fish taverns and small beaches along the water, fantastic caldera views, a nearby lighthouse, and a world-famous archeological dig site. Akrotiri village is on the island’s main bus line, but it’s easier to explore the island from here by car – it’s a 20-minute drive into Fira.
The Best Akrotiri Hotels
- Coco-Mat Hotel (Hotel phone: +30 21072 30000)
- Astarte Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 83388)
- Cape 9 Exclusive Villas & Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 83595)
- Santorini Princess Presidential Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85150)
- Kalestesia Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85097)
Centrally-located Mesaria sits a short distance south of Fira, surrounded by vineyards and on the way to the ferry port. The heart of the village is about 500 meters inland with a host of cave houses, domed churches, and neoclassical buildings, including the landmark Argyros Mansion (pictured above), home of a winemaking and merchant family in the late 1800s, now operating as a museum. The westernmost end of the village sits on the caldera directly facing the volcanoes. Accommodation and dining tends to be more affordable here than in the northern caldera villages, though there are still several luxury properties and fine dining restaurants on the caldera and in the village center. It’s a good idea to rent a car if staying on the caldera side of Mesaria, which offers limited bus service. There is frequent bus service to Fira and regular service to the beaches on the main road passing through the the inland village.
The Best Mesaria Hotels
- Celestia Grand (Hotel phone: +30 21072 25900)
- Noūs Santorini (Hotel phone: +30 21032 73200)
- Petit Palace (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23944)
- Volcano View (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24780)
- Kallos Imar (Hotel phone: +30 22860 37267)
Historically, the buisness district of the island, this medieval stronghold is now the most populous village on the island. But it is rarely visited by tourists. Located inland on the south side of the island, away from the caldera and the beaches, tavernas and coffee houses here cater to local Santorinians and Greeks who come to the island for seasonal work. However, curious travelers are rewarded with a more authentic experience than they’ll find in the other villages. The village anchors at the base of Profitis Ilias Mountain, built around a 15th-century Venetian castle and its fortified wall of cave-style homes and tangled network of narrow footpaths interrupted by old churches and the occasional kafenia. The nearest beach is Perivolos, just under 3 km away, while Fira is about 10 km away. You’ll want a car for stays in Emporio.
The Best Emporio Hotels
- Timedrops Santorini Villas (Hotel phone: +30 22860 83282)
- Rock Villas (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81189)
- Nalas Suites (Hotel phone: +30 69882 75413)
Historically a farming village and home to many of the island’s vineyard workers, compact Finikia village still retains its pastoral charm. Visitors here will find high-walled, cobblestone footpaths in its pedestrian-only core, along with cave houses, gardens of native produce, and a few excellent tavernas. The main draw, however, is its proximity to Oia. Finikia’s village center is only one km (about a 15-minute walk) from the beginning of Oia’s marble pedestrian path, making it a breeze to enjoy the dining, shopping, and sunsets that Oia is famous for, then retreat to the tranquility of this traditional village later for a restful sleep.
The Best Finikia Hotels
- 270 Oia’s View (Hotel phone: +30 22860 72246)
- Elysian Santorini (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71434)
- Danae Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71969)
- Mythique Villas (Hotel phone: +30 69812 84441)
- Sophia Boutique Hotel (Hotel phone: +30 69812 71131)
Thirassia Island Hotels
Although Thirassia lies only one nautical mile from Oia, the islands feel worlds apart. Nearly unspoiled by tourism, Thirassia today looks like Santorini did decades ago: mostly wild with few paved roads, just well-worn trails connecting its handful of sleepy villages, family-run tavernas, and volcanic beaches. The most recognizable structure, the Church of the Virgin Mary (above), sits above an abandoned cave village and is accessible only by hiking in from the capital, Manolas. Ferries for passengers only (no cars) run between Oia and Thirassia’s two ports, Korfos and Riva (where you’ll find the beaches) three times a day, usually at 8:00, 12:45, and 15:20. The larger ferry boat (cars allowed) runs from Athinios port to Riva once a week, usually Tuesdays. Ferry schedules are subject to change, so check with your hotel for the latest information.
The Best Thirassia Island Hotels
- Perivolas Hideaway (Hotel phone: +30 69769 70783)
- Thirassia Paradise Suites (Hotel phone: +30 69797 10682)
- Evanthia Best View (Hotel phone: +30 69875 64637)
- Agrilia Secluded Cave House
Santorini Hotels with Private Jacuzzi or Plunge Pool
There are several hotels on Santorini with private pools of one sort or another – swimming pools, plunge pools, jacuzzis, hot tubs, two-person baths.
Larger pools (whether private or for the entire hotel) are usually not heated so while people might wonder about the benefit of having a hot tub on a semi-tropical island they get plenty of use by visitors. During July and August, nights will usually remain warm, but in May, June, September, and October it can get cool after the sun goes down and a small heated pool can be a welcome addition to a suite.
The Best Hotels with Private Plunge Pool or Jacuzzi
- Above Blue – Imerovigli
- Aenaon Villas – between Oia and Imerovigli
- Altana Heritage Suites – Imerovigli
- Andronis Arcadia – Oia
- Andronis Boutique Hotel – Oia
- Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Imerovigli
- Anteliz Suites – Firostefani
- Aria Suites (villas only) – Fira
- Armenaki – Oia
- Astarte Suites – Akrotiri
- Astra Suites – Imerovigli
- Athina Luxury Suites – Fira
- Avaton Resort & Spa – Imerovigli
- Canaves Oia Epitome – Oia
- Canaves Oia Hotel – Oia
- Canaves Oia Suites – Oia
- Carpe Diem – Pyrgos
- Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli
- Celestia Grand – Meseria
- Charisma Suites – Oia
- Coco-Mat Hotel – Akrotiri
- Cosmopolitan Suites – Fira
- Dana Villas & Infinity Suites – Firostefani
- Enigma Suites – Fira
- Esperas Hotel – Oia
- Grace Santorini – Imerovigli
- Homeric Poems – Firostefani
- Iconic – Imerovigli
- Ikies – Oia
- Istoria – Perivolos Beach
- Katikies Chromata – Imerovigli
- Katikies Garden – Fira
- Katikies Hotel – Oia
- Katikies Kirini – Oia
- Keti Hotel – Fira
- Kivotos Hotel – Imerovigli
- La Perla Villas & Suites – Imerovigli
- Magma Resort – Vourvoulos
- Maregio – Oia
- Myst Boutique Hotel – Oia
- Mystique (pictured above) – Oia
- Nikki Beach Resort & Spa – Monolithos
- Nobu Hotel – Imerovigli
- North Santorini – Pyrgos
- Noūs – Mesaria
- Oia Castle Luxury Suites by Art Maisons – Oia
- Oia Spirit Boutique Residences – Oia
- Old Castle Oia – Oia
- Perivolas – Oia
- Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort – Oia
- Saint Hotel – Oia
- San Antonio Hotel – between Oia and Imerovigli
- Santorini Kastelli Resort – Kamari
- Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Kamari
- Sun Rocks – Firostefani
- The Vasilicos – Imerovigli
- Vedema Resort – Megalochori
- Voreina Gallery Suites – Pyrgos
- West East Suites – Imerovigli
FAQ on Hotels and Santorini
What is the best hotel in the Santorini beach towns?
Istoria Hotel on Perivolos Beach is the best beachfront hotel in Santorini. Most hotels in the beach towns don’t have the true luxury status as those along the caldera but Istoria is an exception. It has spacious rooms with private pools, a gorgeous main pool, an Asian-inspired spa, a gourmet restaurant, and a beach club. A close second is the five-star Sea Breeze on Exomitis Beach with two adult pools, two children’s pools, a fine dining restaurant, and a (nearly) private serviced beach. All rooms and suites at Sea Breeze include private jacuzzis or pools. Another wonderful beachfront hotel is Nikki Beach Resort & Spa on Monolithos Beach, north of Kamari. This is another boutique, luxury resort but with more of a youthful, party vibe. In the beach town of Kamari about 200 meters from the beach, Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort is a lavish, adults-only resort with a large pool, great for larger groups.
Can you recommend some hotels to stay that aren’t quite so expensive?
On Santorini you get what you pay for. That said, if you’re willing to compromise a little on the view, the amenities, or on having a pool there are several places that offer very good value.
Here are some good hotels without the five-star price tag.
If you’re in Santorini for great views and don’t care much about the location of your hotel then there are a collection of hotels a 20-minute walk south of Fira that have a great perch on the caldera’s cliff. They have very good rates in comparison to the hotels in the main towns. Take a look at Volcano View, and Lilium Santorini Villa.
What’s better? A sunset view hotel or a caldera view hotel?
I’d choose a caldera view. It’s there all day. The sunset is only there for a few minutes. And it’s also fun to join the crowds and drink a bottle of wine on the steps of Oia as the sun sets – so it’s not as if you’re foregoing the sunset by choosing a hotel with a caldera view.
What hotel has the best views on Santorini?
Imerovigli has the highest elevation of any village on the caldera and thus has some of the best views of the caldera and sunset.
If I could only pick one hotel for the title of Best Caldera View it would be Astra Suites. Simply amazing views in three different directions (north to Oia, west towards Thirassia, and south towards Fira and Akrotiri). A very close second is Grace Hotel with similar views, though some rooms down the side of the caldera are a bit too close to Skaros for a perfect view.
Nearby hotels that look more towards Oia are Kasimatis Studios, Galaxy Suites, Avaton Resort & Spa. These three probably have the highest perch on Santorini. The views are amazing out over the caldera. Great sunset views with Oia off to the right.
Near Astra is Tholos Resort. This hotel is on the point of Imerovigli and has near straight on view of Skaros Rock. It’s the postcard picture of the Santorini caldera. But it is at a slightly lower elevation than Grace, Kasimatis, Galaxy, and Avaton.
Midway between Imerovigli and Oia is Aenaon Villas. Perhaps a little isolated for some (perfect for those looking for solitude) but the views here are extraordinary with both Imerovigli (to the left) and Oia (to the right) within view.
In the opposite direction (towards Fira) but still in Imerovigli are Chromata and Altana Traditional Houses and Suites. Great views, though at certain times of year the sunset can be slightly obscured.
Oia has many hotels with similar views, but standouts include Ikies, Canaves, Katikies (these hotels look in the caldera but don’t have perfect sunset views) and Esperas Traditional Houses (which looks towards the sunset and Ammoudi Bay but not into the caldera).
What’s the best hotel in Santorini not on the caldera?
Carpe Diem is located in the traditional village of Pyrgos, 10 minutes from Fira. This is a great place to avoid the crowds, plus as the highest point on the island, Pyrgos offers stunning panoramic views over all of Santorini. This incredible hotel focuses on bespoke experiences, tailoring its offerings to each guest’s needs. The food on site is top notch and there are a couple of great local restaurants (and a winery) nearby. A car is recommended here.
What are the best Santorini hotels for privacy, quiet, and solitude?
Four hotels stand out as providing a quiet and peaceful setting far from the crowds of Fira and Oia. All of these would be great for a honeymoon, romantic getaway, or just privacy and relaxation. (Aenaon Villas is pictured above.)
- Aenaon Villas – Imerovigli (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27014)
- Carpe Diem – Pyrgos (Hotel phone: +30 22860 34090)
- Coco-Mat Hotel – Akrotiri (Hotel phone: +30 21072 30000)
- Vedema Resort – Megalochori (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81796)
When should I book my hotel?
As early as possible. The best luxury hotels start filling up six to 12 months in advance. Bookings for weddings are often made one to three years in advance. You can usually always find a place to stay on the island but if you’re booking your room within two to three months of a summer visit the very best hotels will likely be fully booked.
What is a cave hotel and where are they found?
Cave hotels are much like what they sound. Rooms that are built into the side of the cliff or in a hill. They typically have curved ceilings and asymmetrical architecture. They can be one-room suites or have multiple rooms. They will usually have a terrace that sits outside the underground portion of the dwelling. Cave houses stay remarkably cool during the heat of the summer. They are usually found in the villages of Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia. Most of the luxury hotels listed above have cave suites.
What town has the best restaurants on Santorini?
Fira has the most choice – and the best selection of inexpensive food (just walk away from caldera and into the center of town). Oia, nearby Amoudi Bay, and Imerovigli have a higher concentration of top-notch restaurants. If I could only eat in one town for the whole trip it would be Imerovigli. These are my favorite restaurants in Santorini.
When is the best time to visit Santorini?
September is my favorite month, but anytime between May and late-October is great. If you’re not in Santorini to suntan and aren’t bothered by a bit of gray sky then March, April, and November can be great times to visit. The beach towns get very quiet outside of June to September. The caldera towns have a longer tourist season but even their shops, restaurants, and hotels start to close in early November. Most luxury hotels are open from March 1 to November 15. In recent years more hotels and restaurants are staying open year-round as off-season travel to Santorini has increased. The slowest months are December, January, and February when Fira is the only town with any pulse.
Is there a must-do thing we have to experience on Santorini?
My number one recommendation is to walk the cliff-path along the top of the caldera from Fira to Oia. It takes two to four hours and has absolutely incredible views of the volcano.
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