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• Santorini Luxury Hotels
• Where Should I Stay in Santorini?
• Fira Hotels
• Oia Hotels
• Imerovigli Hotels
• Firostefani Hotels
• Kamari Hotels
• Perissa Hotels
• Megalochori Hotels
• Pyrgos Hotels
• Akrotiri Hotels
• Private Jacuzzis & Plunge Pools
Santorini Hotels – Tips & Advice
- Book hotels early. The best Santorini hotels sellout 6 to 10 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.)
- Best Santorini Luxury Hotels: Grace • Katikies
- Best Santorini Boutique Hotels: Cosmopolitan Suites • Aspaki Exclusive Hotel • Carpe Diem • Tsitouras Collection
- Best Santorini Honeymoon Hotels: Cosmopolitan Suites • Katikies • Oia Castle Luxury Suites • Cavo Tagoo
- Best Santorini Hotels for Families: Aria Suites • Tsitouras Collection • Andronis Concept Wellness Resort • Andronis Arcadia
- Best Santorini Towns: Fira, Oia, Imerovigli, and Firostefani. They all have fantastic views of the volcano and caldera. These are the towns that make Santorini so special.
- Best Fira Hotels: Athina Luxury Suites • Katikies Garden • Cosmopolitan Suites
- Best Oia Hotels: Katikies • Canaves Oia Suites • Perivolas
- Best Imerovigli Hotels: Grace • The Vasilicos • Astra Suites
- Best Firostefani Hotels: Tsitouras Collection • Dana Villas & Infinity Suites • Homeric Poems
- Santorini Hotels with Best Sunset View: Grace • Esperas Traditional Houses • Santorini Princess Spa Hotel • Celestia Grand
- Good Cheap Hotels in Fira: Costa Marina Villa (no view) • Noni’s Apartments (caldera view)
- Good Cheap Hotels in Oia: Zoe Aegeas (caldera view) • Anemomilos (no view) • Strogili (caldera view)
- Good Cheap Hotels in Imerovigli: Merovigliosso (some rooms with caldera views) • Kasimatis Studios (caldera view)
- Good Cheap Hotels in Firostefani: Hotel Sofia (no view) • Agali Houses (caldera view)
- Best New Hotels in Santorini: Saint • Andronis Arcadia
- Best restaurants in Santorini: Metaxi Mas (Exo Gonia) • Cava Alta (Pyrgos) • Athenian House (Imerovigli) • Argo (Fira) • Lucky’s Souvlaki (Fira) • Ammoudi Fish Taverna (Ammoudi Bay) • Roka (Oia) • Candouni (Oia) • Avocado (Imerovigli) • Cave of Nikolas (Akrotiri) • Savvas Popeye Taverna (Perivolos)
- Best bars in Santorini: PK Cocktail Bar (Fira – great cocktails and sunset views) • Franco’s Cafe (Pyrgos – romantic spot for sunsets and champagne cocktails) • Tropical (Fira – great views and sunset) • Kira Thira Jazz Bar (Fira – small club, great vibe) • Two Brothers (Fira – fun, friendly, and crazy) • Koo Club (Fira – best dance club) • Marykay’s Hassapiko (Oia – super fun, the only true bar in Oia)
- Helpful links: Santorini Travel Blog • Best Things to Do on Santorini • Best Time to Visit Santorini • Best Restaurants on Santorini • Best Beaches on Santorini • Best Towns on Santorini • Last Minute Santorini • Best Infinity Pools on Santorini • Athens to Santorini • Mykonos to Santorini • Crete to Santorini
The 41 Best Hotels in Santorini
- Booking.com is my favorite website for booking hotels. Book 6 to 10 months in advance for the best rooms and rates.
Santorini is known for its fantastic hotels and the best luxury hotels on Santorini are essentially boutique hotels – small privately-owned hotels. There are no large impersonal chain hotels on Santorini. There are no all-inclusive hotels or mega-resorts in Santorini.
The towns along the caldera on the west side of the island (Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia) are where you’ll find most of the five-star hotels on Santorini. The views and settings in these 4 villages are magical. It’s easy to walk between Fira, Firostefani, and Imerovigli but Oia is a two-hour hike (or 20 minutes by bus or taxi) north of Imerovigli so feels like a separate part of the island. The hike between these four villages is one of the highlights of a Santorini visit.
Of any destination in Europe, Santorini is the one place where splurging on a great hotel is money well spent. In many destinations (Paris, London, Rome) you spend the majority of your day out and about. But in Santorini, with those incredible views, it’s common for people to spend a good chunk of their holiday lounging on their deck, jaw dropped, staring out into the caldera.
1. Grace Santorini – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 21300
Grace is the best hotel in Imerovigli. It has amazing views of the caldera and sunset and looks out on the iconic Skaros Rock. All rooms are unique and enchanting. The restaurant is fantastic and the pool is among the best along the caldera. The catch? You need to book at Grace months (sometimes years) in advance.
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2. Katikies Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71401
Katikies is the best hotel in Oia. Trendy vibe, great location (easy access by taxi unlike some of Oia’s hotels), 3 swimming pools, wonderful breakfast. Their intimate restaurant is one of Santorini’s finest and has only 4 tables. Katikies is one of the few hotels in Oia that has an elevator if you’re worried about climbing steps.
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3. Tsitouras Collection – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23747
Owned and managed by two wonderful energetic people (George and Eleni) who are filled with passion, charm, and helpfulness. This is a magical little hotel with fantastic views, suites, and service. And rare for Santorini: few steps and little climbing are required to get to and from the hotel. Nice pool too.
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4. Canaves Oia Suites – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71453
Picturesque white washed cave suites. The pool overlooks the caldera and has a pool bar. Some suites have private pools. The magical 3-bedroom villa sleeps up to 7 and has a full kitchen. The restaurant is one of Oia’s best and the hotel has an elevator (good for people that find the many stairs challenging).
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5. Carpe Diem – Pyrgos
Hotel phone: +30 22860 34090
This understated, romantic 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 (6 heated, 4 unheated), and both sunrise and sunset views. Dining is phenomenal at the private restaurant Gaia, led by Santorini’s most influential chef. 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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6. Astra Suites – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24763
Many magazines have called Astra the top hotel in Greece and it’s hard to summon much of an argument. Suites are huge and beautifully decorated. All have a kitchenette and private terrace. The infinity pool looks out into the caldera and sunset views are among the best on the island.
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7. Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900
Stylish, luxury hotel with incredible views of the caldera and sunset (looking northwest towards Oia). All suites have a private hot tub or plunge pool and face the caldera. Pool is awesome and bar/restaurant has a hip trendy vibe. Located in a remote section along the caldera about a 15-minute walk north of Imerovigli. Bus stop is steps from hotel.
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8. Athina Luxury Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24910
Athina Luxury Suites enjoys a great location on the Fira caldera, overlooking the volcano and steps to the island’s best dining and nightlife. Each suite is completely unique, but all feature upscale minimalist design and sweeping sunset views from their private balconies; many add private, outdoor jacuzzis. The pool overlooks the caldera and the restaurant is dynamite. One of only a handful of family-friendly hotels on the caldera, Athina offers babysitting and has several suites large enough to accommodate groups of 4 to 6.
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9. Perivolas – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71308
Cave hotel with minimalist design, incredible infinity pool, and great views. Every suite has a kitchenette, some have private pool.
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10. Cosmopolitan Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632
Great location in the heart of Fira and one of Santorini’s best infinity pools. The suites are not huge but at Cosmopolitan it’s all about the views, location, and pool. The 2-bedroom villa is ideal for a larger group or family (but kids have to be older than 13). Nightlife is steps from the front door. I love this place.
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11. Iconic Santorini – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28950
Boutique luxury hotel offering astounding caldera views throughout the property and from each suite, many of which feature private, heated jacuzzis, or plunge pools. Iconic Santorini features cave-style architecture, a fantastic Greek restaurant, holistic spa, and a magical infinity pool. Service is hands-on and heartfelt; expect to be pampered here.
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12. Celestia Grand – Mesaria/South Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25900
A glamorous collection 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 studio up to 2-bedroom units with some villas divided over 2 floors. 5-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 2 km south of Fira, easy to access but removed from the crowds.
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13. Istoria – Perivolos Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051
This brand new hotel is the most luxurious property on the eastern half of the island. Istoria has a lavish infinity pool, sophisticated dining, holistic 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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14. Aria Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650
The best luxury hotel in Fira for families. A 3-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 Santorini that allows young children (largely because it sits back from the caldera’s edge). Very few steps to access the hotel so good for those with limited mobility. Villas (pictured above) are pure luxury with fantastic views and private plunge pools. (They’re a short walk from the hotel and main pool.)
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15. Katikies Kirini – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71236
Boasting a tranquil, full-service spa with a cave pool, an infinity pool overlooking the caldera, and an upscale restaurant and bar. 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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16. 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 3 community pools, a superb spa, and amazing suites all with private, heated, plunge pools. Its spa is the largest in Santorini, featuring 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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17. Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25870
The hotel might have the best sunset view of the caldera hotels and has views from Oia to Akrotiri and all the islands, volcanoes, and Skaros Rock in between. There’s a fabulous infinity pool, full-service cave spa, contemporary Greek cuisine, and amazing cocktails. Service is attentive but never stuffy, and the ambiance is warm and inviting.
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18. 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 6 luxury villas offer a blend of traditional Cycladic design with modern minimalism. Amenities include bespoke service and a caldera-view pool; 2 villas have their own private water features: 1 with an outdoor jacuzzi and 1 with an outdoor pool.
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19. Canaves Oia Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71844
A flawlessly beautiful property 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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20. Charisma Suites – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27310
One of the rare Oia hotels with partial caldera views and a direct sunset view over Ammoudi Bay. This small luxury hotel features classic cave architecture and an infinity pool. All suites have private balconies with sweeping caldera views; 6 suites boast outdoor jacuzzis, 2 have infinity pools, and 1 has a cave pool. Complimentary perks include a nightly sunset champagne event and a la carte breakfast served to each suite’s terrace daily. Located near Oia’s picturesque windmills, blue-domed churches, and great restaurants.
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21. The Vasilicos – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23143
Family-owned, luxury, boutique hotel with a heated pool perched over the caldera. The Vasilicos pays particular attention to fine details, from bespoke ceramics, jewelry made from the family’s tableware, and in-suite libraries curated by Atlantis Books. Exceptional dining begins with an 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 7 suites boast caldera views; 4 suites have private, heated, plunge pools. Located at the south end of Imerovigli, about 5 minutes’ walk from restaurants there or in neighboring Firostefani.
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22. Chromata – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23227
Long one of the island’s best hotels the recipe is still the same: great views, nice pool, fantastic service, and beautifully decorated suites that cascade down the side of the cliff. Every room has a sea view and private veranda. The Chromata and Honeymoon suites are pure luxury.
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23. 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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24. 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 newly renovated Cave Suites sleep up to 4 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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25. 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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26. Ikies – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71311
Ikies is in a quiet location at the south end of Oia (just beyond Perivolas). There’s a small pool and some rooms have private patio and jacuzzi. The full breakfast is made to order and delivered to your terrace. Suites come in a variety of sizes. Views are amazing.
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27. Maregio – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72218
Gorgeous hotel at the Oia windmills in traditional, whitewashed cave style with direct sunset views over Ammoudi Bay. All suites and the villa include private, outdoor, heated plunge pool. Maregio offers more private accommodations than other nearby caldera hotels, thanks to their high walls and location at the western tip of the island.
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28. San Antonio – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24388
This is a stunning hotel. If you want quiet and seclusion with amazing views and infinity pool then this is the place. The perfect hotel for a romantic honeymoon. The only caveat is that there’s not a lot nearby – there is a bus stop just out the door but most people will want to rent a car if they’re serious about sightseeing. The walk to Imerovigli is a gorgeous 40-minute hike along the caldera path (and Oia is 50 minutes in the opposite direction).
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29. Andronis Boutique Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72182
Refined, luxury all-suite hotel on the Oia caldera with a decadent restaurant and 2 pools, 1 heated and 1 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 3-star chef.
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30. 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 7 of the 21 studios and houses offer direct sunset views. Each studio and house is unique, having been sculpted from the cliffside by hand; 6 have private plunge pools or jacuzzis. Decor is traditional, service is heartfelt, and the location is surprisingly private.
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31. 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 3-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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32. Myst Boutique Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71660
Brand new, luxury hotel 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 included in the room rate. The infinity pool and all rooms offer views of the Aegean Sea (not the caldera), many with sunset sea views. Located in a serene neighborhood of Oia, Myst offers seclusion and privacy with easy access to the village’s best dining, attractions, and the caldera, just a 12-minute walk away.
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33. Oia Castle Luxury Suites – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71831
Every suite is unique and amazing. Very romantic and wonderful sunset views. The Cave Pool Suite is one of the best on the island.
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34. Mystique – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71114
Incredible views, great food, private terraces, one of the quieter hotels in Oia yet still walking distance to the center of town.
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35. Canaves Oia Epitome – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72499
Decadent boutique hotel with a pool 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.
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36. Andronis Arcadia – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27392
Family-friendly, luxury hotel with a stunning pool and spa. Suites and villas are spacious, all with private, heated pools and sunset views over the Aegean (not the caldera). Food is impressive here, from their signature restaurant Opson, serving ancient Greek cuisine designed by a culinary archaeologist, to their modern Greek and sushi taverna Pacman. Daily offerings include free yoga, free training, and free hikes. Great walkable location in Oia, close to the caldera, dining, and shopping, but away from the busy core.
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37. Katikies Garden – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22864 40900
Katikies Garden is the only 5-star hotel in Fira and offers an infinity pool and spa. 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 3 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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38. 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. The view terrace here is among the most booked venue on the island for weddings and proposals.
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39. 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 2 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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40. Altana Heritage Suites – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23204
Beautifully restored, centuries-old, captain’s mansion with the highest swimming pool in 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 9 suites and 7 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 5-minute walk to the heart of Imerovigli and the hiking trail to Skaros Rock.
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41. Astarte Suites – Akrotiri
Hotel phone: +30 22860 83388
All-suite boutique hotel in Akrotiri with a cave-style infinity pool and award-winning restaurant, Alali. Suites all offer private terraces and indoor or outdoor jacuzzis; some add private pools. Each suite has a unique layout and décor, though all offer much more privacy than those in the crowded parts of the caldera from Oia down to Fira. Astarte is located near the Akrotiri excavations, Red and White Beaches, and the lighthouse (the most romantic sunset viewpoint in Santorini). A rental car is recommended here.
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Where should I stay on 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 shape 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 2 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.
But heh, it’s a good problem to have. Too many great places to stay.
There are 4 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 2 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 near the town center. Noise levels are strictly limited along the caldera so if your hotel is perched there you probably won’t have a loud-music problem.
The Best Fira Hotels
- Katikies Garden (Hotel phone: +30 22864 40900)
- Athina Luxury Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24910)
- Celestia Grand (Hotel phone: +30 694 8043650)
- Cosmopolitan Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632)
- Aria Suites and Villas (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650)
- Cori Rigas Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 25251)
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 2 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)
- Katikies Kirini Suites & Spa (Hotel phone: +30 2286 071214)
- Perivolas (Hotel phone: +30 22860 71308)
- Andronis Arcadia (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27392)
- Charisma Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27310)
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 4 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)
- The Vasilicos (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23143)
- Astra Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 23641)
- Cavo Tagoo (Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900)
- Iconic Santorini (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28950)
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)
- Dana Villas & Infinity Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 22566)
- Homeric Poems (Hotel phone: +30 22860 24661)
- Belvedere Suites (Hotel phone: +30 2286 025650)
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
- Santorini Kastelli Resort (Hotel phone: 30 22860 31530)
- Nikki Beach Resort & Spa – on Monolithos Beach (Hotel phone: +30 22860 37093)
- Bellonias Villas (Hotel phone: 30 22860 31138)
- La Bellezza Eco Boutique (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31461)
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. Many new luxury hotels and beach clubs are opening 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)
- Orabel Suites (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81325)
- Meltemi Village (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85060)
- Aqua Blue Hotel (Hotel phone: +30 2286 085015)
Small, traditional village with wineries, good food, and great views (from some hotels, the village itself is 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. 10 minutes south of Fira by car.
The Best Megalochori Hotels
- Vedema Resort (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81796)
- Nafsika Estate (Hotel phone: 22860 81796)
- Alti Santorini Suites (Hotel phone: 22860 21377)
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: 22860 34090)
- Santorini Heights (Hotel phone: 22860 22004)
- Skyfall Suites (Hotel phone: 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
- Astarte Suites (Hotel phone: 22860 83388)
- Cape 9 Exclusive Villas & Suites (Hotel phone: 22860 83595)
- Santorini Princess Presidential Suites (Hotel phone: 22860 85150)
- Kalestesia Suites (Hotel phone: 22860 85097)
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, 2-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
- Absolute Bliss – Imerovigli
- Aenaon Villas – between Oia and Imerovigli
- Altana Heritage Suites – Imerovigli
- Andronis Boutique Hotel – Oia
- Andronis Arcadia – Oia
- Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Imerovigli
- Anteliz Suites – Fira
- Aria Suites (villas only) – Fira
- Astarte Suites – Akrotiri
- Astra Suites – Imerovigli
- Athina Luxury Suites – Fira
- Canaves Oia Epitome – Oia
- Canaves Oia Hotel – Oia
- Canaves Oia Suites – Oia
- Carpe Diem – Pyrgos
- Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli
- Celestia Grand – Meseria / South Fira
- Charisma Suites – Oia
- Chromata – Imerovigli
- Cori Rigas Suites – Fira
- Cosmopolitan Suites – Fira
- Dana Villas & Infinity Suites – Firostefani
- Enigma Apartments & Suites – Fira
- Esperas Hotel – Oia
- Filotera Suites – Oia
- Grace Santorini – Imerovigli
- Homeric Poems – Firostefani
- Iconic Santorini – Imerovigli
- Ikies Traditional Houses – Oia
- Dana Villas & Infinity Suites – Firostefani
- Istoria – Perivolos Beach
- Katikies Garden – Fira
- Katikies Hotel – Oia
- Keti Hotel – Fira
- Katikies Kirini – Oia
- Maregio – Oia
- Myst Boutique Hotel – Oia
- Mystique (pictured above) – Oia
- Oia Castle Luxury Suites by Art Maisons – Oia
- Perivolas – Oia
- San Antonio Hotel – between Oia and Imerovigli
- Santorini Kastelli Resort – Kamari
- Santorini Secret – Oia
- The Vasilicos – Imerovigli
- Vedema Resort – Megalochori
- West East Suites – Imerovigli
- White Hotel – Imerovigli
FAQ on Hotels and Santorini
What is the best hotel in the Santorini beach towns?
Istoria Hotel is the best hotel along the beach. Most hotels in the beach towns don’t have the luxury status as those along the caldera but Istoria is the exception. It has spacious rooms with private pools, a gorgeous main pool, an Asian-inspired spa, a gourmet restaurant, and a beach club. Istoria sits at the south end of Perivolos Beach, where a few new luxury beach clubs and hotels are beginning to pop up.
As I say above, I don’t recommend staying at one of the beach towns as the caldera is what makes Santorini so unique. But if you still want to stay there, then Istoria is the best hotel.
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 Santorini Grace. Simply amazing views in 3 different directions (north to Oia, west towards Thirassia, and south towards Fira).
Nearby hotels that look more towards Oia are Kasimatis Studios, Galaxy Suites, Avaton Resort & Spa. These 3 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 Grace are Astra Suites and Tholos Resort. These 2 hotels are on the point of Imerovigli and have near straight on view of Skaros Rock. It’s the postcard picture of the Santorini caldera. But they have a slightly lower elevation than 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 incredibe 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?
Three 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 2286 034090)
- Vedema Resort – Megalochori (Hotel phone: +30 2286 081796)
When should I book my hotel?
As early as possible. The best luxury hotels start filling up 6 to 12 months in advance. Bookings for weddings are often made 1 to 3 years in advance. You can usually always find a place to stay on the island but if you’re booking your room within 2 to 3 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. 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 2 to 4 hours and has absolutely incredible views of the volcano.
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