Grace Santorini is the best hotel in Santorini. The view, the restaurant, the location, the service, the suites – everything is 5 star luxury.
Grace has incredible caldera and sunset views.
The swimming pool is the largest of any hotel on the caldera.
The view of the caldera from the pool at Grace Santorini Hotel – The best luxury hotel in Santorini.
Review of Grace Santorini
Grace Santorini is the most luxurious hotel on Santorini – great location, incredible views, and 5-star service. It’s located in Imerovigli (my favorite village) which is quiet and relaxing but still has a handful of great places to eat and is an easy walk to the shops, restaurants, and nightlife of Fira. Imerovigli is at the highest point on the Santorini caldera and has the best views and sunset of any town.
Grace Santorini Hotel – Summary
Location: Village of Imerovigli – 15 minutes from airport, 25 from ferry port, 5 from Fira, 10 from Oia, 20 from Kamari Beach, 25 from Perissa Beach
Ages: Adults only – all guests need to be 14 years old unless staying at the hotel’s private villa
View: Great caldera and sunset views
Breakfast: Free for all rooms
Pool: The largest pool that has a caldera view in Santorini
Private Pools: Most rooms have private plunge pools
Restaurant: The restaurant at Grace is excellent and has sunset and caldera views
Rooms: Villa with Private Pool • Two-Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool • One-Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool • VIP Suite with Plunge Pool • Superior Suite with Plunge Pool • Honeymoon Suite with Plunge Pool • Junior Suite with Plunge Pool • Junior Suite • Deluxe Double with Plunge Pool • Deluxe Double • Santorini Suite • List of all rooms
Best Room: The Honeymoon Suite is the best value room, the Private Villa is the most luxurious
Nearby Restaurants: Athenian House (best view, 10 second walk) • Mezzo (best restaurant near Grace, 1 minute walk) • Avocado (wonderful local food and open for lunch, 5 minute walk) • Anogi (5 minute walk)
The view from Santorini Grace looking west towards Skaros Rock and Thirassia (the island in the distance). To the north (right) is Oia at the tip of Santorini.
All rooms have been refurbished for summer of 2016. This is a Junior Suite.
The bed in the Junior Suite.
Large beautiful bathrooms.
Private deck with views of the caldera, sunset, and Oia in the distance.
The plunge pools are exactly what they sound like: small pools but not hot tubs.
Two neighboring suites at Grace Santorini. Like most Santorini hotels along the caldera there’s some privacy but don’t be expecting total seclusion.
View from a private deck.
The view of Skaros Rock from inside a suite with private plunge pool on the deck. The Deluxe Double Room with Plunge Pool is the cheapest room with a private pool. If cost isn’t a concern then splurge on the Grace One Bedroom Suite with Plunge Pool. Photo: flickr/JohnM
Beds in Greece are often hard and uncomfortable (for most, I actually love hard beds). But not at Grace, where the beds are super comfy.
Pillow Menu – Oh yeah!
The private villa at Grace Santorini. Attached to the hotel but just set off on its own a little bit. Private pool and jacuzzi, private spa (with steam bath), full kitchen, and 2 bedrooms each with king beds. Grace is adults-only but all ages are allowed in the villa.
Grace does have a lot of stairs (over 200 from most rooms to the town square up above). Hotel staff will help with luggage. If you need a luxury hotel with an elevator (but still great views) look at Canaves and Katikies in Oia.
The pool, bar, and restaurants with more seating inside. (Oia is visible in the distance.) It’s open to non-guests and has tables spread around the huge pool with wonderful views of the caldera and sunset.
The brand new lounge/bar at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Honeymoon Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Grace Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Junior Suite with Private Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Junior Suite (no pool) at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Private Villa at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Superior Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of VIP Suite at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Deluxe Room with Plunge Pool at Santorini Grace.
Layout of Deluxe Room (no pool) at Santorini Grace. The least expensive room at Grace but still beautiful with great views.
The stairs in front of Grace leading to Skaros Rock.
At the end of those stairs you encounter this little church which is very popular for wedding photos.
View looking out at Skaros Rock. Little church is just to the right.
Grace from above. Hotels in Imerovigli have the best sunset views on Santorini. It does change depending on the time of year but generally the sun will set in the gap between Thirassia (on the left) and Oia (on the right). While Oia is known for its sunsets very few hotels there have sunset views. The white buildings visible on the tip are actually looking back into the caldera and do not get a direct view of the sun setting into the sea.
View of Grace from the south (looking north towards Oia). If you look closely you can see the stairs that lead past Grace and towards the little church.
Similar view as above but here you can see the pools at Tholos (bottom) and Astra (top) just beyond Grace.
Similar view but a little farther north and the entrance to Grace just ahead (the small set of stairs). This is the footpath that runs from Fira to Imerovigli and then on to Oia. Astra, Tholos, Kapari, and Sophia Suites are all in the clump of buildings visible. Annio Furnished Flats is the white complex with dark blue trim just to the right.
Continue walking on the path and in 10 minutes you’re out of Imerovigli and walking north to Oia.Visible ahead are the hotels West East Suites, Rocabella Hotel & Spa, and Santorini Princess. You can then see a hill and then another clump of white buildings – these are San Antonio Suites and Aenaon Villas.
The view looking back towards Skaros Rock and Imerovigli from (roughly) the hill I mention above.
That path leads all the way to Oia (walking it is one of the highlights of a trip to Santorini). Here’s a view from Oia looking back at Imerovigli. You can just make out Skaros Rock.
Now let’s go south from Imerovigli. Here’s a view of Skaros Rock from Firostefani – the closest village to Imerovigli as you go south and about a 10 minute walk from Grace. Part of the volcano is visible to the left. Thirassia island is in the center of the photo and Oia a bit to the right.
A little farther south. The View of Imerovigli from the Belvedere and Homeric Poems hotels in Firostefani.
And then a little farther south. This is in the stretch between Firostefani and Fira. This is the same footpath that will eventually pass Grace and lead to Oia.
A 20 minute walk south of Imerovigli and you get to Fira, the largest town on Santorini. Imerovigli and Skaros Rock are visible as is Oia in the far distance (to the left).
A restaurant in Fira looking directly out on the volcano. Fira has the most nightlife and places to eat on Santorini.
But while Imerovigli doesn’t have a lot of restaurants (only 8 to 12 depending what you include) they are all good and many are great. This is Mezzo, my favorite restaurant in Imerovigli and just up the steps from Grace. (You can see the Grace swimming pool down below.)
Avocado restaurant in Imerovigli. It’s up in the main part of Imerovigli and doesn’t have views, but the food is absolutely incredible. Avocado is open for lunch and dinner whereas Mezzo is only dinner.
Kapari Hotel also has a great restaurant (specializing in local food). You can see the pool at the Grace private villa in the distance.
The view of the volcano from the private jacuzzi (honeymoon suite) at Sophia Suites. Once again, the pool at the Grace private villa is visible.
Astra Suites is almost as luxurious as Grace. A good alternative if Grace is fully booked (which often happens).
Tholos Resort – wonderful hotel with great views. Not as expensive as Grace or Astra.
Absolute Bliss has incredible views (and perhaps the best sunset views on Santorini). The private patios have more privacy than many units at Grace or Astra. That said, it does lack some of the magic and character of the other hotels. The owners are super-friendly and helpful.
Need a less expensive hotel? Kasimatis Suites is not as luxurious but has some large suites, wonderful views, and a nice pool. It’s also one of the more kid-friendly places in Imerovigli (those are my 2 boys getting ready to jump in the pool.) Oia is visible to the right. Thirassia to the left. Kasimatis is a good option for last minute bookings.
One final look at Grace, Skaros Rock, the volcano, and the far southern tip of Santorini (and the village of Akrotiri) in the far distance.
Menu at Santorini Grace
Lunch menu at Grace Santorini.
Dinner menu at Grace Santorini.
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