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Kamari is a wonderful, family-friendly beach town on the east coast of the island – the opposite side of the island from the caldera. It has a pedestrian beach-front walkway, loads of bars and restaurants, great (pebble beach) swimming, and an easy-going vibe. It’s a 15-minute bus or taxi ride from Kamari to Fira, so day trips to the cliffside towns are not difficult. (To get to Oia, just change buses in Fira.) In summer there are late buses running from Fira to Kamari – the last one will leave Fira after midnight sometimes as late as 3:30am. A taxi from Fira to Kamari will be about 15€. Taxi from Oia to Kamari is 20€ to 25€. Kamari is also where you’ll find the fantastic outdoor cinema – which is a must.
Perissa is the other main beach town in Santorini. The beach there has nicer sand and the town has a little more laid-back charm (it feels less resorty and more like a California beach town). But there’s better traditional Greek food in Kamari and it’s much faster and easier to get to Fira (or Oia) from Kamari than from Perissa.
The best hotel in Kamari that’s right on the beach is Sigalas – the other hotels listed below are either across a pedestrian road from the beach or back a few streets – which isn’t a big deal but at Sigalas you can walk straight from your room or the pool to the sea.
The Best Hotels in Kamari
- Santorini Kastelli Resort – Bright, spacious, modern rooms; all with terraces or balconies. Beautiful lush grounds, 4 pools, great spa, restaurant, small gym, and tennis court. • (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031530)
- Sigalas – Clean and crisp family-run hotel with private beach access, a short walk to the promenade. A range of rooms and suites can accommodate from 2 to 7 guests. • (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031260)
- La Bellezza Eco Boutique Hotel – Eco-chic boutique hotel with a pool and bar just a 4-minute walk to the beach. • (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31462)
- Cavo Bianco – Spacious rooms and suites have modern minimalist decor and private balconies. 2 shared pools, small gym & spa; most suites have private jacuzzis – the Pool Suite has a private (but not secluded) pool. • (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031366)
Map of Kamari Hotels
More Great Kamari Hotels
Romantic, adults-only, boutique hotel with cozy rooms for 2, a pool with jacuzzi jets, and an all-day bar and restaurant. Contemporary, Cycladic-style rooms all feature private balconies with pool or mountain views. The pool bar offers light bites and great cocktails. The hotel sits just a 5-minute walk from Kamari Beach, though guests can also opt to use the private beach (with lounge chairs and umbrellas) at their sister hotel Bellonias Villas, a 15-minute walk away. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 32976)
Acqua Vatos Santorini Hotel
Family-friendly, boutique hotel with a large pool, 2 great bars, and a vineyard (guests can help themselves to grapes and figs through the season and help harvest in August). Rooms and 1-bedroom suites sleep 2 to 4 guests, all with private balconies. Great location just 2 minutes’ walk to the beach and a 9-minute walk to the Open Air Cinema. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31660)
Friendly, luxury, boutique hotel with a pool, cafe, and bar. Rooms and suites are spacious, all with kitchenettes and private terraces, some with sea views. The largest maisonettes (lofts) and 2-bedroom suites sleep up to 4; there is also 1 wheelchair-accessible studio suite. A delicious Greek buffet breakfast is included. Wonderful location just a 2-minute walk to the beach, near several restaurants, beach bars, and shops. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31391)
Contemporary, luxury hotel across from Kamari Beach. All rooms and suites feature fully equipped kitchenettes and private terraces. Honeymoon Suites boast outdoor jacuzzis, while 1-bedroom Apartment Suites are the largest and sleep up to 5. Facilities include a stylish pool and jacuzzi, an award-winning restaurant, private beach area, and a small wellness center. Ideal location just steps from dining and shopping. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31138)
Blue Waves Hotel
Boutique hotel with a infinity pool, pool bar, and a sea-view patio. The hotel offers a wide range of spacious suites uo to 2-bedroom apartments all with kitchenettes and many with outdoor private jacuzzis or pools with sea views. Great location surrounded by restaurants at the south end of Kamari, a 2-minute walk to the beach, and a 4-minute walk to the base of Mesa Vouno and the water taxi to Perissa Beach. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31935)
5-star hotel with 2 dazzling pools, a full-service spa, casual Greek restaurant, and an excellent pool bar. Rooms and suites are beautifully appointed, all with private terraces. A few suites boast indoor or outdoor jacuzzis or private pools. Cavo Bianco sits near several restaurants and just a 4-minute walk to the beach. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31366)
New, luxury, hotel with 5 pools, 1 kids’ pool, a full-service spa, and an all-day Greek restaurant. The hotel offers a range of rooms and suites with private balconies, most with sea or beachfront views. Studios include kitchenettes, Lofts sleep up to 4 (their best , largest option for families), and Deluxe Beachfront rooms offer private pools (best for couples). Beautiful location at the north end of Kamari, but light sleepers be advised that you may hear airplanes through the night, as the hotel is along the flight path. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 34386)
La Bellezza Eco Boutique Hotel
Delightful hotel with a pool, wonderful pool bar, and a strong eco-focus (solar power, rain collection, organic bedding, bicycles for guests). Suites and 2-bedroom apartments are spacious, from 36 to 86 sqm, sleeping up to 6. Suites all have private, outdoor jacuzzis, while apartments all have private pools with hydrotherapy jets. Located at the north end of Kamari, just a short walk to the beach. Like Costa Grand above, this hotel is also near the airport, but it has great sound insulation. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31462)
Family-run, boutique, budget hotel with a pool and bar. Rooms, suites, and apartments all have private terraces; apartments have up to 2 bedrooms and include kitchenettes. The hotel is surrounded by wonderful restaurants and is only a 5-minute walk to the beach. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31491)
Charming, affordable hotel with a pool and bar less than a 1-minute walk to Kamari Beach. Rooms and Maisonette Suites (lofts) are sunny and spotlessly clean, all with private terraces. All maisonettes are suitable for families of up to 4; upgraded Honeymoon Maisonettes are the largest and include special perks, such as a welcome bottle of local wine and fresh fruits. Fantastic location near restaurants and next to the bus stop to Fira, making island exploration a breeze. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 28866)
Santorini Crystal Blue
Small, luxury hotel across from Kamari Beach with spacious suites and a villa, a pool with jacuzzi jets, and a private beach area. All suites include fully equipped kitchenettes and private terraces, most with sea views. The VIP Suite adds a private, outdoor jacuzzi, while the 1-bedroom Beach House boasts a full kitchen, a 2-person indoor jetted bath, and a huge sea-view patio. Wonderful food onsite, including a complimentary Greek breakfast buffet. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31055)
Santorini Kastelli Resort
Gorgeous, 5-star resort with 7 pools (4 for all guests and 3 semi-private), a full-service salon and spa, and a tennis court. Their restaurant serves a complimentary American champagne breakfast daily and delicious Greek-Mediterranean dishes for lunch and dinner. Rooms are on the cozy side, most sleeping a maximum of 2, though the maisonette and 1-bedroom suites are larger and sleep 4.Executive Rooms and Suites boast private pools. Though the resort’s sprawling layout and walled gardens make it feel secluded, Santorini Kastelli is just a stone’s throw to restaurants, boutiques, and the beach. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31530)
A family-run, beachfront hotel in Kamari, Sigalas offers a private beach area, wonderful restaurant, and a pool. Rooms, suites, and apartments are spacious and clean with traditional decor and private terraces. Studios, 1 and 2-bedroom apartments, and 3-bedroom/2-bathroom maisonettes all offer kitchenettes; maisonettes sleep up to 7. Peaceful location at the north end of Kamari, though the hotel is near the airport along the flight path, so there is some airplane noise periodically. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31260)
Tamarix Del Mar Suites
Upscale, family-friendly boutique hotel with 2 pools (1 outdoor, 1 indoor), a kids’ pool, playroom, and a casual restaurant and pool bar. This all-suite property offers a range of traditional-style junior, 1-bedroom, and maisonette suites for up to 5, many with private outdoor jacuzzis. One Junior Suite is wheelchair-accessible. The hotel sits at the lovely south end of Kamari near several restaurants, just 2 minutes’ walk to the beach and just 5 minutes’ walk to the base of Mesa Vouno and the water taxi to Perissa Beach. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 34172)
Welcoming, budget hotel with a pool, bar, and complimentary buffet breakfasts. Rooms are cozy, sleeping up to 3; most include private balconies. Deluxe Suites offer private, outdoor jacuzzis. Great location just a 9-minute walk to the Open Air Cinema and a 6-minute walk to Kamari Beach; guests of Zephyros have access to the private beach area of their sister hotel Elixir Studios. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31108)