Santorini Beach Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 20, 2018

Santorini beaches are mostly composed of volcanic sand and small pebbles. These are not white sand beaches but the water is the most pure and refreshing I’ve ever swam in. The beaches are on one side of the island (the east) and the caldera on the opposite side (the west). Almost all of the very best hotels in Santorini are located along the cliff of the caldera but the hotels I list below are the best of the beach resorts and good quality 4-star hotels.

Hotel on the Beach in Santorini.

Sigalas Hotel on Kamari Beach in Santorini. This is the only hotel that sits directly on one of Santorini’s main beaches. The rest are across a small lane from the beach or a short walk from the beach.

The 13 Best Beach Hotels in Santorini

1. Sigalas Hotel – Kamari Beach

Small, friendly, and right on the beach, with beautiful rooms decorated in traditional Greek style. The lovely pool terrace overlooks a quiet stretch of sand – just a 10 minute walk (along beach or road) to Kamari’s shops and restaurants. Located very near the airport, with incoming flights passing directly overhead. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031260)

2. Santorini Kastelli Resort – Kamari Beach

Calming grounds feature lush lawns, olive and pistachio trees, and cheery bougainvillea. Rooms are bright, spacious, and modern, all with stylish tiled bathrooms and terraces or balconies. 4 pools, great spa, restaurant, small gym, and tennis court. 4 minutes to the beach. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031530)

3. Tamarix Del Mar Suites – Kamari Beach

Great for families, with maisonettes that can accompany up to 5 guests; high chairs, cribs, and a kids’ pool and playroom. Some suites feature outdoor jacuzzis. Lovely swimming pool and bar, just 2 minutes from the beach. (Hotel phone: 30 22860 34172)

4. Cavo Bianco – Kamari Beach

Spacious rooms and suites feature modern minimalist decor, spacious bathrooms, and private balconies. Most suites have private jacuzzis; Senior and Pool Suites have loft-style bedrooms – the Pool Suite has a private (but not secluded) pool. 2 shared pools, small gym & spa. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031366)

5. Zephyros – Kamari Beach

Family-run and cozy, Zephyros has a lovely garden and pool area, and guests can enjoy privileges and the private beach at their sister Hotel, Elixir Studios. Choose a Superior room or above for their crisp furnishings and modern bathrooms. Quick walk to the beach and the bus. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031108)

6. Acqua Vatos Santorini Hotel – Kamari Beach

Modern accommodations with a colorful, quirky, pop-art vibe and a small private vineyard. Good sized shared pool with plenty of cushioned sunbeds. 50m from Kamari Beach. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 031660)

7. Santellini Hotel – Kamari Beach

24-room hotel with shared sun terrace and lovely pool. Rooms are clean and bright, with traditional furnishings and modern bathrooms. Two story Maisonettes can sleep up to 4. Breakfasts feature homemade preserves and garden-grown fruits. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 028866)

8. Meltemi Village Hotel – Perissa Beach

Bright and traditionally-styled rooms and suites. Suites feature private outdoor jacuzzis, villa has a full kitchen and can accommodate 6 guests. Mature palm trees give the large, lovely pool area a tropical feel. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 081325)

9. Aqua Blue Hotel – Perissa Beach

Set right across from Perissa’s black sand beach, with a private area reserved for hotel guests. The pool areas are beautiful, with double sun-loungers, and rooms are modern and spacious. The Family Apartments and Junior Suites sleep 4 or 5. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 085015)

10. Veggera – Perissa Beach

Elegantly and traditionally furnished, great for families. Suites and maisonettes sleep up to 4, apartments sleep 5. Central sundeck with two adult and one kids’ pool. Located just opposite the beach, with a good selection of shops and restaurants nearby. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 082060)

11. Sellada Beach Hotel – Perissa Beach

Set on Perissa Beach, with a well-maintained pool (that never gets too crowded) and beachfront bar service. Rooms are fresh and clean with modern bathrooms. Split-level maisonettes sleep 5. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 081859)

12. Smaragdi Hotel – Perivolos Beach

A great value hotel, just a few meters from the beach. Lovely shared pool and hot tub. Luxury Suite has a private jacuzzi, while the trim Budget Rooms are ideal for travelers looking for a hotel near the beach. Great location, near restaurants, bars, and a small supermarket. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 082701)

13. Sea Sound White Katikies – Agios Georgios Beach

Cycladic-style houses and suites with private beach access. All have kitchenettes and sea views. The villa can sleep 8. Lovely shared pool and gardens. Located on a black sand beach between Perivolos and Vlychada (perhaps too isolated for some). (Hotel phone: +30 2286 082701)

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2 Questions and Comments

  1. Flying From Athens to Santorini

    Please help. I fly into Athens at 4:05 PM. Trying to decide if I should take a 6 pm or 7 pm flight to Santorini. Thanks for any help.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Tough one. If your flight lands on time you should be fine with the 6pm flight. But 30 minutes late is not unusual and then it gets tight (though even then you’d still likely make it). If it was me I’d play it safe and take the 7pm.

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