The Best Santorini Beach Hotels

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Updated: January 25, 2020

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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 17 Best Beach Hotels in Santorini

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.

1. Istoria Hotel – Perivolos Beach

Easily the most luxurious beachfront hotel in Santorini, Istoria boasts an infinity pool with an attached jacuzzi, a holistic spa, and friendly, attentive service. Most of their well-appointed suites have private, outdoor jacuzzis or pools. Food and drinks are incredible at their signature restaurant Mr. E and at their all-day pool bar. The hotel also offers a serviced, private beach area. Well located on Perivolos Beach, just steps from great dining and beach clubs. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051)

2. Santorini Kastelli Resort – Kamari Beach

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)

3. Sigalas Hotel – Kamari Beach

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)

4. Orabel Suites – Perivolos Beach

Adults-only boutique hotel with beautiful modern suites just 5 minutes from the beach. Orabel boasts 2 pools (the main pool and an endless current pool) with a lovely poolside bar. Suites feature sea or pool views, and all include either indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. The 2-bedroom/2-bathroom Master Suite is the largest onsite and sleeps up to 4. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85060)

5. La Bellezza Eco Boutique Hotel – Kamari Beach

Delightful hotel with a chic 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, and sleep 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 Sigalas Hotel above, La Bellezza is also near the airport, but it has great sound insulation. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31462)

6. Cavo Bianco – Kamari Beach

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)

7. Aqua Blue Hotel – Perissa Beach

Steps from Perissa’s black sand beach, Aqua Blue offers a private beach area with bar service reserved for hotel guests. The 2 pools are beautiful, both surrounded by double-sized sunbeds, and 1 with an extra kids pool. Rooms and suites are modern and spacious. The Family Rooms (2 connected Doubles) and Maisonettes sleep up to 5; Studios and Maisonettes offer kitchenettes. Wonderful food at the restaurant and pool bar. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 85015)

8. Anassa Hotel – Kamari Beach

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)

9. Hotel 28 – Kamari Beach

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 area at their sister hotel Bellonias Villas, a 15-minute walk away. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 32976)

10. Tamarix Del Mar Suites – Kamari Beach

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)

11. Anastasia Princess Hotel – Perissa Beach

Adults-only, all-suite resort with 2 pools just 2 minutes’ walk from the beach. Suites, Apartments, and Studios all include kitchenettes and private terraces; Suites include private, outdoor jacuzzis or plunge pools. The fantastic pool bar serves light bites and especially great breakfasts. (Hotel phone: 30 22860 81957)

12. Sea Sound White Katikies – Agios Georgios Beach

Elegant, 5-star hotel with a large pool, playground, gardens and a private beach area. Cycladic-style villas and suites all have kitchenettes and sea views, some with private pools. The largest villa sleeps up to 8. Located at the secluded south end of Agios Georgios Beach, almost in Vlichada, it may feel a bit isolated for some. (Hotel phone: +30 2286 082701)

13. Santellini Hotel – Kamari Beach

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)

14. Acqua Vatos Santorini Hotel – Kamari Beach

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 9 minutes’ walk to Kamari Open Air Cinema. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 31660)

15. Meltemi Village Hotel – Perissa Beach

Friendly, affordable, boutique hotel with bright, traditional-style rooms and suites. Suites feature private outdoor jacuzzis, while the villa has a full kitchen and can accommodate 6 guests. Mature palm trees give the large, lovely pool area a tropical feel. Their popular cocktail bar and restaurant serve casual food and drinks in a lively setting. Located in a quiet neighborhood about a 5-minute walk to Perissa Beach. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 81325)

16. Smaragdi Hotel – Perivolos Beach

The best budget hotel in Perissa/Perivolos, Smaragdi sits just a few meters from the beach (a less-than-1-minute walk). The lovely pool and hot tub are served by the all-day poolside bar, which offers cocktails and light fare. The hotel offers an huge variety of rooms and suites, all spacious, from the entry-level standard room (26 sqm) to the luxury 1-bedroom Master Suite (42 sqm). 2-story maisonettes are the best family options, sleeping up to 5 over 2 floors. Suites include private indoor or outdoor jacuzzis. Great location near restaurants, bars, and a small supermarket. (Hotel phone: +30 22860 82701)

17. Zephyros – Kamari Beach

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)

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  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 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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