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by Santorini Dave • Updated: May 2, 2022
The 19 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 purest and most refreshing I’ve ever swum 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 3 to 5-star hotels.
1. Istoria Hotel – Perivolos Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051)
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. Full Review of Istoria Hotel.
2. Santorini Kastelli Resort – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31530)
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.
3. Nikki Beach Resort and Spa – Monolithos Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 37093)
Trendy, 5-star, adults-only hotel with on remote Monolithos Beach (one of Santorini’s 2 hotels directly on a beach). This luxurious getaway features a lively pool scene with a DJ every afternoon, a chic pool bar, rooftop lounge, decadent spa, and a restaurant serving Greek mains and sushi sides. Rooms are breezy and spacious, most with private jacuzzis or pools, and one with both.
4. Sigalas Hotel – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31260)
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.
5. Bellonias Villas – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31138)
Family-friendly, luxury hotel with a pool, spa, and beach club. This all-suite boutique hotel offers spacious accommodations for up to 5 guests, all with kitchenettes and private terraces or balconies; the Honeymoon Suite adds a private, outdoor jacuzzi. Their casual restaurant and bar Elia serves modern Greek dishes, local wines, and cocktails all day until midnight. Great location just steps from Kamari Beach, near the lifeguard stand.
6. Orabel Suites – Perivolos Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 85060)
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.
7. Cavo Bianco – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31366)
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.
8. Aqua Blue Hotel – Perissa Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 85015)
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.
9. La Bellezza Eco Boutique Hotel – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31462)
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.
10. Anassa Deluxe Suites – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31391)
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.
11. Hotel 28 – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 32976)
A sister hotel of Bellonias Villas. This romantic, adults-only, boutique hotel offers 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.
12. Tamarix Del Mar Suites – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 34172)
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. Full Review of Tamarix Del Mar Suites.
13. Anastasia Princess Luxury Residence & Spa – Perissa Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 81957)
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.
14. Santellini Hotel – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 28866)
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.
15. Meltemi Village Hotel – Perissa Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 81325)
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. Full Review of Meltemi Village Hotel.
16. Sea Sound White Katikies – Agios Georgios Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 2286 082701)
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 Vlychada, it may feel a bit isolated for some.
17. Smaragdi Hotel – Perivolos Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 82701)
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.
18. Acqua Vatos Santorini Hotel – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31660)
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.
19. Zephyros – Kamari Beach
(Hotel phone: +30 22860 31108)
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.
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.
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.