Santorini Hotels with Sunset Views

Updated: December 6, 2017

What are the best hotels for sunsets in Santorini?

Imerovigli has the best sunsets of any town in Santorini. Many hotels in Oia do not have sunset views. (The hotels that have unobstructed sunset views are listed below.) Hotels in Oia generally have either a view of the caldera or views of the sunset (this is a simplification as it also depends on the time of year but for the most part it’s true). Sunset views from Fira and Firostefani are often blocked by the small island of Thirassia or parts of Santorini itself. Imerovigli has neither of the these problems and is perched high on a cliff with great views of both the sunset and the caldera. Another plus is that it doesn’t have the crowds that gather in Oia as the sun sets. None of the Santorini beaches have sunset views but they do have beautiful sunrises.

Sunset View from Imerovigli Hotels

Hotels with sunset views in Imerovigli.

Sunset from Imerovigli (from just above Grace Santorini). Imerovigli has the best sunset views of any place on Santorini.

Best Imerovigli Hotels with Sunset View

Grace Santorini
Cavo Tagoo
Absolute Bliss
Astra Suites

Sunset View from Oia Hotels

Oia hotels with sunset views.

This is the sunset view from most Oia hotels. The sun sets over the town and you’re unable to see the sun set into the sea. It’s still beautiful but not a true sunset. The hotels listed below have clear views of the sunset but as a tradeoff they lack full caldera views (since they’re on the outside of the caldera with views of the setting sun).

Best Oia Hotels with Sunset View

Oia Castle Hotel
Esperas Traditional Houses
Marizan Caves & Villas
Fanari Villas
Golden Sunset Villas (awesome Windmill Suite available)

Sunset View from Fira Hotels

Fira hotels with sunset views.

Sunset from Homeric Poems hotel in Firostefani (just north of Fira). From here you don’t get the direct view like from Imerovigli but it does offer Skaros Rock and the rest of the island as a frame around setting sun – whether that’s better or worse is up to taste.

Best Fira & Firostefani Hotels with Sunset View

Homeric Poems
Belvedere Hotel
Keti Hotel
Porto Fira Suites

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18 Questions and Comments

  1. Friendly Inexpensive Hotel with View

    Hi Santorini Dave,

    Just wondering where would be a good place to stay late July. My family will be meeting another family (9 of us all together). We’re looking for: casual, some place you can meet other Europeans (of all ages), view of setting sun over ocean, not too expensive. Our stay will be 3 days – 1 week. Personable, warm – maybe the owner is there to talk with? Any thoughts for us?

    Minnesota Dave

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Two hotels to consider in Imerovigli: Ampelonas Apartments and Merovigliosso. Both have friendly owners that are often around the property. Ampelonas has a partial view, Merovigliosso has less of a view – but they’re steps from perfect caldera and sunset views. Ampelonas has a nice pool, Merovigliosso a smaller pool. Both are on the cheaper side for a Santorini hotel near the caldera.

  2. Imerovigli Hotels Are Fully Booked

    Hi Santorini Dave! This is sadly last minute but my husband & I are travelling to Santorini and looking to stay in Imerovigli September 24-27th with a sunset view. Unfortunately so many are booked already – can you recommend something with easy access to Oia?
    Alethea Anderson

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      I see West East Suites still has availability for your dates in September. It’s a beautiful place a little to the north of Imerovigli and is a little closer to Oia than most hotels.

  3. Hotel with Private Plunge Pool and Sunset View

    Hey Santorini Dave!

    Love the Blog! Looking at coming to Santorini (Oia) this coming May 2018. Two quick questions:
    1) Many hotels appeared booked – Are hotel rooms open for booking yet?
    2) Is there a location that offers all of the following a) private plunge pools b) privacy c) sunset views?

    – Joey

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      They should not be fully booked yet (for May). Check back in September and they should have all their rooms online. For a hotel with private pool, privacy, and sunset views try the King Suite with Whirlpool at Keti Hotel. It has a wonderful spot down at the bottom of the hotel steps with lots of privacy and incredible views.

  4. Oia or Imerovigli for Last Night in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I booked 2 nights at Vallais Villa in June, and need 1 more night in Santorini. Where would u recommend? Oia or a different view in Imerovigli? Or back in Fira because leaving to Crete the next afternoon? If I go for a close by place with infinity pool, do u prefer San Antonio or Rocabella? The rooms and balcony for these 2 hotels don’t seem great or spacious.

    Peter Chan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Since you will have already stayed in Imerovigli then certainly stay somewhere else for final night. Oia has a different feel so a good choice. But yes, getting to the ferry is a little easier from Fira than from Oia (if you’re taking the bus, if you’re taking a taxi it’s less of a difference).

  5. Sunset View from Honeymoon Petra Villas

    Dave, thanks for the great information. We are booked in at the Petra Honeymoon Suites in July. The pictures on the website for the suite we booked seem to have a lot of rock views rather than ocean views and wondering if we will have a view of the sunset there. Any thoughts about the view or our hotel in general? We have a reservation that can be cancelled. Jeff

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Most suites at Honeymoon Petra Villas do not have sunset views – most look south towards Fira while the sun sets to the northwest (towards Oia). The views are still wonderful but perhaps not what you’re looking for. I’d email them at [email protected] to enquire about your particular room.

  6. White Pearl Villas vs Canvas Suites

    Hi Dave! Thank you so much for al your help, my family and I have been looking at White Pearl Villas (Sunset Chaser VIlla) or Canvas Suites. We will be going in August, do you think these villas have a good view?
    David Bengardi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Views are great from both (but no sunset view – need to take a short walk to see sun set into the sea). Canvas Suites are nestled in amongst narrow little footpaths that descend the cliff – “magical”. White Pearl Villas is a little higher up and looks more directly into the caldera. So different but both great.

  7. Best Islands in Greece in June

    Hi Dave,

    So wonderful of you to share all your expertise and wealth of information, thanks! My boyfriend and I are travelling through Europe and plan to arrive to Greece on June 3rd. We have a solid 9 nights and were thinking of arriving by plane to Crete first for 4-5 nights, then ferry to Santorini for 3-4 nights and 1 night in Athens. We are in our mid 30’s and are looking to explore 2 islands and their surrounding towns, do some hiking, some beach time, explore the culture and good food, and some night life. Just trying to figure out what are the best Islands to visit. Santorini is a must! What are your thoughts?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Crete, Santorini, and Athens sounds great. Crete is big so you might feel rushed. For a similar trip that shortens ferry rides and has similar characteristics fly to Santorini then ferry to Naxos (a smaller version of Crete with great beaches, hikes, and history) then Athens.

  8. Oia or Imerovigli

    Hi Dave

    We will be travelling late September – early October in 2017 for our honeymoon (first time for both of us). This will be the last stop after 5 weeks through Europe before we return home. Which location do you recommend Oia or Imerovigli? Is it better to have the sunset view or the caldera view? We want somewhere to relax that has amazing views and with a private pool.

    Many thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      I prefer Imerovigli (the best views, wonderful restaurants, quiet vibe, and still walking distance to Fira for nightlife if you want). I always think you can find a sunset view anywhere but the caldera view is really really unique (and lasts all day as opposed to just 15 or 20 minutes).

  9. Katikies, Canaves, Andronis Best Sunset View

    Does Katikies or Canaves or Andronis have a better sunset view?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Hotels + Travel

      Katikies and Canaves are right beside each other and have identical views. Andronis is a little farther to the northwest and looks back into the caldera slightly more than Katikies and Canaves. None of those hotels have direct sunset views – the sun will be obscured by the town itself as it sets into the sea. Katikies and Canaves will have a little better angle but no great difference. Andronis is closer to the main sunset viewing area (by about a 5 minute walk). These are all great hotels with great views but don’t choose one over the other based on their sunset views as there’s a very small difference – and the caldera views are more important, in any case, as you experience that all day long, not just for 5 or 10 minutes.

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