Santorini Luxury Hotels

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: August 1, 2018

The 239 best Santorini luxury hotels and villas.

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The best luxury hotels in Santorini with caldera view, private pool, and cave suites.

The luxury hotel Aria Suites & Villas in Fira, Santorini.

Fira Luxury Hotels

Great views, tons of restaurants, shopping, museums, and nightlife. The largest and busiest town on the island, Fira is also the hub of the island bus system, so every other town is just one bus trip away.

Oia Luxury Hotels

Romantic, with excellent views, restaurants, and high-end shopping. Santorini’s northernmost cliff town is also its most charming and photogenic, with more of a traditional village feel than you’ll find in Fira or Imerovigli. Every evening, travelers from all over the island stream in to enjoy the sunset from Oia’s terraces and rooftops.

Imerovigli Luxury Hotels

Quiet cliff town with the island’s best caldera views and a handful of markets and wonderful restaurants. An easy bus trip, taxi ride, or 25-minute walk from Fira, Imerovigli is a great choice for those seeking luxury cliffside accommodation that’s convenient to – but well removed from – the hub of activity.

Luxury Hotels Between Oia and Imerovigli

Private and somewhat isolated cliffside hotels with great caldera views. Located along the cliffside path between Oia and Imerovigli, these hotels are great for travelers seeking a peaceful, private retreat. Car, bus, taxi (or daytime hike) is required to get to the shops and restaurants of the nearest towns.

Firostefani Luxury Hotels

Relaxed cliff town, excellent views, no nightlife. Adjacent to Fira, Firostefani provides a relatively quiet retreat with easy access to the island hub, ideal for those who want to be near – but not in the center of – the action. Central Fira is about 15 minutes away on foot via an easy cliffside path, providing easy bus access to all points on the island.

Megalochori Luxury Hotels

Small, traditional village with wineries, good food, and great views (from some hotels, the village itself is back from the cliff and doesn’t have views). Megalochori has a charming town square that’s ringed by churches, pottery shops, great little family-owned tavernas, as well as some of the island’s best wineries. Hotels here are mostly situated along the cliff, with lovely views out over the caldera. 15 minutes south of Fira by car.

Pyrgos Luxury Hotels

Charming hilltop village; cultural attractions, panoramic island views. The winding streets, small shops and restaurants, and traditional village feel of Pyrgos make this an ideal spot for those seeking the “real” Santorini experience, away from the cruise ship crowds. Pyrgos is also the island’s most magical spot over Easter weekend – on Good Friday, the entire village is lined with candles, and there’s a procession from the church of Agios Nikolaos Theotokaki. 10 minutes to Fira by car.

Kamari Luxury Hotels

Busy but relaxed beach town; family-friendly atmosphere, lots of great and affordable restaurants. Kamari is a pebble beach, but the swimming here is excellent. From Kamari, it’s easy to walk or water taxi to Perissa beach, bus into Fira or Oia, and hike (or catch a shuttle) up to the nearby ruins of Ancient Thera. 15 minutes by car to Fira.

Perissa Luxury Hotels

Black sand beach town with great, inexpensive, low-key bars and restaurants. Perissa is more spread out than Kamari, with a less commercialized feel and a bit of a backpacker vibe. There’s water sports rental on the beach, a taxi boat to Kamari, and the beach road is closed to cars in the evening. 20-25 minutes by car or bus to Fira.

Perivolos Luxury Hotels

Black sand beach town that’s adjacent to Perissa but quieter, with more upscale bars and restaurants. Perivolos is connected to Perissa along a well-lit beach road, providing easy access to Perissa’s nightlife and the water taxi to Kamari. 20-minute drive to Fira.

Akrotiri Luxury Hotels

Remote and quiet village on the island’s southernmost tip. Not a lot in the way of shops, but there are some great fish taverns and small beaches along the water, fantastic caldera views, a nearby lighthouse, and a world-famous archeological dig site. Akrotiri village is on the island’s main bus line, but it’s easier to explore the island from here by car – it’s a 25-minute drive into Fira.

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4 Questions and Comments

  1. Aris Caves in Oia

    Hi Dave:

    We are traveling to Santorini for the first time in October and curious to hear what you think of the Aris Cave Hotel in Oia.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      Nice small hotel (no restaurant but many within a short walk). Great views. Lots of steps to get up to the main pathway so not a good choice if you have limited mobility.

  2. Santorini Luxury Resort

    Does Santorini have anything like a true luxury resort? As opposed to the boutique hotels on the caldera that I mainly see.

    Thanks
    Don

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel & Travel Expert

      The Vedema in Megalochori is the closest you’ll find to a resort. No caldera views but wonderful suites, service, and amenities.

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