Sophia Suites in Santorini

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: February 7, 2018

Sophia Suites Hotel is one of my favorite hotels in Santorini. It’s in Imerovigli and has incredible views of the caldera, volcano, and sunset. There are several great restaurants within a 5 minute walk – or climb. The hotel is recently opened so everything looks and feels fresh. If you need a last minute luxury hotel in Santorini then Sophia Suites is a good candidate since it’s so new. The Sophia Honeymoon Exclusive Suite is one of the best on Santorini.


Video of the Honeymoon Suite at Sophia Suites

Review of Sophia Suites in Imerovigli, Santorini

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One of the patios at Sophia Suites. This one is shared between 3 suites.

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Bathroom in one of the suites at Sophia Suites. Everything is new here.

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View from private patio looking south.

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Balcony at Sophia Suites.

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Balcony of Sophia Suites.

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View from a private jacuzzi looking west at Skaros Rock.

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Private indoor pool in the honeymoon suite at Sophia Suites.

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View from one of the private jacuzzis looking north towards Oia.

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Private patio for one of the suites.

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View from a private jacuzzi looking south towards the volcano.

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Bathroom sink in one of the suites.

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Bedroom in one of the suites.

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Kitchen table in one of the suites.

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Sitting area in one of the suites.

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Kitchen in one of the suites at Sophia Suites.

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View of Skaros Rock from one of the private jacuzzis at Sophia Suites.

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Looking down the stairs at Sophia Suites.

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Bedroom and indoor pool at Sophia Suites.

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Indoor pool in one of the suites at Sophia Suites.

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Bathroom and indoor pool in one of the suites at Sophia Suites.

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Indoor pool in one of the suites at Sophia Suites.

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Honeymoon Suite at Sophia Suites.

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The bedroom in the Honeymoon Suite at Sophia Suites.

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The bathroom in the Honeymoon Suite at Sophia Suites.

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A well stocked fridge at Sophia Suites.

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A sitting area at Sophia Suites looking out into the caldera.

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44 Questions and Comments

  1. Privacy at Sophia Suites Hotel

    Hi Dave,

    Do you still respond to this? Going for it now.

    We definitely waited too long to book our Santorini Hotel (i’ve had a mild panic about it all day). We booked the Honeymoon Suite at Sophia Luxury Suites, however is there one room that has a better/more private area than the other? It’s so confusing online, but there seems to be one with lounge furniture and a hammock without another “shared” space. The shared space area is confusing me.

    Thank you!

  2. Restaurants Near Sophia Suites

    Hi Dave,

    I recently booked a room at Sophia Luxury Suites in September. I was wondering if you had any restaurant recommendations within walking distance? Also, is there a local market/grocery store nearby to pickup snacks and drinks? I appreciate all the insight!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Mezzo and Athenian House are two great restaurants about a 2 minute walk from Sophia Suites (along the footpath). There are 2 markets up in the town – about a 5 minute walk from the hotel.

  3. Private Patio at Sophia Suites

    Dave, Love all the info on your site!! We booked the enigma suite for 4 nights based off it being your favorite new hotel in Santorini. It is our understanding the patio is shared amongst a few suites. Does it become problematic being that there are only two loungers on a shared patio, I mean who doesnt want a lounger. Also Naxos or Paros? We will be travelling to Mykanos for a few night but dont know which island to stay at on the way. Jaidyn Downes

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I’m almost positive that each suite has its own 2 loungers – it’s a fairly large patio area. Paros is more like Mykonos (trendy with nightlife). Naxos is more of a beach, low-key vacation destination.

  4. Sophia Suites or Astra Suites

    We are traveling to Santorini for our honeymoon in June 2017. Do you know if the Enigma Suite at the Sophia Suites have loungers on the private patio? The pictures don’t make it very clear. We’re also considering the Astra Suites, but I’m worried Skaros Rock may block some of the view.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, the Enigma suite has 2 loungers on its Terrace. But don’t worry about the Astra view – it’s remarkable.

  5. Best Hotel on Santorini with Good Location

    Hi Dave, We are a family of 4 going to Santorini for the first time. Where would you recommend to stay for the best hotel in the best location. We will only be in Santorini for 2 days before our cruise, so we need somewhere convenient. We were looking at the Enigma suite, but it only has one bathroom which can be difficult with 4 adults. Also, can you tell me if the outdoor area of the Enigma suite is a shared location? There are 3 separated pools in the area. We are also looking at the other hotels you recommended like the Canaves and Katikies, and Grace, but we need to know that the price of these hotels is absolutely worth the stay there. We appreciate anything you can tell us. In addition, what beach do you recommend. Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Yes, the best of the best hotels are Grace and Katikies. Whether they’re worth it depends on a number of factors but I’d be shocked if you looked back after your visit and regretted staying at either. Perissa is the best beach on Santorini. Kamari is a little closer to the caldera towns and the swimming just as good (though rockier than Perissa).

  6. Honeymoon Hotels in Santorini

    Hi Dave – first of all – your website is amazing. Thank you for all your work on this great resource!

    My (future) wife and I are coming to Santorini in May of 2017 and are looking at different hotels and have taken a liking to Imerovigli, specifically Sophia Luxury Suites, but we just have a few questions for you:

    1. We’re curious as to why it was left off of your Best Honeymoon Hotels list… is there something we should be weary of? Or is it just because it is just a newer hotel (and how new is it btw)?

    2. We will have 5 nights in Greece – and want to primarily relax – does it make sense to just stick with Santorini or try to get another island in?

    3. Why do you like Grace Hotel so much – ie what sets it apart from the others? It’s a big decision and a lot of money so we appreciate the input!

    4. Any other pieces of advice in general?

    Thank you!

    David Robinson

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Sophia Suites is great but the two drawbacks are that it doesn’t have a pool and doesn’t have a restaurant. At Grace the service is true 5-star pampering and it (along with Katikies, Canaves, Vedema) have a different luxury vibe. The good news with how to spend your time is that whatever you decide will feel like the right decision. If you stay all your nights in Santorini, you’ll think I’m so glad we got a full 5 days on that incredible island. If you go somewhere else for a few nights, you’ll think I’m so glad we got to see another island – they’re so different. So, there’s no right answer but I guess if relaxation is your priority then I’d lean towards staying in one spot.

  7. Private Pool at Sophia Suites

    Hey Dave,

    I just booked thanks to your site and in particular your video showing the Honeymoon Suite with the indoor cave pool. It looked incredibly romantic.

    Is that Indoor pool shared? In other words does it also connect to another suite?

    It looks like the patio of the Honeymoon Suite (the one you videoed and on their site they call the “Superior” Honeymoon Suite ) might be shared with another suite? If not that seems like a lot of outdoor hottubs for one suite (though at that price it might be justified – haha).

    I’m definitely looking for the wow factor and that pool seems to have it but I’m also looking for privacy, I mean after all it is our honeymoon.

    Thanks in advance!
    Brian Iskric

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      The indoor pool is definitely not shared – that would be weird, kinky, or lots of fun (depending on your tastes). The outdoor patio has multiple pools for the multiple suites – the space is shared but each suite has its own private plunge pool/jacuzzi.

  8. Aroma Suite at Sophia Suites

    Do you know much about the aroma suite?

    1. Does it share a pool with 2 other suites?
    2. Is there several loungers for each suite?
    3. Does it get sun all day?
    4. Is there a community pool?

    Hard to tell from the photos.

    Ben K

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      1. The Aroma Cave Suite has a private plunge pool on a semi-private balcony. There are 3 pools on that terrace, one for each suite.
      2. There are sun loungers for each suite.
      3. There is sun all day on this section of Imerovigli.
      4. The hotel has private plunge pools for each room but not a common pool area (it’s the only small drawback of Sophia).

  9. B&B Hotel in Santorini

    Hi Dave, just discovered your website, very informative! My husband & I are planning a trip to Santorini next May. We’re after a b&b hotel (pretty luxurious with great views) but close enough to tavernas, any suggestions please? Also, is May a good time to go, will the weather be good please?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      I’m not sure exactly what you mean by B&B hotel (it means different things to different people) but most hotels on Santorini include breakfast. Sophia is certainly a top notch hotel, a short walk/climb from many good restaurants, and they serve a wonderful breakfast (you order the night before by choosing items from their menu and it’s delivered to your room at a pre-arranged time the next morning).

  10. Which Hotel has the Best Pool

    Hi Dave we are coming to Santorini to elope with a couple of close family to and stay for part of our honeymoon what places would be best to have the wedding for great pics and also stay, would love a suite with a private plunge pool or jacuzzi on patio. If we can’t get one of them which place has the best pool? Coming August 2017.
    Scotty Pfeffer

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Santorini Grace has the largest and best pool along the caldera.

  11. Olea Cave House on Santorini

    Hi! Love youur posts, they are so informative. My husband and I are traveling with a 4 month old baby in mid September and we have only managed to find availability at Olea cave house in Imerovigli. I have yet to find any reviews of this place and was wondering if you have heard of it? Also we will only be there for 4 days do you have a rating of the must sees – we want to try to get in as much as possible but at the same time have to be picky since we are traveling with a baby. Any tips and or recommendations would be great.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Olea is beautiful and has a great location in Imerovigli – lots of restaurants within a short walk. No direct sunset view though – but that’s not a huge deal, it’s an easy walk somewhere to see it set into the sea.

  12. Best Hotels for Kids in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    We are planning on a trip to Santorini in August. I see that many of the hotels in Oia do not allow children. Could you make some hotel suggestions. My children are age 9 and 15.
    Thank you

  13. Oia or Imerovigli

    Hi Dave,

    My husband and I are going to Santorini in 3 weeks and are still picking a place to book. I thought I wanted to stay in Oia, in your opinion is that the best place to stay? Or should I switch to Imerovigli? The Sophia Suites look great, I’m just torn between the two towns. Thanks!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Oia is busier with more shops and restaurants. However, Imerovigli has better (though fewer) restaurants and is a beautiful 20 minute walk to Fira (where there is lots of shopping and nightlife).

  14. Honeymoon Suites on Santorini

    Hi Dave! I have a couple of questions, I see there are two hot tubs / Jacuzzis at the Honeymoon Suite’s ‘private patio’.
    1. Are these shared with another suite?
    2. Is the patio shown in pictures only for the Honeymoon Suites?
    3. If you where going to Santorini for your honeymoon, what would be the top 5 rooms you would chose (Including all of the hotels Oia and Imerovigli)?

    Thank you very much for your time.



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      1) One belongs to the Honeymoon Suite. The other to the neighboring suite. But they aren’t “shared”.
      2) The space is split between the two suites.
      3) Honeymoon Suite at Astra, the Santorini Suites at Grace (or the Villa), Up & High at Kapari, and the Honeymoon Suite at Sophia are among my favorites.

  15. Wedding Location in Santorini

    Hi I’m thinking of booking my wedding in santorini and struggling to decide on a venue I like Le Ceil and the Princess Hotel. Do you have any recommendations?
    Also I was thinking of booking the wedding end of May or the beginning of June and wondered what the weather would be like?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Le Ceil and Princess Hotel have the same owners and are very close to each other. Great venues for a wedding. What is especially good is their location – walking distance to other hotels. Some venues are set off in the countryside or far from the main towns so you have to worry about getting everyone back to their hotel after an afternoon or night of drinking. As long as you recommend Imerovigli (preferably the north side of town) then everyone can walk back to their hotels. End of May or early June should be good for a wedding though the later the better for having great weather.

  16. Hotel in Oia with Few Steps

    Hi there,

    Quick question for you, hope you can help. My mom is 70 with arthritis in her knees, I’m trying to find a nice hotel in Oia with either no stairs or few stairs but due to the time of year we are travelling, I’m finding it to be a bit of a challenge…any suggestions? Open to staying in Fira or Imerovigli.
    Salma Jiwa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Two places in Oia worth a look are Canaves and Katikies as they both have elevators.

  17. Canaves Suites or Andronis Suites


    Unfortunately, Sophia Suites isn’t available for the dates that we are hoping to travel to Santorini for our honeymoon. We have shortlisted a couple other hotels, could you give us your opinion of them?

    They are Canaves Suites in Oia and Andronis Suites. We really want a private suite with its own outdoor hot tub.

    What would you recommend?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Both are great hotels but I slightly prefer Canaves. Also, in a quieter area of Oia but still on the main walking path.

  18. Sophia Suites Privacy

    Hi, We are trying to book Sophia Suites but choosing the rooms seems to be confusing. We do not want to end up booking one of the rooms which have a shared patio shared with 2 other suites as we are going to be on our honeymoon and are looking for something private.

    1. Are the double room with hot tub sugar and junior suite with hot tub (listed on semi-private having a shared patio or on the road side? or are they private?

    2. Also, we are confused and as per you which is the best choice out of Aliko Luxury Suite (Deluxe Suite with an heated outdoor tub), Gizis hotel (Junior Suite Caldera View with outdoor Hot Tub or the superior Suite with caldera view and outdoor hot tub), Avianto Suites (Marvelous or Spectacular Suite), Sophia Suites and Pegagus (though a bit over our budget)?. We are looking to spend 3 nights of our honeymoon at a hotel over looking the caldera having an private outdoor hot tub. This is going to be the expensive leg of our trip and we are really looking forward to it. Any help would be recommended.

    Anuja Shah

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      At Sophia Suites only the senior share a patio. Yes, there are foot paths (not a road) leading in and around Sophia Suites but they’re pretty quiet most of the time. Not a big issue. The Junior Suites at Sophia Suites have the most privacy. All the hotels you listed are nice but I would go with Sophia Suites – if you’re going to splurge anywhere then do it on Santorini as it’s one place where you don’t mind spending a good share of time relaxing at your hotel.

      1. Best Imerovigli Hotels

        Hey thanks a ton for your prompt reply. Unfortunately for our dates only Aqua and Efhari suites are available at Sophia Suites – and both are priced above what we are looking to spend.

        1. So with Sophia not being in the picture which of the above mentioned hotels would you go for?

        2. We have planned 2 nights in Imerovigli, 2 in Oia, 2 in Fira, 3 in Mykonos, 2 in Athens followed by 4 nights in Istanbul. Is this fine for our 15 -17 day honeymoon? We are gonna fly from India and the flight to Athens would be via Istanbul and hence have incorporated it as well.

        3. We have shortlisted Hotel Thireas in Fira, Argo Suites in Oia (Orpheus Suite), Mykonos View Hotel in Mykonos, and Electra Palace in Athens – and are thinking of one of the above mentioned hotels in Imerovigli. How are these hotels in terms of location? Privacy? overall? Any you think we should change?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

          1. Except for Gizis (which is north of Imerovigli on the foot path with very little directly around it, besides other hotels) the other hotels are all south of Imerovigli towards Fira (and about 10 or 15 minutes closer by foot ot Fira than Gizis). So those hotels have a different view. Gizis has a sunset view while the others look more into the main part of the caldera (which I think is a more impressive view). All are very good hotels but not quite 5 star luxury like Sophia. I would go with Avianto of the 4 but you can’t go wrong with any.

          2. Sounds great. Istanbul is wonderful.

          3. Good choices. Mykonos View has a nice pool and deck (larger than most in Mykonos). The only caveat is that it’s not in town and is a steep walk up hill about 10 minutes from the clubs and restaurants. It’s on the opposite side of town from the bus station for the beaches – not a big deal but you might wish you were more in town or closer to the bus station. Nice view though.

          1. When To Book Hotels for Santorini

            Thanks again.

            We have gone ahead with Aliko Suites (deluxe suite) since Avianto is also fully booked on our dates – June 08 to 10th. Do the rooms really get booked so soon for Santorini or is there a possibility of showing opening up more availability a few months down the line since june is so far away? Our booking is a free cancellation one so will change to Sophia or Avianto if they become available later.

            In Mykonos we are planning on renting a car – Will navigating still be a problem from Mykonos View Hotel? In that case we could probably change the hotel since currently we are also pretty much stuck up with the view at this hotel.

            Also, I just got to know that it wont be possible to see the sunset from our hotel in Oia – Agro suites – but the hotel mentioned the best sunset view in Oia is just minutes from the hotel. Do you think not being able to see the sunset from our room should be reason enough for us to change the hotel? We will be able to see the sunset from our hotel in Imerovigli and Fira…. and walking is not much of a concern for us, but since the Oia sunset is so famed, we thought its best to take a second opinion of a person in the know.

          2. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

            Yes, individual rooms and suites can become available. And yes, sometimes this far in advance, a hotel might not have all its inventory available online. But, in general rooms become less available over time, not more available – so I wouldn’t get caught in the trap of thinking you’ll wait it out and suddenly there will be more choice. No, there will be less choice.

            There is lots of free parking at Mykonos View Hotel and you’ll have no problem finding your way from there to the beach, so no need to change the hotel based on car/parking.

            There are very few hotels that have a sunset view in Oia – the vast majority, like 95%, do not have a sunset view and you either need to walk into town (what most people do) or walk out of town (towards Imerovigli and you’ll be all by yourself) to get a sunset view of the sun going into the water. It’s fun to experience it with other people so I think the mix of watching it from your hotel and watching it with others is good.

  19. Sophia, Chromata, or Katikies

    Hi Dave,

    I am in doubt between Sophia, Chromata and Katikies. Which do you recommend?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Sophia for the suite. Katikies for the pool. But all are wonderful.

  20. What Suites have Indoor Pools and Outdoor Jacuzzis?

    Wow. This place looks awesome. We stayed at Kapari in June and walked by Sophia every day but never looked inside. So, can I ask, which suites have an indoor pool and which suites have private jacuzzis on the patio?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      All suites have an outdoor private jacuzzi. Two suites have indoor pools. They’re listed on as Suite with Private Indoor Pool (Aqua Suite) and Honeymoon Suite with Private Indoor Pool (Sophia Suite).

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