Santorini Villas – The 2017 Guide

Updated: May 21, 2017

Santorini Private Pool Villa at Grace Santorini
Villa with Private Pool at Grace Santorini

Renting a Villa in Santorini

Renting a villa or house is a great choice if you’re staying for a week or longer – any shorter than that and I don’t think it’s worth the effort (and many villas have a minimum one-week stay). Be prepared for high prices. True private villas come in two price ranges: Expensive and Insanely Expensive.

Here are some tips for choosing and booking a holiday villa.

  • The Villa with Private Pool at Grace Santorini is the best luxury villa on Santorini.
  • In general, stay in a villa if you’re in Santorini for longer than a week – or are traveling with a large group. The best hotels on Santorini are stunning and not many villas match them for luxury, convenience, and views.
  • It takes more effort to rent a villa than to book a hotel. That’s not to say it takes hours and hours of research but be prepared for a little more time to plan your stay.
  • Reconfirm your reservation (at least once). If you book a villa 6 months in advance double check the dates with the owner 3 months later and then again a week before your arrival.
  • Booking.com is the best site to use for renting villas. Like with booking hotels, the site has verified guest reviews so you’re not reading fake reviews written by the owners.
  • Most private villas are located in Oia. Villas in Fira and Imerovigli tend to be part of a hotel.
  • Check and double check the location of any villa. Many look like they’re close to the main towns (or close to the beach) but are located in the middle of nowhere. Which can be fine, but obviously good to know what you’re getting. If you can’t get a good feel on where it’s located ask me and I’ll take a look.
  • Book early. People plan trips to Santorini months (sometimes years) in advance. Hotels fill early in the year, and villas get booked even earlier.
  • If you’re paying the owner upon arrival you’ll sometimes need to pay cash, even if you booked online and used a credit card to reserve the villa.
  • Weddings and wedding receptions are common at villas and rental homes. If you need more info ask the owner.
  • Is AirBnb good for Santorini? Yes and no. It is getting more rentals but few of them are right on the caldera with good views. Airbnb (and VRBO) are good if you’re looking for inexpensive places to stay without a caldera view. If you do see a good place with a caldera view it’s often a hotel listing some of their rooms on Airbnb (and usually charging more).

The 21 Best Villas in Santorini, Greece

Most of these rentals have full kitchens. Some have internet (free wifi), washer/dryer, and either a pool or jacuzzi. Book very early in the year as the best places fill up more than 6 months in advance.

Grace Santorini Villa with Private Pool – Imerovigli

Sleeps 4 – Part of the Grace hotel but with its own private pool and huge living area and deck. It’s the best of both worlds: the convenience and service of a hotel with the privacy of a private villa. This is the best villa on Santorini.
Best Santorini Villa: Grace Santorini Private Villa in Imerovigli

Oia Mansion – Oia

Sleeps 8 – This is a marvelous villa for larger groups perfectly located in central Oia. Good restaurants within steps. Incredible views. Huge kitchen and hot tub.
Luxury Villa in Santorini with View

Windmill Villas – Imerovigli

Sleeps 5
Best Santorini Villa: Windmill in Imerovigli

White Pearl Villas – Oia

Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: White Pearl in Oia

Virginia Traditional Cave Houses – Oia

Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa:  Virginia Traditional Cave Houses in Oia

SeaHorse Residence – Firostefani

Sleeps 10
Best Santorini Villa: Seahorse Residence in Oia

Pegasus Villas – Imerovigli

Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: Pegasus Villas in Imerovigli

Onar Villas – Oia

Sleeps 4
Best Santorini Villa:  Onar Villas in Oia

Kastro Oia Houses – Oia

Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa:  Kastro Villas in Oia

Fira White Residences – Fira

Sleeps 6
Best Santorini Villa: White Residences in Fira

Villa Estelle – Imerovigli

Sleeps 6
Best Santorini Villa:  Estelle Villas in Imerovigli

Celestia Grand – Fira

Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: Celestia Grand Villas in Fira.

Blue Canaves Luxury Villa – Oia

Sleeps 2
Best Santorini Villa: Blue Canaves Luxury Villas in Oia.

Blue Angel Villa – Fira

Sleeps 9
Best Santorini Villa: Blue Angel Villas in Fira.

Villa Ariadni – Oia

Sleeps 4
Best Santorini Villa: Ariadni Villas in Oia.

Anemi House – Oia

Sleeps 3
Best Santorini Villa: Anemi House in Oia

Anema Residences – Imerovigli

Sleeps 4
Best Santorini Villa: Anema Residence in Imerovigli.

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53 Questions and Comments

  1. Airbnb in Oia

    Hi Dave,

    Do you have any experience with the “Ivory Suite” villa in Oia? It looks amazing, but there are not many reviews. Any information is much appreciated!

    Best,
    Nancy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I don’t recommend using Airbnb in Santorini. I hear of plenty of fraud and last-minute cancellations. But you’re right, it does look nice.

  2. Apartment Rental in Santorini

    Hi, Dave. Is it possible to find any standard apartment anywhere in Santorini, since I’m planning to move there for 2 months because of the job? I was searching on the Internet and I really couldn’t find anything reasonably priced.
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It’s best (easiest) to wait until you’re there and then ask around and look at posted rental sheets scattered around Fira and Oia.

  3. Villa with Great Views close to the Beach

    My boyfriend and I are interested in staying in a villa or hotel that is close to the beach and has great views. Which one would you recommend?
    Sasha Borowsky

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Basically, you have to pick one (caldera views) or the other (beach). The beach and caldera are on opposite sides of the islands so you can’t have both.

  4. Santorini Mansion Hotel

    Hi Dave,
    We are planning to stay at the Santorini Mansion in Imerovigli. Looking at the location it looks good. Any thoughts/suggestions ?

    Thanks.
    Bhavik

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A nice 3-star hotel with good views from most rooms of the volcano. Depending on when you visit, most likely won’t have a sunset view as it’s south of the Skaros Rock headland.

  5. Review of Greek Villa Escapes

    Please can you help?
    Have you heard of Greek Villa Escapes?
    Would you recommend booking a villa with them?

    I cannot find any reviews of them but on the website it all sounds very good.
    Would just like to put my mind at rest before booking with them.

    Thank you so much Dave for any help you can give.
    This would be very much appreciated!

    Krgds Yvette

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I have not heard of Greek Villa Escapes (good or bad) but looking at the site I’m very skeptical. The sheer number of places all with idyllic pools and views. Some of those places I know and I’d be very surprised that they’d be using a 3rd-party to rent their villas. And finally (and most important) the site was just registered in December of 2016 and now has all these great villas for rent. I can not say for sure, and I could certainly be wrong, but there is no way I would book a place on that site.

  6. Amaya Villas in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    My husband and I are looking to stay at Amaya Villas in Oia for 3 nights. Do you have any comments about this property? Do they all have caldera views to watch a beautiful sunset? Aryaa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Very nice place in a great (quiet) location. Wonderful caldera views but no sunset views – you’ll need to walk into town (about 10 minutes) to see the sunset.

  7. Santorini Villa for Group of 10

    We are 10 women travelling to Santorini in September and wondering where would be the best place for a range of ages and 10 of us to stay. Looking for $1200 range per night for all of us. Are hotels or villas the best way to go? Villas seem to have booked up fast.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The 7-bedroom presidential villa at the Ambassador Suites will be able to fit you but there aren’t many that size and otherwise you’re best at a hotel (in multiple rooms) in one of the main towns: Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia.

  8. Large Villa for Family

    Hi Dave,

    Watched your video again with my daughter. We are all excited to see Santorini. Thank you for getting back to me. Staying in Fira sounds like the best option. Do any of the hotels have larger Villas attached? Do you know of a luxury concierge service that may be able to help us locate a private home with 6 rooms? It is always so much more fun to all hang out together in a home 🙂 If there is no other option, what nice Hotel would you recommend for a group of our size? I appreciate any advice you may have!

    ευχαριστώ,

    Lynn Valverde

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I don’t know of a large villa like you need. For hotels Aria Suites in Fira has a nice patio/pool area and beautiful suites that would work perfectly for a large group. But they might not have the availability you need for June.

  9. Santorini Villa for Large Family Group

    Hi Dave,

    Great website and video on Santorini! Looks fun and beautiful can’t wait to go! We are looking for a luxury house for a vacation the last week of June. My sister and I along with our husbands and 6 adult children (ranging 18 to 25 – Ideally 6 bedrooms). It looks like Fira may be more fun for the kids – but we are all up for a good time. Also wondering about paddle boarding and charting boats for day excursions to other islands. Would appreciate any advice.

    ευχαριστώ!

    Lynn Valverde

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, Fira will offer more to do. Unfortunately not a lot along the caldera for a group that large. Better to go with a hotel and multiple rooms. You could find something in Akrotiri (for example) but then you have to deal with getting a large group into Fira anytime you want to do something.

  10. Cave Suite with Private Pool

    Dave,
    I would like a cave apartment with a private pool, covered outdoor space and caldera views that is walking distance to bars and restaurants for 3-4 people. It is next to impossible to pick one from the rental sites. Do you have any suggestions for something moderately priced in early June?
    Angela DioGuardi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      The King Suite with Whirlpool at Keti Hotel is marvelous and sleeps 3 (there’s a pull out sofa). If there were 4 of you you could take both King Suites (there are 2 of them right beside each other and down at the base of the hotel with lots of privacy).

  11. Private Pool at Grace Villa

    Does private pool at Grace villa mean only usage for those within your party?
    David Harper

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes. Pool use is only for the guests at the villa.

  12. Private Villa in Santorini

    Hi Dave, really interested to find your website. My husband and I have always wanted to visit Santorini. We have the opportunity for a break in early July 2017. We are looking for a truly private villa (not over-looked) with sunset views and struggling to work out whether there is such a thing!

    We are planning a 10 day break – first week in a villa and last few days at a hotel. Should we stay on another island for the truly private villa week and then come to santorini for the last few days or can you recommend a villa on santorini that fits our hopes?!

    Thank you,
    Sally

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It sounds like you really want privacy and a sunset view and you’re right, that’s rare on Santorini. You can have privacy and no sunset/caldera view. And you can have modest privacy and a sunset/caldera view but not one with complete privacy and a view. Paros and Naxos will be a better bet.

  13. 270 Oias View Villas

    I want a luxury villa for 6 adults with great views and a large pool.
    What do you think of 270 Oia’s View?

    Ruth

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      They are very nice villas with a nice perch overlooking Oia – but they don’t really have caldera views. They’re back from the cliff a little bit and look more to the east than the west, which isn’t bad but most people come to Santorini for the caldera (west) view so you might feel a little cheated here. It’s a pleasant 15 minute walk along the caldera path to central Oia and its shops and restaurants.

  14. White Pearl Villas in Oia

    Hi Dave,

    My Fiance and I are going to Oia for our honeymoon next year (early October) and considering staying at White Pearl Villas. How is the location for those villas? On the map, it looks great. I want us to be close to shops and restaurants, but not too close to the business.

    I was also considering booking a catamaran excursion during our time there – will the water be warm enough for that or should we skip it since we’ll only be on the island for 5 days?

    P.S. I’d love to see a specific post on favorite restaurants on the island!

    Thanks!
    Danielle Ferrario

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Most of the villas at White Pearl are located around Katikies and La Perla (watch the video to get a sense of the area). There is also the Sunset Chaser Villa that is located about a 10 minute walk from here (more central but both locations are easy walks to restaurants and shops) and has sunset views (the others have caldera views). With 5 days I would take an afternoon to do a boat tour of the caldera and volcano. These are my favorite restaurants on Santorini.

  15. Island with Great Beaches

    Good day Dave,
    I am completely torn. I would like to book a family holiday in June or July next year. I have a 2 year old who will be about 2,5 years when we travel. Santorini look lovely and glamorous in pictures, but is it really “all that” I’m looking for a get away that is 5-7 days long, spending most of our days on the beach moasing about little eateries, access to bakeries and mini market if required without having to travel in a car if it can be prevented. I don’t want to be surrounded by hundreds of tourists, specifically if young and intent on a party. Which is awesome but just not what I’m looking for. I love the cave like houses so pretty, but is Santorini for me or should I be looking rather at Corfu or Kefolonia that look not so idyllic? Santorini in theory is great but will it work for what I’ve mentioned above. Stacey

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      If beaches and a small village feel are the most important factor then look at Naxos (staying in Naxos Town or in one of the beach towns) or Ios (staying at Mylopotas).

  16. Reasonably Priced Santorini Villa for 6

    Hi Dave coming to Santorini in early August for 4 nights group of 6. Can you please recommend a villa that is reasonably priced? Many thanks Joy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      “Reasonably priced” means different things to different people, but the Cave Villa at Blue Angel in Fira has incredible views with 3 bedrooms, a kitchen, hot tub (in room), and plunge pool (on roof, not heated). Not 5-star and not cheap, but far from the most expensive and pretty good value for what you get.

  17. Rhenia's House in Oia

    Dave

    A group of us-in total 4 are contemplating to stay in Rhenias House in Oia.
    Your advices will be much appreciated regarding architecture, comfort, location, and views.
    Thank you
    Peter

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      I’ve never been inside but it has a good central location and nice views of the caldera (but no sunset views).

  18. Villa for Group of Adults

    Hello,
    We are hoping to visit Santorini in June 2017, 4-6 adults. Family vacation celebrating a big birthday. We would love to stay in a villa with views and walking distance to a town and close to a beach if possible.
    Any suggestions?
    Nina Marco

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      You have to choose between caldera views or beach? You can’t have both: the caldera is on one side of the island, the beaches are on the other. Oia has the most villas (though that word means different things to different people and often they just want a large hotel suite) – but it’s the farthest caldera town from the beach towns.

  19. Insolita Villa in Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I plan a week in Santorini (the dates still have to be precisely defined – some time between April 1st and 15th 2017) and I fell mad in love of the “Villa Insolito” in Emporio, through the pictures I’ve seen. Do you have any feedback or advice ?

    We will be 4 to 5 people, from 35 – 47, and not afraid to be a little bit isolated, BUT I couldn’t find anything regarding the exact location, the view, etc… We also planned to rent a car.

    Diane Mars

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      A little remote is an understatement. Emporio itself can feel isolated from the main towns of the island and this is 10 minutes from there. You’re looking at 30 minutes or more to get to the caldera towns (e.g. Fira). Pictures do look nice but the view is of the east coast – you’re a long way from views of the caldera.

      1. Diane Mars

        Thanks a lot for your answer 🙂 So I will double-check. You were really helpful!

  20. Villa with Private Pool and Hot Tub

    Going with my husband for three nights in mid October 2016, would like to have a private pool with beautiful views and also a hot tub with maximum privacy. Can you advise the best ones?
    Is the weather warm at this time of the year (Mid-October)

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Very few villas have both private pool and hot tub – but the villa at Grace has both and is wonderful. Lots of privacy from other guests. It is a 2 bedroom villa so if you chose it you would have some extra space. The weather in mid October can be anything from coolish to warm but sunny weather is likely regardless of the temperature.

  21. Affordable Villa on Santorini

    Hey Dave, looking at renting a villa for late September 2017. It needs to sleep 6 people for 7 nights. Any ideas please? Kinda want to be close to a town. Will this set me back a fortune?

    Caroline

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Oia Sunset Villas is beautiful, walking distance to Oia, sleeps 6, and is not crazy expensive. The catch is that it doesn’t have a caldera view (it looks north towards Oia) and there’s not a lot immediately around it. Yes, if you want it all (caldera view, sleeps 6, right in town) then it’s going to be a lot more. If you compromise on something (usually location) the price will come down a lot.

  22. Villa for Wedding in Santorini?

    Hi Dave – what are your thoughts on Cavo Vantus?
    I’m thinking about hiring it out for a wedding.
    It looks like its the middle of nowhere so I’m a bit worried about transport into town.
    Do you have any other suggestions for private villa for wedding?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Yes, a beautiful place but a little isolated. You’d need a rental car and getting your guests back to their hotels would be a concern. Oia Mansion is a beautiful villa right in the heart of Oia with great sunset views (but not sure on the size of your group).

  23. West East Suites in Imerovigli

    Hello:

    We are traveling to Santorini in July they recommend us the West East Suites in Imerovigl. Do you recommend them?
    Are they conveniently located, please advise.
    Thank You
    Fiorella

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      They are brand new and very nice. Great views of the caldera and sunset. Imerovigli is about a 10 to 12 minute walk away (up hill). There you will find a few small grocery stores and a half-dozen very good restaurants.

  24. Villa with Caldera View

    Hi,
    Really wonderful and helpful site!

    I am traveling to Santorini in a group of 5 adults + 1 baby (5 months) in July 2016. We are interested in renting a villa in one of the caldera towns. Do you have any good recommendations? Our budget is flexible but I know we may have little options considering we will have a very young child with us.

    Thanks very much,
    Alisha

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Oia Mansion is awesome. I love this place – one of my favorites on the island. Incredible views of the sunset and right in the heart of Oia. The villa sleeps 8 and accepts children (as you have the whole place to yourself).

  25. Rental for 2 Months in Greece

    Hi Dave

    Thanks for the wealth of information on your site. Now that we have both retired, we would like to rent a wee place for 2 in Santorini-our favourite- over the winter Nov/Dec or Jan/Feb to escape the grey gloom in Scotland.
    How easy is it to find 2 month rentals? Would you recommend another island over Santorini for a Greek winter rental?
    We can’t wait to return in a few weeks for a break in Santorini.

    Kind regards
    Moira

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      It will be very quiet and the weather can be terrible (or not) from late November until February. Some people still love visiting during this time but you need to be prepared for rain and at least a few storms. Most businesses will be closed during the winter but there will always be enough open to get by. Crete and Rhodes would be two other islands to consider but the weather there will be much the same. Both have substantial local populations which keep the islands a little more busy than most during the winter.

  26. Villa between Fira and Oia

    Hi Dave,

    I am so happy I came across your site when planning my trip to Greece. The amount of information here is incredible!

    I have a question though – I want to stay in this little villa between Fira and Oia but it says I need to rent a car. I saw in another one of your pages that renting a car is pretty easy. If I do not get an international Driver’s License, Are there no taxis or other means of transportation?

    Help appreciated!!!

    Julie Tayag

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Guide to Greece

      Renting a car is easy on Santorini and no you don’t absolutely need an International Drivers License. (I know I have said before that you should have it but they seemed to have relaxed this in recent years and now it’s not a problem to rent without one.) In any case, buses and taxis are easy to get along the road from Fira to Oia.

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