The best hotels in Santorini

The best hotels in Santorini

The sunsets in Santorini are legendary. Each evening, small crowds gather at the best vantage points, amid the ageless jumble of whitewashed stone buildings in Fira and Oia. These two towns cling to the stark, rocky sides of an ancient caldera (volcanic crater) flooded by the Aegean Sea. But even at other times of day, you won’t find yourself wanting for things to do in Santorini; vineyards, beaches, and the Akrotiri ruins all within easy reach of some of the Aegean’s most luxurious stays.

Photo: Yuliya Kosolapova

Photo: Yuliya Kosolapova

Just five minutes’ drive from Fira, Lilium Santorini Villa sits on the rim of Santorini’s caldera on the western side of this horseshoe-shaped island. Its rooms let their views over the Aegean and the peak of Tholos Naftilos do all the talking, while the fresh Mediterranean dishes prepared by the kitchen are as impressive to look at as they are to enjoy. The feeling of unrivalled indulgence continues to the balconies and infinity pool, where it’s easy to spend a lazy day taking in the stunning panoramas accompanied by a cocktail or two. Close to the northern tip of the island in Oia, each of the whitewashed rooms at Katikies Hotel boasts a private terrace with views across the caldera. Here guests are able to enjoy an American breakfast and a glass of champagne each morning. In addition to hot tubs and an infinity pool, there are two on-site restaurants: the Seltz Champagne Restaurant & Bar and Mikrasia Restaurant. Going one better, Volcano View lays claim to three different pools, perfectly positioned to make the most of the sublime sunsets, as well as private sea-view balconies or terraces attached to each room. For utmost privacy, book one of the seven secluded villas, each of which comes with their own private pool and terrace space.

Photo: Alexandre Chambon

Photo: Alexandre Chambon

Should you tire of the poolside views, the Andronis offers cooking lessons, yoga classes, and wine tasting sessions focusing on vintages from the island’s ten vineyards

Located in Oia, the minimalist room stylings of the Andronis Boutique Hotel are perfectly complemented by feature pieces of wooden furniture and décor, such as traditional island window shutters, while naturalistic curving ceilings add further authenticity to any stay. Should you tire of the poolside views, the Andronis offers cooking lessons, yoga classes, and wine tasting sessions focusing on vintages from the island’s ten vineyards. The nearby Aspaki emphasises Santorini’s long-established Cycladic architectural style in its suites, which feature thick whitewashed stone walls and barrel vault ceilings. Combining the traditional and the contemporary, each suite also features a coffee machine, dedicated seating area, and either a private outdoor hot tub or indoor plunge pool. Snacks and light meals are available at the bar, while you’re no more than three minutes’ walk from a choice range of restaurants and boutique stores. Phos the Boutique offers uninterrupted caldera views from the opposite end of the island in Akrotiri. Providing its guests with the ultimate in amenities, each king-sized villa and suite has use of a private terrace that comes complete with sun loungers and a heated infinity pool with hydrotherapy jets.

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Occupying a prime location roughly a third of the way down Santorini’s western coastline, in the village of Imerovigli, Altana Traditional Houses and Suites rest 400 metres above the gentle caresses of the Aegean, in a restored eighteenth-century building. The light interiors effortlessly draw the outside into spaces whose amenities include a minibar, kettle, and private terrace and plunge pool. The café serves homemade breakfasts daily, while the nearest restaurant is just 60 metres away. A little further south, on the outskirts of Fira, Anteliz Suites serves its breakfasts each morning on its large sun terrace, beside the outdoor pool and overlooking the caldera. A modern take on the island’s ageless Cycladic architecture, rooms are traditionally whitewashed yet boast high ceilings and all-marble flooring. They also include all the modern touches you’d expect from such a hotel, including large flat-screen televisions and iPod docking stations.

Photo: Stanley Dai

Photo: Stanley Dai

At Dioskouri Art Villas, the outdoor pool offers a tranquil alternative to the nearby beach, while the snack bar offers light meals – and a decent cocktail list – throughout the day

For a slightly different Santorini hotel stay, consider the three-star Santellini Hotel on the island’s often overlooked east coast at Kamari. With a large outdoor pool and sun terrace, guest lounge, spa, and sandy beach a short stroll away, there is a full range of on- and off-site facilities. Meanwhile, the hotel’s rooms have a simple pared back design, with feature walls and shaded private balconies that overlook the pool. Restaurants serving authentic Santorini cuisine are just ten minutes away. Also in Kamari on the island’s east coast is Dioskouri Art Villas. The cream and blue main building contains large suite-like rooms, each of which has a small dining area in which to enjoy any fruits that come from the kitchenette. The outdoor pool offers a tranquil alternative to the nearby beach, while the snack bar offers light meals – and a decent cocktail list – throughout the day.

Photo: Xuan Nguyen

Photo: Xuan Nguyen

Photo: Tom Grimbert

Photo: Tom Grimbert

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