Hotels in Santorini
Because of the island’s international reputation, hotels in Santorini are rarely cheap, and even budget establishments raise their rates during the high season, particularly during the months of July and August. Most Santorini hotels are located on the western half of the island, near the cliff-side villages of Fira and Oia. Eastern hotels are generally less popular, as they lack the sweeping views available on the opposite side of the island, but as a result, rooms are typically less pricey. Visitors looking for a truly luxurious island experience should check out the Aressana Spa Hotel and Suites. Considered one of the best hotels in Santorini, the five-star hotel is located in the heart of Fira and is a popular destination for wedding parties. While the island is renowned for its elegant, five-star establishments, there are also more affordable Santorini hotels, including Casa Bianca, a boutique hotel located just outside of Fira town that exudes a simple authenticity, and the Voreina Gallery Suites, a hotel located on a hillside in Pyrgos village that offers sweeping views of sunsets over the Aegean Sea.
Built in the 18th century, restored in the 20th, and perfected when the property took on the Relais & Châteaux banner in 2009, Zannos Melathron offers the storybook experience of sleeping in a Cycladic cave-style manor house.
Built atop a cliff overlooking the Santorini caldera basin, Katikies Hotel is renowned for its sweeping views of the Aegean Sea and the island's colorful sunsets. The bright white, freeform complex is comprised of steep stairways, wooden bridges, and cubist cottages housing 27 rooms and suites.
Once the home of a sea captain, La Maltese Estate Hotel is now an impeccable six-room Relais & Châteaux boutique hotel in the village of Imerovigli, a quiet area sandwiched between the two main tourist towns of Fira and Oia on Santorini’s steep western edge.
Popular Santorini may boast the Greek Aegean’s hottest nightlife, but this latest addition to the crowded hotel scene distinguishes itself with an emphasis on warm hospitality and traditional island tranquility.
The three gorgeous, airy rooms at the 1864-built Captain’s House are perched high up on a hill in the village of Oia, at the northern tip of Santorini. All have canopy king beds and embroidered bedspreads, and cross-vaulted ceilings with antique chandeliers.
Set foot on the warm black sands of Vlychada Beach and you’ll see why Santorini, an island formed by underwater calderas, is a favorite Greek island getaway. But escaping the summer crowds is no easy feat.
Built into the cliffs overlooking Santorini’s Aegean-filled caldera, Mystique isn’t fully visible from the road. But descend about 30 steep stone stairs and you’ll discover sea-facing terraces, alfresco dining nooks, and an infinity pool.
Nestled into a bucolic slope below the medieval hilltop village of Pyrgos, Carpe Diem’s 10 individual suites, each with its own plunge pool, are tiered on two levels.
Built on the side of a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea, the adults-only Perivolas resort has 20 suites housed in 300-year-old cliff dwellings that once belonged to local fishermen.
The dramatic geography of Santorini means that many hotels trade lots of space for Aegean views. But both are on offer at the new Astro Palace, located above the main clifftop town of Fira and its winding pedestrian streets.