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. The property is the most exclusive on the island; it’s small enough that it’s often rented by one group, and the guests-only restaurant holds excellent wine-tasting events that are closed to the public. But the property’s intimate scale doesn’t mean it’s without all the requisite luxury amenities—there are two small plunge pools, a bar lounge, and a spa complex that’s furnished with a hammam, sauna, and indoor Jacuzzis. Inside, the rooms are designed with classic French touches, from striped wallpaper to four-poster beds, chandeliers, and gold-framed mirrors (one suite is furnished with a white grand piano). But the best feature is the large terrace, ideal for lounging and taking in the plunging views of Santorini’s caldera and the islands of Cyclades, beyond.
Room to Book:
The four-person Senior Suite, with its grand piano.
Santorini has its own airport to accommodate direct flights from Athens, but for the most dramatic views, arrive on the crescent-shaped isle via open-air ferry.