La Maltese Estate Hotel
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.