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As far as many of us are concerned, Santorini is one of the most spectacular places on earth. The drama of her multicoloured volcanic cliffs are perfectly contrasted by the peaceful beauty of her white, cubist villas. She's as interesting as she is beautiful, what with her wineries and archaeological treasures. And her buzzing tavernas, fine restaurants and boutiques, and calm beaches beckoning welcomingly. Now you just need to know the best places to stay in Santorini to get the most out of her! For a list of great hotels check out our selecton below, or for an apartment or villa go to our online partner,

Santorini for two

Can you imagine a more romantic view than that across the vast volcanic caldera?

  • Chromata is one of the best places to stay in Santorini to appreciate this romance. It's got an infinity pool looking across the caldera! Built above traditional style 'cave houses' carved into the rocky cliff. Decked out in beautiful, simple luxury. And designed to make you feel like you're the only two people in existence.
  • Notos Therme Resort and Spa is one of the best places to stay in Santorini because it captures the real romance of the place. It's on one of the last relatively undeveloped bits of coast: around Vilhada, a tiny fishing village. Celebrate the tranquility and views by treating yourself to a spa treatment or two - this is definitely one of the best places in Santorini to stay for hotel spa treatments. As well as being one of the best places to stay in Santorini for romance.

Show your kids Santorini

A Santorini holiday makes a treasured childhood memory. Her beauty is inspirational! But the cliff top resorts aren't exactly child-friendly.

  • Closer to the beach, and further from the cruise ship crowds, Santorini Kastelli Resort is one of the best places to stay in Santorini for families. It's a good size, and beside a black sandy beach and friendly tavernas.

Once in a Lifetime Santorini

If Santorini's on your bucket list then really experience her!

  • Arrive by sea! She's a spectacle on approach!
  • Visit in late spring or early Autumn to avoid the crowds.
  • Don't forget Akrotiri! Like Pompeii, this town of 5,000 was a thriving community until the eruption that made Santorini so beautiful today. So it's one of the best places to stay in Santorini to experience the sadness of her beauty.
  • Oia's narrow streets and smart boutiques, make this town on one of the best places to stay in Santorini for traditional style. On the northern tip and facing the caldera you get the epic views. As well as fine dining and fine shopping in the white maze of a town. Stay at Katikies, one of the very best places to stay in Santorini - and possibly the most gorgeous boutique hotel in Greece! Our gurus rank their pool as one of the best in the world.

For an apartment or holiday villa

  • Apartments or villas are often the best option if you're travelling in a large family or group. We recommend you check out the selection with our online partner,

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Santorini for you? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Santorini, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice.

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  • Rena's Suites


    Chic B&B in central Fira. Fantastic value, pretty all white rooms and suites, large swimming pool, and easy access to restaurant, sights and activities around. A great choice for a couple or family on a budget.

    17 rooms from $62
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Value chic
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Located in the centre of Fira
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Notos Therme and Spa

    Vlihada, Santorini

    Beach hotel landscaped into volcanic cliffs next to an unspoilt fishing village, with stepped terraces and fabulous views. White on white interiors with pop coloured bed throws. A tranquil hideaway with great spa and range of natural treatments. Excellent Mediterranean cuisine. Wonderfully romantic.

    29 rooms from $110
    Honeymoons  -  A wildy romantic setting with secluded rooms, private terraces overlooking the Aegean Sea and poolside cocktail bar.
    Spa breaks  -  Indulge yourself with the wide range of therapeutic treatments based on the volcanically enriched springs.
    Sailing  -  Located next to the only marina of Santorini island making it ideal for those travelling with their own yachts or boats.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Hotel Afroessa


    A traditional hotel with fabulous sea views, understated rooms and maisonettes, and fantastic breakfasts from private balconies. A romantic understated spot, and great value too.

    10 rooms from $112
    Views  -  Stunning views from every room
    Romantic Break
    Value chic
    Great walks  -  Easy access to the "Caldera Trail" which links Oia and Fira
  • Remezzo Villas

    Imerovigli (Santorini)

    Nestled on the cliffside, the restored 18th century villas have classic Cycladean features: white washed walls, vaulted ceilings & curved edges. Spacious suites and rooms with private balconies for enjoying the jawdropping views. No restaurant but a short walk from local eateries. Totally romantic.

    12 rooms from $135
    Views  -  Fabulous views over the Aegean Sea
    Sailing  -  Santorini Sailing
    Outstanding location
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
  • Santorini Kastelli Resort

    Kamari, Santorini

    Brilliant white building in traditional Cycladic style set in pretty gardens. Fresh contemporary interiors with stand out artworks and soft pastel hues. Set steps from a beach and with bountiful in house activities and a spa. Romantic evening poolside al fresco dining.

    60 rooms from $158
    Total relaxation  -  Just steps from the renowned black volcanic sands of Kamari beach, with spa, hot tubs and cocktails by the pool.
    Diving  -  There is a diving center on Kamari beach where you can rent equipment and take lessons.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat trip to the volcano, a wonderful way to explore the coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Be sure to check out the nearby archaeological site of Ancient Thira.
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Esperas


    All white rustic chic accommodation ranging from studios to suites to separate villas on Oia's coastline. Charming rooms have splashes of art, kitchenettes, private balconies and spectacular views. Beautiful, romantic, family friendly too.

    17 rooms from $169
    Romantic Break
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Value chic
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Astarte Suites

    Thira, Santorini

    A romantic hotel tucked in the clouds of Santorini with spectacular sea views. Sultry suites have private jacuzzis, champagne breakfasts served on balconies, and creamy furnishings. Lovely pool and within striking distance of beaches and sights. Ideal for couples and honeymooners.

    9 rooms from $224
    Views  -  Stunning views over the Aegean Sea. All suites have caldera and volcano views
    Romantic Break  -  All suites feature a private hot tub and all have the most stunning views.
    Private Hot Tub  -  All suites have a private hot tub
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller
  • Astra Suites


    Wonderful boutique hotel with funky rooms and suites. Splashes of bright colour throughout all white rooms, all with private balconies, some with private jacuzzis. Lovely Greek restaurant and swimming pool lounge area. Great for romantic getaways and family holidays.

    27 rooms from $236
    Views  -  Panoramic views of the caldera and the Aegean Sea
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Cliffside infinity pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Johansens
  • Zannos Melathron


    Sophisticated style and classical elegance in this 18th century mansion hotel. Sultry suites and some interconnecting rooms, cut from the cliff, have warm furnishings and private balconies. Fantastic Greek/Mediterranean restaurant, lovely pool, and lots to do in the villages and islands around.

    10 rooms from $269
    Foodies  -  Fantastic Greek cuisine.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller
  • Avaton Resort & Spa

    Imerovigli (Thira)

    Fantastically chic all white hotel with an extensive bar and fantastic Mediterranean restaurant. Rooms and suites in neutral tones have private balconies, dreamy sea views, and all the modern gadgetry. Minimalist designs, indulgent spa, and calming views. Very romantic.

    7 rooms from $278
    Views  -  Excellent sea and sunset views
    Spa breaks
    Beach Life
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Grace Santorini


    A hotel cut from the cliff's edge with wow factor views and indulgent surroundings. All white rooms, suites and a palatial villa with fabulous private balconies and hot tubs. Lovely Mediterranean restaurant and extensive spa. Truly romantic and luxurious.

    22 rooms from $303
    Views  -  Panoramic sea views
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Wonderful infinity pool with stunning sea views - the largest of its kind on Santorini
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
  • 1864 The Sea Captain's House


    A wonderful small hotel in old town Oia. Four suites have bags of character - four poster beds, fresh flowers, attractive linens, antique furniture, white washed walls, and private balconies. Fabulous sea views from verandahs, massages available and close to the beaches.

    4 rooms from $314
    Town  -  Oia is one of Santorini's most picturesque towns.
    Full of character  -  A house with a history.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, CN Traveller
  • Kapari Natural Resort


    Very luxurious rooms and suites carved from the cliff face. Neutral tones, natural materials, clean lines, plus all the mod cons and a few private hot tubs. Excellent wine bar and restaurant with fantastic sea views. Romantic and very chic.

    19 rooms from $320
    Views  -  Stunning views of the Caldera
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Aigialos


    Utterly romantic all white hotel with a collection of sugar cube houses on the cliff top. Each house, from super to mansion size, sleeps from 2 to 5 people. All have private balconies, white washed walls, and pastel blue furnishings. Lovely pool and Mediterranean restaurant.

    16 rooms from $325
    Views  -  Outstanding views of the caldera
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors
  • Aenaon Villas

    Imerovigli, Santorini

    A cluster of 7 white villas house 7 ultra chic all in white rooms and huge private terraces. Dreamy sea views from its cliff top location, gorgeous pool area, and all in a secluded setting. Ideal for honeymooners, couples, and families with older children.

    7 rooms from $336
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
  • Homeric Poems

    Thira (Firostefani)

    A sophisticated cliff side hotel all in white with views over the ocean. Lazy terraces, luxurious rooms and suites, all the mod cons, lovely pool and splashes of modern art. A fabulous spot for couples, honeymooners and families with older children.

    20 rooms from $375
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Romantic Break
    Swimming Pool  -  Freshwater pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Chromata


    Tradition meets cool contemporary on the most spectacular island in Greece. A series of cave houses in the cliffside, with white on white decor broken with stylish aztec bed throws. Impossibly perfect infinity pool and an intimate poolside restaurant both boast killer views. Ideal for honeymooners.

    25 rooms from $409
    Honeymoons  -  Sun, sea in a wonderously romantic honeymoon suite with private terrace, secluded Jacuzzi and sleek modern interiors.
    Sailing  -  Sail around the island and take in the stunning white villages and deserted beaches.
    Restrictions on children  -  Not suitable for children under thirteen
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith
  • Ikies Traditional Houses


    Five Star Santorini-chic designed for honeymooners and romantic getaways. Unusual rooms, suites and maisonettes carved from the cliff face. Dreamy Caldera views, private hot tubs, all white furnishings. A very romantic spot within walking distance of the town centre.

    11 rooms from $443
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
  • San Antonio


    Five Star luxury and Santorini chic from the cliff top. Gorgeous all white suites with private jacuzzis, butler service and balconies. Gourmet restaurant, extensive spa, and all-round perfection. An ideal choice for romantics, honeymooners, and weddings.

    25 rooms from $449
    Views  -  Stunning uninterrupted views of the caldera
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Perivolas Traditional Houses

    Oia (Oia)

    A collection of lifestyle houses converted from 300 year old caves, built into the hillside. Spectacular views and complete tranquility meets laidback luxury and style. Stunning infinity pool, beautiful terraced gardens, and superb contemporary Greek cuisine. A wildly romantic destination.

    20 rooms from $565
    Hideaway  -  Set in 300 year old caves this stunning seaside property feels a-million miles away from everything.
    Sailing  -  Take a boat across the lava islands for magical views of the sulphur exuding caldera.
    Great walks  -  Explore the winding alleys of Oia, filled with charming churchs and craft boutiques.
    Sights nearby  -  Discover the ancient ruins of the Minoan Akrotiri.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
  • Sun Rocks


    A gorgeous hotel with wonderful day areas and terraces dotted around. Spectacular views, lovely restaurant, and creamy rooms. Intimate, very romantic, and oh so chic. A great spot for couples and honeymooners.

    17 rooms from $554
    Views  -  Fabulous sea and sunset views
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
  • Katikies


    A totally unique boutique honeymooner hotel draped over the cliffs of Oia. Cool and tranquil luxurious rooms with stunning views. Exceptionally lovely infinity pool and spa. Fresh mediterranean cuisine is served poolside as well as fine dining on the rooftop. The ideal place to completely unwind.

    27 rooms from $1110
    Total relaxation  -  Enjoy A.Spa's restorative treatments, cocktails by the infinty pool, phenomenal rooftop dining and impeccable 24 hour service.
    Honeymoons  -  Sun, sea, tranquility and oh-so-romantic- five star service in these achingly chic cliff side cottages overlooking Caldera.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the nearby village of Oia, the main square and sunset views are breathtaking.
    Swimming Pool  -  Gorgeous infinity pools - Top 50 Hotel pools.
    Recommended by  -  Kiwi Collection
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