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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 is 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!
Imerovigli may only be 2km fron Santorini's busy capital Thira, but feels a milion miles away in terms of peace and quiet. Oia is located at the northern tip of the island and some believe that it's the place to come if the view is top of your wish list - from here you can see not only the Caldera, but the pretty white villages scattered to the south, not to mention the all-important sunset!
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.
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- 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, booking.com.
Best Hotels in Santorini
Callia Retreat Suites 17 rooms from $57Thira
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.Views - Great views from hotelValue chicRomantic BreakSights nearby - Located in the centre of FiraRecommended by - I Escape
Notos Therme and Spa 29 rooms from $102Vlihada, 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.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 10 rooms from $104Imerovigli
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.Views - Stunning views from every roomRomantic BreakValue chicGreat walks - Easy access to the "Caldera Trail" which links Oia and Fira
Mill Houses 13 rooms from $115Thira, Santorini
Perched atop the village of Firostefani, Mill Houses is a sumptuous hotel that offers magnificent views of the Santorini volcano. Built in traditional Cycladic style, its rooms are tasteful and luxurious. Explore the charms of the surrounding area or simply soak up the stunning view by the pool.Honeymoons - Honeymoon heaven, with elegant suites, verandas overlooking the Santorini volcano, fantastic food and poolside bar.Local exploring - Perfectly placed for exploring the stunning village of Firostefani, and trips along the coast.Local markets - Explore the local markets of Fira and pick up some regional produce to bring home with you.Sights nearby - Visit Santorini's volcano and hot springs two miles away.
Aria Lito Mansion 16 rooms from $120Thira (Main Street)
A stylish retreat, in the heart of the city. This mid-1900's renovated mansion offers creatively designed rooms, with chic contemporary décor, and lovely views of the sea. An outdoor pool, a cosy garden space, in room massages and wine tastings add to the charm. A classy yet modern vibe.Total relaxation - In a quiet and peaceful setting, its the ideal place to enjoy some time out, sit back and relax by the pool or on the terraces.Romantic Break - A perfect couples getaway with its chic and comfortable interiors, great service and food.Local exploring - Ideally located close to the centre of town as well as the beaches.Local markets - Explore the town area with several restaurants, cafes and shops.
Remezzo Villas 12 rooms from $125Imerovigli (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.Views - Fabulous views over the Aegean SeaSailing - Santorini SailingOutstanding locationSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Santorini Kastelli Resort 60 rooms from $147Kamari, 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.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 17 rooms from $158Oia
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.Romantic BreakViews - Great views from hotelFamiliesValue chicRecommended by - I Escape
Tzekos Villas Hotel 25 rooms from $166Thira
Built amphitheatrically on the edge of the renowned Caldera in Santorini's capital, Tzekos Villas has breathtaking views over volcanic islets and the Aegean sea. Rooms are typically Cycladic - bright white interiors, tiled floors, with verandas overlooking the volcano. Peaceful and romantic.Romantic Break - Stunning views from which to watch the sunsetRomantic - Private jacuzzis with breathtaking viewsSwimming Pool - With amazing views of the volcanoRooms with balcony/terrace - Each have a private veranda
Astarte Suites 9 rooms from $209Thira, 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.Views - Stunning views over the Aegean Sea. All suites have caldera and volcano viewsRomantic Break - All suites feature a private hot tub and all have the most stunning views.HoneymoonsPrivate Hot Tub - All suites have a private hot tubRecommended by - CN Traveller
Astra Suites 27 rooms from $219Imerovigli
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.Views - Panoramic views of the caldera and the Aegean SeaHoneymoonsRomantic BreakSwimming Pool - Cliffside infinity poolRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Johansens
Zannos Melathron 10 rooms from $251Thira
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.Foodies - Fantastic Greek cuisine.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic BreakHoneymoonsRecommended by - I Escape, Relais & Chateaux, CN Traveller
Bellonias Villas from $256Santorini
Gorgeous whitewashed villas on Kamari beach. Minimalist rooms have pressed concrete floors, driftwood accents, kitchenettes and private terraces. Outdoor pool, sauna and gym. Restaurant offers contemporary Greek flavours. Private beach and bed can be booked in advance. Effortless, grown up luxury.Romantic Break - Private beach, secluded terraces for each room, gorgeous views and luxurious yacht trips around the islandSights nearby - Hotel can arrange guides for island toursOn the beach - Private space on Kamari beachBarefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.Recommended by - Tablet
Avaton Resort & Spa 7 rooms from $259Imerovigli (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.Views - Excellent sea and sunset viewsSpa breaksWellbeingBeach LifeRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Santo Maris Oia Suites from $259Oia
A magnificent five-star hotel overlooking the sea. A modern, stylish take on the traditional Cycladic style, with rooms maximising on comfort and luxury. It's the perfect place for a relaxing, indulgent romantic break, with an extensive spa and a stunning setting looking out to sea.Honeymoons - Honeymoon heaven with sumptuous suites and private villas boasting outdoor hot tubs overlooking the stunning Aegean Sea.Local markets - Head off to explore the local markets of Oia and Fira to pick up some regional specialites.Views - Get stunning sea views from with cable car ride from Fira's Old Port.Sailing - The perfect stopping point for sailing trip around the Greek isles.
Grace Santorini 22 rooms from $282Imerovigli
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.Views - Panoramic sea viewsHoneymoonsRomantic BreakSwimming Pool - Wonderful infinity pool with stunning sea views - the largest of its kind on SantoriniRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, I Escape
1864 The Sea Captain's House 4 rooms from $292Oia
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.Town - Oia is one of Santorini's most picturesque towns.Full of character - A house with a history.Views - Great views from hotelHoneymoonsRecommended by - Tablet, CN Traveller
Kapari Natural Resort 19 rooms from $298Imerovigli
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.Views - Stunning views of the CalderaLocal markets - Good for local colour.HoneymoonsRomantic BreakRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Aigialos 16 rooms from $303Thira
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.Views - Outstanding views of the calderaHoneymoons5* Luxury - Very high service standards.Romantic BreakRecommended by - Tablet, Fodors
Aenaon Villas 7 rooms from $313Imerovigli, 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.HoneymoonsViews - Great views from hotelChicRomantic BreakRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Fodors
Homeric Poems 20 rooms from $349Thira (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.HoneymoonsViews - Great views from hotelRomantic BreakSwimming Pool - Freshwater poolRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Canaves 18 rooms from $365Thera, Santorini
In a picturesque village, this luxury hotel seems surreal. Perched on a cliff side, beautifully designed with white on white keeping in mind the traditional Cycladic style, rooms offer private terraces. The suites come with a private pool and the restaurant serves great food. Super romantic.Local exploring - A perfect base to explore the winding cobbled streets with local bakeries, art galleries and artisan shopsRomantic Break - Luxury accommodation with breathtaking viewsSailing - Sailing excursions can be booked with the hotelSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith
Chromata 25 rooms from $381Imerovigli
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.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 thirteenViews - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith
Ikies Traditional Houses 11 rooms from $412Oia
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.ChicHoneymoonsViews - Great views from hotel5* Luxury - Very high service standards.
San Antonio 25 rooms from $418Imerovigli
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.Views - Stunning uninterrupted views of the calderaHoneymoons5* Luxury - Very high service standards.WellbeingRecommended by - CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels
Perivolas LIfestyle Houses 20 rooms from $539Oia (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.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 17 rooms from $516Thira
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.Views - Fabulous sea and sunset viewsLuxuryRomantic - Good for couples.Romantic BreakRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
Kirini Suites & Spa from $522Oia
Fantastic, five-star hotel facing out over the Aegean Sea. Fastidiously designed in line with Cycladic style, the suites are elegant and luxurious with crisp, whitewashed decor. The deluxe spa feature relaxing pods carved into the cliff and the restaurant serves delicious seafood. A clifftop wonder.Total relaxation - With a serene coastal setting, excellent on site cuisine and deluxe spa, it's ideal for a relaxing holiday.Romantic Break - Luxurious suites and a heavenly location combine to create the perfect place for a romantic getaway.Sights nearby - Visit Santorini's volcano and Thirasia Island just three miles away.Diving - Take diving trips out from Oia harbour.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux, Tablet
Katikies 27 rooms from $1034Oia
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.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