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Best Luxury Hotels on Santorini

Santorini is the perfect honeymoon dream. The sun streams down on spectacular views of dramatic multicoloured cliffs, white and blue sugar cube architecture and the amazing blue of the flooded volcanic caldera. The choice of exceptional romantic, ocean-view restaurants and bars is almost endless and there’s plenty of charming, narrow streets to stroll amongst. Which is why there are so many contenders for the Hotel Guru’s list of the best luxury hotels on Santorini.

If you’re travelling in your private yacht, then the Notos Therme and Spa right by the island’s only marina is probably one of the best luxury hotels on Santorini. And if you’re here with your whole luxury-loving family, then our Guru’s list has several recommendations. There’s also a five-star hideaway carved into the clifftops at Thira, a traditional charmer in tiny Oia, and a great option for luxury on rather a shoestring at Imerovigli.

Luxury Hotels for Honeymooners

Katikies is a classic honeymoon hotel, with 27 cool and dreamy white and blue rooms. The views are stunning, the infinity pool is bordering on obscene it’s so beautiful, there’s a great restaurant and an excellent wine bar, plus an extensive spa. And no kids allowed.

Sun Rocks in Thira has fantastic views of the sea - especially at sunset, which you can enjoy in the lovely, intimate restaurant or on one of several sun terraces. There are just 17 oh-so-chic and romantic rooms.

San Antonio offers five-star luxury right on the clifftop at Imerovigli. The all-white suites are gorgeous, and have private jacuzzis, balconies and butter service. Plus there’s a gourmet restaurant and extensive spa. And stunning, uninterrupted views of the caldera.

The Ikies Traditional Houses are a collection of 11 five-star, super chic rooms, suites and maisonettes with dreamy caldera views. All white furnishings and private hot tubs just a short stroll from the romantic restaurants of the centre of town.

For Relaxing

The Perivolas Traditional Houses in Oia promise complete tranquility, amongst spectacular views and laid-back luxury. There are 19 rooms, converted from a collection of 300 year old traditional cave houses built into the cliffs, plus a stunning infinity pool and beautiful terraced gardens.

Chromata in Imerovigli has the kind of infinity pool you could spend your entire break enjoying the views from. And inside the series of converted cave houses, with their white-on-white decor, you’ll have everything you need and much more, plus an intimate poolside restaurant and an absence of children under 13.

For Families

The Santorini Kastelli Resort is a white Cycladic building set within pretty gardens. Inside, there are 56 rooms and suites with fresh, contemporary interiors in soft neutrals with pops of art. There’s a poolside restaurant. And you’re right by the site of ancient Thira.

Aigialos is another great option for families, with its collection of sugar cube houses on very top of the cliff. There are houses sleeping two people and mansions sleeping five - plus in between options, and all have private balconies and access to a lovely pool and Mediterranean restaurant.

On a Luxury Shoestring

The Notos Therme and Spa is in Vihaada, on Santorini’s southern coast, so you don’t get the caldera views, but you do get a beautifully landscaped hotel built into volcanic cliffs beside a fishing village, stepped terraces with lovely views of the marina - the only one on Santorini, and a great spa and great restaurant.

The Kapari Natural Resort also offers reasonably priced luxury, this time in Imerovigli, carved right into the cliff face. There are 19 neutral toned rooms, a few with private hot tubs, plus an excellent wine bar and restaurant with fantastic sea views.

Still not sure which of our Guru’s recommendations for the best luxury hotels on Santorini might be perfect for you?

  • Katikies 27 rooms from £868


    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
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  • Ikies Traditional Houses 11 rooms from £347


    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.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
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  • Sun Rocks 17 rooms from £433


    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 views
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Perivolas LIfestyle Houses 21 rooms from £482

    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.

    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
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  • Chromata 25 rooms from £320


    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 thirteen
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Small Luxury Hotels, Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • San Antonio 25 rooms from £351


    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 caldera
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Recommended by  -  CN Traveller, Small Luxury Hotels
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  • Santorini Kastelli Resort 60 rooms from £124

    Kamari, Santoríni

    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
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  • Notos Therme and Spa 29 rooms from £86

    Vlihada, Santorini, Santoríni

    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
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  • Kapari Natural Resort 19 rooms from £250


    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 Caldera
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Aigialos 16 rooms from £254


    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 caldera
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Fodors
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Written by Kat Parr Mackintosh

posted Thursday, 21st July 2016
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