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Information about the best locations for your stay in Santorini.


The caldera villages of Santorini are the most popular place to stay on the island.
They offer the widest variety in terms of facilities. Most lodgings on the caldera are designed for luxury and they offer fascinating sea and volcano views that you can admire from their private balconies. The best options in Santorini will certainly be found on the caldera.


❤ Our recommendations:
Charisma SuitesCanaves OiaAndronisKatikies KiriniKatikies

Famous for its romantic sunset views, Oia is the most photogenic village in Santorini.
Oia attracts numerous visitors every day and it is one of the best places to stay in Santorini since it has an authentic Cycladic aura. Its narrow alleys are full of whitewashed houses, blue-domed churches and windmills, making the landscape look as pretty as a postcard.
The village’s location on the caldera is ideal, allowing you to have excellent views of the sea and the volcano.
Oia also happens to be one of the liveliest places in Santorini at any time of the day and especially around dusk when hundreds of people gather to watch the sun setting above the Aegean Sea.
Strolling around the village, you will discover several little cafes, shops and restaurants.
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❤ Our recommendations:
GraceAstra SuitesKatikies ChromataAenaon VillasHoneymoon PetraPegasus Suites

Built on one of the caldera’s highest points and overlooking the Aegean Sea, the village of Imerovigli guarantees breathtaking views of Santorini’s volcanic landscape.
Imerovigli is one of the most popular places to stay in Santorini and it is full of all kinds of facilities.
Most of them have been constructed on the edge of the volcanic cliff, offering a unique experience on the caldera to travelers from all around the world.
At Imerovigli, you will have the opportunity to admire the local architecture and everything that makes it so special, including little whitewashed cave houses.
During a walk around the village, you will surely come across at least a few nice cafes and restaurants.
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Fira, the capital

❤ Our recommendations:
Celestia GrandCosmopolitan SuitesPorto Fira

The picturesque town of Fira is the largest settlement in Santorini and also the island’s capital town.
The streets of Fira are always full of life and during a stroll in the centre, you will find all kinds of tourist facilities, including shops, bars and restaurants.
Many villas with private pools, apartments and other facilities can be found in Fira, offering the opportunity to stay in a central place in Santorini.
Several of these facilities are located above the caldera’s cliffs, allowing you to enjoy a truly stunning view of the sea and the volcano.
Some of the island’s best landmarks can be found in Fira, such as museums, churches and galleries.
Fira is easy to reach by bus as the central station is located there. From there, you may take the bus to all other locations.
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Staying at a seafront location in Santorini is highly recommended so that you can easily access the beach at any time of your vacation.
The volcanic beaches of Santorini are one of a kind and finding a hotel near one of them is totally worth it!

Kamari Beach

❤ Our recommendations:
Tamarix del MarNikki Beach ResortBelloniasAegean Plaza

At the seafront village of Kamari, you will find one of the most beautiful beaches in Santorini.
The grey-sand beach of Kamari has both organized and non-organized sections, offering all types of tourist facilities within a short walking distance from the seashore, including bars, cafes and restaurants with a nice atmosphere.
The village itself is full of shops and other kinds of facilities without being overcrowded, which makes it a great place to stay.
Several facilities can be found in the friendly neighbourhoods of Kamari or just a few meters away from its beach, in a wonderful setting that will allow you to spend your days in Santorini relaxing on the beach.
Kamari is great for those who would rather avoid the crowded caldera villages.
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Perissa Beach

❤ Our recommendations:
Aqua BlueVeggera

The small settlement known as Perissa is situated right by one of the island’s best beaches.
The seemingly endless seashore of Perissa beach is covered with volcanic sand. The sea has clear blue waters and the beach is fully organized, with sunbeds and sun umbrellas you can rent.
Several restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars can be found along the coastline, only a few steps away from the sea.
Perissa is the perfect location if you would like to have easy access to the beach during your stay in Santorini.
In the village, you will discover various facilities. Different options are available to choose from depending on your budget and a short walk will be enough to reach the beach.
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Perivolos Beach

❤ Our recommendations:
Santo MiramareMarillia Village

By choosing Perivolos, you will have the chance to stay near one of the longest and loveliest beaches in Santorini.
The beach of Perivolos is famous for its black sand, which is a result of the island’s volcanic background.
Numerous beach facilities are available and the beach is organized for the most part, with sun umbrellas and sun loungers to rent.
Restaurants, taverns, bars and water sports facilities with a friendly atmosphere can be found in this area, while Perivolos is also full of resorts, including rooms and studios among other types.
Most of them are located within a short walking distance from the seashore and this location is just perfect for those who want to have a beachfront vacation in Santorini.
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Being one of the most popular destinations in Greece, Santorini has everything required to keep its visitors happy and the quality of facilities and services is always taken seriously.
An increasing number of facilities have been emerging on one of the world’s most famous calderas and several options are currently available, especially for those who appreciate the traditional Cycladic design.
You will discover various kinds of lodgings, for different budgets, with modern facilities and in many cases, luxurious features.


❤ Our recommendations:
Grace (Imerovigli) • Katikies Chromata (Imerovigli) • Cavo Tagoo (Imerovigli) • Canaves Oia (Oia) • Canaves Oia Boutique (Oia)

Santorini has become synonymous with a luxury vacation. The island possesses a very romantic atmosphere and the vast majority of hotels pursue offering lavish stays and posh, 5-star services. Some of them also offer spa services.
This is one of the reasons why honeymooners choose Santorini as their destination. Even if you are not that type of traveler, spending some extra money is strongly recommended when visiting Santorini. Pampering yourself with infinite sea views in a comfortable and relaxing environment is the best way to experience this one-of-a-kind volcanic island.
Most of the luxury options are located in the villages across the caldera (Oia, Fira, Imerovigli, and Firostefani) and are mainly small boutique hotels with no more than 10 suites. Most of the suites have terraces with splendid views of the Aegean sea and the volcano as well as private pools, jetted tubs, or jacuzzis.
An estimated price range for a luxury room begins from €400 and can reach a few thousand euros per day. It depends on the location, views, services, and private amenities such as swimming pools and jetted tubs.


❤ Our recommendations:
Ilioperato (Imerovigli) • Xenones Filotera (Imerovigli) • Regina Mare (Imerovigli) • Agali House (Firostefani) • Athermi Suites (Megalochori)

Affordable luxury options can be located on the island, both in the caldera villages (Oia, Fira, Imerovigli, and Firostefani) as well as in the villages close to the beach.
Sometimes a luxury hotel offers some of its rooms at more approachable prices. The reason for that usually falls under categories of size (may be smaller than the other rooms), more simple and minimal amenities, or even because of a less privileged sea view.
Also, there are options on the island that prefer to focus exclusively on travelers wanting to experience a luxury lifestyle but at a more reasonable price. Those options have almost the same characteristics as luxury hotels with small details, basically on private amenities, interior design, location, and services that slightly lower the price.
An estimated price range is €220- €350 per night. Lastly, another factor that might affect pricing is the season.
Note also that accommodation during lower seasons such as spring and autumn is cheaper than in summer.


❤ Our recommendations:
Grace (Imerovigli) • Katikies (Oia) • Canaves Oia Suites (Oia) • Cavo Tagoo (Imerovigli) • Charisma Suites (Oia)

With its spectacular sunsets and picturesque landscape, the charming Santorini island is one of the top romantic destinations in Greece, ideal for romantic getaways, honeymoons, anniversaries and engagements!
Most accommodations on the island offer suites that have been specifically designed for couples, with the best ones being located in Imerovigli and Oia. Such ones combine great caldera views with excellent facilities, including private infinity pools, hot tubs, fine dining restaurants for candlelit dinners and other amazing features in the perfect setting. Many of these options also offer cave suites with a warm and minimal design for a unique experience.
The majority of them are luxurious, although booking soon enough increases the chances of finding more affordable options. In fact, early booking is a necessity, especially for honeymoons. If you are traveling during the high season, keep in mind that due to the huge demand, you should book around 9 months in advance, for reserving your dream house in time. Last but not least, don’t forget to inform the hotel that you will be visiting on your honeymoon, so that they can take extra care of you!


❤ Our recommendations:
Casa Florina (Imerovigli) • Aqua Blue (Perissa) • Meli Meli (Imerovigli) • Dream Island (Fira) • Aria Lito (Fira)

Santorini has a number of options that even though they may not be in the lavish spectrum, also avoid being categorized as budget options. The aspect that mostly defines this category is that they lack that worldwide famous volcano and sea view or the 5-star services and top-notch private amenities.
A few of them are located in the caldera villages but do not possess the undisturbed sea views of others. The vast majority of value-for-money options can easily be found farther away from the tourist crowds, in towns such as Pyrgos, Megalochori, or closer to the beaches of Kamari and Perissa. This key factor has kept their pricing at moderate levels. They are in excellent condition, with lovely, comfortable rooms and ample outdoor spaces with a shared swimming pool. The setting is that of a cosy, more casual hotel that could also be spotted on other Greek islands.
The price range is approximately €120- €220 per night.


❤ Our recommendations:
Costa Marina Villas (Fira) • Anna (Kamari) • Reverie (Firostefani) • Blue Bay (Kamari) • Nikolas (Karterados)

Although Santorini is not considered a cheap destination, compared to other Greek islands, it offers some budget options too. You will need to make compromises regarding the location and sea views, but you will find nice and clean rooms to stay in.
The interior decoration may be a bit oldy but if you just want a nice room to sleep in and spend more time outdoors exploring the island instead, then an average budget hotel can perfectly fit your needs.
The price ranges from €70 to €120 per night.


❤ Our recommendations:
Santo Miramare (Perivolos) • Aqua Blue (Perissa) • Anassa (Kamari) • Sea Sound (Exomitis) • Bellonias (Kamari)

For the avid swimmer, the open sea is an indisputable part of their summertime. Especially when the crystal clear waters get combined with the rare lava sand on the seashore, we can’t blame you for desiring easy access to it!
There are a number of beach options that grant you exactly that.
The beaches of Perissa and Kamari are the most famous and with the most developed tourist infrastructure, along with souvenir shops, beach bars, restaurants and grocery stores.
Many family complexes with swimming pools and comfortable amenities are located there making the place a paradise for a family with kids. Perissa and Kamari maintain a sweet balance between budget and luxurious lodging.


❤ Our recommendations:
Agrikoia (Oia) • Ducato Wine (Megalochori) • Aloia (Oia) • Aenaon (Imerovigli) • Hemera (Akrotiri)

There are numerous villas built on the island in many locations. Some of them are parts of an upscale complex, while others are individual buildings.
Renting a villa is a good idea for those seeking privacy and luxury combined with a spacious environment. Since Santorini is a honeymoon-oriented destination, many room types are on the smaller side and can only efficiently accommodate couples.
Furthermore, it is very common for hotels to be adult-exclusive. This makes a villa an ideal option for big groups of friends.
In terms of price, although it might cost more than a room or suite for 2, it is really reasonable when you are traveling and splitting the expenses with more than 4 people in a group arrangement.
Most of the villas can accommodate a minimum of 4 individuals. The majority of villas on the island consist of a number of comfortable bedrooms, a sitting room that is usually separated from the dining room, a roomy kitchen, a swimming pool and a terrace. Occasionally they may be equipped with a serene garden and parking space. Most of them are two-story buildings.
Depending on the location they can also be graced with beautiful sea views. Lastly, due to their considerable size, they are regarded as a fitting holiday option for travelers that want to spend time relaxing and dining at home.


❤ Our recommendations:
Kamini (Pyrgos) • Villa 520 (Oia) • Tholos Resort (Imerovigli) • Anemolia (Megalochori) • Heritage (Megalochori)

If you are a design enthusiast, thrilled for places with a particular style to host your vacation, then Santorini should gain a place on your bucket list!
Here, you can find some of the finest examples of Cycladic architecture blending harmoniously with the volcanic origins of the island and the Aegean sea that surrounds it. The cubic-shaped whitewashed houses, along with the cave houses crafted in the cliffs place Santorini’s villages among the most interesting architectural regions in Europe.
The Cycladic building principles dictate white and simple lines, while strict laws preserve its traditional architecture and heritage.
In Santorini, you will encounter minimalism at its finest. Discrete modern touches from prestigious and acclaimed interior designers and architects underline the uniqueness of a setting and turn it into a masterpiece.
Most of them adhere to the Cycladic architecture principles. Some of them were old structures that got restored and repurposed into luxury lodgings, while others were built from scratch.


❤ Our recommendations:
Grace (Imerovigli) • Pegasus suites (Imerovigli) • Homeric poems (Firostefani) • Cosmopolitan suites (Fira)

Infinity pools are considered the modern signature structures of Santorini. They are mostly located in the villages of the caldera: Oia, Imerovigli, and Fira.
The characteristic of these pools is that they create an illusion that they are on the same level as the sea. This optical trick derives from their architecture, being built at the edge of the cliff overlooking the Aegean sea. They are very photogenic and create a peaceful atmosphere.
Some have larger pools than others or more compelling views.
It is strongly recommended to book a hotel with a swimming pool when visiting Santorini since the island is primarily known for its amazing sea views.
Hardly anything beats the feeling of serenity and freedom created by swimming in a private balcony-shaped pool and savouring a fine wine, while the phenomenal Santorini sunset takes place in front of you like a live work of art.


❤ Our recommendations:
Cavo Tagoo (Imerovigli) • Andronis Boutique (Oia) • Cocoon suites (Oia) • Canaves Oia suites (Oia) • Divine Cave Experience (Imerovigli)

Known as one of the top luxury destinations in Greece, Santorini is full of options that offer excellent facilities for the best experience! One of the signature features to find in Santorini is the pools, which come in different forms and shapes and may be shared or in many cases, private. The most popular pool styles include infinity pools that seem to merge into the sea for a view with no boundaries and cave pools with a design inspired by cave house architecture and the island’s volcanic landscape, as well as outdoor hot tubs that overlook the sea.


❤ Our recommendations:
Pegasus (Imerovigli) • Sun Rocks (Firostefani) • Dana (Firostefani) • Fanari (Oia)

In the last few years, this novelty has bloomed in Santorini and continues to attract thousands of travelers every summer; and justifiably so.
This new design trend on the island is very popular among honeymooners, travel bloggers, and Instagrammers known as cave pools.
These types of pools are mostly located in the caldera villages such as Oia, Imerovigli, and Fira. Part of them is crafted on the cliff creating an atmosphere of a cave-built-in pool and part of them is outdoors overlooking the famous caldera.
It is a very photogenic and aesthetically satisfying structure, adding a refreshing and completely unique feature. Many yogis and meditation gurus have chosen them as a wellness-enhancing resort.


❤ Our recommendations:
Santo Miramare (Perivolos) • Bellonias (Kamari) • Almiriki (Monolithos) • Veggera (Perissa)

Although Santorini is not one of the most popular family destinations in Greece, this has not prevented many couples from traveling along with their kids and experiencing this volcanic island rich in history and sea activities.
Most of the hotels are specially designed for couples and honeymooners and some strictly accept only adults. In the most romantic parts of the island such as Oia and Imerovigli, the number of places accepting to accommodate families is limited. So, if you want to travel with your family and stay at a hotel with a world-famous caldera and sunset view, it is strongly advisable to book your hotel early in advance.
More family options are found away from the caldera villages and closer to the beach and the eastern part of the island. Rooms are more spacious and outdoor spaces with big swimming pools are available.
Furthermore, the beach is very close and is the perfect playground for children.
Lastly, a very common option for holiday with the kids on the island is renting a villa. It will provide you with privacy and a comfortable home to share quality and fun times with your loved ones.




Reigning on the top destination charts worldwide, Santorini in Greece is an incontestable choice for experiencing the very essence of Greek summer.
Combining the centuries-old Cycladic traditions & architecture with luxurious aesthetics and brimming with a romantic atmosphere, it is no wonder why so many travelers return to relive their summer memories.
Hotels are among the most lavish and fancy in the Cyclades; an excellent destination for honeymooners and couples.

The island is a hotel-oriented holiday destination. This means that accommodation holds a significant role in your overall experience of the island.
Booking the lodging that is closest to your personal taste ensures a much more pleasant stay.

Santorini is a special place and although we connect islands primarily with open water swimming and sandy beaches, this beauty offers breathtaking views unlike any other of her Cycladic sisters.
What better way to take in an exquisite seascape than from the comfort of your own private space? Hard to surpass.
Offering a wide selection of boutique hotels, luxury suites, and villas with swimming pools situated in different villages and towns, you can choose a lively nightlife or a relaxing tranquil place for your family.

It is important to mention that lodging is high-priced compared to other Greek islands, and daily expenses can compare to that of big European cities; all in all, it will be money well spent.




When should I book my hotel?

Santorini is the most popular Greek destination and lodgings sell out quickly. It is highly recommended to book at least 5 months in advance. If you decide to travel during the high season, you are advised to book your hotel as soon as February.

Where can I book my hotel?

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Is there another way to make a hotel reservation?

You can contact the hotel by phone or mail. In some cases, you might find some cheaper rates but it is not recommended.

Will I find last-minute offers?

It is highly unlikely to find last-minute availabilities during the high season.

How many days should I book?

Santorini is not a huge island and things to do are very specific. Also, there are not many beaches to spend your day by the sea so 3-4 days are considered a good amount of time to spend on the island.

What types of accommodation are found?

Santorini has mainly small luxury & boutique hotels, villas, and suites. There are also some rooms to let and BnB on the island that is considered a relatively cheaper option.

Is Santorini expensive?

Yes, Santorini pursues a luxury lifestyle so accommodation is expensive. Nevertheless, except for the popular luxury options, there are some budget facilities as well as affordable luxury and value-for-money options too.

Where are the most luxurious villas and hotels located?

The Caldera villages (Oia, Imerovigli, Fira, Firostefani) are mainly where the most luxurious options are located. The parts with better sea and volcano views in these villages are the most privileged locations and where some of the most expensive hotels are found.

How much does accommodation cost?

Depends on the type and location. Luxury resorts and villas can cost from 500-1000 euros/per night during the high season, especially the ones that offer private pools or a plunge pool on a private terrace. Budget options cost from 70-120 euros/per night, affordable luxury options are around 300 euros/per night.

Which is the best location if you are traveling on a budget?

You can find cheap options if you compromise with the location and the sea view. The villages of Pyrgos, Perissa, Fira, and Kamari are where budget options are found.

Is Santorini a family/kids-friendly destination?

Santorini is a honeymoon/couples-oriented destination. Many lodgings are adult-only and many room types are frequently only for two persons. But this has not prevented many families from paying a visit to this marvelous island.

Which is the best location for easy and quick access to the beach?

The beaches in Santorini are natural and raw, adorned with black or red lava sand. They are not considered the most popular of the Greek islands but they are certainly clean and worth visiting. The beach and village of Perissa and Kamari are two very good options if you want to seek a location by the beach.