Best Santorini hotels

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OUR SELECTION OF BEST HOTELS IN SANTORINI BY TYPE

This is a shortlist of some recommended hotels in Santorini made by our team, according to the type of holidays you are organising:

Santorini Luxury hotels

Best Luxury Hotels

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. 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 on your accommodation 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 hotels 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 for luxury hotels:

Katoikies Chromata (Imerovigli)
Pegasus Suites and Spa (Imerovigli)
Homeric Poems (Firostefani)
Celestia Grand (Fira)
 

 

Affordable Luxury hotels

Best Affordable Luxury hotels

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 hotels on the island that prefer to focus exclusively on travelers wanting to experience a luxury lifestyle but at a more reasonable price. Those boutique hotels 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 for affordable luxury accommodation is €220- €350 per night. Lastly, another factor that might affect pricing is the season. Accommodation during lower seasons such as spring and autumn is cheaper than in summer.

Our recommendations for affordable luxury hotels:

Ilioperato (Imerovigli)
Xenones Filotera (Imerovigli)
Regina Mare (Imerovigli)
Agali House (Firostefani)
Athermi (Megalochori)
 

 

Value for Money

Best Value for money hotels

Santorini has a number of hotels 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 other, more location-favored hotels. The vast majority of value-for-money hotels 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 on moderate levels. The hotels are in excellent condition, with lovely, comfortable rooms and ample outdoor spaces with a shared swimming pool. The setting is that of a cozy, more casual hotel that could also be spotted on other Greek islands. The price range for these hotels is approximately €120- €220 per night.

Our recommendations for value for money hotels:

Casa Florina (Imerovigli)
Aqua Blue (Perissa)
Meli Meli (Imerovigli)
Dream Island (Fira)
Aria Lito (Fira)
Finikia Place (Oia)
Agnadema (Firostefani)

 

Villas

Best Villas

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 travelling 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-storey 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 for villas:

Windmill villas (Imerovigli)
Villa Agrikoia (Oia)
Ducato Wine Villas (Megalochori)
Aloia Villas (Oia)
Aenaon villas (Imerovigli)
Hemera Villa (Akrotiri)

 

Budget Hotels

Best Budget hotels

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

Our recommendations for budget hotels:

Reverie (Firostefani)
Blue Bay villas (Kamari)
Nikolas Hotel (Karterados)
 

 

Design hotels

Best Design-focused hotels

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 hotels in Santorini adhere to the Cycladic architecture principles. Some of them were old structures that got restored and repurposed into luxury hotels, while others were built from scratch.

Our recommendations for Design hotels:

Kimini (Pyrgos)
Tholos Resort (Imerovigli)
Anemolia villa (Megalochori)
Heritage Villas (Megalochori)
North Luxury Villas (Pyrgos)
Canaves (Oia)
 

 

Infinity Pools

Best Hotels with infinity pools

Infinity pools are considered the modern signature structures of Santorini. They are parts of hotels and villas and 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 hotels have larger pools than others or more compelling views. We have created a selection of the best hotels with infinity pools in Santorini. 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 savoring a fine wine, while the phenomenal Santorini’s sunset takes place in front of you like a live work of art.

Our recommendations for hotels with infinity pools:

Pegasus suites and spa (Imerovigli)
Homeric poems (Firostefani)
Grace Hotel (Imerovigli)

 

Santorini Luxury hotels

Best Hotels with cave pools

In the last few years, this novelty has bloomed in Santorini and continues to attract thousands of travellers every summer; and justifiably so. This new design trend on the island is very popular among honeymooners, travel bloggers, and Instagrammers are 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 in 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 of accommodation in Santorini. Many yogis and meditation gurus have chosen them as a wellness-enhancing resort.

Our recommendations for hotels with cave pools:

Pegasus suites and spa (Imerovigli)
Sun Rocks (Firostefani)
Dana villas (Firostefani)
Fanari villas (Oia)

 

Beachside hotels

Best Hotels by the beach

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 hotels nearby 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 hotels 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 for Hotels by the beach consist of:

Anny Studios (Perissa)
Aqua Blue hotel (Perissa)
Anassa deluxe (Kamari)
Aegean Plaza (Kamari)
Bellonias villas (Kamari)

 

Family hotels

Best Family hotels

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 hotels accepting to accommodate families is limited. So, if you want to travel with your family and stay at a hotel with the 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. Hotels are more spacious with large rooms and outdoor spaces with big swimming pools. 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 privacy and comfortable home to share quality and fun times with your loved ones.

Our recommendations for family hotels:

Anny studios (Perissa)
Almiriki beach villa (Monolithos)
Sellada (Perissa)
Veggera hotel (Perissa)
Bellonias villas (Kamari)
Santo Miramare (Perivolos)