Best towns/villages for Hotels in Santorini

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Santorini has a crescent moon shape. Its west part is the famous and largest caldera in the world facing the submerged volcano as well as the islets of Nea Kameni, Palea Kameni, and Thirasia.
Although this part of the island has barely any beach and consists mainly of huge, steep cliffs, the villages built on top are considered a true wonder. Their location, right at the edge of the Caldera results in astonishing sea-views, and breathtaking sunsets. It is where the most expensive hotels are built. These villages are Oia, Imerovigli, Fira (the Capital of the island), and Firostefani. The vast majority of the hotels located in these villages have incredible sea views but differ according to their exact location. The most privileged hotels are those with uninterrupted sea views.
The east part of the island is where the beaches are. Those long black lava sand beaches have experienced a big tourism growth and the seaside villages of Perissa and Kamari are very popular among travellers who prefer quick access to the beach.
There are few more villages on the island that are less busy but very charming and ideal for those seeking to stay away from the crowds: Emporio, Megalochori, and Akrotiri are some of them.

Overall, Oia and Imerovigli are picturesque villages with a calm, romantic atmosphere and upscale Santorini hotels. Fira is the capital of the island and the center of activities. Its paved streets are bustling with numerous shops, restaurants, and bars whereas, the volcanic beaches of Kamari and Perissa also offer nice hotels in Santorini for visitors who want to be closer to the beach.

Surely the most impressive side of Santorini is the caldera. Most famous, posh, and designed hotels in Santorini are located on the top of these hills offering an amazing view over the sea and the submerged volcano. The wonderful whitewashed villages that line up the edge of the caldera offer many options.
Read also our article: "Hotels in Santorini: Caldera view or beachside?"


Best hotels by locations

Oia Hotels

1. Best hotels in Oia

Oia is a picturesque village, home to the most romantic hotels in the world and is considered a top honeymoon destination. These are some of its best hotels built with traditional Cycladic architecture with a modern touch and breathtaking sea-views, sure to offer you an unforgettable and relaxing holiday.

Charisma Suites: Charisma Suites is a small complex of seven beautifully designed suites overlooking the endless Aegean blue sea. All units have their own private veranda where you will spend hours gazing at the beautiful view, isolated by the crowds and appreciating the beauty of a summer sunset. The hotel offers an outdoor pool for refreshing dives and evening cocktails at the hotel’s terrace. Some suites have a private pool or an outdoor jetted tub for extra comfort and privacy.

Canaves Oia Luxury Hotel: Canaves Oia Luxury Hotels is an award-winning resort voted by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. Its exquisite design blends in harmoniously with the volcanic landscapes of Santorini, while its panoramic sea views are dominant in every corner. The 6 suites are comfortable and elegantly decorated. Although every suite has its private terrace, the infinity pool and a pool bar are very appealing, offering its guests beautiful moments to cherish for a lifetime.

Andronis: Andronis is one of Oia’s best luxury hotels awarded by Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure. Pure Cycladic minimal design, in a privileged location with some of the most beautiful views in Oia, and excellent services create the perfect Santorinian accommodation. All of the suites and villas have a beautiful veranda while many of them host a private pool. The “Lycabettus” restaurant is part of the Andronis resort and one of the top gastronomic spots on the island.

Katikies Kirini: Katikies Kirini is a newly refurbished hotel with an exquisite setting, a marvellous view and 5-star services. It has a new Spa and pool area overlooking the caldera that promises to offer you a unique experience. Its suites offer a serene atmosphere and are built in the traditional way, carved into the cliff. The seven suites are equipped with modern amenities that will make your stay relaxing and pleasant.

Katikies Santorini: Nested on the cliffs of Oia, and only 92m above the blue waters of the Aegean sea, Katikies Hotel has some of the most mesmerizing views in Santorini. Its 9 suites are beautifully and tastefully decorated. Its white minimal design blends in with the dramatic sea views creating an ideal setting. The boutique hotel’s facilities include open-air and indoor hot tubs, as well as swimming pools. Seltz Champagne Restaurant & Bar and Mikrasia Restaurant are part of the complex, serving some of the most delicious dishes on the island.

Imerovigli hotels

2. Best hotels in Imerovigli

Imerovigli is a village built in the middle of the cliff of the caldera with a very romantic and calm atmosphere. The vast majority of hotels in Imerovigli offer amazing sea and volcano views.

Pegasus: Pegasus is a hotel with 11 suites and villas that can host from 2 to 7 persons. The rooms are spacious, carefully decorated, equipped with all modern amenities. Some suites offer a private cave pool that is really appreciated among couples who travel to Santorini for their honeymoon. The terraces and the views are spotless, offering its guest the most idyllic scenery to enjoy those worldwide renowned sunsets.

Katikies Chromata: Katikies Chromata hotel is part of “The Leading Hotels of the World” project and you can expect nothing less than excellence at all levels. The location offers amazing views of the Aegean sea, decoration and architecture are in line with the Cycladic simple-minimal-white principles, and services are 5-star rated. Its infinity pool along with its cocktail bar and lounge restaurant are the places to be when you are leaving the privacy of your suite.

Aenaon: Aenaon villas are 5 luxury villas that can host from 2 to 4 persons. The hotel is situated in a secluded place at the edge of the village of Imerovigli offering a relaxed atmosphere to its guests away from the touristic crowds. The highly aesthetic villas will offer you the warmest hospitality. Both indoor and outdoor spaces are characterized by effortless elegance, while its verandas with the big rocky parts and scenic sea-views are simply iconic.

Grace: Grace is a hotel consisting of 11 suites in a very advantageous location in Imerovigli, just behind the famous Skaros rock which is the landmark of the village. The location is ideal since it is away from the busy parts of the village but also within a short walking distance from restaurants and shops, maintaining a remote and relaxed atmosphere. The suites are very carefully decorated and the outdoor spaces with the swimming pools and the verandas with the beautiful uninterrupted sea views will surely gain your admiration.

Honeymoon Petra: Honeymoon Petra is a hotel with 13 suites that can accommodate from 2 to 4 persons. It is an excellent choice whether you are a couple travelling to Santorini for your honeymoon or a group of friends wanting to share your Greek holidays. The word “Petra” means stone in Greek and much of the building material of this hotel is the characteristic black local lava stones that are featured in different indoor or outdoor spaces, underlining the volcanic identity and origin of the island. Caldera sea views are present everywhere adding an even more dramatic tone to this place.

Fira Hotels

3. Best hotels in Fira

Fira, the capital of Santorini, is the busiest spot on the island and ideal to stay in if you want to be in the epicenter of activities. Since it is the biggest town on the island, some neighborhoods have better sea views than others that are located deeper on the mainland.

Celestia Grand: Celestia Grand Hotel is located in Fira, perched on the edge of the caldera offering stunning views of the sea and the volcano. This hotel consists of a complex of 7 villas that can accommodate up to 6 persons, so apart from couples, it is a great place for families or groups of friends. Each villa has its own private pool and beautiful outdoor spaces, whereas the interior design is very modern with cozy corners. Overall a great luxury accommodation that sells out quickly!

Cosmopolitan suites: Cosmopolitan suites is part of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” project and is an ideal stay during your holidays in Santorini. Its location in Fira offers a stunning view of the caldera to its guests. It has a big infinity pool that is the place to relax and enjoy the greek sun and the most amazing volcano views. The suites are modern and comfortable creating the perfect accommodation for a couple or a family.

Porto Fira Suites: Porto Fira Suites is an excellent option for accommodation for those seeking a place to stay with beautiful views of the caldera and meanwhile remains in the center of activities. Its 9 suites are elegant and chic, providing its guests all comforts needed for a dream and relaxed holiday. The suits can sleep from 2 to 6 persons which makes it an ideal place for couples or groups of friends.