With such a deep and rich cultural history, it’s no wonder that the best hotels in Santorini all reside inconspicuously in the crowning glory of the Greek Islands. The most famous island in the Cyclades – and also the most beautiful one for many -, is characterized by its white houses and its world-famous blue domes. Taking advantage of the island’s idyllic views and dreamlike climate, distinctive designer hotels along with deluxe restaurants honour the intrinsic beauty of Greece.
Santorini is also home to fantastic beaches, such as the black sand beach Kamari. No matter how beautiful and romantic you imagine Santorini, we assure you that this destination will amaze you either way. Scroll down to discover the best Santorini hotels and why it is a destination that has to be on your bucket list.
OUR CHOICE OF THE BEST HOTELS IN SANTORINI
The Nous Santorini really sets the bar for 5-star luxury resorts. Shining through in both the interior and exterior of this contemporary hotel, the heritage and culture of Santorini are evident in every corner of this exquisite resort. Offering guest rooms, private bungalows and luxury suites, each budget and whim is catered for here. Wellness is an important part of the Nous culture with a full wellness menu on offer including yoga classes, a vitamin bar and a steam bath. Outside you’ll find one of the most enormous pools you have ever encountered and after a day of feeding your soul, the Signature Bar and Dining experience will feed your hunger too. Overlooking the hilltops with stunning scenic views, you won’t want to go home!
“What an absolutely world-class hotel! Incredible facilities, brilliant staff and possibly the cleanest hotel I have ever stayed in.”Check availability
Indulge in a hidden oasis of wellness, relaxation, and luxury nestled into the Vourvoulos hillside, just a ten-minute drive from the bustling capital, Fira. Combining a sustainable and luxury style alongside elements of local character, the Magma Resort offers an authentic taste of the serene Santorini experience. Gaining a reputation for their gastronomic experience led by two-Michelin-starred chef Arnaud Bignon and ‘Instagram-worthy’ idyllic views of lava-made beaches, sweeping lush vineyards, and the mesmerising blue of the Aegean Sea, holidaymakers with an eye for beauty, are flocking to this masterclass in Cycladic excellence.
A sanctuary of wellness, guests can descend into deep states of relaxation in the subterranean 4,628-square-foot (430-square-metre) spa, the largest on the island, and uncover its calming indoor pool alongside several signature treatments. Once energised, sunset cruises, azure-water snorkelling, and vineyard tours await you in this once-in-a-lifetime resort.
“The staff were always extremely attentive and a delight to speak to. You will feel right at home.”Check availability
Situated in Akrotiri, tucked away from the busyness of the capital, lies the beautiful Phos Boutique Hotel. This hotel is set up as a combination of suites and private villas, with facilities to cater for every kind of vacationer. Heated infinity pools, an epicurean gastronomic experience and views to die for making this hotel one of the most exclusive spots in Santorini. The sea views are out of this world and well worth the additional for an upgraded suite.
“The best part of our breakaway was our morning routine of leisurely eating breakfast while gazing out at the beautiful scenery. Such a wonderful location for the seclusion away from the hustle and bustle of the island.”Check availability
For the design and architecture buffs among you, the Santonero is an engineering feat of genius. Designed to combine minimalism, tradition and the ancient architecture of Akrotiri, the exterior of this building is truly unique. Inside you’ll find a haven of natural colours which blend seamlessly into the surroundings of this magnificent hotel. With a range of suites from Junior Hot Tub Suites to a Honeymoon Suite with its private infinity pool, the Santonero will impress even the most particular of guests.
“The peaceful tranquillity of Santonero exceeded my expectations and made for an unforgettable first trip to the island.”Check availability
The Aelia Luxury Suites combine Cycladic architectural tradition with the modernity of every luxury you could possibly want in their brand-new property. Located in the peaceful village of Keterados, you’d be hard-pressed to find anywhere in central Santorini with such stunning scenery. Each of the 29 suites are extremely spacious, with many offering enlarged sun terraces and private hot tubs. The pool bar, Aelia Restaurant and buffet breakfast by the pool all help to bring true Mediterranean hospitality to each guest while the tours and excursions on offer allow you to explore the culture of the area too. Looking for a car-free holiday? The Aelia Luxury Suites are located close to the main port and a private transfer is bookable in advance.
“What made the Aelia stand out was the welcome and hospitality of the staff. They were beyond wonderful and gave consistently wonderful customer service. The pool was gorgeous, and the rooms were HUGE! I will be recommending this hotel to my friends.”Check availability
This boutique hotel situated on the northeast coast of the island is not only home to the infamous Nobu restaurant but also has full-spa services, five private pool villas, a dual-infinity pool and cutting-edge fitness facilities. Reflecting the cosmopolitan capital of Santorini, the Nobu Hotelis one of the few adults-only 5-star hotels on the island. Combining Japanese hospitality in the heart of the Aegean Sea, this is a must-visit hotel.
“Our room had a view to die for, and the food was simply outstanding. Incredible staff, beautiful property, no wonder this hotel is 5 stars.”Check availability
Andronis Luxury Suites – Stay at one of The Most Beautiful Hotels In Santorini
Whitewashed walls, romantic platform beds, windows overlooking the caldera, steep stone staircases, cave-like rooms, bright and airy spaces – the Andronis Luxury Suites on the volcanic island of Santorini, is the epitome of the Cycladic dream. Only those who know it can tell you its exact location. Lucky you do now. The aesthetic is completed with heated plunge pools and wine tastings at sunset – what else do you need?
“You have rarely had such an unforgettable experience anywhere else in the world. Not just exceptional. Iconic. Unforgettable.”Check availability
Katikies – One of The Nicest Hotels in Santorini
High on the cliffs, overlooking Santorini's submerged caldera, is Hotel Katikies. From its three infinity pools and cube-shaped cottages, we experienced the most beautiful sunsets. At the island's infamous open-air Ellinikon and Mikrasia restaurants we got to enjoy fresh vegetables, grilled, freshly caught calamari, and traditional spit-roasted lamb. The suites themselves, each with its terrace, are modern and minimalistic; vaulted ceilings, antique pottery, and bunk beds await you.
“A haven of peace in the heart of the most scenic area of Santorini.”Check availability
Grace Hotel Santorini – The Most Iconic Hotels Santorini Has To Offer
The Grace Santorini truly surprised us, in addition to an infinity pool, with rooms entirely in white marble, private plunge pools and scent-menus, yes you read correctly; a champagne lounge with its agate bar and the five-course breakfast menu, including champagne, have contributed at least as much to this extraordinary accommodation being considered as the honeymoon hotel, as its exposed location with fabulous views of the deep blue sea. Dive in and relax.
“Only a deeply creative soul can conceive such unparalleled customer experience.”Check availability
Canaves Oia – One of the Best Hotels in Santorini, Greece
At the gates of Oia lies the deliberately secluded Hotel Canaves Oia, split over two typical Greek-white Santorini-style stone buildings. Here, from one of the two pools or directly from your private rooms and suites, you get to enjoy views of Imerovigli and the surrounding islands on one side, and Oia and the caldera on the other. In the in-house restaurants, connoisseurs are rewarded daily with fresh seafood and Greek wines, while you get to gaze at the starry sky in a good mood until late at night.
“The stunning view, with an inspiring landscape on the Caldera and unobstructed sea view, completely redefines the perception of luxury.”Check availability
Iconic Santorini A Taste of the best Luxury Hotels in Santorini
In Santorini Island's highest village, Imerovigli, lies the five-story, stone-carved Hotel Iconic Santorini. With its terraced suites that resemble whitewashed stone caves, it offers cool retreats we got to enjoy. Four-layer beds, fast Wi-Fi that reaches your terrace, the Grotto Suites, which have their own indoor whirlpool, and even breakfast, that is brought directly to your room, provide absolute serenity and relaxation. Dinner is best enjoyed with a view of the Aegean Sea in the chic Pergola Restaurant, whose ingredients are locally sourced. Yes, please.
“Staff who will cool or heat the pool to your desired temperature, a breathtaking style and the guarantee of privacy make this place an absolute favourite.”Check availability
San Antonio – One of The Best Hotel Resorts In Santorini
Traditional is the right word for the San Antonio hotel, situated on the island of Santorini and its simply wonderful architecture with whitewashed walls, rooms hewn from volcanic rock, kept in pastel shades and furnished with feather beds. From every terrace and balcony, you get to enjoy that exciting view over the vast deep blue sea. A gorgeous pool and the open-air restaurant on the cliffs await you and offer pure romance. The fact that all ingredients in the dishes come directly from the island itself only improves the experience.
“A picture postcard beautiful hotel which completely exceeds expectations and speaks for itself due to its top-notch facilities.”Check availability
Astra Suites – One Of The Most Luxurious Hotels In Santorini
We’d like to start off with the service: constantly attentive, but completely unobtrusive. How about an aromatherapy facial and massage at the spa? Afterwards, we enjoyed a sundowner at the pool bar, surrounded by serene rooms. Speaking of which, custom interiors with eye-catching details like elegant wood and marble artwork meet bold splashes of colour on the walls and floors. Once we spotted the incredible view of the Skáros rock, we were left breathless, though. The Astra Suites Hideaway on Santorini is located like many other hotels in Imerovigli, high on the cliff, but is otherwise one thing above all: unique.
“Possibilities for nice walks and hikes along with sunset views result in a stay smooth and meaningful.”Check availability
Perivolas – Named One Of The Best Resorts In Santorini
Santorini Island's first infinity pool is for adults only, as are the lovely rooms in these 300-year-old caves. Nestled in traditional cave dwellings, now equipped with kitchenettes and skylights, tranquil colours and olive trees inside, Perivolas is just what the doctor ordered for your much-needed and deeply relaxing holiday.
In perfect addition to the terrace of the Mediterranean restaurant, where modern Greek specialities are served, there is an unobstructed view of the deep blue Aegean Sea waiting for you from the hotel, an in-house library, a spa with its gym, and plenty of undisturbed time for yourself. Without a doubt, one of the best hotels in Santorini!
“Just what the doctor ordered: Absolute bliss. The essence of a beautiful and relaxing holiday.”Check availability
Mystique Hotel – A Luxury Resort In Santorini, Greece
Mystique Hotel‘s villas at Santorini Island are minimalist, but no less refined, in our opinion. Nature-inspired design in neutral tones, organic shapes and stone-on-wood accents caress the airy, cavernous architecture. Handcrafted furniture, well-appointed bathrooms with glass rain showers and Jacuzzi tubs, as well as balconies with comfortable daybeds, excited our understanding of good taste. The Mystery Villa makes the centrepiece of the hotel, with a private, secluded infinity pool. We say the absolute highlight of the best hotels in Santorini and hard to beat.
“The beautiful sunset and mouth-watering freshly made breakfast are worth every cent.”Check availability
The Atrina Canava 1894 – A Stunning Santorini Hotel For Couples
Hidden in the quintessential town of Oia is the Atrina Canava 1984. Showing us a stunning example of blending Theran caves with modern architecture, this hotel is an absolute wonder. Accentuating the rooms with the natural resources available in the surrounding areas, this hotel still has every amenity expected from such luxury. The pool and bar overlook the stunning coastline, while the rooms have spectacular views.
“If you come to Santorini, you want to experience the true beauty of the island. The Atrina Canava offers just that.”Check availability
The Santo Pure – A Santorini Hotel With Private Pools
The Santo Pure Resort is the absolute epitome of luxury. With suites that offer living spaces, bedrooms and their own private pool, it’s like having your home away from home. You’ll also find the facilities just as luxurious as the stunning suites. Offering a wellness spa, award-winning restaurant and even boat or helicopter tours, you’ll have plenty to do if you choose to!
“Finding an ideal romantic hotel in Oia does not have to be difficult.”Check availability
Santorini Secret Suites And Spa – One of The Best Hotels in Santorini for Honeymoon
At the Santorini Secret Suites, privacy is paramount. The staff here have managed to find the perfect balance between tending to your every need and providing you with a tranquil and private space. This 5-star hotel has a private pool adjoining each suite overlooking the Cycladic coastline. Each room is tastefully designed to respect the heritage of the area while providing you with a wonderfully comfortable stay. You’ll find an on-site restaurant, spa, and a selection of secret hideaways that are perfect for picnicking or watching the sun go down together.
“Spending our week here meant that we could get away from everything and just enjoy each other’s company.”Check availability
Andronis Arcadia Hotel – The Best Affordable Hotel In Santorini For Families
Catering to the whole family, the Andronis are evidence that families can have a fantastic time in Santorini as well. Offering a wide selection of experiences just for families, the Andronis Arcadia ensures that the little ones don’t miss out. As well as a kid’s pool and spa, you can book cooking lessons, yoga classes and even tennis coaching for your little ones while you enjoy the more adult facilities.
“We found it really difficult to find a hotel in Santorini that catered for families, so when we stumbled upon the Andronis we were so pleased! The kids had a wonderful time!”Check availability
Carpe Diem Santorini – The Best Resort In Santorini For The Planet
It is possible to stay in an opulent AND climate-friendly hotel?! The Carpe Diem prides itself on being one of the world’s first climate-positive resorts and combines sophistication with an environmentally positive outlook. The suites hint at the island’s rich heritage, with accents of black lava rock and a minimalistic design. The private pools provide a panoramic island view, and the restaurant offers a truly gastronomically wonderful experience.
“We wanted to find a place to stay in Santorini where we didn’t have to compromise on our eco credentials, the Carpe Diem was a standout winner on that front.”Check availability
The La Perla Villas And Suites – The Perfect Hideaway In The Best Part Of Santorini
It is undisputed that the village of Oia is by far the most sought-after destination in Santorini, and with the La Perla Villas nestled right in the heart of this village, it’s no wonder that everyone wants to stay here! Offering a selection of traditionally built cave houses to more modern suites, the La Perla really is a dream location. Sea views, understated opulence and excellent facilities just top off this perfectly located hotel. Need inspiration? There are yacht tours, scuba diving excursions and wine tours offered by the hotel.
“Being able to stay in an actual cave house in Santorini was just the best experience! And the views were to die for.”Check availability
Vedema Resort – A Beautiful Example Of Classic Luxury
Nestled in the village of Megalohori sits the luxury resort of Vedema. Consisting of both suites and villas, most of which have their own private pool, this luxurious resort spans an estate with a rich history. The medieval mansion flags this resort, with 59 modern villas and handcrafted houses dotted around the 400-year-old winery in its centre.
Offering a classic “Santorini style” stay, luxury is not a compromise here. Featuring a spa, fitness suite and restaurant run by the renowned French chef Olivier Campanha, this beautiful resort is a clear example of how a classic style meets luxury.
“Driving up to this magnificent mansion, we knew it was going to be a stay to remember.”Check availability
Istoria Hotel – An Adults-Only Escape From Reality
Steeped in history, this beautifully renovated collection of buildings still retains its age. Now, these traditional buildings have a far more modern interior with accents of original features. Many of the understated yet elegant rooms of the Istoria have either a private pool or hot tub surrounded by privacy walls for the ultimate seclusion. As well as a beautiful panoramic view over the cliffs and coastline, the Istoria also includes a wellness suite complete with yoga sessions and spa treatments.
“Walking through the courtyard, you can almost hear the history of the place.”Check availability
Gold Suites Imerovigli – For A Stunning View Of Santorini
If you are long overdue for a couples-break-away, then the Gold Suites in Imerovigli is definitely the place for you. Set high up on the hilltops, looking out onto the Aegean Sea, these suites offer both absolute luxury and complete privacy all wrapped in one accommodation. Each room is designed with modernity in mind while still hinting at the rich tapestry of Santorini’s history. The pool is situated on what feels like a cliff edge, with a view to match. The sun terrace and pool lounge ensure you make the most of the vista with a drink in hand while soaking up the sun.
“It felt as though we could see to the end of the world, and the view just left me speechless.”Check availability
Kapari Resort – A Family Holiday in Santorini Without Sacrificing Luxury
Designed to accentuate its original structure, the Kapari Natural Resort has taken 300 years of traditional history and converted it into a modern yet minimalist design aesthetic. Each room, though cave-like in appearance, offers the most comfortable and secluded stay. Making the most of each crevice, you’ll find seating tucked away in the most unlikely places! Each room overlooks the coastline, which makes for a truly marvellous sunset. With both an indoor and outdoor pool, spa and restaurant offering authentic Greek cuisine, all of your needs will be catered for.
“Being so high up on the island felt like we were inches away from heaven, literally!”Check availability
Aigialos Luxury Traditional Settlement – Where You Can Practically Hear The History Of Santorini
Offering one of the most traditional stays in Santorini, the Agialos is proud to be a prestigious member of the Historic Hotels in Europe network. Utilizing the traditional structure, the Aigialos have created an interior that exudes luxury. With each room providing a romantic and secluded space, the Aigialos focuses on providing some of the most delectable dishes on the Island. A gourmet à la carte menu, served outdoors and overlooking the Aegean Sea, will have you counting down the seconds until your next gastronomic experience.
“We’ve never stayed anywhere so peaceful and secluded.”Check availability
Aspaki By Art Maisons – Ideal for a Honeymoon or Couples Vacations in Santorini
The Aspaki Exclusive Hotel is one of the unique hotels on Santorini Island. You can choose from suites with private pools, indoor pools and even a very exclusive indoor cave pool. Most suites overlook the volcano and coastline. Prioritizing privacy, these secluded and tranquil suites will allow you to focus on each other, away from other guests.
In addition to couples stays, the Aspaki also offers several experiences stays, such as an art Maison experience and a gastronomy experience. There is also a range of activities to try together such as a yacht cruise, cooking classes, helicopter tours or horse riding.
“I will never forget the indoor cave pool; it really is a memory that will stay with me forever.”Check availability
Best Hotels in Santorini, Greece: The Bottom Line.
We hope that our best hotels in Santorini review have helped you find the perfect resort for your trip. With so many hotels to choose from, you will be spoilt for choice on your next trip to Santorini.
As you know, before we arrived at the Cyclades, we have already visited the gorgeous Amalfi Coast Hotels in Italy and recommended hotels that are beyond beautiful. Furthermore, we went to Portugal and reviewed some unique hotels in the Portuguese Algarve. So, there are plenty of excellent options for your next escapade.
Last Updated on February 20, 2024 by Editorial Team
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