With its captivating blue waters and iconic architecture, Santorini is paradise on earth. Although the Greek island does not have mega hotel chains, that does not mean that it is without its share of luxurious hotels. Even though Santorini has become an incredibly popular destination and the larger towns get packed with tourists when the cruise ships dock, don’t let that put you off. Here are five luxury hotels in Santorini that’ll shelter from the buzz, give you an exclusive experience and the best trip possible!
1. Grace Hotel Santorini
Grace Hotel is not just the one of the best luxury hotels in Santorini, it also frequents the lists of ‘best hotels in the world’. The hotel’s design is award-winning, blending contemporary style with the rustic feel of the Cyclades. Add that to a relaxed vibe and five-star service, you can easily see why the hotel is fully booked months ahead.
Enjoy sunrise yoga followed by a day of cruising on a private yacht. Or explore tucked away wineries in whitewashed villages before dinner on a private clifftop terrace. Did we also mention that all rooms have their own private heated plunge pools, and the sunset views are absolutely incredible?
Erosantorini represents the best of all worlds for a discerning and fortunate few. It combines the most desirable elements of a luxury resort with complete privacy and the welcoming home of a beloved friend. You’ll feel like you’re in a world of its own here with only the very best of Greek hospitality. Think Greek gastronomy and a wealth of activities, onsite and off, curated to your moods and interests.
Every stay at Erosantorini is tailored to your individual desires, and no two guests will have the same experience here. Its location on the edge of the caldera in the Messaria area also means that you have panoramic views of Santorini’s iconic villages, its dazzling sunsets, and its legendary caldera.
3. Katikies Santorini
As the queen of sunsets, ocean views and lounges by the pool, one of the best luxury hotels in Santorini to experience all that is Katikies Santorini. This is the romantic getaway everyone dreams about.
Dozens of whitewashed rooms cascade down a cliffside in Oia with breathtaking views of the caldera. A stunning collection of rooms from delicately furnished suites to rooms featuring fine cottons that gently billow in the breeze offers a sense of romance in an exceptional setting. As an emblem of Santorini’s mythical beauty, this hotel invites guests into an intimate space of total discretion, stunning architecture and premier services.
Perivolas is the hotel that put Oia on the map. Understandably, it is in a league of its own. As the ultimate in laidback luxury, this intimate escape is a place to let the rest of the world go. Its secluded location combines expansive views and the luxurious tranquillity. Terraced gardens spill down the slope to the infinity pool, which seems to blend into the blue horizon.
Only the occasional toll of church bells or the whistle of a fishing boat below breaks the peaceful silence. It is easy to lounge here all day, watching the changing light until the sun settles into the sea.
5. Dreams Luxury Suites
Literally live the high life at Dreams Luxury Suites, which is perched on one of the highest spots on the caldera. There are just six luxury suites here, and it’s the little details that count. You get to choose from a pillow menu before sinking into your luxury bed for a good night’s sleep!
In the day, follow the path along the cliff with uninterrupted views to the sea to get to Fira. Go in the opposite direction and you will arrive at the beautiful traditional village of Oia. Or, just lounge about in the sun in your private suite, where most rooms have their own private pool. If you’re craving for activity, look to the concierge for excursions including wine tastings, helicopter rides, horse riding and scuba diving.