Known for its cascading white edifices and signature blue domes looking towards the azure Aegean Sea, Santorini is one of Greece’s most captivating islands. With no shortage of heavenly accommodations, we’ve rounded up our favorite breathtaking Santorini hotels below.
A-list destination for globetrotting celebrities and royal families, Katikies Santorini in Oia houses impeccable, white-washed cave houses that gracefully reside along the resident caldera. With a cuisine encompassing “the food of ancient Constantinople,” Mikrasia Restaurant allows diners to partake in the reincarnation of a vanished classification of food, which is thoughtfully paired with a high-end ambiance overlooking the Aegean Sea. Guests in need of pampering can seek instant renewal at A.Spa, an in-house sanctuary offering Mediterranean-inspired treatments & baths.
This is a 26-room, five-star hotel with heaven-like views of the calm, blue sea. The hotel’s design connects the region’s rejuvenating natural light with contemporary, monochromatic patterns, setting the atmosphere for its caldera-viewing infinity pool; resident eatery, CHROMA up-style dining restaurant; as well as Aperitivo bar.
With an intimate design, The Vasilicos hosts cave-like structures that set a homely tone for the hotel’s summer-house-turned-boutique-hotel feel. Perfect for romance, the haven tantalizes couples with its private candlelight dinner for two. No set menu; just two lovebirds, the sunset, and chef’s selection from the day’s traditional market.
This wellness resort exudes tranquility. Its island-famous spa, plus taupe-heavy and minimalistic décor soothes all who visit. It’s perched atop a hill that looks out at a bulk of Santorini’s quintessential whitewashed edifices that cascade down calderas — opt to enjoy this view from youe suite, being that each accommodation has its very own private plunge pool.
A point of differentiation from other boutique hotels in Santorini that fringe calderas, this chic stay is right at one of the area’s bona fide black-sand beaches. Each one of its 12 suites are named after the translation of the world “story” in a breadth of languages, from Finnish to French. In-house restaurant Mr E serves modern taverna-esque dishes in a space with soothing-toned furniture and a sandy floor.
This inimitable hotel breathes new life into a clutch of 300-year-old caves that once served as the dwellings and stables of Santorini’s yesteryear fishermen and farmers. Today, it’s a collection of 20 sea-facing rooms — expect cave-carved guestrooms with ivory-white walls, gentle vaulted ceilings, and impressive skylights that allow light to spill in fittingly. Steering at Oia and the Aegean Sea, the curvaceous infinity pool’s beaming blue water fetchingly contrasts the hotel’s swarthy volcanic rock boundaries.
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