This Elevated Boutique Hotel Is a Relaxing Hideaway on Greece’s Most Popular Island

For those seeking a serene retreat from the bustling heart of Oia, with its iconic blue-and-white domes jutting out from the rugged caldera of this crescent-shaped Cycladic island, Andronis Arcadia offers an idyllic respite from Santorini’s tourist-heavy thoroughfare.

Andronis Arcadia white exterior

Quietly tucked on the fringe of this picturesque town, the luxury hotel is a sanctuary of peace and privacy designed to blend seamlessly into the desert-meets-Mediterranean landscape. The polished modern lobby, decorated with neutral-toned lounge seating and floating ring lights, overlooks an environment where succulent plant life leads to the piercing blue Aegean Sea.

Andronis Arcadia suite living room

The hotel’s 114 suites and villas, occupying white-washed rectangular blocks and accented by vibrant purple bougainvillea trees, add a splash of color to this seemingly barren terrain. Upon waking and drawing the blinds, guests can see the neighboring isles of Ios, Sikinos, and Folegandros in the distance. A calming haze and light wind whistle through the air, evoking the tranquility of Ancient Greece.

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Interiors feature minimalist decor with low-sitting natural wooden bed frames, creating a spacious feel. En-suite bathrooms contrast the chamber’s bright nature, boasting glossy dark brown marble, rain showers, and luxurious locally sourced toiletries. These amenities, cleverly presented in olive oil canister-shaped bottles with cork tops, exude the heavenly aromas of Greek honey and effervescent orange. Sliding glass doors reveal private infinity plunge pools, effortlessly merging indoor and outdoor realms, providing the perfect vantage point for enjoying Santorini’s greatest treasure: the sunset views.

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On-site restaurants, Pacman and Beefbar, embody an elevated boho-chic ambiance, offering a fusion of traditional Mediterranean cuisine and modern culinary techniques. Their expansive open layouts take advantage of the scenery, with woven rattan lamps casting a soft glow and trendy house music setting the mood for two unforgettable culinary experiences.

Andronis Arcadia patio and infinity pool

Between both eateries, guests can savor innovative sushi rolls, such as the Hamachi Truffle—comprising hamachi, asparagus, fresh truffle mayo, and tobiko yuzu—or the Sea Bass, served in a golden salt shell. There’s a delightful mix of surf and turf dishes, including wagyu filets, lobster tacos, and bao buns with Kobe beef. Additionally, guests can enjoy a Greek Mezze platter of tzatziki (Greek yogurt with cucumber and garlic), tarama (fish roe), and tyrokafteree (spicy whipped feta cheese), served alongside warm pita bread. For dessert, they can indulge in a slice of Portokalopita, a classic zesty Greek orange cake topped with a scoop of velvety vanilla ice cream.

Andronis Arcadia outdoor lounge

Afternoons can be spent basking in the Santorini sun at the central turquoise-hued pool—the largest on the island—equipped with a swim-up bar, posh daybeds, and a resident DJ who infuses the atmosphere with a beach club vibe. Prepare for the evening with a soothing treatment at the tantalizing Evexia Spa, characterized by earth-toned design principles and featuring two L-shaped therapy pools known as Kneipp Path.

Overall, staying at Andronis Arcadia feels like residing in an authentic Greek village estate. Its blend of luxury, tranquility, and cultural immersion makes it a premier choice for those seeking an unforgettable stay in Santorini.

Top Takeaways

Location: Oia, Santorini

Address: Oia 847 02, Greece

Rating: Five-Star

The vibe: A relaxing, luxurious hideaway on Greece’s most popular island.

Food + Drink: Indulge in Mediterranean-style cuisine with an inventive twist, from delectable sushi rolls at Pacman to crafted meats at Beefbar. For breakfast, enjoy the Greek yogurt parfait cart and freshly baked bread baskets adorned with delightful jams and whipped butter—a classy touch that enhances the experience.

Our Favorite Part of the Hotel: Is it the staff, the view, the rooms, or the atmosphere? Hard to say. Plus, let’s not forget about the resort’s largest pool in Santorini—yes, it’s just as magnificent as it seems.

Amenities: Outdoor swimming pools; Spa; Fitness center; 2 Restaurants; Bar; Wonderful breakfast; Free WiFi; Airport shuttle service

What’s Nearby? Oia; Oia Steps to Amoudi Bay; Skaros Rock; Megaro Gyzi Museum; Katharos Beach; Baxedes Beach

Any personal neighborhood recs? Embark on a captivating wine tour with Santorini Winetopia, where you’re guided by a knowledgeable sommelier and enologist. Explore three distinct wineries and learn why the saying, “There’s more wine than water on Santorini,” rings true. Notice the unconventional vineyard layout, with vines trained in baskets, and discover that 70% of the island cultivates white wine varieties. After the tour, dine on the breathtaking terrace at the Andronis Luxury Suites’s fine dining establishment, Lycabettus Restaurant, embraced by Oia’s magical cliffside homes.

Rooms: 114 suites and villas.

Pricing: Rates start at $715 per night.

Closest Airport: Santorini International Airport (JTR)

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