Domes’ Newest Luxury Hotel in Santorini Is a Zen Retreat Just Outside Oia

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Situated on Santorini’s northwestern coastline in the Tholos region, Domes Novos Santorini offers an unhurried respite off the beaten path, just a stone’s throw from Oia. Relying on the Aegean Sea and Ios and Sikinos gracefully floating in the distance for its worthy views, a serene mood pervades the grounds.

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When guests arrive at the Autograph Collection hotel, they will first notice its contrasting architectural design: it’s no white-washed bolthole like the standard Cycladic style we’re accustomed to seeing in Greece. Modern, straight-edged structures swathed in subdued terracotta and sand tones juxtapose the saturated hues of its neighbors.

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Styled by Kiros Pagkalidis Architects, a neutral palette—imbued with ashy grays and cream whites, exposed volcanic stone, and blonde oak woods—curates a sophisticated ambiance. Furthermore, fashionable details like Assouline books embellishing the lobby coffee tables and a chic boutique nestled near the front desk enhance the hotel’s refined aesthetic.

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There’s an omnipresent aura of peace and relaxation—you’ll occasionally run into other guests, but it’s more of a solitude retreat than other social-forward resorts on Santorini. Across the 50 rooms and two villas, uber-sleek motifs and monochromatic accents dress the independent bungalows. A few of the main assets include lavish black-and-white marbled bathrooms adorned with lush Naxos apothecary toiletries and bed headboards set against hieroglyphic etchings carved into the walls. Each suite hosts private plunge pools and lounge chairs, with many offering sweeping views of the cerulean blue Aegean.

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For an even deeper sense of tranquility, visit the subterranean Soma Spa, a state-of-the-art zen den. Schedule a session with Sara, your trusted masseuse, for a deep 30-minute shoulder and back massage. Afterward, unwind in the impressive underground pool or rejuvenate in the hammam or sauna. Complete your experience by relaxing on the chaise lounges, offering a cooling sanctuary from the scorching sun rays.

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At Vatanee Pool Bar & Restaurant, led by Chef Dionysis Anastopoulos, an unconventional poolside dining experience awaits, known as “gastromeze.” The menu begins with three tasting course appetizers, each served with a warm basket of sourdough bread and accompanied by artfully plated dishes such as beetroot, fava bean dip, and lamb in a decadent sauce. We recommend trying the Tagliolini Nero Kakavia (squid ink pasta served as black noodles) with the fish of the day, lemon, and fresh herbs for the main course. Or, if in doubt, you can always go right with the Stifado Octopus.

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In addition to excelling in gastronomy, wellness offerings, and exceptional design, it also stands out for its remarkable family-friendly amenities. While many resorts in Santorini don’t scream “kid-friendly,” this Domes property clarifies that families of all ages are welcome. Tucked discreetly between its sculptural buildings is a pristine kid’s club equipped with cute stuffed animals, an outdoor paddling pool, and adorable kid-sized washrooms. Parents with young children can rest knowing their little ones will be happily occupied while they enjoy some well-deserved downtime.

Top Takeaways

Location: Oia, Santorini

Address: Θόλος 847 02, Greece

Rating: Five-Star

The vibe: A modern, zen retreat where guests can enjoy a rejuvenating vacation in Santorini, perfect for stays longer than two days on this tourist-ridden Greek Island.

Food + Drink: The breakfast buffet runs until 11:30 am, with à la carte options available until 9 am. Enjoy Greek yogurt parfaits, fresh honeycomb for self-slicing, and other traditional Greek dishes. Mediterranean cuisine takes center stage for lunch and dinner, featuring inventive twists on pasta dishes and dip platters served with warm bread.

Our Favorite Part of the Hotel: We loved the subterranean Soma Spa with its cave-like swimming pool. It was elegant, romantic, and relaxing all at once. Also, it was the ideal temperature—not a full-blown cold plunge or a simmering hot tub. Truly divine.

Amenities: Outdoor swimming pools; Fitness center; Spa; Family rooms; Free WiFi; Breakfast

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

Any personal neighborhood recs? The hotel’s location isn’t nestled right by Oia, which has pros and cons. However, if you opt for the slightly inclined 20-minute walk or catch the complimentary shuttle from Domes, getting to Oia is not a problem at all. Once you’re there, make a reservation at MIA’s Restaurant, which is a bit further off the main drag and boasts jaw-dropping views of the caldera. 

Rooms: 50 suites and two villas.

Pricing: Rates start at $490 per night.

Closest Airport: Santorini International Airport (JTR)

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