Best Beach Hotels in Santorini

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

best beach hotels in santorini
The impressive Radisson Blu Zaffron Resort is located in Kamari, which is one of the best beaches in Santorini

The best beach hotels in Santorini are located mostly in Perissa, Perivolos, and Kamari beaches. Staying by the beach in Santorini is not usually the first choice as it does not allow you to enjoy the famous caldera views of the volcano or the famous sunset. However, the beach hotels in Santorini have lots of benefits, including having direct access to some of the best beach clubs on the island and, of course, being meters away from the famous Santorini beaches.



There are some very good reasons to stay in a beach hotel in Santorini that may not be overlooking the caldera (or the volcano with the famous sunset) and the main reason is actually…its price!

The amazing hotels of Santorini that are in Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli or Oia are situated on the top of the cliff with their amazing balconies and private pools overlooking the famous volcano lagoon (called caldera) are some of the most expensive hotels in Europe; especially during the high season of May, June, July, August and September.

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This is definitely an issue for people who want to visit Santorini and enjoy this magical place. There is a solution to this problem, though: stay at a hotel that is closer to the beachside towns of Santorini! So, for example, all the Perissa hotels, or hotels in Perivolos and hotels on Kamari beach are much less expensive than the ones in Oia, Fira, Imerovigli or Firostefani which ultimately makes them a more attractive option for lots of people. To be totally honest with you though, Mykonos beaches are much superior to the ones in Santorini and beach hotels in Mykonos are definitely much better and more luxurious.


  • Best Areas by the Beach in Santorini: Perissa , Perivolos, Kamari . None of these locations is close to the famous town of Oia. You either have to take a car to go to Oia or get the local bus. It takes about 30-35 mins to go to Oia from any of those areas by car (Perissa, Perivolos, Kamari)

  • The hotels in Santorini that are closer to the beach side town such as Perivolos, Perivolos or Kamari are much cheaper than the ones in Oia or Fira. The majority of these hotels are usually the most family friendly hotels of Santorini (Kamari beach is the most family friendly area on the island).

  • The beach towns of Perissa and Perivolos are basically the famous long black beach of Santorini

  • Where to Stay in Santorini: you are going to get the most famous Santorini views if you stay in Fira, Firostefani, Oia or Imerovigli. My personal favourite is Imerovigli as it is very secluded and you won’t have thousands of tourists crowding at your doorstep every afternoon to see the sunset. If you want cheaper accommodation and food, then stay close to the beaches of Perissa, Perivolos or Kamari

Before jumping into the amazing Beach Hotels of Santorini I should also say that the beach side towns are also offering some of the Best Bars of Santorini, so if you are staying close to the beach do yourself a favour and visit them for an amazing fruit salad or a summer cocktail:  Tranquilo , JOJOWetStories , ChilliSeaside By NotosTheros Wave Bar, Night Flight .

So, without further ado, let’s see the Best Beach Hotels in Santorini.

1. Antoperla Luxury Hotel & Spa

This is one of the newest hotels in Santorini and definitely the newest beach hotel and the stuff is simply amazing and watching out for all the details to make your stay there unforgettable. The hotel is so close to the beach that you even get your own lounge chairs (free of charge from the hotel). Some of the most expensive private suites have their own private pools as well…


2. Anastasia Princess Hotel

This is also one of the most famous beach hotels of Santorini in Perissa. A very well run hotel with very friendly and kind owners. The big swimming pool in front of the hotel is a big bonus in case you don’t like to swim at the beach. The location is ideal if you want to explore the tavernas and the beach bars of Perissa, as it’s literally meters away from the beach.


3. Privee Santorini Hotel

A recently renovated hotel with really stylish rooms in typical Cycladic architecture and design. You can get a room with sea views or a room with pool view. The breakfast is also really good and as with every hotel close to the beach in Santorini , it is definitely value for money!


4. Daylight Hotel

This hotel is located meters away from the Perissa beach (famous black beach) but it on one of the quietest areas of beach side. The lovely owner Spyridoula will make sure your stay is remarkable. The pool, though not big is crystal clear and very well maintained. A supermarket is literally meters away from the hotel and the rooms either have pool view or a view to the back garden.


5. Villa Vergina

Villa Vergina is a traditional complex of apartments with a really nice swimming pool with a lovely pool bar offering refreshing cocktails. The hotel is family and kids friendly and ideal for families to be honest. The hotel is literally on the long beach stretch of shops and tavernas and it also offers a large parking area. Overall a clean and basic hotel with lovely owners and stuff, that doesn’t pretend to be something more than that. Sometimes that’s all you need.


6. Black Rose Beach Suites

Also a very new addition to the beach hotels of Santorini. Black Rose is a very stylish complex of suites (some of them with private pools) that doesn’t forget to impress. This is a really relaxing and quiet hotel literally meters away from Perivolos beach. Sissy, the super helpful hotel manager she definitely goes the extra mile to make sure you have an awesome time. The breakfast that is brought to your own terrace is the cherry on the top of the cake.


7. Petri Suites

A brand new and impressive hotel at Perivolos beach. When people are talking about luxury minimalistic design then they are probably talking about the amazing Petri Suites in Perivolos beach! There is a great swimming pool and also a lovely terrace where you can have your drink at anytime.


8. Smaragdi Hotel

Smaragdi is a Santorini classic and it’s a hotel that is high rated by solo travellers as it’s really value for money with lovely stuff and on a  great location. There are many people who stay at Smaragdi every summer for the last 20 years; for many good reasons. The hot outside jacuzzi is a bonus too! Value for money? Yes, indeed!


9. Blue Waves Suites

Kamari beach is the most family friendly location of the island and this hotel is also a great proof of that. The hotel itself is located in a very quiet area of Kamari beach which is ideal for relaxing but also for families too. The swimming pool is medium sized but the lounge chairs are comfy and nice. There is also a lovely terrace overlooking the swimming pool with views to the Kamari beach and the beautiful rocks behind the beach.


10. Costa Grand Resort &Spa

Another amazing and very stylish addition to the beach hotels map of Santorini. We are talking about a luxury experience that doesn’t cost 4 figures per night. There is a a really yummy mediterranean breakfast served every morning and a top class restaurant within the hotel with greek chefs making unique dishes inspired by Santorini’s fresh produce.


11. Sunrise Studios

You can tell that the hotel owner is really unique when she puts 2 giant teddy bears to welcome you in the entrance, among some colourful furniture at a lovely terrace. That’s lovely, Sophia, the owner who will make sure you have an unforgettable stay. The beach is literally in front of the hotel, the rooms are clean and “white-washed”. On the bonus side: the Open Air Cinema is within walking distance!…


12. Nissia Beach Apartments

A hotel at the heart of Kamari , with great stuff. The top rooms have a view to the beach/sea and a sunset view. The rooms are clean and spacious and the pool bar is offering some unique drinks in great prices.


13. Filoxenia Villas

filoxenia villas santorini

Beautiful villas designed with exclusivity and relaxation in mind only a few meters away from the black beach of Perissa.


14. Black Rose Suites

black rose suites santorini

Black Rose are some of the most elegant and tranquil suites on the black beach of Perivolos with excellent service in a really quiet area of the beach.


15. Terra Nerra

terra nera suites santorini

These are some of the top ranked suites in Perissa that were very recently been built only a few meters away from the beach.


16. Alloro

alloro perissa santorini hotel beach

A super cute and elegant complex of small suites and villas on Perissa beach with raving reviews.


17. Radisson Blu

radisson blu zaffron santorini

A big brand name like Radisson has recentlybuilt one of the most exotiv hotels on teh island that is definitely worth a stay.


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Staying close to the beach might not be your first choice while searching for accommodation in Santorini but it is your only option if you cannot afford to stay on the famous cliffs. The best beach towns you can stay are Perivolos, Perissa (both are basically the same famous long black beach) and Kamari which is the most kids friendly in Santorini. Great beach hotels are abundant on those areas and the choice is literally yours!

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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