Best Hotels in Santorini

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

Hands down, these are the Best Hotels in Santorini, with amazing private pools, incredible caldera views and unparalleled 5-star service. When it comes to holidays in Santorini, I am sure you‘ve seen all these stunning pictures all over Instagram but it’s really tricky when you are doing your research for your upcoming vacations to pick the best, as there are so many options, in regards to where to stay on the island.

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This is the impressive swimming pool of Grace Hotel overlooking Skaros Rock in Imerovigli Santorini



Yes…you are right: Santorini has to offer some of the most luxurious and impressive hotels you’ve ever seen in your life but bear in mind that this luxury comes at a hefty price. If you are looking to spend less than 3 figures per night, you have to move closer to the seaside areas (Perissa, Kamari or Perivolos) or you have to go off-season (any month outside of May-June-July-August-September)

Infinity swimming pools at the edge of the cliff, stunning views and some of the most amazing terraces in the world! These are not just some luxury hotels in Santorini. These can be considered the Best Hotels in Santorini !

But here’s the deal:

Santorini has become extremely popular the last few years and these amazing hotels are filling out quickly so you have to book as early as possible: at least 5 months in advance!

Where to Stay in Santorini
Best Hotels in Oia
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Best 5 Star Hotels in Santorini
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  • Where Are the Best Hotels in Santorini: the most impressive ones with the famous views are in Oia, Imerovigli and Firostefani (but you will be 20 mins drive from any beach)

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Best Hotels in Santorini

I’d say that 6 months to 1 year in advance is probably the safest period for you to book your holidays in Santorini but you will always find some last-minute good deals if you are lucky. Most of these hotels are at Fira (island’s capital), Firostefani (Fira’s neighbour), Imerovigli and Oia. So…without further ado, let’s see the Best Hotels in Santorini that stand out from the crowd and have the “wow” factor in Santorini:

1. Hotel San Antonio

San Antonio is one of the most Instagrammable hotels in Santorini

Hotel San Antonio has to offer an amazing infinity pool and an impressive Spa at Imerovigli. Access is by car or a taxi. The rooms are spacious with lots of privacy and there is definitely a luxury feeling everywhere you look around in the hotel. Definitely a very posh option!

2. Katikies Hotel

Katikies is considered by many the best hotel in Santorini

Katikies Hotel in Oia is (for many) the best hotel in Santorini. There is very easy access by taxi or by car. The incredible rooftop terrace restaurant will definitely offer some memorable dinners. Some of the rooms have their own private veranda where you can have the amazing breakfast that the hotel has to offer along with its unique service. This is probably the best place to have an unforgettable honeymoon.

3. The Tsitouras Collection

Tsitouras is the best family-run luxury hotel of Santorini

The Tsitouras Collection is located in Firostefani and it is a very easily accessible boutique hotel with lots of artwork in the rooms and all around the hotel. Eleni and Giorgos are the enthusiastic owners who run the place with love and care and they are probably the most amazing hosts you could ever have (along with the whole team of the stuff).  The views are amazing and the top notch dinner is prepared by a very talented chef.

4. Astra Suites

Astra Suites has amazing caldera views to the sunsets

Astra Suites is located on the cliffs of Imerovigli and offer some of the best views of the Caldera and the volcano. All the suites have their own private balcony where the breakfast is brought to you every morning (that can be the ultimate relaxing experience). Some people say that the sunset views from the Astra Suites is even better than watching it from Oia. Can’t argue that… When you are searching for luxury in Santorini, you can’t go wrong with Astra Suites. CHECK PRICES AND AVAILABILITY >>

5. Aqua Luxury Suites Santorini

Aqua Luxury Suites is ideal for couples as it is very seclusive at Imerovigli

Aqua Luxury Suites Santorini is located in Imerovigli and is an excellent choice for couples who are looking for elegant accommodation and beautifully designed suites and a great outdoors hot tub (in the honeymoon suite) overlooking the caldera with stunning views (seriously…look at it!). The honeymoon suite with its pool is probably the most private luxury gem on the island.

6. Mystique

At Mystique, the attention to the design details are obvious

Mystique is located in Oia and it’s decorated by the famous interior decorator Frank Lefevre and you can immediately tell there is so much focus on detail in every corner of this amazing hotel. The hotel itself is very close to the famous “sunset point” in Oia so in a very close distance to the town centre with the shops and the restaurants but still with a very seclusive overall feeling. Rumours say that the hotel’s spa is probably one of the best in Santorini…

7. Perivolas Hotel

Perivolas Hotel has some of the best cave pools in Santorini

Perivolos Hotel is located in oia and it’s in walking distance from the centre of the town. Here you’ll get the ultimate cave house experience, as the hotel has 17 rooms built in 300 years old traditional Santorini cave houses . The hotel itself is famous for its relaxing atmosphere and the stunning views of the caldera. If you are looking for 5 star luxury, that’s a safe choice!

8. Santorini Secret

Santorini Secret has an amazing sushi restaurant

Santorini Secret is located in Oia, and first of all, it has a great name! 🙂 The hotel offers a top-notch experience with breathtaking views and 5-star service with beautifully minimal decorated rooms with private jacuzzis and terraces. Not to mention that the breakfast is served on your own private balcony with no extra charge. Sushi at the restaurant is also amazing and the cocktails by the pool are highly recommended!

9. Art Maisons Oia Castle

Art Maisons in Oia is probably the most romantic hotel of Santorini

Art Maisons Oia Castle is overlooking directly the most famous and beautiful sunset in the world, in Oia. The hotel itself is probably one of the most romantic on the island.

10. Ambassador Santorini Luxury Villas & Suites

Ambassador is a brand new hotel in Akrotiri with alternative caldera views

Ambassador Santorini Luxury Villas & Suites is a pretty new addition to the luxury hotels scene in Santorini and it’s located in Akrotiri. The amazing (extremely) private suites and villas have stunning views to Thira and very elegant design. Akrotiri is not closed to Oia so this is an alternative option that will give you another view of the caldera and the volcano. However, there are no compromises in luxury here and the restaurant is one of the best on the island.

11. Canaves Oia Suites

Canaves Oia is possibly the most popular honeymoon Santorini hotel

Canaves Oia Suites is one of the most popular honeymoon spots on the island. And there is a very good reason for that…The rooms are also located within the traditional Santorini cave houses and the private pools and jacuzzis are some of the most unique in the world! The breakfasts by the pool is the best treat you can have in the morning and the hotel restaurant is considered one of the best on the island.

12. Iconic Santorini

Iconic offers value for money luxury!

Iconic Santorini is located at Imerovigli with (as expected…) spectacular views of the volcano and the caldera. The rooms are extremely well decorated and there is a sense of luxury in every corner. The restaurant is an extremely “value for money” choice and the rooms have some of the most comfortable beds on the island! The service is 5 star and there is no doubt your stay in the hotel will be a slice of heaven…

13. Petit Palace Suites

Petit Palace is probably the most photogenic hotel of the island

Petit Palace Suites is at Fira and it is extremely well decorated making it one of the most luxurious options on the island and probably one of the most photogenic hotels you’ve ever seen. Rumours say that the hotel offers one of the best Greek breakfasts on the island with plenty of options. Overall the hotels offers an amazingly relaxing experience.

14. Andronis Luxury Suites

Andronis Suites have the best spa in Santorini

Andronis Luxury Suites is located in Oia and has to offer a unique 5 star luxurious experience with no compromises. Hot tubs, amazing views of the volcano and the sunsets,  one of the best massages and spas on the island and yummy breakfasts. Andronis Luxury Suites is an exceptional experience on every level.

15. Avant Garde Suites

Avant Garde is located in Akrotiri which is away from the tourist masses of Oia

Avant Garde Suites is another amazing (newly added) option in Akrotiri which is a town situated at the more quieter side of Santorini (thus more private…). The hotel has to offer one of the best swimming pools on the island and the views from the private suites are stunning. Exceptional service by the stuff and probably the most stylish interior decoration on the island.

16. Homeric Poems

Homeric Poems offers stunning caldera views with 5 star service and a famous greef chef at the restaurant

Homeric Poems is built on the cliff of Firostefani and it’s an awarded luxury boutique hotel in a very close distance to Fira. The chef of the hotel’s restaurant is managed by one of the most famous greek chefs: Dimitris Skarmoutsos so dinner or lunch would definitely be a 5 star experience.

17. Gold Suites

Gold Suites is another famous venue for honeymoons as it offers very unique sunset views

Gold Suites is a classic but modern (at the same time) experience. Every corner, every detail and every item on this magnificent hotel shouts only one thing: luxury! Mesmerising views of the sunsets at Imerovigli and one of the most romantic spots on the island make it an ideal choice for honeymoons and “couple retreats”.

18. Cosmopolitan Suites

Cosmopolitan Suites offers excellent service and the best breakfast on the island (along with an awesome infinity pool)

Cosmopolitan Suites are located at Fira and are probably the epitome of luxury in Santorini. It has one of the most magnificent infinity pools in Santorini and there are no compromises on breakfast, amazing views and excellent service. Its location is almost perfect (at the centre of Fira), but still with lots of privacy.

19. Senses Boutique Hotel

Senses Boutique has rooms with different colours to choose from!

Senses Boutique Hotel is at Imerovigli and it probably offers one of the most unique luxurious experiences on Santorini. All the rooms are so uniquely decorated with different colours which actually makes it difficult to choose! You may want to stay in the yellow, the green or the purple room depending on your mood. The jacuzzis have some of the most amazing views and the breakfast basket that comes every morning in your room is…yummy!

20. Grace Hotel

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Hands Down, Grace has the most impressive infinity pool in Santorini with the most unique architecture

Grace Hotel is by far the most talked about hotel on the island. And yes…it has one of the most amazing swimming pools in the world! It is located at Imerovigli and it offers (obviously…) amazing views of the caldera and the volcano. And you guessed it right: you probably have to book veeeeery well in advance. Probably more than a year before your arrival. We are talking about the ultimate luxury hotel on the island and one of the best in the world. There is nothing more to add to that…


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The area you stay in Santorini can really make a big difference on how you experience the island itself
  • Best Place To Stay in Santorini: Imerovigli – it has the best hotels of the island with the most amazing caldera views and it is not as crowded as Oia or Fira
  • Caldera Views: unfortunately you have to choose between the famous views you have seen in the magazines and the beach life as you cannot have both; if you are staying on the cliff with the famous views (FiraImerovigliOiaAkrotiriFirostefani) you won’t be close to the beach (KamariPerissaPerivolos) and you will pay more per night
  • Best Sunset Views in Santorini: undoubtedly in Oia but Firostefani and Imerovigli have amazing caldera and sunset views too and they are not that crowded
  • Fira or Oia: Fira is better for the winter (Nov-May) as it won’t be too empty (it’s the capital afterall) . Oia is amazing but it has thousands of tourists. Better stay at Imerovigli that has amazing caldera views and the best hotels in Santorini.
  • Beaches: If you want to be close to the best beaches of Santorini then you have to stay at Perissa, Perivolos or Kamari ; these are also the most family friendly places of the island
  • Cheapest Hotels: If you stay close to the beach in areas such Kamari, Perissa or Perivolos you will generally get more for your money as these places do not offer the famous views (but most of them have excellent services and swimming pools)
  • Best Family Place in Santorini: Kamari, Perissa or Perivolos (close to the beach – ideal for kids)
  • Most Romantic Place of Santorini: Imerovigli (with the best honeymoon hotels in Santorini)
  • Steps and stairs: if you have issues with your knees or in general you cannot use any staircase or steps avoid areas such as Fira , Imerovigli, Oia and Firostefani as chances are you will have tens of steps every day to reach your hotel; you should better stay close to the beach where there are no steps anywhere
  • Best Alternative Places to Stay: Pyrgos or Emporeio villages ; they are super cute and you will be away from the tourist crowds


In my honest opinion, the best hotel in Santorini is San Antonio.

But whichever of the hotels from this list you choose , you will get excellent service and 5 star luxury with of course the amazing caldera views of Santorini.

If you are cannot find an available room on any of these ones then you can just head over to some cheaper but equally good options.

The choice is 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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