Best Hotel in Oia: Maregio Suites

Best Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan

Best Hotel in Imerovigli: Grace

Best Hotel in Firostefani: Tsitouras

The 25 Most Stunning Villas To Rent in Santorini

by | May 10, 2017

If you want to have an infinity private pool overlooking the famous sunsets in Santorini all by yourself, then… you can!

santorini villasCan I make a confession?

Whenever I visit Santorini, I am absolutely jealous of those who can afford to stay in these amazing places you’ll see below.

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Yes, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that these places cost quite a lot of money (like the villas in Mykonos)

However, I do happen to know some of the owners and I have visited some of them personally (off season though because on high season these places are almost always booked).

And I’ve always been stunned. ..

Not only because these places offer the amazing famous Santorini views and some of the most amazing private pools of the island but mainly because of how well the owners are taking care of these places and how much attention to the details they are actually paying.

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So, how can you actually rent a private villa in Santorini?

This is not the 90’s.

So…you will rent them online ! !

Almost all the villas of the island can either be booked online on Booking.com  or on Airbnb.

To be honest with you, for the same villa you will probably pay less on Booking.com than Airbnb because you are not paying any additional fees (yes…you will probably pay more on Airbnb and you won’t have free cancellation as you almost always have on Booking.com).

And I personally prefer Booking.com as the reviews on the site are really helpful to make a decision (and they are 100% real from people who have actually stayed at those hotels).

Where Are The Best Villas in Santorini located?

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There are private villas literally everywhere in Santorini. All over the island.

The most impressive ones are probably those with the famous views in Oia, Firostefani and Imerovigli but I’ve seen some newly built ones that are a-m-a-z-i-n-g and they are located either close to Pyrgos or by the beach at Kamari (remember for Santorini: close to the beach=no famous views)

What Do I Get With A Villa in Santorini?

The truth is that it really depends.

There are many 1 bedroom mini-villas with private swimming pools that are basically part of a larger “hotel” complex and they are more like…private suites to be honest rather than villas.

There are many places like this and the good thing is that they have all the benefits of staying at a more private place (like a villa) but also have lots of the facilities and services that you would expect from a luxurious hotel. So you really win, if you find a place like this.

But you have to bear in mind that everything in Santorini is at a smaller scale than you are probably imagining.

Everything is smaller because it’s the traditional architecture of the island that stipulates that.

So, don’t expect humongous mansions and 10000000 sq.ft. castles.

You are going to get an amazing villa with the most stunning views you’ve ever seen in your life.

Do not complain if you don’t find 3 kitchens and 6 bathrooms (eventhough you might be paying a price for such a place… 🙂 )

So, without further ado, let’s see the 25 Best Villas in Santorini:

 

1. Blanca Luxury Villa – check prices here

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Location:Megalochori

Sleeps: up to 5

Private Pool: Yayyyy!

Is it good for me? The villa is not located on the famous cliffs but it is an awesome palce to stay as long as you also rent a car to move around. It’s only 10 mins drive from Fira and about 35 mins from Oia. The pool is also heated and the views are great. Ideal for relaxing! The owner is also very friendly and kind.

 

2. Anemi House check prices here

 

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Location: Oia

Sleeps: up to 8 (the big villa)

Private Pool: Yayyyy! A plunge mini pool will be on your terrace

Is it good for me? The villa is located at an amazing location in Oia and you will basically have the famous sunset on your terrace every afternoon… Dimitris (the owner) will make his best to make sure you have a great stay!

 

3. Calliope House – check prices here

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Location:Pyrgos
Sleeps: up to 4
Private Pool: You will be getting a small outside hot tub
Is it good for me? This is one of the best villas/apartments in Pyrgos. Anna Maria the owner is fantastic and the place is very beautifully decorated. In Pyrgos you will get some different and more unique views of the island (but equally beautiful)

 

4. Anteliz Private Villa – check prices here

anteliz-villa

Location:Fira
Sleeps: up to 6
Private Pool: Yayyyy!
Is it good for me? One of the best brand new villas in Fira… Amazing service (yes, you will get a maid) and incredible views from your spacious big pool. This is a celebrity-level villa so get prepared for the best…

 

5. Compass Villa – check prices here

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Location: Oia
Sleeps: up to 5
Private Pool: you are getting an outdoor hot tub on the balcony
Is it good for me? The villa is in Oia but in a much more private location so don’t expect hundreds of tourists on your roof… The place has amazing 360 degrees sea and famous sunset views and the whole place is one of the most spacious in Oia.

 

6. Eolia Kamari Villa – check prices here

Location: Kamari

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Yayyyy!

Is it good for me? Hands down this is the best beach private villa of the island. You will not be getting the famous Santorini views (like in Oia, Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli) but you are getting an amazing villa with all the amenities in 5 mins walking distance from the famous Kamari black beach and the tens of restaurants, cafes and beach bars of the area.

eolia-villa

 

7. Sensation Villa by Senses Collection – check prices here

Location:Pyrgos

Sleeps: up to 4

Private Pool: Yayyyy! A mini plunge pool will be at your terrace with amazing views.

Is it good for me? This is another amazing villa in Pyrgos with distinctive architecture and typical cycladic interior and exterior design. This is your place if you want amazing views (but not the famous ones), a lovely terrace/pool and being close to one of the cutest villages of the island (aka Pyrgos)

sensation-villa

 

8. Cavo Ventus Villa check prices here

Location: Akrotiri

Sleeps: up to 4 (but even more as the place is massive)

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (and what a pool…)

Is it good for me? Ok now we are talking pure luxury…seriously look at the place… this is the epitome of luxury at an amazing (but not touristic) location overlooking the volcano and the caldera. If you want to live like a star this is the place to book…

cavo-ventus-villa

 

9. Villa Aura check prices here

Location: Firostefani

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (a pretty big one…)

Is it good for me? The terrace and the private pool of this place are out of this world. Firostefani is also one of the best places to stay in Santorini if you want privacy and being away of too many tourist eyes…

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10. Abelomilos Exclusive Villa check prices here

Location: Panagia Kalou Beach (close to Imerovigli but on the other side of the island)

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (plus an outdoor BBQ !)

Is it good for me? The villa is not very close to any major town but it is at a really unique location (not on teh famous cliffs or the caldera/volcano). Yes, you may feel a bit isolated but we are only talking about 10-15 mins drive from the capital Fira. This place is really amazing and it’s possibly the best spot for relaxing. You will have a beach, a pool and an amazing terrace by yourself!

abelomilos-villa

 

11. Beautiful Oia Villa check prices here

Location: Oia

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Nope… 🙁

Is it good for me? The villa is possibly on the best location of Oia (with views to the famous sunset) and it is one of the most spacious in Oia (possibly the biggest villa in Oia). You are not getting a swimming pool or hot tub but you are going to have one of th emost amazing views of the island from your balcony and amazing terrace.

beautiful-oia-villa

 

12. Domus Solis Oia Villa check prices here

Location: Oia

Sleeps: up to 4

Private Pool: Nope

Is it good for me? The villa is at one of the most unique spots in Oia if you want to have the famous sunset on your balcony every evening. The owner is also very helpful!

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13. Alafouzou Cave Loft  check prices here

Location: Oia

Sleeps: up to 5

Private Pool: Nope… (but you do get an outdoor hot tub)

Is it good for me? This villa is not really a villa. This is a traditional Santorini cave house at a magnificent location in Oia. Just imagine yourself being on that hot tub watching the famous sunset….

alafouzou-villa

 

14. Akrotiri Private Residence check prices here

Location: Akrotiri

Sleeps: up to 10 (yes…the place is pretty huge)

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (and what a pool…)

Is it good for me? This is 5 star luxury for the few… The villa is newly built close to Akrotiri overlooking the volcano but also being very private at a 20-30mins drive from the capital of Fira. This place is massive with plenty of rooms and it is ideal for large companies of friends and 2-3 families to live together at an amazing location. Note: You need a car if you stay there

akrotiri-villa

 

15. Our Villa Santorini check prices here

Location:Akrotiri

Sleeps: up to 4

Private Pool: Yayyyy!

Is it good for me? Another new villa in Akrotiri with amazing volcano and caldera views but away from all the buzz of Fira and Oia. So…you need a car if you live there as there is nothing in walking distance. Also, you will be sharing the pool with the other apartment (there’s basically 2 apartments sharing the pool)

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16. The Architect’s House check prices here

Location: Oia (more like between Fira and Oia – check the map)

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Yayyyy!

Is it good for me? The villa is not located in Oia but on the same cliff between Fira and Oia (a a bit closer to Oia). This place is brand new and it is a cutie pie! You do need a car though if you are planning to stay there.

architects-villa

 

17. By The Mill check prices here

Location: Oia

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Yayyyy!

Is it good for me? The villa is not located on the famous cliffs but it is an awesome place to stay as long as you also rent a car to move around. It’s only 10 mins drive from Fira and about 35 mins from Oia. The pool is also heated and the views are great. Ideal for relaxing! The owner is also very friendly and kind.

bythemill-villa

 

18. Oia Mansion  check prices here

Location: Oia

Sleeps: up to 8

Private Pool: Nope…just an outdoors hot tub

Is it good for me? This is one of a kind as its architecture is extremely unique to the whole island. Great location for the famous sunsets and literally walking distance of the amazing restaurants of Oia.

oia-mansion

 

19. Santorini Grace Villa check prices here

Location: Imerovigli

Sleeps: up to 4

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (…and what a pool…)

Is it good for me? Santorini Grace is possibly the best hotel in Santorini and this is the only private villa they offer. We are talking about the ultimate Santorini luxury experience here and the absolute privacy. Amazing sunsets of Imerovigli and unparalleled service (yes, you get hotel service there) and luxury. Hands down, THE ultimate Santorini Villa!

grace-villa

 

20. Aqua Luxury Suite Imerovigli check prices here

Location: Imerovigli

Sleeps: up to 6 (depending on which villa you are booking)

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (private plunge pools in most of the villas)

Is it good for me? This is a complex of private villas and suites that are ideal for privacy, unique caldera views and service. You can’t go wrong with Aqua Suites…

aqua-luxury-villa

 

21. Nafsika Estate check prices here

Location: Megalochori

Sleeps: up to 10

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (seriously…look at the views of that pool…)

Is it good for me? This is another newly built celebrity-like villa. Amazing luxurious space for the few…away from tourist eyes and closer to Fira (than Akrotiri for example).

nafsika-villa

 

22. Casa Di Mare check prices here

Location: Panagia Kalou (close to Oia but on the other side of the island, not overlooking the volcano – 15 mins drive from Fira or Oia)

Sleeps: up to 4

Private Pool: Yayyyy!

Is it good for me? This is another breathtaking place for total isolation. Amazing views and unique interior and exterior design by the friendly owners… Is this is the ideal couples getaway villa…? Quite possibly…

casa-di-mare-villa

 

23. Volcano View check prices here

Location: Fira (basically between Fira and Megalochori – 10mins drive to Fira)

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Yayyyy! (…but depending on the villa you may only get a hot tub)

Is it good for me? These private villas are part of a hotel complex where other suites and apartments are located. Awesome terraces and amazing views. No tourists around (but also nothing in walking distance, there is a shuttle bus to Fira though).

volcano-villa

 

24. Casa Sigala check prices here

Location: Oia

Sleeps: up to 6

Private Pool: Nope

Is it good for me? This is one of the most unique traditional cave houses of the island and the owner Antorini is making it even better! This is not a 5 star luxury villa but it is the ultimate Santorini cave house and that experience is truly unique… Oh…just forgot…the amazing Oia sunsets are in the package, as well. 🙂

casa-sigala-villa

 

25. Oniro Villas (aka Whitedeck)  check prices here

Location: Imerovigli

Sleeps: up to 2

Private Pool: Yes (depending on which villa you book)

Is it good for me? We included this one because of the amazing location and the awesome private plunge pool. The complex offers many 2 persons villas only but you can always book 2 or three in the same complex as you will basically all live together more or less.

whitedeck-villas

So…where are you staying this summer?

Recommended Websites for Hotels, Ferries, Flights and Car Rentals for Santorini:

  • Booking.com is the website with the most available rooms and Private Villas in Santorini (more than Airbnb)
  • Let's Ferry is the best website to book your ferry tickets or check the timetables for Santorini & all greek islands
  • Expedia has all the available flights from Athens or other European cities to Santorini (Santorini Airport Code: JTR)
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Highest Rated Hotels in Santorini:

Best Hotel in Oia: Maregio Suites

Best Hotel in Fira: Cosmopolitan Suites

Best Hotel in Imerovigli: Grace Santorini

Best Hotel in Firostefani: Tsitouras

Best Hotel in Perivolos: Orabel Suites

Best Hotel in Perissa: Anastasia Princess

Best Hotel in Kamari: Sunrise Studios

 

Highest Rated Private Villas in Santorini:

Best Villa in Oia: Anemi House

Best Villa in Fira: Anteliz Villa

Best Villa in Kamari: Eolia Villa

Best Villa in Pyrgos: Sensation Villa

Best Villa in Akrotiri: Cavo Ventus

Best Villa in Firostefani: Villa Aura

Best Villa in Imerovigli: Grace Villa

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