Santorini, Greece boasts various types of accommodations, from private villas overlooking the caldera to cozy guesthouses nestled in quiet villages. While honeymooners flock to the luxury hotels with ocean views, those traveling in groups tend to opt for the family-run hotels with a more casual atmosphere.
The truth is, there is something for everyone, and nearly every budget. Choosing the right hotel in Santorini often depends on your principal mode of transportation.
If you don’t plan on renting some wheels or paying hefty taxi prices, it is best to stay in or around Fira since from there you’ll have access to other modes of public transport. Hotels in Santorini are generally on the pricy side, but if your travel dates are flexible, you could score better deals during low season (March 15 – May 15 and October 1 – November 1). For those traveling with kids, be aware that many hotels do not allow children under 13. With that said, here is a list of properties we recommend:
As part of the prestigious Aqua Vista Hotels group, Above Blue Suites in Imerovigli is the perfect getaway for honeymooners or for old flames looking for new romance. Perched above the caldera in a quiet setting, the hotel offers privacy, luxury amenities, and excellent sunset views. This extraordinary boutique hotel has several types of rooms that guests can choose from, depending on their budget. Honeymoon packages, airport transfers, and day excursions are also available.
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Located five minutes from downtown Fira is this family-friendly hotel. Tucked just far enough away from the bustling crowds and busy streets, Anteliz is an affordable boutique hotel with all the bells and whistles vacationers are looking for. Anteliz offers guests four different types of rooms, each with a large bathroom, satellite television, swimming pool access, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi on premises. Guests with kids can opt for the Junior Suite or the roomier Senior and Master suites, which allows every family member to sleep comfortably.
This attractive pair of restored merchants’ villas is located in arguably the most beautiful village on the island, Megalochori. Away from the flurry of tourists in Fira, these houses offer more independence and privacy than your typical hotel. While Sophie’s house is ideal for a family, Ciani is better suited to share among three couples or two couples with children. Each house comes with a small patio and plunge pool, sunbeds, and kitchenettes. Free Wi-Fi, bathrobes, air conditioning, and television are just a few more perks of staying here. Rates include a rental car so you don’t miss out on other parts of the island.
For travelers who don’t mind splurging, it really does not get much better than the Tsitouras Collection. Five opulent villas, each with its own unique theme, give guests supreme privacy. Each house features a private patio or veranda, a couple-sized shower, living room, and dining area. Antique furnishings, luxurious bedding, and elegant décor make the Tsitouras Collection one of the finest boutique hotels in Greece. Honeymooners especially prefer the House of Nureyev with its private sea veranda. Though on the pricy side, guests will certainly get what they pay for here.
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Villas of Santorini has three luxury options in Imerovigli and Oia. Created for the discerning traveler, Oia White and Oia Blue, are perfectly located in the heart of Oia, yet still offer privacy and sublime caldera views. Each villa features traditional architecture, an en-suite bathroom, spacious bedroom, a private terrace, and kitchenette. Though they are not attached to a lobby, these villas do come with concierge service and housekeeping upon request. High speed Internet, satellite television, and a DVD player is available each unit, but we doubt you’ll needing any of those during your stay.
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