Santorini has been ranked as the number one island in the world by many travel magazines and experts, with over two million tourists visiting each year. And it’s no wonder considering the magnificent white stone villas, private pools and incredible views of the Caldera, the volcanic crater submerged in the Aegean Sea. The architecture and landscape of Santorini create a postcard setting. Here are five of the best Santorini hotels to enjoy.
1.Athina Luxury Suites
Located near the picturesque town of Fira, on the cliffs of the Caldera with a view of the famous volcano, the sunset and the whole island, Athina Luxury Suites is a superb place to stay in Santorini. Recently renovated, the suites feature a minimalist design and quality amenities. The large heated infinity pool on top of the cliff offers a magnificent view that stretches from Oia to Akrotiri. A swim-up bar open all day until sunset is a decadent touch. Other decadent details include Guy Laroche linens, Hermès and Azzaro toiletries, and handmade eco-friendly mattresses in each suite. Each villa furniture has been carefully selected while the outdoor furniture is signed Vondom Italy. The superior villa, the Royal Suite, has handmade Greek furniture by Leontiadis and a large balcony with a jacuzzi.
2.Grace Hotel, Santorini
A member of the prestigious Auberge Resorts Collection, this charming hotel was created from two village houses partially destroyed in the 1956 earthquake. The 20-room sanctuary debuts in redesigned spaces across the property this year, including a luxurious two bedroom villa. With the largest infinity pool (22 meters) in the caldera, the resort offers an excellent wellness programme, including holistic spa treatments, private yoga and pilates classes. A new restaurant and bar will also be launched in 2022, led by chef Lefteris Lazarou (of Michelin-starred restaurant Varoulko in Piraeus) and new dining experiences featuring honey tastings, private sunset picnics and cooking classes. cooking with a Greek. yeah (Grandmother).
Perched atop the cliffs in the sleepy village of Imerovigli, this hotel is an architectural gem, admired for its unconventional and bold all-black exterior with a sleek all-black interior color scheme in homage to Santorini’s volcanic origins. Impressive luxury services include butler service and private jet or yacht charter services. Five suites and two villas have indoor or outdoor pools, a hammam and private treatment rooms. The Signature Suite features a large terrace with a heated plunge pool. This season, the hotel has teamed up with award-winning French chef Jean-Charles Mavro Métayer (Le Pavillon, Athens) to offer an exciting menu blending Mediterranean, Greek and French cuisine.
This member of Leading Hotels of the World, located directly on the edge of the cliff in Oia has two superb duplex suites designed in the 18th century style of a noble family. The facade is painted in pale ocher while the interiors are pale blue and full of antiques. The other 25 rooms and suites, with sea views and patios, have the bright white exteriors you’d expect on a Greek island. Also on site are three infinity pools, an indoor hot tub, and a sun deck with outdoor hot tub. Therasia Restaurant offers contemporary Italian cuisine under Greek-Italian chef Ettore Botrini (from Michelin-starred Botrini’s in Athens).
5.Melatron of Zannos
This boutique hotel was a historic mansion with an adjoining villa built in the 19th century by local wine magnate Michael Zannos. It enjoys a privileged location in the picturesque town of Pyrgos, right next to the entrance of a medieval castle. Restored by the current owners, the 12 rooms and suites combine traditional and modern decor, including all luxury comforts. The hotel has an excellent restaurant for guests only with beautiful sunset views over the island.