Making the decision to go to Santorini is a great first step, but if you don’t know where to stay, you’re going to be stuck before you start. Every hotel on the Greek island has its own little spirit that subtly influences the shape of your trip. Yes, from pictures, it all looks like whitewashed buildings tumbling down a cliff, so choosing the best hotels in Santorini for your travel style is like playing Russian Roulette—with only slightly less dire consequences. So what do you do? You keep reading. Here is a breakdown of the Indagare-adored properties on Santorini, and who they’re right for.
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This all-suite property boasts the most beautiful views in Oia and a sophisticated décor that makes it a truly luxurious hideaway.
The cliff-top, sea-view Katikies (and sister hotel to Kirini) is located right in Oia town but offers a chic escape from the crowds.
Just about everybody will enjoy Canaves, which is comprised of three different properties; the Hotel, Suites and Sunday Suites. The latter two feature a design that is classic Santorini, with bright white fabric and bougainvillea bushes, and are some of the most upscale accommodations on the island.
is the hotel that put Santorini on the map, and it remains the most traditional property. It’s built amphitheatrically on the rim of Santorini’s dramatic caldera, with connecting rooms and suites carved out of the rock face.
Located in the small town of Imerovigli, the Grace offers dramatic views over Santorini’s caldera and a contemporary design scheme.
There’s very little else on Santorini that compares to Vedema. Located on the south side of the island, where the caldera begins to veer to the west, Vedema is the only luxury hotel that allows children. That’s not to say it’s strictly family-friendly: built on top of a 400-year-old winery, Vedema still celebrates its vinter origins with restored original architecture and a serious wine-tasting schedule.
The sister hotel to Vedema, Mystique is located in Oia and popular with a young crowd who appreciate its funky design (and can handle the steep property with lots of stairs).
This Oia property draws acclaim for its panoramic views, gastronomic restaurant and the rooms, which all have their own jacuzzi or plunge pool.
Everybody wants the Santorini Sunset, but not everybody wants to deal with the Santorini crowds to get them. That’s where Erosantorini comes in. Located outside of Oia in a remote roadside getaway, this property opened in 2016 with four villas and every amenity and facility visitors might need. There’s a pool, Turkish hammam, outdoor kitchen (staffed by a year-round chef), stargazing stand, outdoor cinema and even a chapel. This property is only available for full buyouts.
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