The word is out, Santorini is one of the hottest European destinations this summer. And rightly so. Who wouldn’t want to holiday on an island peppered with white-washed buildings and enveloped by the sparkling Aegean Sea? From postcard-worthy terraces to jaw-dropping infinity pools, here are seven of the island’s best hotels.
Dreams Luxury Suites
Aspiring to the lexicon of ‘luxury living’, Dreams is the kind of place you won’t want to be leaving anytime soon. Boutique in size, yet grand in style, the hotel offers six suites which are each named after figures in Greek mythology. Be treated to panoramic coastal views, then lounge the afternoon away in your private swimming pool or Jacuzzi.
However it is not just the suites here which will leave you smitten. Feel like royalty thanks to the hotel’s range of facilities and services, including 24-hour butler service, the possibility of a private candlelit dinner, and a communal infinity pool that seamlessly melds into the backdrop of the Aegean Sea.
Santorini Princess Spa
Are you looking for the best seat in the house? At Santorini Princess Spa you can be guaranteed spectacular views across Santorini’s Caldera Gulf. Just imagine catching a sunset from the hotel’s terrace, with an afternoon drink in hand. Positioned in one of the island’s most charming towns, Imerovigli, the hotel offers 22 apartments which reflect traditional Cycladic architecture. Think white-washed walls, arched ceilings, and marble flooring.
Aside from the view, we have to say the hotel’s showpiece is the stunning outdoor swimming pool which gently floats into the coastal backdrop. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, dig into some local fare at the hotel’s Lounge Restaurant, which serves dishes directly to your poolside lounge. Heaven!
If you like the finer things in life, a stay at the coveted Katikies is likely to satisfy. The elegant white-washed hotel perches on the Caldera cliff, and is nestled within a fragrant garden of pink bougainvilleas. Our pick is the Master Suite which comes with a verandah and open-air plunge pool.
But it’s not simply because of the rooms that Katikies has garnered such a stellar reputation. At in-house A.SPA you can pamper yourself with one of the many treatments available which all use products from the St. Barth range.
Abyssanto Suites & Spa
If your idea of paradise involves lounging in a bubbling Jacuzzi with the backdrop of sparkling Aegean waters, Abyssanto Suites & Spa simply beckons you. Offering traditional Cycladic accommodation, you can be treated to white-washed stone walls, vivid blue accents, and private terraces offering uninterrupted views.
As charming as the suites at Abyssanto may be, this hotel is primarily famous for two things: tasty homemade breakfasts each morning and a dreamy day spa. After brekky, indulge in one of the many spa treatments available, including the Aryuverdic massage, which promotes circulation and toxin elimination.
Ikies Traditional Houses
As far as boutique hotels in Santorini go, the charming Ikies clearly checks the boxes. Unparalleled natural setting? Check. Strong attention to detail? Check. Traditional design? Check. Positioned on the fringe of Santorini’s Oia village, Ikies comprises of traditional cave houses which are carved over the top of each other. Each of the houses are named after different professions, adding a unique and personalised touch to your stay.
Whether you opt for the Cook’s House, the Carpenter’s House, or even the Sailor’s House, you can be guaranteed a dreamy stay from start to finish. Our pick is to go for the Antiquarian’s House which comes with a private terrace featuring a bubbling Jacuzzi as well stunning hand-painted frescoes on the interior walls. In the morning, wake up to a traditional Greek breakfast delivered directly to your house.
Cutting edge design paired with traditional architecture culminates to the luxurious Azzurro Suites. Perched on the Caldera Cliff, just outside out of the town of Fira, this hotel offers the perfect dose of secluded luxury for those wanting to get away from it all.
Our pick is to go for the Balcony Jetted Tub Suite, which offers a relaxed open-plan living room, the largest private balcony of the hotel, and a bubbling jetted tub.
If you fancy the idea of making friends, head to the Lounge Bar, which serves a tasty mix of snacks and cocktails with the soundtrack of smooth lounge music.
Are you hoping to add a little spice to your holiday in Santorini? We’re certain that the über-swish Aroma Suites will remedy your craving to a T. Positioned in the scenic town of Fira, Aroma offers three rooms and three caves which are each named after a particular herb or spice. Whether you settle into lavender for a couple of nights or you plan to lash out with a stay in peppermint, Aroma will leave you with a satisfying flavour that won’t dilute anytime soon.
For some true indulgence, our pick is to go for one of the suites. While the panoramic view may initially steal the show, you’ll soon be distracted by the suite’s stunning arched ceilings and its indoor heated Jacuzzi.