Santorini is known for its fantastic hotels and the best luxury hotels on Santorini are essentially boutique hotels – small privately owned hotels. There are no large impersonal chain hotels on Santorini. There are no all-inclusive hotels or mega resorts in Santorini.
The towns along the caldera on the west side of the island (Fira, Firostefani, Imerovigli, and Oia) are where you’ll find most of the five-star hotels on Santorini. The views and settings in these 4 villages are magical. It’s easy to walk between Fira, Firostefani, and Imerovigli but Oia is a two-hour hike (or 10 minutes by bus or taxi) north of Imerovigli so feels like a separate part of the island.
1. Grace Santorini – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 21300
Grace is the best hotel in Imerovigli. It has amazing views of the caldera and sunset and looks out on the iconic Skaros Rock. All rooms are unique and enchanting. The restaurant is fantastic and the pool is among the best along the caldera. The catch? You need to book at Grace months (sometimes years) in advance. Review of Grace Santorini.
2. Katikies Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71401
Katikies is the best hotel in Oia. Trendy vibe, great location (easy access by taxi unlike some of Oia’s hotels), 3 swimming pools, wonderful breakfast. Their intimate restaurant is one of Santorini’s finest and has only 4 tables. Katikies is one of the few hotels in Oia that has an elevator if you’re worried about climbing steps. Review of Katikies Hotel.
3. Tsitouras Collection – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23747
Run by 2 energetic owners (George and Eleni) who are filled with passion, charm, and helpfulness. This is a magical little hotel with fantastic views, suites, and service. And rare for Santorini: few steps and little climbing are required to get to and from the hotel. Nice pool too. Review of The Tsitouras Collection.
4. Canaves Oia Suites – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71453
Picturesque white washed cave suites. The pool overlooks the caldera and has a pool bar. Some suites have a private pool. The magical 3-bedroom villa sleeps up to 7 and has a full kitchen. The restaurant is one of Oia’s best and the hotel has an elevator (good for people that find the many stairs challenging). Review of Canaves Oia Suites.
5. Carpe Diem – Pyrgos
Hotel phone: +30 22860 34090
This understated, romantic retreat offers elegant accommodations, exceptional dining, a decadent spa, and an infinity pool with panoramic views over the island. All suites offer ample space, utmost privacy, exclusive plunge pools (6 heated, 4 unheated), and both sunrise and sunset views. Dining is phenomenal at the private restaurant Gaia, led by Santorini’s most influential chef. Unparalleled, bespoke service completes the experience with a 1-to-1 guest-staff ratio, 24-hour butler service, and a host of experiences and packages tailored to guests’ desires. Review of Carpe Diem.
6. Astra Suites – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24763
Many magazines have called Astra Suites the best hotel in Greece and it’s hard to summon much of an argument. Suites are huge and beautifully decorated. All have a kitchenette and private terrace. The infinity pool looks out into the caldera and sunset views are among the best on the island. Review of Astra Suites.
7. Cavo Tagoo – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27900
Stylish, luxury hotel with incredible views of the caldera and sunset (looking north towards Oia). All suites have a private hot tub or plunge pool and face the caldera. Pool is awesome and bar/restaurant has a hip trendy vibe. Located in a remote section along the caldera about a 15-minute walk north of Imerovigli. Bus stop is steps from hotel. Review of Cavo Tagoo.
8. Athina Luxury Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24910
Athina Luxury Suites enjoys a privileged location on the Fira caldera, overlooking the volcanoes at sunset and steps to the island’s best dining and nightlife. Each suite is completely unique, but all feature upscale minimalist design and sweeping sunset views from their private balconies; many add private, outdoor jacuzzis. The pool overlooks the caldera, and the restaurant is dynamite. One of only a handful of family-friendly hotels on the caldera, Athina offers babysitting and has several suites large enough to accommodate groups of 4 to 6. Review of Athina Luxury Suites.
9. Perivolas – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71308
Cave hotel with minimalist design, incredible infinity pool, and greats views. Every suite has a kitchenette, some have private pool. Review of Perivolas Hotel.
10. Cosmopolitan Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25632
Great location in the heart of Fira and one of Santorini’s best infinity pools. The suites are not huge but at Cosmopolitan it’s all about the views, location, and pool. The 2-bedroom villa is wonderful and good for a larger group or family (but kids have to be older than 13). Nightlife is steps from the front door. I love this place. Review of Cosmopolitan Suites.
11. Istoria – Perivolos Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22860 85051
This brand new hotel is the most luxurious property on the eastern half of the island. Istoria has a lavish infinity pool, sophisticated dining, holistic spa, and a posh, serviced beach on a long stretch of black sand. All suites are well-appointed with fine linens, leather, and bespoke furnishings; most have a private, outdoor jacuzzi or plunge pool. Review of Istoria.
12. Aria Suites – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28650
The best luxury hotel in Fira for families. A 3 minute walk to shops and restaurants, but still relatively quiet. Only a handful of suites (all of them large) so book early. One of the few luxury hotels on Santorini that allows young children (largely because it sits back from the caldera’s edge). Very few steps to access the hotel so good for those with limited mobility. And just opened in 2017 are four new huge villas (pictures above) that are pure luxury with fantastic views and private plunge pools. (They’re a 30 second walk from the hotel and main pool.) Review of Aria Suites.
13. Homeric Poems – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24661
Luxury hotel with a cliffside infinity pool and stunning caldera views conveniently located in the heart of Firostefani. All rooms and suites offer terraces with expansive caldera views. The newly renovated Cave Suites sleep up to 4 with a loft layout, while the Grand Suites offer their most luxe accommodations and include an indoor jacuzzi tub and an outdoor private plunge pool. An a la carte breakfast is included and served to each room daily; the pool bar and room service menu feature upscale Santorinian and Mediterranean recipes. Review of Homeric Poems.
14. Iconic Santorini – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28950
Boutique luxury hotel offering astounding caldera views throughout the property and from each suite, many of which feature private, heated jacuzzis, or plunge pools. Iconic Santorini features cave-style architecture, a fantastic Greek restaurant, holistic spa, and a magical infinity pool. Service is hands-on and heartfelt; expect to be pampered here. Review of Iconic Santorini.
15. Celestia Grand – Mesaria/South Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25900
A glamorous collection of luxury villas, all with kitchenettes, spacious terraces, private heated pools, and direct sunset views. All villas have indoor jacuzzi tubs; some add outdoor hot tubs. Villas range from studio up to 2-bedroom units with some villas divided over 2 floors. 5-star perks include airport and port transfer, an all-day shuttle to Fira, and daily breakfast delivery. VIP services include helicopter charters, private caldera cruises, and personal chef service. Celestia Grand sits on the caldera in Mesaria, about 2 km south of Fira, easy to access but removed from the crowds. Review of Celestia Grand Villas.
16. Kirini – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71236
Boasting a tranquil, full-service spa with a cave pool, an infinity pool overlooking the caldera, and an upscale restaurant and bar. Views are phenomenal from every suite, most of which include a private jacuzzi or private pool. Service is attentive and personalized. Review of Kirini.
17. Andronis Concept Wellness Resort – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 36737
The best hotel for families in Santorini, Andronis Concept Wellness is completely unique in the area, offering 3 community pools, a superb spa, and amazing suites all with private, heated, plunge pools. Its spa is the largest in Santorini, featuring a range of skin and massage treatments, signature sunset yoga, and integrated spa-fitness-meal packages. Family perks include kids yoga, cooking classes, and kids in-room amenities. The restaurant’s menu is overseen by a nutritionist and features healthy, delicious dishes using local ingredients, many of which are grown onsite. Review of Andronis Concept Wellness Resort.
18. Santorini Princess Spa Hotel – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25870
The hotel might have the best sunset view of the caldera hotels and has views from Oia to Akrotiri and all the islands, volcanoes, and Skaros Rock in between. There’s a fabulous infinity pool, full-service cave spa, contemporary Greek cuisine, and amazing cocktails. Service is attentive but never stuffy, and the ambiance is warm and inviting. Review of Santorini Princess Spa Hotel.
19. Chromata Hotel – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 23227
Long one of the island’s best hotels the recipe is still the same: great views, nice pool, fantastic service, and beautifully decorated suites that cascade down the side of the cliff. Every room has a sea view and private veranda. The Chromata and Honeymoon suites are pure luxury. Review of Chromata Hotel.
20. Belvedere Suites – Firostefani
Hotel phone: +30 22860 25650
Views and location are 5 star. Rooms are not in the luxury category but still nice and good value. Suites are worth the extra money (for the view). Review of Belvedere Suites.
21. Canaves Oia Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71844
A flawlessly beautiful property with dazzling sunset views, incredible Greek-Mediterranean dining, and a refreshing pool. Every cave-style suite features hand-crafted architecture, a private terrace with breathtaking caldera views, and perks including a pillow menu and complimentary wine. Most suites add a private plunge pool. Review of Canaves Oia Hotel.
22. Anteliz – Fira
Hotel phone: +30 22860 28842
Anteliz Suites has a magical mix of dreamy sunsets, tranquil surroundings, supreme hospitality, and easy access to Fira’s best dining and nightlife. Highlights include a pool with an attached jacuzzi, a dining terrace with caldera views, and elegant suites with private, heated pools or jacuzzis. Anteliz also has fewer stairs than most other hotels on the caldera. Review of Anteliz Suites.
23. White Pearl Villas – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 69880 64128
Romantic, adults-only, luxury villas with caldera sunset views, all featuring a private Jacuzzi or pool. Each spacious villa is between 30 to 60 sqm and includes a kitchenette and private terrace. With only 11 villas in total, service is intimate and personalized. These private villas are spread throughout various sites, all within a short walk of the hotel’s partner cafe Passaggio, one of the best on the island. Excellent location on the prized Oia caldera, within steps of amazing dining, shopping, and attractions. Review of White Pearl Villas.
24. Above Blue – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24644
A charming, luxury boutique featuring private jacuzzi suites and a villa with a private plunge pool, all with jaw-dropping, sunset caldera views. Champagne breakfasts are delivered daily to each suite, while dinner service is hosted on their intimate dining terrace. Above Blue’s infinity-edge pool, warm hospitality, and unique suites complete the experience. Review of Above Blue.
25. Ikies Traditional Houses – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 71311
Ikies is in a quiet location at the south end of Oia (just beyond Perivolas). There’s a small pool and some rooms have private patio and jacuzzi. The full breakfast is made to order and delivered to your terrace. Suites come in a variety of sizes. Views are amazing. Review of Ikies Traditional Houses.
26. Aenaon Villas – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 27014
Perched on one of the highest points in the caldera, Aenaon Villas is a serene hideaway with expansive views of the caldera sunset and the Aegean sunrise. Its 6 luxury villas offer a blend of traditional Cycladic design with modern minimalism. Amenities include bespoke service and a caldera-view pool; 2 villas have their own private water features: 1 with an outdoor jacuzzi and 1 with an outdoor pool. Review of Aenaon Villas.
27. Maregio – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72218
Gorgeous hotel at the Oia windmills in traditional, whitewashed cave style with direct sunset views over Ammoudi Bay. All suites and the villa include private, outdoor, heated plunge pool. Maregio offers more private accommodations than other nearby caldera hotels, thanks to their high walls and location at the western tip of the island. Review of Maregio Suites.
28. San Antonio – Imerovigli
Hotel phone: +30 22860 24388
This is a stunning hotel. If you want quiet and seclusion with amazing views and infinity pool then this is the place. The perfect hotel for a romantic honeymoon. The only caveat is that there’s not a lot nearby – there is a bus stop just out the door but most people will want to rent a car if they’re serious about sightseeing. The walk to Imerovigli is a gorgeous 40 minute hike along the caldera path (and Oia is 50 minutes in the opposite direction). Review of San Antonio.
29. Andronis Boutique Hotel – Oia
Hotel phone: +30 22860 72182
Refined, luxury all-suite hotel on the Oia caldera with a decadent restaurant and 2 pools, 1 heated and 1 cool. Each hand-sculpted cave suite is completely unique, though all offer private, heated jacuzzis or pools and spectacular caldera views from their private terraces. Dining at Lauda Restaurant is a highlight and features a menu designed by a Michelin 3-star chef. Review of Andronis Boutique Hotel.
30. Vedema Resort – Megalochori
Hotel phone: +30 22860 81796
Family friendly, five-star resort with spacious suites, a fantastic restaurant, and a pool in a medieval village in the heart of Santorini’s wine country. Vedema Resort offers one and two-bedroom suites and 3-bedroom villas interspersed with gardens, which create much more privacy than you’ll find in any caldera hotel. Located within the traditional village of Megalochori, there are several restaurants, shops, and tasting rooms within walking distance, plus Vedema offers free transportation to Fira and Perivolos Beach. Review of Vedema Resort .