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Where to Stay in Santorini: Near the Beach or Town?

With dramatic ocean views and traditional Grecian architecture, Santorini is a volcanic isle beloved for its whitewashed Cycladic houses, famed caldera with turquoise waters and one of the world’s most photographed sunset spots in the hilltop village of Oia. Santorini is not only blessed with multicoloured cliffs and idyllic beaches, but offers a variety of cultural attractions, such as local wineries, historic landmarks and quaint villages.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve found the most popular hotels in Santorini. Use this comprehensive guide to explore Santorini’s top beachfront properties and those nestled in Fira, Oia and Imerovigli. Discover what charming abode best suits your travel needs, whether you’re looking for a sparkling infinity pool, delectable Mediterranean cuisine delivered to your balcony or direct beach access.

 

Staying in Santorini’s Villages

Staying in Santorini’s Villages

Home to centuries-old architecture, the caldera-clinging villages of Fira, Oia and Imerovigli offer some of the best views of the Aegean Sea. Experience Santorini’s full “wow” factor with the hotels here, where whitewashed interiors, private balconies and infinity pools have inspired many Instagram posts.

Staying near Santorini’s villages means you’ll have the biggest choice of dining out and entertainment, with the quaint cobblestone streets also lined with various museums, galleries and jewellery shops. Marvel at the famous sunset views, which complement blue-domed churches and sun-bathed verandas from dramatic clifftops.

Hotels in Fira

Petit Palace Suites Hotels

Petit Palace Suites Hotel 

Positioned in a quiet setting next to the picturesque Cycladic chapel of Agia Irini, Petit Palace Suites Hotel features beautiful rooms carved into a cliff face with unobstructed coastal views. The hotel’s 23 luxury suites are elegantly designed, from a spacious terrace in the Petit Suite to a private swimming pool in the Honeymoon Suite and an ultra-luxurious two-storey Petit Maison villa.

Perched on the edge of the caldera, this hotel offers culture and serenity, from cocktails at the sun-drenched pool bar to local delicacies at the on-site Elia Restaurant. If you’re looking for romance, the concierge can set up a private candlelit dinner, couple’s massage or private wine tasting.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €133 – €496
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Fira, Greece

Anteliz Suites

Anteliz Suites

HotelsCombined visitors rave about the friendly staff and inviting pool at Anteliz Suites, where you’ll find a range of rooms, suites and villas embedded in the hillside. The room’s marble bathrooms are adorned with mosaic tiles and feature rain showers and high-end toiletries, while certain rooms also boast private terraces where you can soak up Santorini’s vast multicoloured cliffs.

This boutique hotel can set up private boat tours to explore the island, in addition to day trips to the volcano and scuba diving excursions. You’re also within walking distance to the jewellery shops, outdoor cafes and nightclubs that line the island’s capital Fira. If leisure is what you’re after, sit back at the hotel’s pool terrace and sundeck or book yourself a pampering beauty treatment at the on-site spa.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €200 – €713
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Fira, Greece

Costa Marina Villas

Costa Marina Villas

Located only 200 metres from the central square of Fira, Costa Marina Villas boasts a tranquil ambience throughout its 20 charming rooms. Adorned with clay-coloured tile floors and antique-style wooden furnishings, the rooms also feature flat-screen TVs and mini fridges, while most have private balconies or terraces with garden views. Book a higher-level room if you want a glimpse of the island’s romantic sunrise views.

You’ll find genuine hospitality at this family-run property, where you’ll be served a complimentary continental breakfast in the brightly-lit dining room each morning. Spend your days exploring the hub of bustling restaurants, boutiques and galleries one street away on the main road of Fira or visit the famed Perissa Beach, only a 30-minute drive away.

Star Rating: 2*
Price: €54 – €92
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Fira, Greece

Aria Suites

Aria Suites

Aria Suites is home to six luxurious villas adorned with bright-white and pale-aquamarine decor accents that showcase its traditional architecture. It’s nestled on one of the highest points on the west coast of Santorini, so you’ll find gorgeous views of the Aegean Sea. The hotel’s upscale amenities range from spacious living areas to well-stocked mini bars, luxury bedding and personal laptops.

Enjoy breakfast accompanied by champagne on your private balcony or relax in the Mediterranean sunshine in a sunbed at the on-site pool. Take a five-minute walk to see the artefacts on display at the Museum of Prehistoric Thira or the glass and metal displays at the Mati Art Gallery. Afterwards, enjoy craft cocktails and sunset views at PK Cocktail Bar.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €186 – €775
Guest Rating: 10
Address: Fira, Greece

Pantelia Suites

Pantelia Suites

Fully exposed to Santorini’s crimson sunset views, Pantelia Suites is a reconstructed traditional family house that features six luxury suites. Book the Cave Suite for a double bed, living room and kitchenette, while those travelling in a large group will find the two-bedroom Exclusive Cave Suite more suitable. Each suite comes with direct views of the volcano, caldera and Aegean Sea.

Take a five-minute stroll to Ladokolla restaurant to indulge in generous portions of fresh seafood platters. If you have a sweet tooth, make the 10-minute trek to Svoronos Bakery for chocolate baklavas. After you’ve explored Santorini’s nearby attractions, lounge at the hotel’s outdoor pool before sleeping soundly on your plush memory foam bed mattress.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €150 – €317
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Fira, Greece

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Hotels in Oia

Katikies Hotel

Katikies Hotel

Azure water views and manicured pink bougainvillea provide the perfect backdrop for the luxurious Katikies Hotel, where you’ll find a collection of opulent suites and rooms. Each of the spacious rooms are individually designed and complemented by Jacuzzis, spacious terraces and private plunge pools.

You’re spoilt for choice in on-site facilities, from the three sparkling infinity pools to a Greek restaurant where you can have a Mediterranean feast. For a day of relaxation, visit the A.SPA for a holistic spa experience, before enjoying a glass of bubbly at the Champagne Bar and Restaurant. Thrill seekers can head to Amoudi Bay, only a 10-minute drive away, to try cliff diving.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €298 – €1,497
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Oia Santorini, Oia, Greece

Kirini Suites & Spa

Kirini Suites & Spa

Kirini Suites & Spa combines traditional Cycladic architecture with luxurious living in the whitewashed suites overlooking the caldera. The accommodations range from an intimate Junior Suite to a Master Suite with a Private Pool, which both feature a contemporary style with elegant furnishings, private verandas and separate sitting areas. You’ll also find Satellite TV, mini bar and a Nespresso coffee machine.

Tempt your taste buds with a culinary journey of Santorini’s local delicacies during a gourmet dinner at the on-site Anthos Restaurant, then head to the rooftop to discover soothing spa treatments in the Kalliste Spa Suite. You’ll find exquisite sea views wherever you look, whether at the hotel’s Pool Lounge & Cocktail Bar or on a scenic hike from Oia to Fira.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €298 – €1,093
Guest Rating: 9.7
Address: Oia Santorini, Oia, Greece

Atrina Traditional Houses

Atrina Traditional Houses

You’ll find some of the best views of Santorini at Atrina Traditional Houses, due to its premier location on a hilltop. There are 15 houses and suites available at this boutique property, where each of the self-contained units boast modern decorations. Mobile phones are supplied to each house, in addition to a bellboy and laundry and maid services.

Beat the heat with a dip in the on-site pool or take a break on a sunbed with signature cocktails and sumptuous treats from the snack bar. Take a two-minute walk to admire the colourful facade and beautiful domes that make up Saint George Church or stroll 10 minutes to Lolita’s Gelato for decadent scoops of frozen treats.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €195 – €1,233
Guest Rating: 10
Address: Oia Santorini, Oia, Greece

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Andronis Boutique Hotel

Perched on a slope overlooking the Aegean Sea, Andronis Boutique Hotel features 14 open-plan suites with traditional furnishings and a classic Santorinian palette of whites and blues. You’ll find plush king-size beds, cave-like bathrooms with walk-in showers and flat-screen TVs, while upgraded suites have infinity pools and Jacuzzis.

Visit the on-site restaurant, Lauda, to fuel up with a seven-course degustation menu or enjoy a glass of local Santorini wine and take in the spectacular views that surround the hotel. The hotel can arrange a sunset cruise on a catamaran, an intimate wine tour of nearby vineyards or adventurous scuba diving excursion.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €286 – €973
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Oia Santorini, Oia, Greece

Filotera Villas Oia Greece

Filotera Villas Oia Greece

HotelsCombined visitors love the infinity pool at Filotera Villas Oia Greece, as it sits on the edge of the caldera and is lined with plush sun loungers. Pick from an Executive Cave Suite with a heated Jacuzzi, Cave Honeymoon Suite with a cliff-side terrace or the Cave Grand Suite with a heated swimming pool. Each suite features king-size beds, spacious verandas and a mini-fridge with organic treats.

Discover maritime artefacts at Naftiko Mousio, just a five-minute drive away, while shopping enthusiasts will find clothing, jewellery and books at the quaint shops that dot Oia. Unwind from your day with a succulent Mediterranean dish at the hotel’s on-site restaurant or drive 10 minutes to Ammoudi Bay to savour fresh seafood at the local fish taverns.

Star Rating: 2*
Price: €241 – €793
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Oia Santorini, Oia, Greece

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Hotels in Imerovigli

Santorini Princess

Santorini Princess

The only hotel built directly into the rocky rim of the caldera, Santorini Princess boasts 22 spacious apartment-style suites that can accommodate up to four guests. The two, three and four-bedroom rooms are upscale and stylish with an all-white decor, traditional arches and marbled terraces with lounge sofas and tables.

The hotel showcases its famed island views at every turn with an open-air design, where even the on-site Restaurant & Bar features floor-to-ceiling windows so you never miss a sunset. You can also take in the views from the poolside bar, outdoor cafe or open-air lounge. The bustling capital city, Fira, is only 3.5 kilometres away and you can take a scenic hike to Skaros Rock in less than 20 minutes.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €166 – €431
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli, Greece

Remezzo

Remezzo

A blend of traditional aesthetics and exposed rock, Remezzo boasts a range of individually-designed rooms, suites and villas. Budget-conscious travellers can opt for the Studio with a double bed and open-plan kitchen, while those looking for ultimate luxury will find a private hot tub with sunset views in the Honeymoon Double or large furnished verandas in the Two Bedroom Villa. All rooms have flat-screen TVs, work desks and king or queen-size beds with down comforters.

Start your morning with a complimentary spread of traditional Greek delicacies, then head to the caldera-facing pool for a swim. You can stroll to Avocado Restaurant for moussaka and Santorinian wines only five minutes away or drive 30 minutes to the dramatic landscapes at Red Beach.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: €116 – €334
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli, Greece

Absolute Bliss

Absolute Bliss

The stunning cliffside location at Absolute Bliss reveals a set of suites that overlook the caldera, nearby island of Thirasia and picturesque village of Oia. The charming collection of rooms feature an open layout and hot tubs with sea views, while the Luxury Spa Villa has a heated pool and a steam room with chromotherapy.

Honeymoon Suites feature separate living rooms, while all rooms come with flat-screen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers and freshly prepared breakfast served on your private balcony. The Church of Panagia Malteza is five minutes away by foot and features notable iconostasis filled with depictions from the Old Testament.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €119 – €378
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli, Greece

San Antonio Hotel Imerovigli

San Antonio Hotel Imerovigli

Seeking absolute privacy? Stay at San Antonio Hotel Imerovigli to discover a quiet location built into a natural cave formation. The entrance disappears under the overhanging rock into a cave, where you’ll find 25 elegant rooms and suites. The heavenly abodes feature open-plan living, furnished balconies and stocked mini-fridges, in addition to large bathrooms with stone basin sinks, jetted tubs and walk-in showers.

Enjoy an intimate dining experience at the Cliffside Dinner Restaurant and let your worries melt away as you float in the hotel’s luxurious infinity pool jutting out into the Aegean Sea. The Sun Lounge bar entices you to linger with its fruit-infused cocktails, while detoxifying treatments at the on-site spa invigorate body and mind.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €174 – €1,020
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli, Greece

Avaton Resort and Spa

Avaton Resort and Spa

One of the most stylish boutique hotels in Imerovigli, all nine rooms at the adults-only Avaton Resort and Spa feature cliff-top views of the Aegean Sea. Warm earth tones in the rooms are inspired by the island, while amenities include flat-screen TVs, plush robes and natural Greek bath products. Those who opt for a suite will also find an outdoor Jacuzzi.

The infinity-edge pool offers one of the best sunset views of the island, but if you’re looking for a day at the beach, drive nine kilometres to Kamara. The on-site spa is built inside an ancient cave and boasts complimentary chromotherapy star lighting, heated hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €264 – €743
Guest Rating: 10
Address: Imerovigli, Imerovigli, Greece

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What to See in Santorini Town

What to See in Santorini Town

Fira to Oia Hike

The well-trodden hike from Fira to Oia is one of the most scenic routes in Santorini, as it winds along the Aegean Sea. Stretching 10 kilometres, this three-hour journey takes hikers past the 17th-century Monastery of Saint Nicholas, the picturesque village of Imerovigli and the famous Skaros Rock lookout point. Marvel at stunning landscapes with white houses, blue-domed churches and traditional windmills.

Fira Trail
Oia

Watching a sunset from the coastal village of Oia is considered a rite of passage in Santorini, thanks to its spectacular ocean views and multicoloured cliff-side buildings. The traditional village is home to small labyrinthine streets, which lead to quaint chapels, art galleries, souvenir shops and restaurants.

Pyrgos

Nestled at the highest point of Santorini, Pyrgos is a charming village where you’ll find panoramic views of the island, dotted with green valleys, vineyards and blue-domed churches. Meander through its narrow winding paths to discover houses with traditional stone architecture and a 13th-century Venetian castle, then unwind with a glass of wine and sunset view from one of the hillside cafes.

Pyrgos
Ancient Thira

Ancient Thira is a must-see for history enthusiasts, as this group of ruins dates back to 9th century BC. You’ll find Roman baths sitting beside the remains of Byzantine walls and Hellenistic shops, all located on a rocky headland with cliffs that drop into the sea. See the Sanctuary of Artemidoros, which features ancient inscriptions and symbols of major gods.

Amoudi Bay

Thrill seekers visiting Santorini can try cliff diving at the picturesque Amoudi Bay, which also has rock pools and views of the caldera. Take an adrenaline-pumping jump off the cliff or go on a leisurely swim in the turquoise waters. Afterwards, refuel with delicious seafood platters from one of the waterfront alfresco restaurants.

Santo Wines Winery

Wine has been produced in Santorini since ancient times, and there’s no better place to sample local varieties than at Santo Wines Winery. It caters to all types of wine lovers with captivating reds, crisp whites and dreamy dessert wines. The winery also boasts a world-class view from high above the famed caldera and is a romantic spot to visit at sunset.

SantoWines Winery

Staying Near Santorini Beaches

Staying Near Santorini Beaches

Santorini’s beaches boast dramatic landscapes of colourful sand against a backdrop of crystalline waters, where you’ll be spellbound by the tranquil Aegean Sea. You’ll have access to the maze of streets that are found in Santorini’s quaint beachside villages, which are lined with restaurants, taverns, cafes and bars.

The most popular activity at Santorini’s beaches is to simply lounge on a sunbed and soak up the Mediterranean sunshine. Staying near Santorini’s beaches offers a quiet ambience away from the crowds, but keeps you within a short car or bus ride away from the island’s capital city.

Hotels Near Santorini Beaches

Hotels Near Santorini Beaches

Stelios Place Hotel Perissa

Stelios Place Hotel Perissa

Nestled a five-minute walk from the black-sand Perissa Beach, Stelios Place Hotel Perissa is a charming two-storey hotel adorned with blue shutters and colourful bougainvillea. It’s perfect for budget conscious travellers, with Double, Triple and Quad rooms featuring furnished private balconies that overlook the sparkling pool, in addition to a fridge and satellite TV.

There are communal kitchens, personal lockers and free laptops available, while guidebooks can be borrowed to help map out your itinerary. Lounge poolside on the hotel’s spacious deck, explore the nightlife venues that line the shores of Perissa Beach or take a day trip to Santo Wines Winery.

Star Rating: 2*
Price: €39 – €67
Guest Rating: 9.7
Address: Perissa Beach, Perissa, Greece

Cavo Bianco

Cavo Bianco

Cavo Bianco is a 5-star resort that boasts a sophisticated ambience, where its plumed garden and opulent rooms and suites are just steps from Kamari Beach. The Superior Double showcases traditional Cycladic architecture, while the Honeymoon and Pool Suite are great for rekindling your romance with a private veranda and pool. All rooms feature bold hues and contemporary furnishings with flat-screen TVs, plush bathrobes and coffee and tea facilities.

The crown jewel of the hotel is the on-site pool, where you can relax in an enchanting enclave on comfy day beds. Order signature drinks and aperitifs at the swim-up cocktail bar and if you’re in need of rejuvenation, visit the Cavo Bianco Resort Spa and Wellness Centre for a hydrating facial or relaxing massage.

Star Rating: 5*
Price: €123 – €320
Guest Rating: 9.7
Address: Kamari, Kamari, Greece

Bellonias Villas

Bellonias Villas

You can feel the sea breeze at Bellonias Villas, where 26 beach suites are nestled directly on Kamari Beach. The built-in beds and sofas, furnished balconies and kitchenettes are complemented by designer pieces in the range of suites, while a Luxury for Less option with garden views is a perfect choice for those on a budget.

Dine on contemporary Mediterranean cuisine at the on-site Elia Restaurant or indulge in seafood delicacies at Captain’s Corner Taverna, just a five-minute walk away. You can unwind at the hotel’s sophisticated pool bar or sauna and steam room, then browse the hotel’s on-site beach shop for stylish beachwear. For an evening under the stars, take a 20-minute stroll to Kamari Beach’s romantic open-air cinema.

Star Rating: 4*
Price: €174 – €385
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Kamari Beach, Kamari, Greece

Anastasia Princess Studios And Apartments

Anastasia Princess Studios And Apartments

HotelsCombined visitors love the location of Anastasia Princess Studios And Apartments, as it’s nestled just 20 metres from the picturesque shoreline of Perissa Beach. Choose from the budget-friendly Superior Studio with flat-screen TV and kitchenette or the spacious Deluxe Apartment to find dining areas and zen-like bathrooms with rain showers.

Start your morning with homemade Greek cakes and pastries in the breakfast room, then take the kids to the Santorini Water Park five minutes away or soak up the sunshine at the hotel’s laid-back pool area. Tranquilo is a popular waterfront restaurant right next door, while ”Chocolat” Creperie Pasteria Cafe serves indulgent desserts only a two-minute walk away.

Star Rating: 3*
Price: €93 – €281
Guest Rating: 9.9
Address: Perissa, Perissa, Greece

Kalya Suites

Kalya Suites

Located a few steps from Kamari Beach, Kayla Suites features two types of apartments with access to an outdoor pool, Jacuzzi and garden. The Studio’s kitchenette is ideal for solo travellers and couples, while larger groups can enjoy the extra space and furnished balcony in the Family Studios and Split Level Apartments. All rooms feature a fridge, coffee maker and Satellite TV.

Enjoy lazy days on the hotel’s outdoor deck with a refreshing cocktail or ride around the island on a bicycle. You can take a 15-minute bus journey to browse the shops and traditional restaurants in Fira, but if you’d rather stay nearby, visit Almira Restaurant one block away to enjoy family-style dining and oceanfront views.

Star Rating: 3.5*
Price: €53 – €109
Guest Rating: 9.8
Address: Kamari, Kamari, Greece

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Must-see Beaches in Santorini

Must-see Beaches in Santorini

Red Beach

One of the most unique sights in all of , Red Beach is piled high with volcanic red-hued lava rocks, pebbles and sand that sit against a striking backdrop of crystal-clear waters. An afternoon of snorkelling at this archaeological gem reveals an otherworldly landscape of colourful rock formations and rich marine life.

Red Beach
Vlychada Beach

Also known as “White Beach”, Vlychada is a romantic oasis with massive white rocks and dark grey sand. There aren’t any bars at this beach, so you’ll find a quiet stretch of coastline perfect for indulging in fresh seafood from local tavernas. Lounge in the comfy sunbeds under an umbrella, then take a refreshing dip in the shallow waters.

Perissa Beach

The black sands heat up in more ways than one at Perissa Beach, as partygoers flock to this popular beach to enjoy its lively atmosphere with live music and flowing cocktails. Extending for seven kilometres on the south-eastern side of Santorini, Perissa’s crystalline waters are also ideal for those looking to partake in outdoor activities, such as jet skiing and beach volleyball.

Perissa
Kamari Beach

If you’re travelling with the kids, head to the family-friendly area of Kamari Beach. One of the most easily accessible beaches on the island, its long stretch of shoreline is lined with restaurants, cafes and shops. Take a walk along the waterfront and marvel at the enormous Mesa Vouno rock that rises from the sea.

Kamari
Perivolos Beach

Ideally located near Perissa Beach, Perivolos Beach is a picturesque stretch of coastline where you can lay back and admire the sparkling azure waters. Humming with activity, this black-sand beach is lined with beach volleyball courts, beach bars and local restaurants serving fresh seafood. Spend an afternoon enjoying the adrenaline-fueled water sports on offer, such as windsurfing and scuba diving.

Perivolos
Monolithos Beach

Travellers looking for a quiet stretch of coastline will enjoy the tranquil ambience at Monolithos Beach. Its shallow waters are ideal for children and it’s one of the only beaches where you can actually make a sandcastle. This family-friendly area also has a small play area for the kids on the sand, while those looking for a thrill can try their hand at kitesurfing.

Monolithos

Embrace the Mediterranean lifestyle in Santorini

Blessed with alluring landscapes and a seaside charm, Santorini is home to natural wonders and picturesque villages. Make the most of your Santorini holiday with a stay at one of these luxurious accommodations, beloved for their romantic sea views and easy access to cultural hotspots, historic landmarks and colourful beaches. HotelsCombined visitors rate these hotels above others because of their sophisticated rooms with traditional Grecian decor, infinity pools that stretch out over the Aegean Sea and on-site restaurants serving fresh Mediterranean cuisine.

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