10 hotels for a dream holiday in Santorini

One of Greece's most magical destinations is undoubtedly the island of Santorini, also known as Thera or Thira. Today, as always, it deserves the nickname it was given in ancient times: "Kallisté", meaning "the most beautiful".

A holiday on Santorini is an invitation to marvel. Villages carved into the cliffs, white houses and blue-roofed chapels, archaeological sites and volcanic beaches make this island a dream destination. A stay in Santorini, on the shores of the Aegean Sea, between walks and idleness, is bound to be unforgettable!

All the more so when you choose the accommodation that makes all the difference: Santorini is full of hotels, guesthouses, villas, studios... Some of them, combining perfect location and impeccable service, promise you a real dream holiday in Santorini: treat yourself!

Two deckchairs with sea view in Santorini
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1 San Antonio - Small Luxury Hotels of the World ****

Infinity pool
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The San Antonio is the quintessential Santorini luxury hotel. Its infinity pools seem to communicate directly with the Caldera, except that you are constantly overlooking this dream landscape, unique in the world!

Top-of-the-range rooms
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Service, facilities, decor - everything is perfect at the San Antonio, including its isolated location on the Caldera, on the road to Oia, which gives you the impression of being alone in the world: a rare treat on Santorini!

View of the Caldera
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San Antonio - Small Luxury Hotels of the World / Santorini Santorini

San Antonio - Small Luxury Hotels of the World / Santorini

Romantically decorated hotel with infinity pool overlooking the sea.
9.6 Exceptional
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£234 / night
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2 Delta Suites

Terrace with whirlpool bath and view of the Caldera
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A stay in Oia, Santorini's most photogenic village, is a dream in itself. There is no shortage of beautiful hotels here, and spectacular views are commonplace. This is certainly true of the Delta Suites, which gives you a front-row seat for Oia's famous sunset every evening!

Lounge and kitchen area of a hotel suite
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The hotel offers cosy, luxurious suites with outdoor hot tubs so you can make the most of the view.

Hotel terrace with sea view
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Delta Suites Santorini
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Delta Suites

Hotel in Oia with breathtaking views of the Caldera!
9.7 Exceptional
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£135 / night
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3 Santorini Heights

Beds by the hotel pool overlooking the sea
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Let's leave the Caldera for a moment and take a step up: Santorini Heights is a luxurious establishment perched on the slopes of Profitis Ilias, Santorini's highest mountain.

Suite with living room and kitchen
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The five very upmarket suites (with private pools) are each a real eagle's nest, with incredible views over the whole island, the Aegean Sea and other Cyclades on the horizon. All away from the hustle and bustle of the Caldera.

Private pool in a hotel suite
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Santorini Heights Santorini

Santorini Heights

Quiet hotel offering suites with private pool.
9.8 Exceptional
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£677 / night
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4 Callia Retreat Suites - Adults Only

Terrace with sea view
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On Santorini, luxury means above all peace and quiet. The Callia Retreat Suites - Adults Only promises just that, and as its name suggests, it's a peaceful retreat in the heart of Fira.

Premium suite room with Jacuzzi
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Just behind the capital, enjoy a 'reverse' view, i.e. over the Aegean and the rising sun, which you can savour every morning on the terrace in front of your suite, or in your private jacuzzi...

The hotel's outdoor swimming pool with beds
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Callia Retreat Suites - Adults Only Santorini
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Callia Retreat Suites - Adults Only

Hotel 10 minutes' walk from Fira town centre offering suites with jacuzzi!
9.5 Exceptional
From
£176 / night
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5 Akrotiri Hotel **

Traditional architecture, blue door, bougainvillea
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The dream of Santorini is not just about the big luxury hotels, but also about those addresses that stand out from the crowd thanks to their location and the quality of their welcome: in this respect, the Akrotiri Hotel guarantees you an exceptional stay in Santorini.

Family room with balcony overlooking the sea
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Just a stone's throw from the Red Beach, with its south-facing rooms and a small pier for getting into the water below, enjoy a real little Greek-style hotel where you'll soon feel right at home.

The hotel's small private beach
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Akrotiri Hotel Santorini
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Akrotiri Hotel

Charming hotel offering modern rooms with stunning sea views.
9.4 Fabulous
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£73 / night
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6 Exi Castle Suites

Private terrace overlooking the rooftops of Santorini
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Some people also dream of authenticity on Santorini. For that, head for Emborio, probably the most authentic village on Santorini, where very few visitors stay...

The premium suite lounge
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Exi Castle Suites is located right in the heart of the renovated kastro of Emborio, an almost surreal maze of small, picturesque streets. The suites are furnished in the traditional style, with a design that is both atypical and comfortable: a well-kept secret!

The soundproofed, comfortable Château superior suite
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Exi Castle Suites

Atypical establishment offering rooms in a restored former fortress.
9.1 Fabulous
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£77 / night
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7 Santellini Hotel ***

Outdoor swimming pool with sun loungers and parasols
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We often dream of holidays by the beach, with the sea just around the corner... which isn't always easy on Santorini, especially on the Caldera side!

Bright pink bedroom
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This is one of the reasons why the Santellini Hotel is such an attractive address, just a few metres from the black sandy beach of Kamari. Add to this the warm, Greek-style welcome, the well-appointed rooms and the lovely pool, and you have a dream that is accessible to all.

The chic bathroom in the duplex bedroom
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Santellini Hotel Santorini

Santellini Hotel

Hotel with swimming pool close to the seafront and in the heart of Kamari town centre.
9.5 Exceptional
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£74 / night
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8 Remezzo Villas

Lounge overlooking the Caldera
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Back to the edge of the Caldera, still Santorini's most incredible spot. Especially here, in Imerovigli, a pretty, bright white village clustered around Fira, accessible on foot along the cornice.

Private Jacuzzi in honeymoon double room
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The Remezzo Villas offers all the romantic charm of Santorini's luxury hotels, recreated in an ancient building dating back to the 19th century, as well as breathtaking views: a dream for two.

Room with double bed and view of the Caldera
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Remezzo Villas Santorini

Remezzo Villas

A hotel away from the tourist hotspots with a magical view of the Caldera!
9.6 Exceptional
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£174 / night
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9 Alleys All-Suite Hotel & Spa *****

Hotel with swimming pool, at the foot of Pyrgos
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If you're going to treat yourself to a dream, you might as well do it right with a genuine 5-star hotel on Santorini: the Alleys All-Suite Hotel & Spa. As well as top-of-the-range comfort suites, enjoy a wide range of luxury services, including a full on-site spa.

Suite with outdoor bath
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The hotel is located in Pyrgos, in the heart of Santorini, a charming village with a rich historical heritage, as well as good places to go out for dinner or a drink.

The marble bathroom
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Alleys All-Suite Hotel & Spa Santorini
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Alleys All-Suite Hotel & Spa

5* hotel offering rooms with private pool and car rental service.
9.5 Exceptional
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£163 / night
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10 Cleo's Dream Villa

Impressive sea views from the hot tub
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How would you like to stay in your own home, right in Oia, Santorini's most beautiful village? A dream made possible with Cleo's Dream Villa, a magnificent cliffside villa overlooking the Caldera.

The bedroom sitting area
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Ideally located, the two-bedroom villa boasts a splendid terrace with hot tub, just for you!

The fully equipped kitchenette in the bedroom
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Cleo's Dream Villa Santorini
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Cleo's Dream Villa

The hotel offers comfortable rooms with private Jacuzzis and dreamy sea views!
9.6 Exceptional
From
£135 / night
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